PolitickerNJ News Digest: August 20th

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’s Thursday in New Jersey, where political power, and residential power companies, don’t always see eye to eye.

Life Without a Congressperson
Despite being the two N.J. counties with the largest populations, neither Bergen nor Middlesex can claim congressional representation from within. In Bergen—where the population is just shy of a million residents—the county is divided among three congressional districts with the majority of residents falling under the representation of Sussex County Republican Scott Garrett and Passaic County Democrat Bill Pascrell. In Middlesex, the population is over 800,000 but residents are divided under the representation of Mercer County Democrat Bonnie Watson Coleman and Monmouth County Democrat Frank Pallone.
(Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ.com)
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The Battle Against PSEG Spreads to Woodland Park
Following Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop’s Monday decision to shut down PSEG projects in Jersey City, Woodland Park Mayor Keith Kazmark has decided to do the same.
(Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ.com)
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NYC Comptroller: Hudson Tunnel Cancellation ‘Disqualified’ Christie From Presidency
As New York, New Jersey and the federal government try to figure out how to fund a $20 billion train tunnel under the Hudson River, Comptroller Scott Stringer today tore into New Jersey Gov. and Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie for scuttling an earlier cross-Hudson project.
(Jillian Jorgensen, Observer)
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Christie comes out swinging at N.J. teachers’ union in N.H.
Just as soon as Gov. Chris Christie took a seat on stage at an education summit in New Hampshire on Wednesday, he came out swinging against New Jersey’s largest teachers union.
(Matt Arco, NJ.com)
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Christie worse than 11 Republicans in 2016 matchup with Clinton, polls show
Call it the reverse bounce.
Gov. Chris Christie now fares worse than 11 other Republican presidential candidates in hypothetical matchups with Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, according to an average of opinion polls compiled by Real Clear Politics.
(Jonathan D. Salant, NJ.com)
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Christie says he’d work with teachers unions, unlike Bush
Down in the polls, Governor Christie used an education summit in New Hampshire to push his New Jersey success stories and take shots, first at a teachers union who partnered with him and then at rival Jeb Bush who said earlier in the day he couldn’t work with the union in his state.
(The Record)
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Christie: Agencies confirm that pension is long-term issue
Gov. Chris Christie’s office says recent actions by credit-rating agencies confirm his view that the cost of New Jersey’s state’s pension system is a long-term issue.
(Associated Press)
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Rival Barnabas Health intends to bid on troubled N.J. hospital
Barnabas Health, the largest hospital chain in the state, intends to submit a bid to buy one of its competitors, Saint Michael’s Medical Center of Newark, which filed for bankruptcy last week, NJ Advance Media has learned.
(Susan K. Livio, NJ.com)
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Baraka blasts article detailing Newark shootings surge as ‘incomplete’, ‘skewed’
Mayor Ras Baraka and Police Director Eugene Venable are sharply criticizing a Wall Street Journal article detailing the city’s rise in gun violence this year, calling it incomplete and rife with errors.
(Dan Ivers, NJ.com)
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Irvington loses bid to reverse ruling on mayor’s recall
A Superior Court judge has rejected Irvington’s bid to overturn her previous ruling directing municipal officials to approve a document that would allow a group of four township residents to begin the process of recalling Mayor Tony Vauss.
(Bill Wichert, NJ.com)
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Steve Sweeney talks new Sandy law in Belmar
Victims of superstorm Sandy hope a new law requiring New Jersey to share more information with homeowners will make life away from home — however much longer that is — a little bit easier.
(Russ Zimmer, Asbury Park Press)
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Hamilton Township must pay more than $40,000 in public records lawsuit
A judge has told the township to pay more than $40,000 in legal fees to a man they sued over an Open Public Records Act request earlier this summer.
(Donna Weaver,The Press of Atlantic City)
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$1.2 million judgment upheld for former A.C. solicitor claiming retaliation
An appellate panel upheld a $1.2 million civil judgment to a former city solicitor who claimed she was fired for retaliation by members of City Council.
(Lynda Cohen, The Press of Atlantic City)
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Trenton protest planned against SJ Gas pipeline
Environmental groups will launch a campaign to stop the South Jersey Gas pipeline at noon Thursday on the State Capitol steps in Trenton.
(Michelle Brunetti Post, The Press of Atlantic City)
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Environmental group gives New Jersey lawmakers failing grade
New Jersey’s Legislature gets a failing grade when it comes to protecting the state’s natural resources, an environmental group said Wednesday in a report.
(Michael Catalini, Associated Press)
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Shoplifting charge against former Bogota mayor Tito Jackson is downgraded
The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office has downgraded the fourth-degree shoplifting charge against former Mayor Tito Jackson to a disorderly persons offense, Jackson’s attorney said Wednesday.
(Mary Diduch, The Record)
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East Rutherford tables two resolutions regarding American Dream Meadowlands project
Every time American Dream Meadowlands, the massive shopping and entertainment complex, takes a step forward, it seems to soon take another step backward. And that’s what happened at the Borough Council meeting Tuesday.
(Linda Moss, The Record)
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Weinberg requests bridge safety reports
In an effort to see if bridges carrying freight trains with millions of gallons of volatile crude oil are safe, a Bergen County legislator is trying to get the federal government to demand private inspection reports from rail companies on all spans through the region.
(Scott Fallon, The Record)
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Menendez balances dual life as statesman, defendant
Bob Menendez strode onto the stage at Seton Hall University’s School of Diplomacy and International Relations on Tuesday with the confidence of a statesman, intent on rewriting the nuclear agreement that the Obama administration and five other nations negotiated with Iran.
(Bob Kelly, The Record)
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