PolitickerNJ News Digest: August 18th

Chris Christie (l) and John Kasich (r) are far apart on stage but close as friends and in style. That's why the Kasich surge in New Hampshire might prove problematic for Christie.  (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Chris Christie (l) and John Kasich (r) are far apart on stage but close as friends and in style. That’s why the Kasich surge in New Hampshire might prove problematic for Christie. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Good morning.It’sTuesday in New Jersey,where a fist-fight is continuing to give some politicians a black eye.

Fulop Shuts Down PSEG in Jersey City
Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop wants to send a message to PSEG. Effective today, the mayor shut
down all of the utility company’s non-essential projects in Jersey City because, according to the
mayor and other local and county officials, the company is doing an inadequate and unacceptable
job in terms of repairing city streets that have been dug up in order to perform maintenance
(Alyana Alfaro, Politickernj.com)
Fulop Shuts Down PSEG in Jersey City

Democratic Chairman Calls for Brown to Drop Out After Union Scuffle
Atlantic County Democratic Chairman Jim Schroeder put out a statement on Saturday calling for
public apologies from Assemblyman Chris Brown (R-2) and Brown’s running mate Atlantic County
Freeholder Will Pauls following an incident during which members of a union affiliated with Pauls
surrounded and threatened Brown’s Democratic opponent, Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo (D-2).
(JT Aregood,Politickernj.com)

Ambulance Provider Charged in 17-Count Indictment
A Passaic County man was charged today with operating a lucrative ambulance company that received
funds from Medicare and Medicaid, despite being barred from doing such business because of a
prior health care fraud conviction, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
(Politicker Staff, Politickernj.com)
Ambulance Provider Charged in 17-Count Indictment

Pascrell Fundraiser with Fulop set for August 31st
Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop will fundraise for veteran U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-9) later
this month.
Fulop is set to preside over a $2,500 per-head event at the Stony Hill Inn for Pascrell as the
congressman heads toward 2016 reelection.
(Max Pizarro,Politickernj.com)
Pascrell Fundraiser with Fulop set for August 31st

Mayoral Candidates Face Off in Woodcliff Lake
Carlos Rendo is an immigration lawyer who hopes to make history as the first Latino Mayor in
Woodcliff Lake’s history. This fall, he will face former councilman Jeff Bader for the open
position that sitting mayor Democrat Jeffrey Goldsmith will vacate at the end of the year.
(Alyana Alfaro, Politickernj.com)

Era of Upheaval Continues as New Legal Challenge Emerges to Federal Campaign Finance
To say that campaign finance law is in a state of flux is an understatement.
Much of the legal upheaval stems directly from the Bi-partisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA) of
Otherwise known as McCain/Feingold, the reform law spawned a steady stream of lawsuits- the most
recent coming just last month – that have whittled away at the foundation of the reform law.
(Jeff Brindle, Politickernj.com)

Christie’s presidential campaign to repay state for helicopter flight
He’s come under question for accepting flights on private jets, luxury box sports tickets and lavish accommodations from a foreign leader.
(Melissa Hayes, The Record)

Christie says Trump’s border wall plan ‘makes no sense’
Gov. Chris Christie took aim Monday at the immigration plan released this weekend by Republican
presidential rival Donald Trump, saying it “makes no sense” to force Mexico to pay for a wall
across its border with the U.S.
(Brent Johnson, NJ.com)

Accusations of racism as Jersey City agency replaces black director with white man
A special meeting of the Jersey City Incinerator Authority ended in pandemonium tonight as
supporters of the agency’s executive director made a last-ditch effort to save his job.
About two dozen residents, all supporters of the JCIA’s black executive director, Oren K. Dabney,
hurled accusations of racism at the JCIA’s board of commissioners and at the absent Mayor Steve
Fulop. Commissioners were meeting to set Dabney’s retirement date as tomorrow and announce his
temporary replacement, John Minella, the white executive director of the Hudson County Democratic
(Terrence T. McDonald, The Jersey Journal)

The demise of the party hierarchy, and why we’re suffering for it
Anyone here remember when the two major parties ran the presidential nomination process with
little outside interference? A show of hands please.
(John Farmer, The Star-Ledger)

Gov’t should help residents live American Dream, Essex freeholders say
Each year, Essex County has $200,000 in federal money to dole out to low-income residents
looking to become homeowners for the first time. However, last year, only one resident
successfully applied for the assistance.
(Jessica Mazzola, NJ.com)

N.J. could lose federal grant for preschool funding
Thousands of New Jersey children from low-income families could lose the opportunity to enroll in
public preschool if proposed federal budget cuts are approved, according to the Obama
(Adam Clark, NJ.com)

Congresswoman to meet with AG on police shooting of teen in Trenton
U.S. Rep. Bonnie Watson Colman (D-12th Dist.) plans to meet with the state Attorney General later
this week to discuss the ongoing investigation into the police shooting of a 14-year-old in Trenton.
(Keith Brown, NJ.com)

N.J. has highest rate of distressed mortgages in nation, study shows
A greater share of residential mortgages in New Jersey were distressed at the end of the second
quarter of this year than any other state in the nation, new data shows.
(Erin O’Neill, NJ.com)

Camden diocese shines spotlight on poverty ahead of papal visit
Practicing what Pope Francis preaches, Catholic Charities on Monday unveiled an effort that
culminates with the papal visit to Philadelphia and draws attention to issues of poverty among
local parishioners.
(Greg Adomaitis, NJ.com)

With time running out, FEMA extends key Sandy grant
More than 9,000 homeowners in New Jersey are getting much-needed extra time to finish construction projects that are designed to protect their homes from coastal flooding.
(Russ Zimmer and Jean Mikle, Asbury Park Press)

Former Superior Court Judge Amos Saunders, regarded as expert in boxing law, dies at 81
From Sugar Ray Robinson and Joe Louis, who trained in Pompton Lakes; to James “Cinderella Man” Braddock, who called North Bergen home, to the legendary manager and trainer Lou Duva, some of the greatest names in boxing animated the sport’s colorful heyday in New Jersey.
(Jay Levin,The Record)

Lawsuit filed against Lyndhurst, mayor over ‘unrecorded’ cop visit
A Lyndhurst resident and former executive director of the Bergen County Housing Authority has filed a lawsuit against the mayor and township, alleging he was harassed and intimidated due to his cooperation in a Department of Housing and Urban Development investigation concerning Section 8 payments made to the mayor.
(Zachary Croce,The Record)

Calls for wind, solar power at Energy Master Plan hearing
Dozens of speakers asked the Board of Public Utilities to update the state’s 2011 Energy Master Plan with increased goals for renewable energy at a public hearing Monday afternoon at Stockton University.
(Michelle Brunetti Post, The Press of Atlantic City)

Judge won’t quash Cape May subpeonas
The city’s attempt to quash three grand jury subpoenas and avoid producing documents associated with the case has been denied by a judge.
The latest legal development in the case over compensatory taken by Police Lt. Chuck Lear, which back in March led to demotion of Robert Sheehan as police chief, was heard before Judge Bernard E. Delury last Tuesday in Mays Landing.

Senator: Tax breaks for performers would boost Atlantic City
Large crowds at a weekend beach concern have a state lawmaker more convinced than ever that his bill to give tax breaks to A-list performers that commit to multi-night stands in Atlantic City would give the struggling city a financial boost.
(Wayne Parry, Associated Press)

Feds seek to dismiss N.J. lawsuit against ocean blasting research
The federal government has moved to dismiss a lawsuit brought by New Jersey environmental officials against a research project that blasts the ocean floor with sound waves, mainly because the project is already finished.
(Wayne Parry, Associated Press)

Chancellor is an advocate for Rutgers and Camden
Rutgers-Camden chancellor Phoebe A. Haddon strides through the Fine Arts Building in search of someone with access to the Digital Studies Center.
(Kevin Riordan, Philadelphia Inquirer)

PolitickerNJ News Digest: August 18th