PolitickerNJ News Digest: August 10th

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It’s the start of a new week in New Jersey politics, and the end of a news-filled weekend.
Crowd hardly ginned for Jindal at Indian Independence parade
You almost get the sense that if Bobby Jindal had shown up on a float at this weekend’s 11th annual Indian Independence Day Parade he’d have heard boos. The Indian American Louisiana governor running for president in the 2016 Republican Presidential Primary just doesn’t engender a lot of love here among his fellows at an event that feels, in the middle of it with drums driving and synthesizer-enhanced sitars twanging, like the biggest Indian extravaganza going on right now on planet earth.
(Max Pizarro, Politickernj.com)
Former New Jersey State Senate Executive Director Kathy Crotty has died
Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) issued a statement on the death of Kathy Crotty of Ewing, for years the lynchpin of day-to-day operations of the New Jersey Senate.
(Max Pizarro, Politickernj.com)
Former Newark Teachers Union President Joseph Del Grosso has died
American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten issued a statement on the death of former Newark Teachers Union President Joseph Del Grosso.
(Max Pizarro, Politickernj.com)
Several sites wrongly accuse Chris Christie of lying about 9-10-01 appointment
One of the most compelling moments of Thursday’s Republican presidential debate occurred when Chris Christie and Rand Paul tangled over security vs. civil liberties. Gov. Christie more than held his own in the dustup and one rhetorical flourish that worked for him was to say, “I was appointed U.S. attorney by President Bush on September 10th, 2001, and the world changed enormously the next day, and that happened in my state.” It gave the governor credibility in the space and he reminded viewers that he was “the only person on this stage … who has prosecuted and investigated and jailed terrorists in this country after September 11th.”
(Ken Kurson, Politickernj.com)
Former NFL Star convicted in conspiracy case
Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced that former Pro Bowl NFL wide receiver Irving Fryar and his mother were convicted at trial on charges that they conspired to steal more than $1.2 million by having the mother fraudulently obtain six home equity loans on her home – five within a six-day period – and also falsely obtain a loan on the home where Fryar lives.
(Politicker staff, Politickernj.com)
Baraka urges Newarkers to join the March Against Violence
They mobilized, ward by ward, like army rifle companies without rifles, converging on Market and Broad in the name of peace, with Mayor Ras Baraka in a black muscle t-shirt with the words “We are Newark” printed on it leading the charge from down south.
(Max Pizarro, Politickernj.com)
NJ insiders react to first GOP debate
PolitickerNJ interviewed some influential New Jersey lawmakers and figures to see what they had to say about Thursday’s GOP debate. Find out what they took away from the debate and who they believe came out on top.
(Alyana Alfaro and JT Aregood, Politickernj.com)
GOP debate reinforces Trump’s lack of leadership
A lot happened in Thursday’s Fox News ‪GOP Debate‬, but for me two huge leadership issues played out and both were hard to watch on every level.
(Steve Adubato, Politickernj.com)
Shake-up for Steve Fulop’s communications team
Fulop is getting a new flack.
A shake-up in Mayor Steve Fulop’s office is leading to the reassignment of longtime city spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill, according to multiple sources familiar with the move.
(Terrence T. McDonald, The Jersey Journal)
Rand Paul pushes Chris Christie debate fight into cartoon territory
A fight between Gov. Chris Christie and U.S. Sen. Rand Paul over government surveillance that played out on stage at the 2016 Republican presidential primary debate last week has prompted the Kentucky senator to seek cartoon depictions of the heated exchange from his supporters.
(Erin O’Neill, NJ.com)
N.J. remains a Hollywood backlot, despite end to tax credits
Last month, New Jersey killed a tax credit program offering lucrative tax breaks and incentives aimed at luring Hollywood productions to the Garden State.
There apparently will be no sequel.
(Ted Sherman, NJ.com)
Delaware River flood plan features protective barriers, home buyouts
Sitting on the banks of the Delaware River has always been a boon to Greenwich Township and the surrounding Gloucester County area, but with sea levels expected to rise in the next 50 years — bringing the river’s level up as well — the town could be threatened by floods in the near future.
(Rebecca Forand, NJ.com)
Monmouth poll Christie blasted helped get him into 2016 debate
Gov. Chris Christie wasn’t the only one from Jersey to get a prominent presidential debate spot in the eyes of Fox News.
(The Auditor, NJ.com)
Why N.J. Cuban-Americans Menendez & Sires detest Obama’s Cuba policy
It is said that politics stops at the water’s edge. For U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez and Rep. Albio Sires, that’s where it begins.
(Jonathan D. Salant, NJ.com)
As gas tax revenue dips, Connecticut And New Jersey take opposite paths to transportation funding
When debate swirls over the proposed 30-year, $100 billion overhaul of the state’s transportation network, some voices argue that Connecticut is glaringly unique in its woes, a poster child for either overtaxing or undertaxing, short-sighted underspending or rampant waste. In the Northeast, two distinct styles of addressing the issue have emerged: Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is portraying himself as the most pro-transportation governor in decades, while New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie presents himself as a hard-nosed fiscal conservative who carefully holds the line against unsustainable budget increases, including those for transportation projects.
Don Stacom, The Hartford Courant)
$1.2B for what? Much of the cash spent on scrapped plan for ARC tunnel will go to waste
Taxpayers have spent nearly $1.2 billion on the as-yet-fruitless effort to expand rail access across the Hudson, according to new information obtained from the Port Authority, NJ Transit and other government agencies.
(Christopher Maag, The Record)
Liberty Park advocates seek hearings on potential money-making projects, report says
The Record’s Scott Fallon reports that Friends of Liberty State Park, the volunteer organization that advocates for the Jersey City waterfront park, is seeking public hearings on a report that details possible money-making projects for the park.
(Ken Thorbourne, The Jersey Journal)
(Don Stacom, The Hartford Courant)
Did debate spur a Chris Christie comeback?
Gov. Chris Christie finally brought his “New Jersey” voice to the campaign for the Republican Party nomination for president.
(Bob Jordan, Asbury Park Press)
Red Bank councilman will resign following video
After a video was released of Red Bank’s council president Arthur Murphy III deriding patrons of a former business, the councilman plans to resign, according to the head of the Monmouth County Democrats.
(Devin Loring, Asbury Park Press)
Legal fees in Exxon case could cost state more than $50 million
Just over a fifth of a proposed $225 million settlement between the Christie administration and ExxonMobil will go toward legal fees if a Superior Court judge approves the deal.
(Michael Catalini, Associated Press)
Federal budget cuts could hurt homeless in Morris
If automatic, across-the-board sequestration cuts aren’t stopped on Capitol Hill, a Morris County team of 12 case managers who specialize in homeless outreach here could lose two members.
(Lorraine Ash, The Daily Record)
‘Committee’ ends call to rename Boonton Twp., but still active
The majority has spoken in Boonton Township, and the minority is backing down.
Or is it?
William Westhoven, The Daily Record)
NJ hospitals hit with Medicare penalties for high readmission rates
The cuts total nearly $23 million for the state and just about every hospital in New Jersey will feel it. 64 out of 65 hospitals are being hit with penalties — in the form of lower Medicare reimbursements which are the result of high patient readmission rates.
(Briana Vannozzi, NJTVnews.com)
Donald Trump in Atlantic City: Jackpot or crackpot?
In 1984, when Donald Trump opened Trump Plaza, his first Atlantic City casino, the man was sizzling — his portfolio of Manhattan properties was the only bona fide needed to convince the public there was a real business acumen behind his trademark brassiness.
(Reuben Kramer and Christian Hetrick)
Why the A.C. PILOT deal is unlike any other PILOT deal
No one wanted a fight between Atlantic City and Atlantic County over the payments-in-lieu-of-taxes legislation meant to stabilize local tax bases.
(Michelle Brunetti Post, The Press of Atlantic City)
PolitickerNJ News Digest: August 10th