Sources: meeting between Democratic leaders on gaming devolves into shouting match
TRENTON – They tried to head this North Jersey gaming question off before it got worse – and it got worse. No punches were thrown in this meeting of Democratic legislative leaders in Speaker Vincent Prieto’s (D-32) outer office but it was close, as North v. South tensions erupted in a flash of of anger between two prime players. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Senate oversight committee examines impact of alternative investments, including hedge funds, on pension system
TRENTON – At a time when the uncertain future of New Jersey’s pension system is a prime concern in the halls of power, state legislators, officials and experts parried back and forth at a Senate Legislative Oversight Committee meeting at the State House in Trenton on Thursday about an added and increasing concern: the role of alternative investments in the state pension fund portfolio and the level of management fees paid out to hedge funds. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)
Like LD2, North Jersey gaming opposition a political quandary for LD1 opponents
TRENTON — The second legislative district isn’t the only place where plans for bringing casinos to North Jersey are drawing the ire of South Jersey officials — and creating a political quandary for split-ticket representatives in the heat of one of the most competitive Assembly races in the state this year. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)
Sweeney and Prieto Underground: timing questions amid Guv 2017 war drums
TRENTON – They’ve gently butted heads a lot lately in these backrooms, the former weight lifter and former body builder, each trying to out-bench press and out-flex the other on questions of policy amid North versus South Jersey political pageantry. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
‘So bad, so dirty’: Opponents of Exxon settlement stage final protest on statehouse steps
TRENTON — Closing in one the end of a public comment period on the deal, after which it will go before a judge for approval, environmental activists and opponents of the state’s $225 million settlement with Exxon Mobil took to the statehouse steps today to vent their anger — and accuse Gov. Chris Christie of using the issue as a “bargaining chip” in his 2016 White House bid. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)
Paterson Ward One Race: Martinez pursuing council seat
Paterson educator and family funeral home co-owner Manny Martinez picked up petitions Monday to run for City Council in the 1st Ward general election in November.
This is that seat former Ward Councilman Anthony Davis occupied before going down in a bribery scandal. Earlier this year, Davis pleaded guilty to taking $10,000 from an FBI informant and received two years. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Diegnan’s bill protecting schools from loss of state aid over PARCC opt-outs passes through committee
TRENTON — Amid ongoing controversy over the standardized testing, members of the Assembly Education Committee today released a bill that would prevent school districts from being punished over student PARCC exam opt-outs.
Introduced — and advanced — at the committee’s meeting today, the bill ( A-4485) sponsored by Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan (D-18) would prohibit the state from “unjustly” penalizing schools where a majority of students refuse to take the tests, potentially by withholding state aid or placing them on a corrective action plan. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)
Rumana on a November ballot question for North Jersey casinos: ‘The timing is right’
TRENTON – Veteran Assembly Republican Whip Scott Rumana (R-40) will be the point person for the Republican caucus on the gaming question. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Assembly Judiciary sends up bill to crack down on lobbying
TRENTON — A good-government bill aimed at “guarding against ethical and financial indiscretions” when it comes to lobbying in New Jersey passed through the Assembly Judiciary Committee this afternoon with little debate. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)
New Jersey strikes deal to get heroin antidote cheaper
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Police departments and other emergency responders in New Jersey will not have to pay as much for a drug that reverses the effects of opioid overdoses. (Associated Press)
N.J. Assembly panel approves bill that would protect funding for schools with high rate of test refusal
The state would not be able to withhold aid from schools with high numbers of students refusing to take state tests, under a bill approved by the Assembly Education Committee on Thursday.
The bill was drafted in response to comments by the education commissioner that the state could cut funding to schools that do not have enough participation in the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers exams. Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan, D-Middlesex, the bill sponsor, said it was unfair to punish districts for decisions made by parents. (Adely/The Record)
Source: casino ballot question this year ‘deader than disco’
Getting Hard Rock on the ballot this year would be akin to resurrecting Jim Morrison and the Doors, a source on the inside of the casino kerfuffle tonight told PolitickerNJ.
Adding insult to metaphorical injury, the well-heeled source invoked another musical genre anathema to hard rock and roll fans. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Teague backing Martinez in Paterson City Council race
School Board Member Corey Teague will not pursue a Paterson First Ward Council seat, as he originally planned. “I found out that Manny Martinez picked up petitions and so I’ve decided to back him for now and possibly run for an at-large seat sometime in the future,” said Teague. “It seems like a better move for me. I’ll do another term on the board and then gear myself up for the council. The reality is that I don’t really have the organization to pull it off right now. The school board is city-wide. I’m yet working but my day is coming.” (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)