PolitickerNJ News Digest: August 26th

Trenton Councilwoman Phyllis Holly-Ward
Trenton Councilwoman Phyllis Holly-Ward

It’s Wednesday in New Jersey, where the governor’s poor performance in the polls is causing some opponents to close up shop.

After Unions’ Encouragement for Guv Campaign, Sweeney Vows to Protect Pensions
At the North America Building Trades Union’s 69th annual convention in Atlantic City this afternoon, the organization passed a resolution encouraging Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) to run for governor in 2017. The resolution went through in a unanimous vote that met with applause.
JT Aregood, Politickernj Read more

Group Launches Cable Ad Calling on Menendez to Stand Against Crude Oil Export Ban
Allied Progress unveiled a television ad highlighting the importance of the crude oil export ban and calling on New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez to stand firm in his longtime support of the policy.
Politicker Staff, Politickernj Read more

Superior Court Approves ExxonMobil Settlement
A Superior Court Judge today approved a $225 million settlement between the State and ExxonMobil to resolve liability for damage to the
environment and injury to natural resources caused by contamination from the corporation’s refinery operations in Bayonne and Linden, as well as other facilities and service stations in New Jersey, Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman and Department of Environmental
Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin announced.
Politicker Staff, Politickernj Read more

Trenton Councilwoman: ‘Violence has moved from people in the streets to the seats’
At-Large Councilwoman Phyllis Holly-Ward stepped to the podium with a face of grave dignity as she tried to overcome the emotion she said she felt as she called for the resignation from leadership of Council President Zach Chester following Chester’s participation in a physical altercation at last Thursday’s city council meeting.
Max Pizarro, Politickernj Read more

Christie: Booker Has ‘Moral Obligation’ to Oppose Iran Deal
Governor Chris Christie partnered with Jewish leaders today at Rutgers University to call on the New Jersey congressional delegation — particularly U.S. Senator Cory Booker—to oppose the Iran Nuclear deal.
Alyana Alfaro, Politickernj Read more

Kasich Notches Sky-High Approvals in Ohio As Christie Struggles in NJ
Back on August 12, the Back Room ran a story headlined “New Poll In New Hampshire: Kasich Surges While Christie Struggles.” It noted how
the “two governors are close friends but similarly positioned” and also the surprisingly close ties between Ohio Gov. John Kasich and New Jersey, including the strong friendship the governor had with popular NJ Congressman and gubernatorial candidate Bob Franks.
Politicker Staff, Politickernj Read more

Nurse’s Union Authorizes Strike, Holds Rally in Somers Point Before Negotiations
New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech joined members of the Shore Nurses Union and New York State Nurse’s Association’s bargaining unit outside of the Shore Medical Center Tuesday to support their strike authorization vote. The rally Tuesday afternoon emphasized the need for new recruitment of nurses for the understaffed hospital. Negotiations between the union and hospitals are set to take place the same night.
JT Aregood, Politickernj Read more

What is the average raise for N.J. teachers this year?
The average raise for New Jersey teachers this school year is about 2.5 percent, according to a new analysis by the New Jersey School Boards Association.
Adam Clark, NJ.com Read more

Stop Christie PAC ends operations, citing governor’s poor performance in national GOP polls
Citing Chris Christie’s poor performance in national Republican primary polls, the Stop Chris Christie PAC, which formed last year notified the Federal Election Committee Tuesday that it is shutting down.
Melissa Hayes, The Bergen Record Read more

Trump leads 2016 Republican field in South Carolina; Christie 12th
Businessman Donald Trump led the Republican field in a poll of likely voters in the South Carolina primary, pulling ahead of the pack in the first three states that will select delegates in 2016.
Jonathan D. Salant, NJ.com Read more

Torricelli: A free and democratic Iran won’t be accomplished by ratifying nuclear deal
Millions of American dinner tables are hosting a debate that will soon engage every member of Congress. The time to vote on President Obama’s proposed executive agreement with Iran is approaching.
Robert E. Torricelli, NJ.com Read more

Federal ban on N.J. sports betting upheld by appeals panel
A federal appeals panel on Tuesday upheld an earlier decision blocking New Jersey’s latest bid to allow Las Vegas-style sports betting at the state’s racetracks and Atlantic City’s casinos, effectively scuttling the plan for the rest of the year.
John Brennan, The Record Read more

New legislation makes $1.9B available for protecting drinking, waste water infrastructure from storms
Governor Christie on Tuesday signed legislation to make $1.9 billion in state financing available to utilities to protect drinking water and waste water infrastructure from storms.
Richard Cowen, The Record Read more

ExxonMobil deal an environmental disaster
New Jersey came up a big loser under Gov. Chris Christie yet again on Tuesday, when a state judge approved the administration’s massive sellout to ExxonMobil on cleanup of a pair of polluted refinery sites in Linden and Bayonne.
The Daily Record Read more

Bo Robinson supervisor fired for allegedly engaging in sexual relations with inmate
Bo Robinson employees apparently can’t keep their hands off the inmates.
For the second time since June, a halfway house worker was fired for allegedly engaging in sexual relations with an inmate, multiple employees told The Trentonian.
David Foster, The Trentonian Read more

Christie labels Bush part of GOP past
Gov. Christie on Tuesday stepped up his criticism of Republican presidential rival Jeb Bush, arguing that the former governor of Florida is too rusty to tackle today’s challenges and even associating him with Bill and Hillary Clinton.
Andrew Seidman, The Inquirer Read more

County settles over sex toy lawsuit
A two-year legal dispute between a Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office employee and her employer that began with a trip to a sex toy store has come to a $63,806.86 end.
Daniel J. Kov, The Daily Journal Read more

Guardian says A.C. will offer new and improved recreation program
Atlantic City will offer a restructured recreation program starting in late September that combines traditional activities with new opportunities for city youths, Mayor Don Guardian said Tuesday.
John Santore, The Press of Atlantic City Read more

Teacher’s Union Vows Fight Over PERC Ruling
“We’ll immediately appeal it,” said NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer.
PERC, or the Public Employment Relations Commission, recently ruled on a grey area in the 2011 pension and benefits reform law. It raised employee contributions for healthcare, to be phased in over 4 years, but unions wanted to know when the issue could return to the bargaining table?
Briana Vannozzi, NJTTV Read more

PolitickerNJ News Digest: August 26th