Morning News Digest: July 22nd



DiVincenzo Slams Torricelli as ‘Disrespectful’

WEST ORANGE – Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo upbraided former U.S. Senator Bob Torricelli for what he sees as Torricelli’s visible eagerness to hit the campaign trail for a U.S. Senate seat while U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) fights federal corruption charges. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)



Norcross Moves in on Torricelli, Denounces ‘Discourteous’ Behavior

South Jersey Democratic Leader George Norcross III doubled down this evening on Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo’s negative assessment of former Senator Bob Torricelli’s behavior against the backdrop of indicted U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ). (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)



Passaic Regular Republican Executive Committee Sets Up Murphy’s Return

The executive committee of the Passaic County Regular Republican Organization tonight by a vote of 16-4 cleared a barricade that prevented former County Committee Chair Peter Murphy of Totowa from reclaiming a seat on the committee and granted him a pathway back to the chairmanship of the party. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




Assemblyman Garcia will Run for Ward 6 Council Seat in Hoboken

Bounced out of his Assembly reelection bid as a consequence of brass knuckle Hudson politics, lame duck Assemblyman Carmelo Garcia (D-33) is running for a local council seat in his hometown of Hoboken. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




Temp Nation: Christie Administration has Unprecedented Number of ‘Acting’ Appointees

One of the central planks of Chris Christie’s presidential candidacy—its very thesis—is that he’ll do for the country what he’s done for New Jersey. Whether that record is admirable or not is for the voters to decide and Christie’s campaign is clearly confident that they’ll like what they see. But one piece of inside Jersey baseball that might not translate so well when projected on a national stage is the strange lack of success Christie has had in permanently filling open spots, including important ones. (Sanders/PolitickerNJ)




McGreevey, State Leaders Focus on Prisoner Reentry

JERSEY CITY—Former Governor Jim McGreevey was joined by officials from all over New Jersey in Jersey City today to unveil the newly modernized facility for the Jersey City Employment and Training Program (JCETP) that will fill one of the long-vacant buildings at Sacred Heart Church. (Alfaro/PolitickerNJ)



Hoboken Ward 4 Race: Six Questions for Tim Occhipinti

Councilman Tim Occhipinti joined the Hoboken City Council representing the city’s Fourth Ward in 2010 during a special election. In May of 2011, the councilman was elected to a full four-year term. Now, Occhipinti is facing off against challengers Dana Wefer and Ruben Ramos as he aims to keep his seat on the Council. (Alfaro/PolitickerNJ)



Stile: Hard-Charging Trump Dominates Spotlight, Candidates like Christie Get Lost in Noise

SUN CITY, S.C. — The national Republican Party leaders want Donald Trump to tone it down and play nice. And some would prefer he just go away. (Stile/The Bergen Record)



Former Bogota Councilman Guilty of Punching Previous Mayor

A former Bogota councilman has been found guilty of assaulting the borough’s previous mayor. (DiDuch/The Bergen Record)



Garrett Keeps Quiet on Gay Candidates as His Donation Stance Splits GOP

Rep. Scott Garrett returned to the Capitol and cast two votes on uncontroversial bills Tuesday night, but he continued to avoid public comment about his own controversial opposition to financing gay Republican candidates, a position that has deeply divided members of his party. (Jackson/The Bergen Record)



Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman Joins Chris Christie as National Finance Co_Chair

Hewlett-Packard Inc. Chief Executive Officer Meg Whitman has signed on to Chris Christie’s national finance team as a co-chair, a marquee name on a roster that includes hedge fund managers and business executives. (Dopp/Bloomberg News)



Baraka Criticizes Newark Council over ‘Distractions’

NEWARK – Mayor Ras Baraka took members of the Municipal Council to task Tuesday morning, accusing them of failing to adequately back his initiatives. (Ivers/NJ Advance Media for



Jeb Bush Coming to NJ in July to Raise Money

TRENTON — Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush will host two fundraisers in New Jersey next month. (Friedman/




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