PolitickerNJ News Digest: July 28th


Hey hey, ho ho, Scotty G has got to go!
Hey hey, ho ho, Scotty G has got to go!

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Transportation secretary vents his frustration with Christie
Seeking a meeting with the two impacted governors someone in the next two weeks, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx fired off a
letter today to Governors Chris Christie and Andrew Cuomo noting the Obama Administration’s commitment to a new rail tunnel under the
Hudson River. The letter came on the heels of severe regional rail service disruptions and public statements made by Christie – who once took pleasure in killing the access to the region’s core (ARC) tunnel – about how the latest mess was the handiwork of Amtrak.
(Max Pizarrro, politickernj.com)
Prominent GOP attorney involved in Bergen County car wreck
Monday afternoon at the corner of Linwood Ave and Bruce Reynolds Blvd in Fort Lee, a car driven by prominent New Jersey attorney Mark J. Semeraro was totaled when a young woman ran a red light and pushed his car all the way onto the curb and into a lightpole.
(Ken Kurson, politickernj.com)
Why are LGBT activists targeting Scott Garrett?
GLEN ROCK – Led by Executive Director Andrea Bowen, a cavalcade of Garden State Equality allies Monday afternoon raised their voices in opposition to U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett (R-5) outside his district office, chanting “Hey hey, ho ho, Scotty G has got to go!”
(Max Pizarrro, politickernj.com)
Norcross losing veteran staffer to private sector
This is Democratic Party operative Fran Tagmire’s last week with U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross’ (D-1) office. Tagmire served as a staffer for U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews (D-1) prior to transitioning to the office of Norcross, Andrews; successor.
(Max Pizarro, politickernj.com)
Booker slams Garrett for bigotry
U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) denounced U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett’s (R-5) statements about gays as “bigotry plain and simple” at POLITICO’s rollout this morning of the national news website’s New Jersey Playbook.
(Max Pizarro, politickernj.com)
Hoboken’s mayor mum on city ward races
HOBOKEN – Mayor Dawn Zimmer declined to comment on the upcoming and potentially contentious Hoboken Ward races during an event at City Hall for promotions within the city’s fire department. According to Zimmer, the fire promotions event was about “celebrating the achievements of the firefighters” and not about politics.
(Alyana Alfaro, politickernj.com)
Pascrell reflects on campaigns that made his career
PATERSON – Bill Pascrell of the 6th Ward was 16 when his uncle took him to a meeting of the Paterson Democratic Party. Someone threw a chair at that event.
“I thought to myself, ‘This is interesting,’” recalled Pascrell.
(Max Pizarro, politickernj.com)
Who will Democrats pick for 5th District race?
The Camden County Democratic Committee this week is preparing to finalize the names of two people to run in the 5th District this year as the formal replacements on the ballot for Assemblyman Angel Fuentes and Assemblyman Whip Wilson.
(Max Pizarro, politickernj.com)
There’s more to District 2 race than arguments over casino referendum
TRENTON – With the assembly election for Legislative District 2 fast approaching, accusations are continuing to fly between the camps of incumbent Assemblymen Chris Brown and Vincent Mazzeo. Each side continues to accuse the other of being too dovish on the proposed referendum to allow new casinos in northern New Jersey in 2016.
(JT Aregood, politickernj.com)
Booker, Menendez court seniors in Union Township
UNION – Tables at the Union Township Senior Center were crowded as U.S. Senators Cory Booker and Robert Menendez took to the floor to make remarks celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Older Americans Act (OAA). The anniversary of the Act coincides with this month’s Senate approval to renew the OAA, which is now awaiting House vote.
(Alyana Alfaro, politickernj.com)
Booker, Menendez Discuss Iran Nuclear Deal
Speaking after a Union Township event, Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker shared their views Monday on the Iran nuclear deal.
(Michael Aron, NJTVNews)
South Jersey hospitals sue state over ambulance regulations
Two South Jersey hospital systems filed a lawsuit against the state Monday challenging a new law that stripped their hospitals of the right to provide emergency ambulance services and gave the business to Cooper University Hospital instead.
(Kathleen O’Brien, NJ.com)
N.J. structural deficit nearly same as when Christie took office
New Jersey is more than $10 billion short on what it would cost to fully fund schools, pensions, transportation projects, Medicaid and other programs, according to an estimate prepared by the state’s nonpartisan Office of Legislative Services and obtained by NJ Advance Media.
(Samantha Marcus, NJ.com)
Christie taps ex-classmates for plum posts
Gov. Chris Christie has remained especially close to his high school friends.
He launched his campaign for president in his old high school gymnasium, checks in by phone and attends reunions. But he’s also made a habit of selecting old classmates for plum state positions, judgeships among them.
(Jill Colvin, Associated Press)
Christie: Trump a good guy, but doesn’t have prez skills
Gov. Chris Christie is doubling down on his assertion he’d make a better president than billionaire businessman Donald Trump. The governor, speaking to people living in the early-voting state of New Hampshire, didn’t hold back in his praise and criticisms of his Republican opponent.
(Matt Arco, NJ.com)
Booker: Don’t Underestimate Christie in 2016
TRENTON — Democratic U.S. Sen. Cory Booker won’t likely be giving Gov. Chris Christie his vote in 2016, but he says people shouldn’t underestimate the governor’s chances to win the Republican presidential nomination.
(Matt Arco, NJ.com)
Paterson police director adds airport tiff to lawsuit against PA
Paterson Police Director Jerry Speziale contends that the Port Authority police violated his civil rights when they detained him for more than three hours on Friday at John F. Kennedy International Airport, his attorney says in a letter.
(Minjae Park, The Record)
Should Christie be forced to quit?
The Democrats in Trenton have had quite enough of the cost, financial and otherwise, of Gov. Chris Christie’s longshot run for the White House. In this they are reflecting the attitudes of more and more New Jerseyans of all political stripes.
(Asbury Park Press)
Brown hosts panel against North Jersey casinos
About 150 people turned out Monday night in Egg Harbor Township for a panel discussion focused on a possible expansion of casino gaming to northern New Jersey.
(John Santore, The Press of Atlantic City)
Quote of the day: “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything,” – Mark Twain
PolitickerNJ News Digest: July 28th