Fast-tracked Democracy Act stalls amid feuding Democrats
TRENTON — Yesterday’s Senate Budget Committee meeting was mostly about getting through Democrats’ $35.3 billion spending plan for the coming fiscal year, but amid all the talk about pensions and millionaires taxes was the quiet tabling of another major progressive initiative. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)
Budget time nuggets and other nightmares
TRENTON – Some thoughts from the backrooms.
Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) and state Senator Ronald L. Rice quietly went into party mode over the Democracy Act bill, a work in progress meant to enfranchise minorities but whilch Rice said left minority legislators out of the bill-making process. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Jeb Bush coming to NJ next month for Kyrillos-sponsored fundraiser
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is coming to New Jersey next month for a fundraiser organized by state Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13) and GOP fundraising heavyweight Larry Bathgate.
According to the invite from Maria Chappa, “On behalf of Senator Joe Kyrillos and Larry Bathgate, we would like to welcome Presidential candidate, Governor Jeb Bush to New Jersey on Thursday July 23rd for an evening at Navesink Country Club in Middletown. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Liberal advocates slam Democrats over budget that does not solve for NJ Transit fare hikes
TRENTON — On the eve of a $35.8 billion budget vote in the legislature, and two weeks before board members of the state’s main public transportation corporation are expected to approve a nine percent fare hike on trains and buses, a team of environmental and economic activists gathered outside the statehouse today to compel lawmakers to come up with a last-minute solution to the problem. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)
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Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey has said that he will announce by the end of the month whether he is running for president. Among fellow Republicans at home, bets are that he announces he’s running around July 4, likely on the Jersey Shore. (Zernike/The New York Times)
NJ Transit labor strife could hike fares further
Riders on NJ Transit are already hopping mad about a proposed 9 percent fare increase. Hundreds of them have bombarded the agency since April with angry emails, letters and in-person testimonials opposing the move, which will fill a $56 million budget gap if approved three weeks from now by NJ Transit’s board members.
But what if this fare increase is only the beginning? (Maag/The Record)
Bill to permit smaller Atlantic City casinos advances
ATLANTIC CITY — New Jersey is moving forward with its plan to allow smaller casinos in Atlantic City.
The state legislature is watering down the requirements of a 2011 law designed to attract developers willing to build new, smaller and less costly casinos with as few as 200 hotel rooms.
A bill that has passed Assembly and Senate committees removes the requirement that one of the two projects eventually expand to 500 rooms. (Parry/The Record)
Offshore windmill fight headed to New Jersey Supreme Court
ATLANTIC CITY — A company that wants to build windmills off the coast of Atlantic City is taking its case to New Jersey’s top court.
Fishermen’s Energy announced Monday that it filed legal papers Thursday with the state Supreme Court. The firm hopes to overturn a recent state appellate court ruling that rejected the plan. (Associated Press)
The HCDO versus the HCDO and the McCann/Walter Divide
When PolitickerNJ recently asked a Hudson insider who was the best Jersey City mayor of the best 50 years, the source unequivocally said, “Gerry McCann,” who now wears a stop watch around his neck clocking other people’s times instead of himself routinely sprinting up the steps of City Hall.
The same source confirmed that McCann – who did two years for mail fraud in the early 1990s – was not just a polarizing political figure – but the grand polarizing figure in Hudson politics in the1980s.
McCann was so politically polarizing that he actually gave rise to two versions of the Hudson County Democratic Organizations (HCDO), a mischaracterization if you ask him, which we did. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Source: Sires won’t leave before 2018
Despite some buzz to the contrary, U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-8) is definitely running again in 2016, according to Hudson sources
In part, the congressman’s continuing life span in Congress has to do with the Hudson County Democratic Organization’s (HCDO) requirement of keeping Assemblyman Vincent Prieto (D-32) installed as speaker.
Sires – who has an upcoming fundraiser scheduled at the Liberty House on July 20th – also wants to do it, another source close to the congressman said.
Most see Prieto ultimately following the same path as Sires, and gliding up from the speakership to succeed his fellow Cuban American in the U.S. House of Representatives. But Hudson needs Prieto where he is in state politics at least through the 2017 gubernatorial election – both as a stabilizing presence and as a bartering chip. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)