PolitickerNJ News Digest: August 14th

It’s the end of a busy week in New Jersey politics, and if you ask New Jersey voters, it should also be an end to Chris Christie’s time as governor.
Majority of New Jerseyans want Christie to resign
As N.J. Gov. Chris Christie builds his presidential campaign, a majority of registered voters in the Garden State say he should resign as governor, according to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. But when told that Democratic state legislators want to pass a law forcing
Christie – and all future governors – to resign upon making an official bid for president, voters change their tune.
(Politicker staff, Politickernj.com)
Currie to Christie: Resign
Reacting to Thursday’s poll indicating that a majority of New Jerseyans want Gov. Chris Christie to resign, New Jersey State Democratic Chairman John Currie said the nationally barnstorming governor should resign his job as the state’s chief executive.
(Max Pizarro, Politickernj.com)
In Brick, Ciesla reels from ‘Incredibly embarrassing, shocking and awful incident’
A still reeling former state Senator Andrew Ciesla said Republicans are committed to recovering in the aftermath of charges earlier this week that vaporized their star local candidate for office in a highly anticipated Brick Council race to determine control of the big Ocean County town.
(Max Pizarro, Politickernj.com)
Menendez: Rubio poses the risk of a ‘generational choice’
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) will be in New Jersey this evening for a fundraiser toward his 2016 presidential bid at the Colts Neck home of a mutual friend of U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ).
(Max Pizarro, Politickernj.com)
Smith: Board of Public Utilities should do more with renewable energy
At today’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, President of the Board of Public Utilities Richard Mroz was pressed by Senator Bob Smith about what he would do if reappointed to the board. Mroz was appointed in 2014 by Governor Chris Christie and has served in the position for ten months.
(Alyana Alfaro, Politickernj.com)
Perth Amboy Mayor Diaz to run next year for third term
Embroiled in a backroom war with the county and district-wide leaders of her party, Mayor Wilda Diaz said she is “determined” to land her choice for law director in this historic wharf front city.
(Max Pizarro, Politickernj.com)
Bramnick power on display at Baltustrol
It was one of those rooms where the power couldn’t help but impress itself.
This was the Baltusrol Golf Club on Tuesday evening, where Republican players came out in all their finery for Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-21).
(Max Pizarro, Politickernj.com)
Holocaust reparations bill passes Senate
Bill A1041 to exempt reparations received by Holocaust survivors from being levied,  executed or attached by private creditors passed by 31-0 in the legislature on Thursday afternoon, and awaits Governor Christie’s signature
(JT Aregood, Politickernj.com)
Daughter of former Assemblyman Adubato receives committee support for judgeship
Lisa Adubato, daughter of the late Assemblyman Michael Adubato, received the support this morning of the Senate Judiciary Committee in her
bid to be a Superior Court Judge.
(Max Pizarro, Politickernj.com)
Susan Shin Angulo nominated to become next Camden County Freeholder
Cherry Hill city councilwoman Susan Shin-Angulo has been nominated by the Camden County Democrats to run for the Camden County Freeholder seat in November’s election. Shin-Angulo currently serves on the Cherry Hill Township Council, the seat which earned her the distinction of being the first Korean-American woman elected to public office in New Jersey in 2009.
(JT Aregood, Politickernj.com)
Sweeney on the 2016 presidential race, the train tunnel and the state of the State House
When asked about how things are going in Trenton and if it feels like there is a void now that Gov. Chris Christie is out campaigning for his Presidential run, Sweeney said that things have felt slower than usual around the State House.
Advocates want pre-K funding available for all school districts throughout the state
Forty-five thousand New Jersey children attend state-funded preschool in 31 poor or Abbott districts.
But Advocates for Children of New Jersey and Pre-K Our Way say it’s time for Trenton to expand pre-K to the entire state.
(Michael Hill, NJTVNews.org)
Borough administrator who sued for racial bias fired
The Paulsboro Borough council voted along racial lines Thursday to terminate the employment of LeeAnn Ruggeri, the borough’s administrator and former financial officer who recently filed suit against the town and four members of council claiming racial bias after her previous demotion.
(Rebecca Forand, NJ.com)
N.J. Senate confirms 8 judges for Essex County
The state Senate on Thursday confirmed eight state Superior Court judges to serve in Essex County, cutting in half the number of judicial vacancies in New Jersey’s busiest courts.
(Samantha Marcus, NJ.com)
N.J. Congresswoman calls for federal probe into police shooting of Trenton 14-year-old
U.S. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman called Thursday for federal authorities to take over the investigation into the shooting of a Trenton 14-year-old by two police officers last week, citing concerns the public has lost faith in the state Office of the Attorney General.
(Keith Brown, NJ.com)
Debt collectors could be banned from bugging N.J. identity theft victims
The state Senate passed a bill Thursday that would require debt collectors to back off their efforts to collect from victims of identity theft until the debt is sorted out.
(Samantha Marcus, NJ.com)
Freeholders side with Fulop in Loew’s flap
Hudson County freeholders unanimously stripped a roughly $300,000 grant from the nonprofit group that runs the Landmark Loew’s Jersey
Theater, a victory for Mayor Steve Fulop’s administration.
(Terrence T. McDonald, The Jersey Journal)
Founder of N.J. pharmaceutical giant hosting Christie 2016 fundraiser
The founder of a a major New Jersey biopharmaceutical company that’s benefited from millions of dollars of state grants is hosting a fundraiser for Gov. Chris Christie’s presidential campaign.
(Matt Arco, NJ.com)
Here’s where your property tax dollars go
If you’re a homeowner, you’ve felt the shock of the new property tax bill you opened this month. But where exactly do your tax dollars go?
And how does your town compare to others?
(Paul D’Ambrosio, Asbury Park Press)
Jackson moves forward with ‘no-knock’ law
Changes to the township’s “no-knock” ordinance, measures aimed at reining in over-aggressive solicitors, will likely be enacted into law by month’s end.
(Mike Davis, Asbury Park Press)
Two new judges approved for Ocean County
Two new Superior Court judges have been approved for Ocean County.
(Michael Symons, Asbury Park Press)
Sports Authority approves $350M in bonds for American Dream Meadowlands project
In another step toward nailing down financing for American Dream Meadowlands, the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority on Thursday voted to issue up to $350 million in bonds for the project.
(Linda Moss, The Record)
N.J. lawmakers approve sending $4.5M to Meadowlands district
Six Meadowlands towns expected to receive an infusion of $7.5 million this year from a new surcharge on hotel rooms and they drafted their municipal budgets to reflect that money. But so far, the surcharge has fallen far short of expections.
(Dustin Racioppi and Linda Moss, The Record)
Former Gov. Byrne speaks at Parsippany temple
He may be 91, but former New Jersey Governor Brendan Byrne can still wow a crowd.
Byrne spoke Sunday at Temple Beth Am in Parsippany at a meeting of the Friendship Club, a group of members of the congregation over 55 years old.
(Michael Izzo, Daily Record)
Gateway tunnel nonprofit is a good start, experts say
Plans for new Hudson River tunnels between New Jersey and New York got a congressional boost this week, but experts are left wondering what’s next.
(Mike Davis, Daily Record)
State saves vet crisis hotline
The state has saved a free, 24-hour crisis hotline for military veterans, a program the federal government abruptly stopped funding.
(Carol Comegno, The Courier-Post)
Time for some certainty on Atlantic City rescue plan
If you’re confused about what’s going on with the PILOT program and the rest of the legislative package intended to rescue Atlantic City from its financial crisis, you’re not alone.
Greta Van Susteren Apologizes to Chris Christie: ‘That’s No Hug’
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was ripped by Greta Van Susteren for hugging President Obama, and Thursday, Van Susteren apologized to Christie saying, “That’s no hug — and I gotta say I’m sorry about the hug.”
(Steve Guest, Daily Caller)
PolitickerNJ News Digest: August 14th