PolitickerNJ News Digest: August 7th

Sumter, Stellato, and Bergen Democratic operative Matt Bonasia.

Sumter, Stellato, and Bergen Democratic operative Matt Bonasia.

It’s Thursday morning, and let’s face it, while there’s lots going on in the Garden State, the only thing people interested in New Jersey politics care about is how Chris Christie did in the first GOP presidential debate.
Christie Clashes with Paul in FOX Debate
It didn’t take long for Gov. Chris Christie and Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) to get entangled at Thursday night’s FOX News debate, officially the first of the 2016 Republican presidential season.
(Max Pizarro, politickernj)
Gloves come off as Christie spars in first GOP presidential debate
The top Republican candidates for the White House dispensed with the niceties and quickly threw barbs at one another Thursday in the first 2016 debate, and Gov. Chris Christie wasted no time flashing his brash style.
(Matt Arco and Christopher Baxter, NJ.com)
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It gets heated for Chris Christie at GOP debate
A highly anticipated Republican presidential candidate debate lived up to its billing Thursday night and featured an all-out verbal slugfest involving New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, with a rival poking Christie about his hug of President Barack Obama in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy.
(Bob Jordan, Asbury Park Press)
GOP Debate: The 5 best GIFs
A two-hour long debate between 10 Republican presidential hopefuls in Cleveland Thursday night included some eyebrow raising moments.
(Erin O’Neill, NJ.com)
Republican debate brings out brawler in Trump, Christie
The first challenge this week was just getting into the debate. The challenge Thursday night was standing out.
(Christian Hetrick, The Press of Atlantic City)
Guardian on AC PILOT Bills: ‘I don’t understand reason for delay’
Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian wants Gov. Chris Christie to pick up his pen and sign those PILOT bills for Atlantic City, bills that
would unlock $120 million for the sputtering seaside gaming mecca. Guardian feels that the city has done its part, now the state must do its part.
( Max Pizarro, politickernj)
Rutgers-Eagleton Poll: Christie Hits New Low with NJ Voters
As Gov. Chris Christie campaigns to win over voters in New Hampshire and Iowa, voters back home are more dissatisfied with him than ever, according to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. Just 30 percent of New Jersey registered voters have a favorable opinion of Christie, an eight-point drop since April and less than half his favorable rating following his November 2013 re-election; 59 percent are now unfavorable, an 11-point increase since April. Christie’s favorability has mostly been on a downward spiral since August 2014.
(Politicker Staff, politickernj)
Atlantic City in crisis: ‘Everybody’s in a panic right now’
Regarding Atlantic City, downgraded again this week by Standard and Poor’s, “everybody’s in a panic right now,” an insider confided to PolitickerNJ, as the county and city stand at odds over so-called Atlantic City Economic Revitalization Legislation and Governor Chris Christie remains silent.
(Max Pizarro, politickernj)
A backroom war in LD40: The story behind the Dems’ raucous party
The front door to the Grand Chalet was open and inside at the bar among a crowd of imbibing Passaic County Democrats one half expected to see the grinning face of Totowa Republican Peter Murphy, newly enabled to return to the executive leadership fold of the Passaic County Republican Committee.
If that opening sentence sounds contradictory, remember, this is Passaic, where Republican Ed Englehardt once gave a nudge to Democrat John Girgenti get him cross the finish line in a close race with Republican Pat Kramer.
(Max Pizarro, politickernj)
Baraka to lead anti-violence march in Newark on Saturday
Grassroots political leader Ras Baraka stood on these steps a year ago when he won the mayor’s race and proceeded to “swear in” those community members who backed him, and now Baraka wants to remind residents that a people power mayoralty means that people themselves must assume the command position in the fight against violence.
(Max Pizarro, politickernj)
John Amos to march in Newark against violence
Veteran TV and screen star John Amos told Newark Mayor Ras Baraka that he will join residents this weekend for an anti-violence march in the city.
(Max Pizarro, politickernj)
Wildstein sentencing postponed
David Wildstein, the former Port Authority executive (and former editor of this website) who got in trouble with Bridgegate, was not  sentenced Thursday as originally scheduled, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
(PolitickerNJ Editor, politickernj)
Does Carmelo Garcia transcend Hoboken’s divisions?
Assemblyman Carmelo Garcia (D-33) is running to represent Hoboken’s 6th Ward on the City Council because he believes he transcends  divisions in Hoboken between long-time residents and the younger, more-recently-arrived families and Manhattan commuters. Despite past tensions with Mayor Dawn Zimmer—a representative of Hoboken’s new faction—and former state Senator Bernie Kenny—a lifer—Garcia said he has the “distinction” and experience to change the Hoboken council.
(Alyana Alfaro, politickernj)
Who is the best mayor in the strong mayor era history of Newark?
Take our poll and help to pick the winner.
(PolitickerNJ Editor, politickernj)
Backing Christie good business for bridge-and-tunnel lawyers
One World Trade Center was finally rising over downtown Manhattan, after years of battles about its design, security, and cost, when a new problem emerged: The site’s political overseers wanted to oust the project’s lead law firm.
(David Kocieniewski, David Voreacos, Bloomberg)
Mazzeo, Brown feud haunts North Jersey casino debate
For now, a North Jersey casino referendum is dead in Trenton. But the issue is alive in the 2nd Legislative District, where both assemblymen running for re-election have pledged their opposition to an expansion of gambling outside Atlantic City.
(John Santore, Press of Atlantic City)
N.J. schools make teens wake up too early, CDC says
Schools across America, including those in New Jersey, are increasing teeangers’ risk of health problems and poor academic performance by making them wake up too early, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
(Adam Clark, NJ.com)
McGreevey apologizes about re-entry center, asks for his mistake not to hurt lives of others
After being told to leave a community meeting on Tuesday regarding the  re-entry center slated for the old priory at Sacred Heart Church, former governor Jim McGreevey apologized to residents at a discussion he hosted tonight at Martin’s Place on MLK Drive.
(Ben Shapiro, The Jersey Journal)
N.J. lawmakers fund solution to child psychiatrist shortage
With one in five children experiencing a mental health disorder in the nation and less than half of them getting proper treatment, state
lawmakers announced an initiative to connect pediatricians with trained experts offering advice and expertise.
(Susan K. Livio, NJ.com)
N.J. Senate hearing to focus on NJ Transit, Amtrak’s 4 days of delays
Four days of transit delays in July will be the subject of two days of hearings this and next month by state lawmakers in Trenton.
Amtrak officials will take center stage on Monday answering questions about how much borrowed time the 105-year-old Hudson River tunnels
are living on and what are the options if one closes, the infrastructure problems that led to four days of commuter train delays on the week of July 20 and other issues plaguing the Northeast Corridor.
(Larry Higgs, NJ.com)
Christie’s Lt. Gov. bungles N.J. property tax claim
The Auditor’s ears perked up when Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno told guests at an Asbury Park presidential fundraiser for Gov. Chris Christie
Tuesday night that property taxes under their administration have gone down.
The Auditor and most homeowners in New Jersey know that’s simply not true.
(The Auditor, NJ.com)
N.H. focus group furious with Christie for Obama ‘hug’
Gov. Chris Christie didn’t technically give the president a hug when Barack Obama came to New Jersey immediately following Hurricane
Sandy, but he did welcome him to the state with open arms. And that’s apparently enough for some New Hampshire voters to write Christie
off.
(Matt Arco, NJ.com)
Suit revived against Christie allies over GWB lane closings
A class action lawsuit against several former officials from the Christie administration and the Port Authority was revived on Thursday
seeking damages for drivers caught in the George Washington Bridge lane closures.
(Shawn Boburg, The Record)
Why (and how) Chris Christie needs to ramp up his style game
Chris Christie has been mocked — and done the mocking himself — for many questionable fashion choices, including the fused-to-his-flesh
fleece he donned in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the “lucky” Great Pumpkin-esque sweater he wore during Cowboys games last season, and his
affinity for over-the-belly pleated khakis. But all of these paled in comparison to the sight of Christie squeezed into stretchy white
baseball pants that hugged every curve — every single one — at a charity baseball game in June.
(Vicki Hyman, NJ.com)
NJSPBA president: Police and firefighter pensions under control
Gov. Chris Christie insists that if the underfunded public worker pension system isn’t reformed it will mean huge tax hikes or a permanently busted budget. The president of the State Police Benevolent Association calls that a scare tactic that’s not based on fact. He
says the pension system for law enforcement officers and firefighters is healthy, structurally sound and 100 percent funded by employers and employees alike. Pat Colligan, president of the New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association told NJTV News Anchor Mary Alice
Williams how full pension funding is possible for firefighters and police officers.
(NJTVNews.com)
SEC requiring companies to disclose wage gap between workers, CEOs
A “gaping,” growing gap between CEO and worker pay has partly fueled protests for higher living wages — a way to shrink income inequality.
(Michael Hill, NJTVNews.com)
Christie takes some pre-debate blows
As Gov. Chris Christie geared up for Thursday’s prime-time candidates’ debate on Fox News, there was a stark reminder his candidacy faces an uphill climb even among New Jersey voters.
(Christi Peace, Asbury Park Press)
Software upgrade blamed in New Jersey lottery outage
A common software upgrade to lottery ticket printers across New Jersey’s network of 7,200 retailers set off an outage last weekend that blocked an unknown number of stores from selling draw games from Pick 3 to Powerball.
(Dustin Racioppi, The Record)
Casino regulators don’t need cars state can’t afford
Atlantic City has a long tradition of misuse of municipal cars, and apparently the state regulators of the city’s shrinking casino
industry have become part of that tradition.
(The Press of Atlantic City)
PolitickerNJ News Digest: August 7th