Morning News Digest: June 2nd


Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32), left, and SEIU 32BJ's Political Director Julie Diaz.
Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32), left, and SEIU 32BJ’s Political Director Julie Diaz.

LD20 Tractor Beam: Quijano and Holley ready for Election Day closeup

ELIZABETH and UNION – New Jersey’s 20th. This district gave birth to Tony Williams, the angelic voice of the Platters, suckled the likes of Judy Blume and Ray Liotta to its maritime breast, bears the remains of Stephen Crane, contains a raging immigrant American population unequal parts African-American, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Colombian, Irish, Polish, and probably everything else, and each Election Day takes another very hard run at itself, two willful sides of its myriad personalities coming off their stools for the next round. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)



All quiet on rainy Westfield front as Christie attends GOP Assembly fundraiser

WESTFIELD – A bevy of Republican stalwarts, including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, braved the rain and came out to state Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick’s (R-21) Westfield home on Monday night to support the GOP campaign to take over the state Assembly in 2015. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)



An unholy, unlikely anti-North Jersey gaming alliance in LD2? Nah.

TRENTON — Assemblymen Vince Mazzeo (D-2) and Chris Brown (R-2) don’t agree on much. Nor should they — they’re a Democrat and Republican, respectively. And they’re both running for reelection this year. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)



In LD31, Jersey City’s Ward F, Fulop friends and foes face off in Assembly primary test

JERSEY CITY – If Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop is going to move smoothly one day into the heart of New Jersey power in Trenton, he has to travel unblocked down Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, the main artery of Jersey City’s Ward F, in the 31st Legislative District Democratic state Assembly primary on Tuesday. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)



Central Jersey lawmakers to Sweeney on gaming question: ‘What about us?’

Prominent state lawmakers from both parties want the question of casino gaming broadened to include consideration of Central Jersey. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)


As outside money pours in, GOP leaders pick a side in Morris County

MORRIS COUNTY — Citing recent rancor over campaign contributions, three Morris County Republican leaders — Republican Chairman John Sette, State Sen. Anthony R. Bucco and his son, State Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco — have chosen to take a side in the hotly contested Republican primary for county freeholder.



Poll: 2016 Republicans tightly bunched; Clinton’s image erodes

After five months of forums, fundraising appearances and trips to the early states, the 2016 Republican nomination contest is as unsettled as ever, with no candidate receiving more than 11 percent support and seven candidates all within three points of one another, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. (Balz, Craighill/The Washington Post)



Hillary Clinton camp seeks to both raise and lower expectations

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign spokesman on Monday sought to raise and lower expectations at the same time, announ­cing a New York City venue for her first big rally while also suggesting that she does not expect to break 50 percent in the early primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire. (Gearan/The Washington Post)



Candidates in contested primary races Tuesday across New Jersey

Listed below are the candidates in contested primaries in Tuesday’s election across Bergen, Passaic and Morris counties. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. (D) denotes Democrat, (R) denotes Republican, (I) denotes independent, * denotes incumbent. All council elections are for two seats unless otherwise noted. (The Bergen Record)



Jackson: Menendez case to simmer

Two months ago today, Sen. Bob Menendez was indicted on corruption charges, and since then he has made a concerted effort to show he is fully able to do his job. (Jackson/The Bergen Record)



Primary elections 2015: A look at contested races

TRENTON — All 80 Assembly seats are up for reelection this year. But in the 40 legislative districts, only five have contested races in Tuesday’s primary elections. (Friedman/The Star-Ledger)




  Morning News Digest: June 2nd