PolitickerNJ News Digest: August 5th

The scene at Christie's fundraising kickoff last night in Asbury Park.

The scene at Christie’s fundraising kickoff last night in Asbury Park.

Good Wednesday morning in New Jersey, where the governor will be participating in Thursday night’s GOP debate, and his personal and campaign finances are in the news.
Christie green-lighted for Fox News debate
Gov. Chris Christie will be allowed to participate in Thursday night’s FOX News debate featuring ten of 17 2016 Republican presidential candidates.
(Max Pizarro, Politickernj.com)
Protesters storm Christie’s fundraiser in Asbury Park
The doors to Asbury Park Convention Hall burst open at a little after 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and a few hundred public sector labor members and their allies volubly stampeded the indoor entrance area to Gov. Chris Christie’s presidential fundraiser.
(Max Pizarro, Politickernj.com)
Labor message take to the sky over Christie fundraiser
The public sector labor protest on the boardwalk hadn’t started yet and the doors not even opened to the press inside Convention Hall when a low buzz sounded over the Atlantic Ocean.
It was a plane, evidently ordered to circle the area near Gov. Chris Christie’s fundraiser Tuesday evening, drawing attention to one of labor’s signature issues: paid sick leave.
(Max Pizarro, Politickernj.com)
Christie Bashes Obama at fundraising kickoff in Asbury Park
Presenting himself as a robust Jersey Shore-grounded tough guy alternative to Democrats, Gov. Chris Christie oratorically belted President Barack Obama repeatedly when he took the stage at his national fundraising kickoff Tuesday.
(Max Pizarro, Politickernj.com)
Fulop supports Obama’s energy plan
Mayor Steven Fulop is confident that the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan—which was finalized Monday—is taking the right steps to reduce carbon emissions in the U.S. The mayor, along with members of the New Jersey Sierra Club, held a press conference on a grassy hillside in Jersey City’s Leonard Gordon Park Tuesday to announce their support. Looming behind them: PSEG’s Hudson Generating Plant, one of the largest coal-burning plants in the country and something Fulop called “a relic of the past.”
(Alyana Alfaro, Politickernj.com)
A.C. faces challenges after latest credit downgrade
Standard and Poor’s lowered Atlantic City’s credit rating on Monday, from “BB” to “B.” The decision offers the city yet another challenge as it faces continued layoffs and losses of revenue from the shuttering of four casinos in 2014. As the city and Atlantic County attempt to draw in new business and diversify their interdependent economies, experts fear that the rating will be an obstacle to attracting new investment.
(JT Aregood, Politickernj.com)
Christie wants a dogfight with Bush
In an upstairs roomful of about 30 Republican insiders Tuesday at his fundraising kickoff event, a Republican source said Gov. Chris Christie appeared bucked up over being picked for the FOX News debate on Thursday, the first of the primary season, and confident of being able to show up former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.
(Max Pizarro, Politickernj.com)
Bramnick and Guadagno duel at the shore
It looked like an establishment pre-primary fight, as the two main contenders for the throne fought it out to prove greater fealty to sitting Gov. Chris Christie.
(Max Pizarro, Politickernj.com)
NP councilman authors book with Somerset Democratic chair
North Plainfield City Councilman and attorney Doug Singleterry will publish a new edition of his overview of New Jersey’s uniform commercial code with Somerset County Democratic Committee Chair Peg Schaffer this year.
(JT Aregood, Politickernj.com)
For activist, Sanders’ prez campaign is same old passion play
People Organization for Progress Chairman Larry Hamm doesn’t feel like throwing his vote into oblivion.
He’s been there, done that.
That’s why he’s leery, he said, of backing U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) for president next year.
(Max Pizarro, Politickernj.com)
Lance: ‘No’ is right choice on Iran deal
Congressman Leonard Lance (R-7) hosted a town hall meeting in Millburn Tuesday to discuss his concerns about the Iran deal with constituents. The event was over capacity, with individuals unable to get in crowding the door of Millburn City Hall. Inside, the walls were lined with those unable to get a seat in the overstuffed room.
(Alyana Alfaro, Politickernj.com)
Hoboken Ward 1 race: Six Questions for Michael DeFusco
Michael DeFusco is a member of Hoboken’s Zoning Board of Adjustment who is hoping to win a seat on Hoboken’s City Council to represent the city’s 1st Ward. He is challenging 21-year incumbent Terry Castellano for the seat.
(Alyana Alfaro, Politickernj.com)
The PolitickerNJ Interview: U.S. Rep. Tom MacArthur
In the bars here when arms tense around the pool tables you invariably see Army-Air Force-Navy tattoos amid the usual mishmash of otherworldly and underworld emblems, those military depictions paying homage to the rites of passage prized by Joint Base McGuire-Dix.
(Max Pizarro, Politickernj.com)
Christie plagued by more New Jersey defections
When news first started breaking that several high-profile New Jersey Republicans had opted to support Jeb Bush for president over home state candidate Chris Christie, the response was intense and immediate. Everyone from NJ.com to the Daily Beast to CNN to Philly Mag (and of course PolitickerNJ and sister publication Observer) covered the defections of prominent Christie supporters such as state senator Joe Kyrillos, who had chaired Christie’s campaign in 2009, former RNC finance chair Larry Bathgate, Jets owner Woody Johnson, and others.
(Kevin B. Sanders, Politickernj.com)
Christie’s net worth: $1.5M to $3.4M
Gov. Chris Christie and his wife Mary Pat reported assets of $1.5 million to $3.4 million, most of it in two blind trusts, according to a personal financial disclosure form released Tuesday.
(Jonathan D. Salant, NJ.com)
Assessing Christie’s presidential candidacy ahead of first GOP debate
Chris Christie appeared on stage Monday night with many of his rivals at a forum in New Hampshire in advance of Thursday’s debate. After a month as a declared candidate, he’s still having trouble getting traction.
(Michael Aron, NJTVnews.com)
EPA Clean Air Regional Director touts new plan
President Obama’s Clean Power Plan to curtail greenhouse gas emissions is ambitious and controversial. It could lead to cleaner air and limit coastal flooding, but it could also cost more. It has powerful opponents. Gov. Chris Christie flatly opposes it and the American Energy Alliance contends that replacing traditional power with renewable energy will cost more without making the environment cleaner.
Can Christie get his 2016 mojo back in Fox debate?
Gov. Chris Christie’s route to the White House begins Thursday in Cleveland.
(Jonathan D. Salant, NJ.com)
Christie to attend conservative gathering after 2016 debate
Gov. Chris Christie will join most of his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination this weekend at a gathering of conservatives in Atlanta.
(Jonathan D. Salant, NJ.com)
Christie talks sex, birth control
Some things, perhaps, are better left unsaid.
During a town-hall meeting Tuesday in New Hampshire for his presidential campaign, Gov. Chris Christie was asked about religion and following the Bible. As part of his answer, Christie talked briefly about his personal experience with birth control.
Michael Symons, Asbury Park Press)
Founder Of Sandy Volunteer group dies at 29
Cassandra Vitale, who moved back to New Jersey after Superstorm Sandy ravaged Ocean County and started a volunteer group that assisted residents with the hands-on cleanup work of their homes, has died in Florida. She was 29.
(Karen Wall, Patch.com)
NJ Transit offer for rail workers includes 10-percent pay raise
NJ Transit has offered its unionized rail workers a 10-percent pay increase over 7.5 years, according to a summary released by a coalition of union groups. But that raise would be offset by a big increase in employees’ health insurance costs, which could translate to a pay cut for about 1,400 workers, according to the unions.
(Christopher Maag, The Record)
Ramsey councilman begins work as Ho-Ho-Kus’ top administrator
A Ramsey councilman began working this week as the borough’s latest administrator, officials said.
William Jones will earn an annual salary of $90,000 as Ho-Ho-Kus’ top administrator. Jones started in the position on Monday.
(Chris Harris, The Record)
Appeal challenging ballot placement of Saddle River council candidate dismissed
An appeal filed by the Bergen County Republican Organization about the placement of Eric Jensen on the ballot as a Saddle River Council candidate was dismissed Tuesday.
(Alison Pries, The Record)
DRPA expands vendor diversity program
The Delaware River Port Authority is expanding its awarding-winning contract program for businesses owned by minorities, women, veterans and the disabled or disadvantaged.
(Carol Comegno, The Courier-Post)
Lt. Gov. signs ‘Nikhil’s Law’ in Randolph
Sunil Badlani put it bluntly Tuesday morning at the Motor Vehicle Commission in Randolph.
“While no one gets behind the wheel and says ‘I want to kill someone,’’ he said, “The minute you drop your guard and drive distracted, a killer you become.”
(Michael Izzo, The Daily Record)
NJEA endorses Mazzeo, Bell for Assembly
The political action committee of the New Jersey Education Association endorsed Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo and his running mate, Atlantic County Freeholder Colin Bell, for Assembly in this November’s election.
(Christian Hetrick, The Press of Atlantic City)
PolitickerNJ News Digest: August 5th