PolitickerNJ News Digest: August 25th

Lawsuits claim breach of ethics on the part of Christie's campaign
Lawsuits claim breach of ethics on the part of Christie’s campaign
It’s Tuesday in New Jersey, where it’s never too early for politicians to begin jockeying for the next big opening.

Of Newark and Somerset, and the Politics of New Jersey Violence As one more season grinds down, so too collapses another summer of New Jersey gun play and murderous violence, the state’s long abiding islands of isolation arguably making it easier for people to dismiss the killing as disconnected or unrelated or – in some cases – unimportant. But in Newark, a very hoarse-sounding Mayor Ras Baraka yelled repeatedly into a microphone that his entire community continues to suffer a public health crisis, speaking those words over and over again, the brutal bifurcation of his home state obvious in the urgency of his words. Max Pizarro, Politickernj Read more

Who Will Succeed Sweeney as Senate President? Stephen Sweeney has been New Jersey’s state senate president since 2010. Now, with what seems like an almost-inevitable gubernatorial run in 2017, many wonder who will succeed Sweeney in that role. Alyana Alfaro, Politickernj Read more

NJ Operative Elected as Executive VP of the Young Democrats of America New Jersey Democratic Operative Constantina Meis is now the Executive Vice President of the national Young Democrats of America. For Meis, the new role means the chance to ensure that voters under 35 years old “have a place at the table” and have a say in the “issues that impact them.” Alyana Alfaro, Politickernj Read more

Currie Leads Dems Endorsement in NJ for Clinton A large contingent of Democratic Party leaders from across the state of New Jersey endorsed Hillary Clinton’s candidacy for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States. Politicker Staff, Politickernj Read more

Legislative Task Force to Discuss Aquaculture Development in LD1 Senator Jeff Van Drew (D-1) and Assemblyman Bob Andrzejczak (D-1) will be chairing a meeting of the First Legislative District Economic Development Task Force in Wildwood on Thursday. The meeting of the bipartisan task force will focus on the first district’s fishing industry and the development of new sites for rearing shellfish in Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland Counties. JT Aregood, Politickernj Read more

Congressional Hopeful Alex Law Offers Prize of Framed Ice-T Record to Contributors Congressional hopeful Alex Law announced a contest Monday for campaign contributors to win a certified Gold edition of Ice-T’s 1991 album Original Gangster as part of a promotion with the Blue America PAC. 24 year-old Law is running for sitting congressman Donald Norcross’s seat in the first congressional district, and has proclaimed himself a supporter of Bernie Sanders for president. JT Aregood, Politickernj Read more

Assembly Candidate Wants Jersey City Employee Fired For ‘Threatening’ New Jersey Assembly candidate Nick Kopko of LD 31 is calling on Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop and former governor Jim McGreevy to terminate the employment of Eugene McKnight of the Jersey City Employment and Training Program. Eugene McKnight is related to Kopko’s LD 31 opponent Angela McKnight and working on her campaign. Alyana Alfaro, Politickernj Read more

Silencing Labor’s Voice for Public Health and Safety Not too long ago, an HPAE nurse was assaulted on the job. With the help of her union, she filed a complaint with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which then cited the hospital for unsafe conditions. This nurse was able to exercise her right to a healthy and safe workplace without fear of retaliation. In another example, when nurses at NJ hospitals believed that they were not properly prepared to care for Ebola patients last year, they exercised their union rights to fight for safer conditions and for stronger oversight over hospital policy by state and federal regulators. Ann Twomey, Politickernj Read more

Donald Trump: The Anti Reagan Much of what I predicted in my June column in PolitickerNJ regarding Donald Trump has come true. Some misread that as my being supportive of a Donald Trump candidacy for president. Quite doubtful as I am a very loyal and fervent Democrat. However, I was pleased to share observations which came from sharing a dinner table with Mr. Trump and his wife Melania many years ago as well as following him in the ensuing years. Lou Magazzu, Politickernj Read more

N.J. Sen. Menendez seeks documents from CIA, State Dept. in corruption case Lawyers for U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez have subpoenaed the Central Intelligence Agency and the U.S. Departments of State, Commerce and Homeland Security to prove that actions taken on behalf a friend were motivated by legitimate concerns and not a quid pro quo in exchange for trips and campaign donations. Jonathan D. Salant, NJ.com Read more

Christie law firm in GWB probe fighting subpoena for computer data The law firm hired by Governor Christie’s office to produce a $7.5 million report on the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal is fighting a subpoena for computer data that would shed light on how it documented scores of interviews during its investigation. Shawn Boburg, The Record Read more

U.S. Attorney to be formally asked to probe death of man shot by Bridgeton police The family of a Bridgeton man shot to death by two city police officers, along with community activists, plan Tuesday to formerly request the U.S. Attorney for New Jersey open a probe into the case. Bill Gallo Jr., NJ.com Read more

New Christie ad says ‘lawlessness’ has spread under Obama Flashing police lights. ISIS lining up prisoners for beheadings. A heroin addict falling to the ground. The latest campaign ad of Gov. Chris Christie’s campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination uses dramatic images to underscore its point: that “lawlessness” has flourished in the U.S. and across the world under Democratic President Obama. Brent Johnson, NJ.com Read more

Christie slams Obama’s ties to China amid stock market fall Hours after Wall Street saw stock markets fall dramatically Monday, Gov. Chris Christie told a New Hampshire restaurant filled with voters they should blame President Obama’s dependence on China. Brent Johnson, NJ.com Read more

3 N.J. colleges make top 25 for LGBTQ-friendliness Rutgers, Princeton and Montclair State Universities are ranked among the top 25 colleges and universities for inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender faculty and students, according to a new nationwide index of 191 schools. Adam Clark, NJ.com Read more

If N.J. stands still, it will be run over by cost of its current pension crisis Faced with the difficulties of benefits reform, some stakeholders’ instincts have been to stand still and resist change. The state’s current position, however, is untenable: It faces an $82 billion pension deficit which, in the absence of funding increases beyond the realm of reason, will lead to state workers’ pensions beginning to run out of money within a decade. Credit ratings agencies this week again stressed the state’s need to reduce its employee benefits costs. Moody’s Investors Service concluded in assessing the state’s creditworthiness: “Without meaningful structural changes that improve the affordability of the state’s liabilities, the state’s structural imbalance will persist and/or pension liabilities will grow, and the state’s rating will continue to fall.” Samantha Marcus, NJ.com Read more

Donald Trump’s dig at Scott Walker could apply to Chris Christie as well The thing so many people find refreshing about Donald Trump is the way he will say things that no other Republican will. Paul Mulshine, The Star Ledger Read more

Christie ad attacks Hillary Clinton for email controversy Governor Christie continued to attack Hillary Clinton over her use of a private email server in two television appearances Monday morning as his campaign released a new ad on the same topic. Melissa Hayes, The Record Read more

Rift over parkland opens old wounds in Ridgewood Recent discussions at Village Council meetings over what should be done with the Schedler property — 7 acres of wooded land the village purchased six years ago — have resurrected age-old allegations in town of political favoritism. Chris Harris, The Record Read more

Three Bergen County freeholders want Bergen Regional Medical Center to expand detox unit Three Bergen County freeholders want the private operator of the county-owned Bergen Regional Medical Center to expand its drug detoxification unit to help deal with the epidemic of heroin addiction in the county. John C. Ensslin, The Record Read more

The state that keeps on giving; presidential candidates count on donations from New Jersey With a June primary election that often comes long after nominees have been picked, New Jersey’s influence over presidential politics usually comes from its checkbooks, as one of the nation’s wealthiest states helps to finance campaigns decided by voters in Iowa, New Hampshire and other states. Herb Jackson, The Record Read more

Trump courts support in Long Branch, Christie stands down New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie insists he and Donald Trump, a rival in the Republican presidential field, are friends, even after Trump made inroads with potential supporters in Christie’s backyard of Long Branch Sunday. Bob Jordan, Asbury Park Press Read more

NJ craft brewers hope bills boost industry Members of the New Jersey’s craft brewers guild— a group small enough to fit in one restaurant booth a few years ago and now numbering around 70 — worry state law is murky on whether they can sell their suds at farmers markets or if local food trucks can serve patrons at microbreweries. Associated Press Read more

Sierra Club endorses Mazzeo, Bell for Assembly The state’s largest environmental organization has endorsed Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo and Atlantic County Freeholder Colin Bell for Assembly in this November’s election. Christian Hetrick, The Press of Atlantic City Read more

PolitickerNJ News Digest: August 25th