PolitickerNJ News Digest: August 21st

Fulop (left), Sokolich, and Calabrese.

Fulop (left), Sokolich, and Calabrese.

It’s Friday morning in New Jersey, where we take a look at the youngest rising stars in the state’s corridors of political power

PolitickerNJ’s Annual 30 (or A Few More) Under 30
The following are regarded as the top young up-and-coming political operatives in the State of New Jersey…
Alyana Alfaro, Politickernj Read more

Agreement Reached Between Jersey City and PSEG
The suspension on all non-essential PSEG projects in Jersey City put in place by Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop earlier this week will be lifted on Monday August 24. The city has come to a repaving agreement with the utility company and settled on a repaving schedule that will remediate damage done to roads during maintenance.
Alyana Alfaro, Politickernj Read more

Sources: Torres and Currie Look to the Future Together in Passaic
Passaic County Democratic Chairman (and Democratic State Chairman) John Currie and Paterson Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres sat down this week over dinner to discuss their relationship going forward, affirming an alliance a year after a collision between the two men during the 2014 mayoral election.
Max Pizarro, Politickernj Read more

PACs May Weigh in for Belgard in Burlco Freeholder Election
With the Burlington County freeholder election approaching, incumbent Democratic freeholders Aimee Belgard and Joanne Schwartz may have a tougher road ahead of them than expected due to the Republican ticket’s affiliation with local labor interests. But one source says that political action committees could be the deciding factor in which side gains seats.
JT Aregood, Politickernj Read more

Sweeney and Secretary of Labor Tom Perez Tour Youth Job Training Site in Camden
US Labor Secretary Tom Perez stopped in Camden Thursday morning to take a tour of the YouthBuild facility, which recently won a $1.1 million grant from the Department of Labor to continue offering job training programs for disadvantaged young people in the city. The YouthBuild Americorps program offers young people ages 16-24 certifications in skills like carpentry, masonry and building maintenance. YouthBuild members learn on the job by rehabilitating public housing.
JT Aregood, Politickernj Read more

Bergen Freeholder Race: Sullivan on the Role of Labor for Bergen’s Future
Thomas Sullivan Jr. was appointed to the Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders last year when former councilman Jim Tedesco was elected to serve as the Bergen County Executive. Now, the Democrat is running to keep ahold of his seat and hopes that his experience in government and labor-oriented career can propel him to win the upcoming November election.
Alyana Alfaro, Politickernj Read more

Ahead of Potential Gubernatorial Run, East Bergen Support for Fulop is Strong
Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich and Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop have become unlikely allies. The two Democrats were both allegedly scorned by Governor Chris Christie’s administration after they failed to endorse the Republican governor for reelection in 2013. They met during the Bridgegate scandal. Now, Fulop is rumored to have set his sights on the gubernatorial position in 2017, and Sokolich seems keen to help with his aspirations whether they be for mayor or, eventually, governor.
Alyana Alfaro, Politickernj Read more

Christie Confirms He Will Attend Press Conference Opposing Iran Deal
PolitickerNJ has learned that Governor Chris Christie will be in attendance at a press conference at The IDT Yeshiva in Newark to show his solidarity with state Republicans who oppose President Obama’s deal with Iran. The conference will take place at eleven o’clock next Tuesday.
JT Aregood, Politickernj Read more

Jersey City does it Again!
Mayor Steve Fulop and the Jersey City Council have taken an extraordinary step to preserve the distinctive neighborhood downtown that is making Jersey City one of the most livable cities in America.
Donald Scarinci, Politickernj Read more

Gov. Christie On the Bubble for Main Stage at Next Debate
There’s been a lot of buzz about the danger Christie faces of losing his slot in the “primetime” portion of the CNN/Reagan Library presidential debate on September 16. Only the top 10 candidates of the 16 total invitees will take the stage for the main event, and the cut will be determined by an averaging of polls taken from July 16 to Sept. 10.
PolitickerNJ Staff Read more

LD1 Assembly Candidates Talk Christie’s Beating in the Polls
Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi (R-1) and Cumberland County Freeholder Jim Sauro held a town hall in Cape May Courthouse on Wednesday night, where they offered voters the chance to voice their concerns in the run-up to the assembly election.
JT Aregood, Politickernj Read more

New Jersey lost 26,100 jobs in two months
New Jersey lost 26,100 jobs in June and July, the state’s worst two-month loss since the spring of 2009 at the end of the recession, nearly wiping out all the gains for the year.
Hugh R. Morley, The Record Read more

N.J. spent $720M to terminate interest rate swaps: report
New Jersey spent $720 million since 2010 to buy its way out of risky interest rate swap deals, according to a Reuters report.
Samantha Marcus, NJ.com Read more

Watson Coleman absent from AG meeting on teen shooting probe
U.S. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman did not attend a meeting Thursday with the state Attorney General’s office concerning the police shooting of 14-year-old Radazz Hearns in Trenton earlier this month, the congresswoman’s office said.
Kevin Shea, NJ.com Read more

N.J. agency can’t take piano tuner’s Atlantic City home yet, judge rules
A judge has ruled that a state agency may not seize a home owned by piano tuner Charlie Birnbaum through eminent domain until it provides reasonable assurances it will follow through on redevelopment plans.
Erin O’Neill, NJ.com Read more

Leaving child alone in car is not automatically abuse, N.J. high court rules
Leaving a young child alone in a vehicle is not automatically abuse or neglect, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday in the case of a New Jersey woman who was arrested for shopping while her 19-month-old daughter slept in her car.
Brent Johnson, NJ.com Read more

No debating Christie needs Iowa boost
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie joked in a Fox News interview that he might ride a pony when he arrives at the Iowa State Fair on Saturday – so he could outdo Donald Trump, who touched down at the fair last week in a helicopter.
Bob Jordan, Asbury Park Press Read more

Officials: New Jersey lottery outage unacceptable; investigation ongoing
The exact cause and circumstances of a five-day outage that blocked nearly half the state’s lottery retailers from selling printed tickets like Pick-3 and Mega Millions earlier this month are still a mystery, but a few determinations are unanimous.
Dustin Racioppi, The Record Read more

Paterson says city report of one-month $773,000 DPW overtime bill was erroneous
A city-generated overtime report that ignited heated exchanges between municipal officials and prompted some council members to demand investigations turned out to contain inaccurate information, according to Paterson’s business administrator and finance director.
Joe Malinconico, Paterson Press Read more

No charges against police in fatal south Jersey shooting
A grand jury voted not to file charges against two police officers for fatally shooting a man in New Jersey who defied orders by stepping out of a car with his hands raised during a traffic stop, a killing captured by their patrol car’s dashboard camera, prosecutors said Thursday.
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Trenton councilwoman takes issue with chief of staff’s mistaken text
Trenton Councilwoman Phyllis Holly Ward took issue with the city’s chief of staff at Thursday’s council meeting for mistakenly sending a text message to all council members summarizing conversations she had with them over an agenda item.
Cristina Rojas, NJ.com Read more

PolitickerNJ News Digest: August 21st