Today in Trenton: ExxonMobil protest
ExxonMobil protest, a new insight on pension and benefits, and a host of committee hearings. Here’s a brief look at what’s happening in the statehouse on Thursday. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)
Winners and Losers: Post-Primary Election Edition
All right, don’t complain. You don’t like it? Fine. You think this state is a disaster area? Okay. But don’t complain. Just do not dare complain. Road rage? Suck it up. Violent crime? Suck it up. High property taxes? Suck it up. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Assembly judiciary hearing in Bayonne on proposed Exxon settlement draws ire from politicos, public
BAYONNE – The final public hearing held by the state Assembly Judiciary Committee in Bayonne before a Superior Court judge begins the process of rendering a final judgment on the state’s proposed $225 million settlement pertaining to lawsuits first brought by New Jersey against Exxon Mobil regarding pollution at several Garden State sites drew rancor from politicians, environmental advocates and members of the public alike on Wednesday. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)
Green to pursue another two-year term as Union County Democratic Chair
Defeated locally last night, Jerry Green will run for another two year-term as chairman of the Union County Democratic Committee.
“That’s correct,” the chairman told PolitickerNJ.
“I want to thank the people in the City of Plainfield who have supported me as their chairman,” he added. “The town has been totally divided. The final vote tally was 18 for me versus 43 for [Mayor Adrian Mapp]. I’m not going to sour grapes.” (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Prieto, other Dem leaders, say they want gaming question on November ballot
Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32) and establishment Democratic Party and labor leaders today formally declared their support for the North Jersey gaming question to go on the general election ballot this November. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Pennacchio to Republicans statewide: Let Morris County be a lesson to you
Though some might have invariably looked on with disgust at the unholy alliance between labor unions and one of the freeholder teams that delivered two of its candidates to victory in last night’s Morris County primary, state Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) wasn’t one of them. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)
In conservative Morris County, the healing process begins
MORRISTOWN — They stood, eyes glued to the screen, in semi-circles around monitors positioned throughout the room in the county clerk’s office on election night, noshing on plates of sandwiches and cans of soda as they watched the red gauges expand in width next to the names. Cesaro. Myers. Tedesco and Smith. Scapicchio. Krickus. Here the gauges jumped; the candidates with the lead shifted. With 25 percent of districts reporting, it looked like it might be Krickus, Smith, Scapicchio. They jumped again. With 56 percent districts reporting, it could have been Cesaro, Krickus, Scapicchio. Jumped again. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)
Christie gets acquainted in South Carolina
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – South Carolina has a history of rough-and-tumble political campaigns. But that may not translate to Republicans in this early presidential primary state’s embracing a sometimes-brash governor from New Jersey.
Making his first visit here since January, Gov. Christie got positive reviews this week from Republicans who liked his directness. Some in the state, which handed former House Speaker Newt Gingrich a primary win in 2012, considered his off-the-cuff side an asset. (Hanna/Philadelphia Inquirer)
Houseboat Is Home for Now as Full Sandy Recovery Eludes Chris Christie
Bill Halbeisen’s kitchen tap flows courtesy of a hook-up to a neighbor’s lawn hose. For bathing, another buddy obliges with a heated outdoor shower.
Such is life aboard a 35-foot houseboat moored behind Halbeisen’s ruined home in Manahawkin, New Jersey, more than 30 months after Hurricane Sandy obliterated Atlantic coastal neighborhoods and catapulted Governor Chris Christie to record approval for his response to the storm. (Young/Bloomberg)
Hard Rock Casino Plan Unveiled For New Jersey’s Meadowlands
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.—Developers and elected officials ratcheted up demands on Wednesday for a statewide referendum to expand gambling to the northern part of the state, a display of public pressure timed to coincide with the unveiling of a proposed $1 billion Hard Rock Casino in the Meadowlands.
The casino would feature 5,000 slot machines and 200 tables for gambling, along with a giant guitar that operators said could be visible from Manhattan. It would be located west of New York City, adjacent to MetLife Stadium, where the New York Giants and New York Jets play. (Haddon/Wall Street Journal)
N.J. education chief to unveil plans for review of academic standards
TRENTON – The state’s top education official said Wednesday that he will unveil plans next month for a sweeping review of academic standards to answer Governor Christie’s call for an overhaul. (Adely/The Record)
In Bayonne, Doria, Chiaravalloti embrace after win in LD 31 Assembly Dem primary race
BAYONNE – A familiar political face flickered back into the spotlight on Tuesday night at the Hudson County Democratic Organization’s shindig celebrating the organization slate’s win in the 31st Legislative District Democratic Assembly primary race. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)
Giantomasi appointed to the Advisory Board for Real Estate
Francis J. Giantomasi, a name member of Chiesa, Shahinian & Giantomasi PC, has been appointed to the Advisory Board of The Center for Real Estate at Rutgers Business School, a program positioned to transform and inspire the next generation of real estate leaders, the law firm announced today. (PolitickerNJ Staff)