Stack, philosophical at his fundraiser, can’t suppress Hudson political designs
NORTH BERGEN – A saran wrapped opaqueness at dusk dominated the Hudson harbor, which looked like some cinematic homage to the work of Joseph Mallord (not Weehawken Mayor Richard) Turner, but it was actually the real thing, with New York glistening somewhere in the distance as a crowd of politicians jammed the floor of the Waterside Restaurant to pay fundraising tribute to Mayor Brian P. Stack. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
CD5 In Focus: Is Garrett vulnerable to a GOP Primary Opponent?
U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett’s (R-5) money – $2.2 million in the bank right now, according to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) – scares away most, and his past feasting on Democratic challengers make the district itself daunting, too, for the opposition party. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Openly Gay GOP Chairman Incredulous over Garrett’s Comments
Chair of the Passaic County Regular Republican Organization John Traier —who is openly gay — says that he finds it “hard to believe” that Congressman Scott Garrett (R-5) made statements citing his lack of support for the gay Republican community as a reason for withholding dues from the National Republican Congressional Committee. (Alfaro/PolitickerNJ)
Weinberg Calls on Christie to Denounce Garrett’s ‘disgusting behavior’
In response to news today that U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett (R-5) refused to give money to the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) because it backs gay candidates, Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-37) came out swinging. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
LD1 Battleground: Fiocchi Fires off a Letter to Obama’s EPA Administrator
Running for reelection in LD1 – one of the three most watched districts in the general election season – incumbent Republican Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi (R-1) made President Barack Obama his target today, firing off a letter to the Obama Administration’s Environmental Protection Agency head urging her and Obama to abandon their plans to increase ethanol levels up to the 15% level. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Mitchell: Bergen County Needs ‘Two-Party System’
LYNDHURST—John Mitchell, a challenger in Bergen County’s race for the Board of Chosen Freeholders said he is running for reelection in November for two reasons: 1. He wants to bring Bergen County back to a two party system and 2. He believes his budget methodology can benefit residents of Bergen County. (Alfaro/PolitickerNJ)
Chris Christie Calls for Criminal Justice Overhaul
Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie called for a national program to allow nonviolent, drug-addicted offenders to receive drug treatment instead of jail time and for changing the bail system to reduce the time suspects accused of minor crimes spend in jail awaiting trial.
The New Jersey governor used his fifth policy speech as a presidential contender Thursday to call also for stricter enforcement of federal immigration laws in so-called “sanctuary cities.” (Haddon/Wall Street Journal)
New Jersey gives tax break to longtime Christie donor
One of the most recent beneficiaries of the Christie administration’s Oprah-esque distribution of corporate tax breaks happens to be one of the New Jersey governor’s top donors, the International Business Times reports. (Quay/NJ Watchdog)
The New Republican Power Players in 2016: Wives (And One Husband)
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was making his way slowly down Main Street in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, held up by yet another fan who wanted a selfie along the parade’s route. The process was delaying the day in July, throwing the whole campaign off-schedule and making Christie’s aides nervous about making it to the next stop. Enter Mary Pat Christie, campaign’s all-purpose fixer. Her task for the day: be the antidote to any long-winded well-wisher or fat-fingered iPhone user. (Elliott/TIME)
Chris Christie calls for ‘fresh approach’ to criminal justice
Chris Christie, decrying the large number of Americans in prison, on Thursday said it’s time to fix what he called “a broken criminal justice system.”
“Today, our prisons contain more people than any other nation in the world – 25 percent of the world’s prisoners,” the New Jersey governor and 2016 presidential candidate said in a speech in Camden, New Jersey. “I believe in American exceptionalism, but that’s not an achievement I think any of us want.” (Collins/Politico)
Chris Christie’s Debut Brings No Bounce as He Risks Missing Fox Debate
After Jeb Bush announced plans to run for president, his standing in a national survey got a 6 percentage-point bump. Donald Trump’s announcement meant an 11-point bump.
Chris Christie? No such bump.
Since New Jersey’s governor made it official June 30, his support has dropped to 2 percent from 4 percent in a nationwide Monmouth University poll with a 5.4 percentage-point error margin. He tied for ninth place with four other potential Republican primary candidates in a Fox News survey released the week before before his announcement. (Dopp/Bloomberg)
NJ begins eminent domain process against beach land owners
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie’s administration has begun legal proceedings to obtain land from beachfront property owners so the state can build dunes to protect against storms.
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection said Thursday it filed eminent domain actions in superior court in Cape May and Ocean counties. (Associated Press)
CAIR Issues Statement Condemning Killing of Four Marines
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned a deadly attack in Tennessee that left four Marines dead.
In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:
“We condemn this horrific attack in the strongest terms possible. Such inexcusable acts of violence must be repudiated by Americans of all faiths and backgrounds. The American Muslim community stands shoulder to shoulder with our fellow citizens in offering condolences to the loved ones of those killed and injured and in rejecting anyone who would harm our nation’s safety and security. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families impacted by this tragedy.” (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
The Full Text of Governor Christie’s Criminal Justice Reform Speech
Thank you Dan for that kind introduction and giving me the chance to see the kind of good work your organization is doing here in Camden. I just had a tour of Hope Hall, and I had a chance to have a real conversation with some of the people who are working to get their lives back. And just as it always is when I get to hear people’s stories, it was both rewarding and useful for me, and a great inspiration.
I also want to thank the Volunteers of America for welcoming us. Your program is deeply impressive – and as you’re going to hear me talk about today, I think what you do is something that fills a real need in our community. (PolitickerNJ)
Watch: Senator Booker on Criminal Justice Reform
U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) appeared on MSNBC this morning to discuss the ramifications of President Barack Obama’s visit to a federal prison in Oklahoma.
Watch Booker’s appearance here. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)