McGreevey to Christie: ‘Go with God’
TRENTON – PolitickerNJ asked former Gov. James McGreevey about Gov. Chris Christie’s impending announcement regarding his 2016 run for the presidency.
“Christie running for prez. Thoughts?” PolitickerNJ inquired of the former governor, once considered presidential material in party circles.
“Go with God,’ said McGreevey, who now runs the prisoner reentry program in Jersey City for Hudson County. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Codey on budget season: ‘Anti-climactic is an understatement’
TRENTON — The long-serving lawmaker in state history says this year’s budget season was quick — quicker, in fact, than any he’s ever seen.
State Senator Richard Codey (D-27), who joined the legislature in 1974 as an Assemblyman from Essex, and later served as governor from 2004 to 2006, told PolitickerNJ that he’s shocked at how quickly lawmakers moved through the budgeting process, which began earlier this month and wound to a close today with final voting sessions in the Senate and Assembly before the end of the current fiscal year tomorrow night. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)
DiMaio and McHose prepare for kickoff: ‘Imagine Christie across from Putin’
From the western rim of New Jersey, Assemblywoman Alison Litell McHose (R-24) and Assemblyman John DiMaio (R-23) considered the imminent presidential candidacy of Gov. Chris Christie.
“I’m really proud for New Jersey and excited for the positive exposure,” McHose told PolitickerNJ. “Obviously, I’m supporting him and I think he will be a great president. His appeal is broader than some people think. We will know a lot more after New Hampshire.” (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Surprise pension resolution launches Assembly into 11th-hour budget debate
TRENTON — Launching lawmakers into last-minute debate prior to the close of an otherwise subdued budget season, Assembly Democrats introduced and voted up a resolution at their session today that urges Gov. Chris Christie to make a an upfront $1.3 billion pension payment at the start of the coming fiscal year. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)
On press conference call, Currie slams Christie ahead of prez run kickoff
TRENTON – A few hours before a Monmouth County fundraiser for Hillary Clinton, Democratic State Party Chairman John Currie kept his public focus on Governor Chris Christie, trashing the Republican on the eve of Christie’s Livingston High School campaign launch.
“Tomorrow he’s gonna tell it like it is,” said Currie this afternoon on a conference call with reporters, a reference to the governor’s campaign slogan. “He might even tell you to sit down and shut up. Listen to me he is not telling it like it is.” (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
West New York man arrested for allegedly conspiring with ISIL
A Hudson County man was arrested at his home this morning for allegedly conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a designated foreign terrorist organization, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman of the District of New Jersey (pictured), Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin, and Special Agent in Charge Richard M. Frankel of the FBI’s Newark Division announced.
Alaa Saadeh, 23, of West New York, is charged by complaint with conspiring with other individuals in New Jersey and New York to provide services and personnel to ISIL, aiding and abetting an attempt to provide services and personnel to ISIL, and attempting to persuade a witness to lie to the FBI. He is scheduled to appear this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Cathy L. Waldor in Newark federal court. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Assembly jettisons millionaires tax, increases State earned income tax credit
TRENTON – The Assembly signed off on the conditional veto of the millionaire’s tax while increasing the State earned income tax credit from 20% to 30% of federal earned income tax credit for taxable years 2015 and thereafter.
The bill passed 62-4-2.
“I want to thank the majority party [for seeing the error of the millionaire’s tax],” cracked Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-21). (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Baraka on Christie, Newark schools local control deal: “I’m not going to allow myself to be played”
NEWARK – Days after the resignation of Newark Schools Superintendent Cami Anderson and hours after the joint announcement with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie of the formation of a nine-member board charged with easing the transition of the Newark school system back to local control from state control, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, in a situation that some political observers feel to be revolutionary in the summer of 2015, evoked the memory of another leader who led another revolution in another country close to 100 years ago.
“I feel like Michael Collins here,” Baraka told PolitickerNJ in an exclusive weekend interview, referring to the Irish rebel leader who led his country’s armed forces during the Irish War of Independence against British occupation from 1919 to 1921. “Ultimately, our goal is local control. And our fight has to be feverishly focused on returning local control back to the citizens of this town. We have the opportunity to get all of what we want if we work hard now. To pass up on this opportunity would be almost sinful. We have to focus our energy on getting back local control when we can.” (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)
Suarez on her way to Hudson Prosecutor’s Office after Senate Judiciary hearing
Read more at TRENTON – The Senate Judiciary Committee this morning released the nomination of Esther Suarez to be the next prosecutor of Hudson County. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Chris Christie’s nothing-left-to-lose campaign
When Chris Christie launches his presidential campaign Tuesday, it won’t look anything like the one he once envisioned.
Gone is the idea of an expansive, state-by-state primary election strategy. Iowa, despite the early visits and Christie’s cultivation of a relationship with Gov. Terry Branstad, is probably out the window, too. And forget about the prospect of a cash-flush campaign: The New Jersey governor is now expected to raise just a fraction of what his top opponents will rake in. (Isenstadt/Politico)
Chris Christie Sets Up Campaign Web Site Before Expected Presidential Run
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie launched a presidential campaign website Saturday, another signal that he soon will enter the Republican primary race.
The website, http://www.chrischristie.com, includes Mr. Christie’s slogan, “Telling it Like it Is,” a phrase he’s used in town-hall meetings he’s held in recent weeks in early primary states. (Haddon/Wall Street Journal)
Brash Personality Seen as Chris Christie’s Main Asset
Nassiruddin named Chief of Staff for Newark Central Ward Councilwoman Gayle Chaneyfield Jenkins
EWARK – Khalil Nassiruddin has been named Chief of Staff for Newark Central Ward Councilwoman Gayle Chaneyfield Jenkins, according to a source close to the councilwoman’s office. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)
Bergen County Announces Formation of LGBT Advisory Committee
Bergen County Executive James J. Tedesco III and the Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders today announced the formation of the County’s first Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Advisory Committee. This announcement coincides with LGBT Pride Month and the 46th anniversary of the Stonewall riots (considered the start of the gay rights movement in the United States). Bergen County’s LGBT Advisory Committee would be one of only 2 such county committees in the State. (PolitickerNJ)
Chris Christie: One more day!
Now, if it wasn’t already certain, Gov. Chris Christie is leaving little doubt that the official kickoff of his long-awaited presidential run will happen tomorrow. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)
Senate sends ‘Democracy Act’ to Christie’s desk
Sticking to their end-of-the-month timeline, Democrats in the Senate sent a sprawling bill to overhaul the state’s voting laws to Gov. Chris Christie’s desk during their afternoon voting session.
“Dubbed the “Democracy Act”, the legislation aims to expand voter access and modernize the process amid a shifting population that experts say is expected to change dramatically in the next several years. Among the bill’s measures are provision to strength voter fraud laws in the state, expand vote-by-mail procedures, and expand early voting. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)
Second veto override attempt on S-2249 will not see vote today
TRENTON — They came close — dangerously close — the first time around, but Senate Democrats will not try for a second veto override of a bill that would put a stop to the transferring of residents with developmental disabilities from out-of-state facilities to residential placements in New Jersey at their voting session today. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)
Senate Judiciary Committee releases Rigby nomination
TRENTON – The Senate Judiciary Committee this morning released Gov. Chris Christie’s nomination for the Rutgers University Board of Governors.
Joseph M. Rigby, an MBA and CPA, will replace Gordon MacInness on the board.
Three Democratic senators had problems with Rigby. Two voted no and one abstained. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Sussex Chairman’s Race: Scanlan v. Ploetner
There’s a big event in New Jersey politics tomorrow.
State Senator Steve Oroho (R-24) (above) and the Sussex County GOP will pick a new chairperson at the Sussex County Technical School cafeteria in Sparta at 7 p.m. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)