Christie, after NYC fundraiser, on NJ paid sick leave: ‘Who’s going to pay for it?’
NEW YORK CITY – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, moments after leaving a fundraiser held by the political action committee set up to support his potential 2016 Republican presidential campaign at New York’s elite 21 Club restaurant, paused before speeding back to the Garden State in his official SUV to answer a question currently under consideration in New Jersey: a statewide paid sick leave bill. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)
Pucci’s legacy looms as Monroe Democrats pass the torch
MONROE — A legacy was honored and a torch passed in the wood-panel ballroom of the Forsgate Country Club here tonight, where local Democrats gathered to support mayoral hopeful Gerald Tamburro, the heir-apparent to longtime Mayor Richard Pucci. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)
Durkin reception brings allies together around a trusted party name
CALDWELL – Chances are the next governor of New Jersey won’t be named Chris Durkin. But the clerk of Essex County in varying degrees contains those prized qualities the assumed Democratic gubernatorial candidates will try on a grander scale to emulate, embody or in vain crave to possess. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Plainfield County Committee Fight: Green says Mapp trying to distract
Quick, what’s more intense than Green v. Mapp and a couple of council seats at stake?
Green v. Mapp, a couple of council seats, and an additional 70 county party committee seats at stake. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Old Bridge Mayor Owen Henry wades into primary feud
Wading in to a messy political battle that has pit members of the town council against one another and resulted in a contentious Republican primary, Old Bridge Mayor Owen Henry came to the defense today of one of the incumbents at the center of the fight. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)
Westwood Mayor Birkner ready to fight local Dem “coup”, “confident” of victory
WESTWOOD – Westwood Mayor John Birkner Jr. might have been removed from the party line last month, but the Democratic incumbent is ready to fight back in the June primary. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)
Morris GOP Primary: Pennacchio slams ‘pretty narrow’ anti-Building Trades sentiment
Backing incumbent Freeholder John Cesaro in the June 2nd Republican Primary, veteran state Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) today objected to what he identifies as the Krickus Team’s negative characterization of union money in the contest. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Plainfield Mayor Mapp calls for investigation of mailers, resignation of BOE admin
In a local council election against the larger backdrop of a fight for Plainfield Democratic Committee seats, Mayor Adrian Mapp and his allies said they intend to reach out to the state Attorney General’s Office and the Union County Prosecutor’s Office demanding an inquiry into the actions of the County Board of Elections administrator. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Chris Christie Wants Media to Say Sorry for Bridge Scandal Coverage
Gov. Chris Christie said that he deserves apologies from the news media over the coverage of George Washington Bridge traffic jam scandal, and complained that Hillary Clinton hadn’t been subjected to the same degree of scrutiny over the private email account she used while secretary of state. (Haddon/Wall Street Journal)
Jersey shore still recovering as 3rd post-Sandy summer nears
Read more at Responding skeptically to legislation they say was authored without bi-In the months after Superstorm Sandy devastated the Jersey shore, Gov. Chris Christie warned residents the damage would not be quickly undone.
Things would only look moderately better in the first summer after the storm, he said, and would be closer to normal in the second one. (Parry/Associated Press)
Chris Christie Teases New Jersey News Media With Profanity, Jokes and Taunts (for Charity)
Gov. Chris Christie ridiculed New Jersey’s largest newspaper, The Star Ledger of Newark, suggesting it provided a refuge for “angry drunks.”
He joked about a reporter who was involved in a car accident a few hours earlier, seemingly wishing that the vehicle had contained more of the journalists who cover him. (Barbaro and Habberman/New York Times)
Christie Pension Albatross Has Investors Dumping New Jersey Debt
No matter whether Governor Chris Christie wins or loses a New Jersey Supreme Court case on his $1.6 billion pension-payment cut, the municipal-bond market sees his state’s credit suffering. (Varghese and Young/Bloomberg)
Paterson teachers predict chain of bad results from announced job cuts
Hundreds of layoffs planned in the Paterson School District will drive up class size, lead to program cuts and deprive students of personal attention, teachers said at a school board meeting Wednesday night.
The meeting came just days after 175 teachers got notices that their jobs would be cut come fall. Another 154 vacant teaching positions also won’t be filled, according to the district. (Adely/The Record)
North Bergen: Wainstein defends Katie Mocco in face of Sacco attack
NORTH BERGEN – Days after North Bergen Mayor and state Senator Nick Sacco (D-32) slammed potential future rival Katie Mocco, Sacco’s ongoing political nemesis rallied to her defense.
“Katie Mocco is a young attorney, a world-class, Olympic-level judo athlete. She volunteered with my North Bergen Concerned Citizens Group,” said former North Bergen mayoral candidate Larry Wainstein in response to comments made by Sacco about Mocco to PolitickerNJ. “She has helped special-needs children and other groups of people. She’s bright. She’s energetic. Why Nick Sacco is trying to dirty her up is beyond me. It’s shameful.” (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)
Christie wants an apology from the media
Gov. Chris Christie wants an apology from the media for the way reporters and editorial arms treated him in the aftermath of the George Washington Bridge scandal.
You can read that CNBC story here. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Paid sick leave advocates to protest Christie’s PAC event in NYC
Protesters from New York and New Jersey advocacy groups will meet Gov. Chris Christie at a fundraiser in New York City later today to hit him on paid sick leave policies. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)
Another New Jersey Singing Legend: The Hunter Hayes Way
Hayes was Mr. Beasley’s favorite singer, and to mark the occasion, he sang the Irvington politician’s favorite song. His heartfelt rendition of “My Way” had some in the audience treading dangerously at the edge of sacrilege with the thought that maybe this, after all, was the definitive version of the song, and that Montclair, not Hoboken, could lay claim to the world’s best “My Way.”
You be the judge of Hayes’ work on the classic mortal anthem. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)