PolitickerNJ News Digest: August 17th

State Senate Chamber

Legislators will not hear the bill to change standards for criminal records

It’s the start of a new week in New Jersey politics, but before we move ahead, it’s time to look at some of last week’s top movers and shakers.
Who were the winners and losers for the week?
Another week in this amazing state has come to an end, and we just want to take a moment to mention how sorry we are about the death of one of our native daughters, Kathy Crotty, the former executive director of the Senate Majority Office, who inspired so many with her fine life of service.
(Politickernjeditor, Politickernjcom)
Quinones Perez is Perth Amboy’s new City Attorney
Mayor Wilda Diaz Friday appointed Arlene Quinones Perez as the city attorney of the City of Perth Amboy.
(Max Pizarro, Politickernjcom)
News 12’s Margolis goes to Sweeney’s office
Senate President Steve Sweeney (D3) today announced the appointment of former News 12 New Jersey political reporter Luke Margolis as Associate Executive Director of Media Relations for the Senate Majority office.
Julian Bond: Rest in peace
Julian Bond never rested on his laurels nor on anyone’s civil rights being withheld. He also never forgot his allies in the civil rights movement which ended segregation and produced the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act.
(Ray Lesniak, Politickernj.com)
Congressman Payne Jr. reflects on health, the president and the future
Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. ascended to his position in what he termed the “worst way possible.” In 2012, he was serving as the president of the Newark city council when his father passed away after a battle with colon cancer. Now, the younger Payne says his father’s death has inspired him to get healthy and bring health to the people he serves.
(Alyana Alfaro, Politickernjcom)
Turning his attention to the Hudson River rail tunnel
Governor Christie plans to visit Newark on Tuesday. He’ll likely be campaigning, but it won’t be for a change of address to the White House. This campaign is far less glamorous. But for thousands of New Jersey commuters, it is hugely important.
(Mike Kelly, The Record)
Poll: Would you vote for Torricelli for public office?
Former New Jersey Senator Robert Torricelli, who withdrew from a re-election campaign in 2002 under the cloud of corruption, is now signaling that he wants back in the political game.
(Ken Thorbourne, The Jersey Journal)
Now you can see Cory Booker’s newest diet on Instagram
U.S. Sen. Cory Booker has 1.6 million followers on Twitter reading about his vegan diet and everything else he posts.
(The Auditor, NJ.com)
Does Christie top list of 2016 Republicans with most trips to Iowa & N.H.?
Who has visited the early-voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire the most out of all the 2016 Republican contenders?
(Matt Arco, NJ.com)
Christie agreed to be more transparent on Sandy relief. Will he?
The Christie administration has long been inexcusably secretive when it comes to Hurricane Sandy recovery. That’s why the governor’s recent signing of a bill to increase transparency around the aid distribution process comes as such a welcome surprise.
(Star-Ledger Editorial Board)
Chris Christie’s presidential run: Time to call it a day, Guv
I think we can safely say that last week represented the point at which Chris Christie should ponder pulling the plug on his presidential campaign.
(Paul Mulshine, The Star Ledger)
Asbury-Neptune NAACP honors “an angel” in Wilson-Seidle
You name it, and Tamara Wilson-Seidle was involved in it.
Her nine children’s lives. Her church. Her community. Coaching her soccer team.
(Suzanne Cervanka, Asbury Park Press)
Ocean County spends more than $1 million on mystery study
Ocean County has spent some $1 million on a consultant’s study so shrouded in secrecy that at least one member of the Board of Freeholders was unaware of its existence and most were unaware of its ballooning cost.
(Erik Larsen, Asbury Park Press)
New Jersey’s wealthiest donor leaves Christie for Jeb Bush
First it was Joseph Kyrillos, a Republican state senator from Monmouth County.
Then it was Lawrence Bathgate, a top Republican donor from Ocean County.
Then former U.S. Ambassador Clifford Sobel, Jets owner Woody Johnson and more than a dozen of Governor Christie’s financial and political backers in New Jersey pledged their support to another Republican running for president: former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
(Salvador Rizzo, The Record)
Conservative icon Ann Coulter finds fans in Northvale
Ann Coulter’s fans applauded and cheered Saturday morning as the sharp-tongued conservative commentator arrived at the Books and Greetings store in this northern Bergen County borough to sign their copies of her latest book.
(John Seasly, The Record)
Torricelli talks comeback
After more than a decade out of politics working as a real estate developer, consultant to foreign governments and court-appointed overseer of a Jersey City environmental cleanup, Robert G. Torricelli — a onetime Englewood Democrat who abandoned his bid for a second term in the U.S. Senate 13 years ago under an ethical cloud — is talking comeback.
(Herb Jackson, The Record)
In A.C., two reasons this is personal
Out on the Boardwalk, across from the Donald Trump-branded-but-no-longer-owned Taj Mahal, regulars have a unique view on the 2016 Republican presidential race.
(Amy S. Rosenberg, Philadelphia Inquirer)
PolitickerNJ News Digest: August 17th