Morning News Digest: June 24th


Fuentes, tapped as deputy clerk, submits letter of resignation in LD5

Assemblyman Angel Fuentes (D-5) is departing his seat in the 5th legislative district, PolitickerNJ has learned. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)



Stack organizing in JC on a Saturday inevitably inspires martial imagery

They came forward like a bundled mass of will, Stalingrad staccato steps borne from Union City to the Heights of JC, and a familiar figure in the vanguard. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)



FDU Poll: Voters don’t want NJ gaming expanded

State leaders may be considering expanding gaming beyond Atlantic City, but Garden State residents remain firmly opposed to any move in this direction. The most recent statewide survey of New Jersey adults finds that opinion is largely unchanged about opening casinos outside of Atlantic City, with 56 percent opposed and 37 percent in favor. (Politicker Staff)



Dems shrug off GOP concerns in passing $300 million pension supplemental, millionaire’s tax

TRENTON — Democrats on the Senate Budget Committee jammed through a series of bills relating to their proposed $35.3 spending plan this afternoon, including a millionaire’s tax and the application of a projected $300 million revenue increase to a slated pension payment for fiscal year 2016. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)



Assembly Democrats sign off on millionaire’s tax in budget committee

TRENTON – Cleared out of the Assembly Budget Committee over GOP minority members, legislation sponsored by Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32) and Majority Leader Louis Greenwald (D-6) would require millionaires to pay more while restoring a tax credit and enabling Democrats to fund their priorities in the FY 2016 budget, including women’s health care, nursing homes and assisted living facilities and domestic violence programs, all of which have seen funding cuts under the Christie administration. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)



Assembly Budget Committee releases $300 million supplemental for FY2016 pension payment

TRENTON — Keeping with an announcement yesterday made just before Democrats unveiled details of their $35.3 billion budget proposal, the Assembly Budget Committee released legislation moments ago to make a $300 million supplemental state appropriation to a beleaguered pension and benefit system for fiscal year 2016. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)



Democrats release budget bill out of committee over GOP objections

TRENTON – The Assembly Budget Committee today passed a $35.3 billion budget plan that Democrats say will focus on education and a beleaguered retirement fund, including a full five-sevenths pension payment for the 2016 fiscal year. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)



Suffolk Prez Poll: Christie between Carson and Paul in New Hampshire

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (14 percent) leads businessman Donald Trump (11 percent) in the New Hampshire Republican presidential primary contest, according to today’s poll from the Suffolk University Political Research Center. (PIzarro/PolitickerNJ)



FDU Poll: 55% of voters disapprove of Christie

Both Governor Christie and New Jersey legislature receive poor marks from voters, and most believe weak political leadership is to blame for the spate of problems vexing the state. These and other findings emerge from the most recent statewide survey of registered voters conducted by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind. (Politicker Staff)



Christie also says take down the flag

Gov. Chris Christie says South Carolina’s governor took a “necessary step’’ in calling for removal of the Confederate flag from state grounds. (Jordan/Asbury Park Press)



Christie to announce presidential bid as early as next week

Chris Christie is in the final stages of preparing his 2016 presidential bid, with a formal announcement possible as soon as next week, according to several sources familiar with the discussions. (Isenstadt/Politico)



Guns, race remain Obama’s biggest missed opportunities

The killing of nine black worshipers at a church in South Carolina has compelled President Obama to look back with anger, then melancholy and finally some distance at the two most in­trac­table issues he has faced as president: guns and race. In the White House briefing room, at a fundraiser at the home of a movie star, before a roomful of the country’s mayors and in a garage in Pasadena, Calif., Obama has reflected not only on the Charleston shootings but also on the missed opportunities and unfinished business of his presidency. (Jaffe/Eilperin, The Ashington Post)



The reality of Cerf’s return starts to dawn on Newark’s politicos, teachers

A day after the Christie administration announced that controversial Newark school Superintendent Cami Anderson would be stepping down from the state-run district, the reality of what comes next settled in for the political players and the union rank and file. (Mooney/NJ Spotlight)



Stile: Christie takes his time to join chorus of Confederate Flag disapproval

Governor Christie, the Republican presidential prospect who often portrays himself as a bold, decisive leader willing to take political risks, took a stand on Tuesday on the South Carolina Confederate flag flap. (Stile/The Bergen Record)



Concerns about civil liberties in the air as Bergen seeks to use drones

Bergen County’s recent bid to be the first county in New Jersey to add drones to its toolbox for handling emergencies comes amid a growing national debate over the use of unmanned flying machines by government agencies. (Ensslin/The Bergen Record)



Democrats’ budget plan sets up battle with Christie

The $35.3 billion state budget proposal unveiled by Democratic lawmakers on Monday sets up yet another all-too-familiar summertime showdown with Governor Christie over tax increases and pension funding. (Rizzo/The Bergen Record)



Lawmakers approve tax hikes in budget to make ful pension payment

Strict partisan lines were drawn today as the Assembly Budget Committee approved several tax hikes in order to make a full pension payment. (Aron/NJTV)



Casino debate pits North against South Jersey

This split transcends the usual Yankees versus Phillies, 7-Eleven versus Wawa, sub versus hoagie North-South cliche. We’re talking brand new casinos — jobs, money, power — sparking a political frenzy. (Flanagan/NJTV)






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