On casino question, Prieto moves forward with friends at his back
As political personalities vie with numbers for attention amid North v. South theatrics, backroom budget talk among members inevitably drifts to leadership considerations. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Christie throws his support behind Kean-incorporated NY Port Authority reform bill
TRENTON — Reconciling with Democrats in New Jersey who vowed earlier this year to continue pushing their own reform legislation after it failed to pass the legislature, Gov. Chris Christie today threw his support behind a new bill package sponsored by lawmakers across the Hudson that would further overhaul the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in the wake of scandals like Bridgegate. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)
DeAngelo bill to thwart NJ Transit fare hikes passes Assembly Transportation
TRENTON — Members of the Assembly Transportation Committee this morning moved to condemn a proposed nine percent NJTransit fare hike and service cuts with legislation aimed at better protecting riders from similar increases in the future. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)
Assembly Judiciary votes to crack down on ‘term-long holdovers’, a.k.a acting commissioners
TRENTON — Acting Attorney General John Hoffman — as well as a host of other members of Gov. Chris Christie’s inner cabinet who’ve never officially been approved for their posts — might finally have to go through the legislature’s at-times-contentious advice and consent process under a bill passed by the Assembly Judiciary Committee this morning. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)
With plaque unveiling, Newark, Essex County remember the unforgettable Clement Price
NEWARK – All saints have shrines. In New Jersey’s largest city, Newark’s political, economic and intellectual establishment assembled on Wednesday to honor the life and achievements of the late Clement Price, the city’s historian and a prominent Rutgers professor. Newark and surrounding Essex County, recently united politically, gathered united by love for a man acknowledged to be beyond politics as a plaque was unveiled to honor Price. In doing so, a permanent shrine was created for the man widely acknowledged to be Newark’s patron saint. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)
New Jersey Man Is Charged With Planning to Aid ISIS
A 21-year-old New Jersey man was charged on Thursday with planning to travel overseas to support the Islamic State, the latest in a string of arrests targeting young men in the New York City region who are suspected of sympathizing with the terrorist group. (Mueller/The New York Times)
Proposed Law in New Jersey Would Keep the Walking Dead From Driving
The “walking dead” are aiming higher—and in New Jersey, it appears they have been driving.
But on Thursday, NJ.com reports, the state’s Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee released a bill to put an end to the behavior.
This legislative move follows a state audit in March that revealed the Motor Vehicle Commission had issued official documents, such as licenses, to more than 300 people who were already deceased. The proposed law would require that the Commission cross-check their records with the Social Security Administration databases to avoid issuing significant legal documents to anyone no longer alive. (Zorthian/TIME)
Flying solo tonight, Gill throws successful fundraising party in Essex
Consummate deft-fingered Essex County Freeholder Brendan Gill of Montclair pulled in a big crowd tonight at a fundraiser crammed with Essex insiders.
He raised over $40,000 tonight at his cocktail reception at Fresco in Montclair. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Former fire chief pleads guilty to fraud
TRENTON – Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman today announced that the former chief of the Seaville Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company pleaded guilty today to receiving payments of approximately $46,000 based on fraudulent invoices and receipts he submitted for reimbursement to the fire company and Upper Township Fire Commissioners. (PolitickerNJ)
Casino Caucus Head Count
Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32) is moving ahead with a plan to get Northern casino gaming on the ballot this year.
But if indeed he is moving forward, where will he get the 48 Assembly votes?
People’s thumbs can always be put in vices and made to go in another direction – in this case away from the gaming ballot question – but Prieto probably can muster 21 votes out of his caucus – with some difficulty. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)