PolitickerNJ News Digest: Sept. 14th

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It’s Monday in New Jersey, where discussion about the Port Authority scandal just doesn’t seem to be slowing down.

In LD-38, Republicans and Democrats Agree On Port Authority
On Thursday, the Senate’s Legislative Oversight Committee met to discuss an overhaul to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. State Senators Loretta Weinberg (D-37) and
Bob Gordon (D-38) pushed for a new bill, S-3066, that included terms for more legislative oversight. State Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13), however, believes that the bill currently on New York Governor Cuomo’s desk is “pretty good.”
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Bramnick Joins Fiocchi and Sauro Campaign Kickoff in LD1
Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick joined incumbent Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi and his running mate Cumberland County Freeholder Jim Sauro at their campaign headquarters in Cape May County Sunday, and had harsh words for their Democratic rivals Assemblyman Bob Anderzejczak and his running mate Bruce Land.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Ballot Positions Drawn for Hoboken Ward Races
In Hoboken’s upcoming nonpartisan election, city council seats for all six wards are up for grabs. Today, ballot positions were drawn.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Democrat Schroeder Bows out of Atlantic County Exec’s Race
The Democratic challenger for Atlantic County executive has announced he will bow out of the race due to concerns over his health.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Former Asbury Park Mayor ‘Seriously’ Considering 2017 Guv Run
The former Mayor of Asbury Park wants to run for governor in 2017.
“I’m very seriously thinking about it,” Ed Johnson, 53, told PolitickerNJ
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Christie recalls Maine’s gift to N.J. last year – the ‘Ebola nurse’
Gov. Chris Christie eagerly recalled his controversial decision in 2014 to put a nurse who treated Ebola patients in Africa under mandatory quarantine in Newark while on the campaign trail on Sunday.
Matt Arco, NJ.com, PolitickerNJ Read more

NYC top cop is being ‘completely ridiculous’ on criticism, Christie says
Gov. Chris Christie charged New York City’s police commissioner with being “completely ridiculous” for criticizing him for meddling in the city’s affairs.
Matt Arco, NJ.com, PolitickerNJ Read more

Christie: ‘Just stop reading newspapers’ on Samson investigation
Just days after referring to New Jersey’s newspapers as “rags,” Gov. Chris Christie said Sunday people should “just stop reading newspapers” when it comes to any investigations stemming from the George Washington Bridge lanes closure controversy.
Matt Arco, NJ.com, PolitickerNJ Read more

Sweeney to replace Menendez? He says such talk ‘not fair’
Don’t ask state Senate President Stephen Sweeney if he’s eyeing Robert Menendez’s seat in the U.S. Senate.
The Auditor, NJ.com, Read more

The Chris Christie legacy for the Jersey GOP: Help’s not on the way, but he’s on his way
Thanks to the all the news coverage of the fight between Donald Trump’s hair and Carly Fiorina’s face, you might not have noticed that there’s going to be an election this year in New Jersey. All 80 seats in the state Assembly are up for grabs on Nov. 3.
Paul Mulshine, The Star Ledger, Read more

Record N.J. lottery sales are no windfall; worst returns in 40 years fuel vendor criticism
Ticket sales have topped $3 billion for the first time, but New Jersey’s lottery expects to send only $930 million back to the state to help fund social service programs — the lowest rate of return in nearly four decades.
Dustin Racioppi, The Record, Read more

A once cozy alliance turns sour; dinners and deals brought Christie allies and airline execs together
They occupied different worlds — one political, the other corporate — but the Christie administration and United Airlines each had achieved its own pivotal milestones by the end of 2010. And they harbored even greater ambitions.
Shawn Boburg, The Record, Read more

North Jersey communities exploring legal basis for bans on pipeline project
As opposition to a proposed interstate oil pipeline continues to mount, municipalities including Oakland are trying to preempt the construction by adopting bans on “unregulated pipelines” being installed within municipal boundaries.
Steve Janoski, The Record, Read more

Former Gov. Kean says he’s considering voting Democrat in presidential race
Former Gov. Thomas Kean says he would consider voting for a Democrat in the presidential race.
But he also likes a few things Republican frontrunner Donald Trump has to say, namely his view that Planned Parenthood should stop offering abortions but continue to offer other health services.
Salvador Rizzo, The Record, Read more

County contractor: Freeholder Vicari shook me down
A contractor working for Ocean County government claimed under oath that Freeholder Joseph H. Vicari extorted him in the 1990s and 2000s and that he has been cooperating with a long-running FBI investigation into the freeholder’s conduct. At one point, the freeholder even threatened to kill him, the contractor testified.
Jean Mikle and Erik Larsen, Asbury Park Press, Read more

Morris freeholders hear cost, space needs of bail reform
The Morris County freeholders have gotten a crash course on how bail reform could require several million dollars for the hiring of new employees and more office space in an already cramped courthouse complex.
Peggy Wright, Daily Record, Read more

Christie in context: 4 areas where there’s more to the story
Gov. Chris Christie laid the groundwork for his campaign with detailed policy speeches on foreign policy, the economy and education, among other issues.
But two months since the launch of his campaign and with the second GOP debate set for Wednesday, Christie is struggling to gain traction.
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Christie: Port Authority not a stain on my administration
Gov. Christie on Sunday continued to fight back against suggestions that indictments of his former allies and another federal investigation into the former chair of the Port Authority reflected poorly on his judgment.
Andrew Seidman, The Philadelphia Inquirer Read more

PolitickerNJ News Digest: Sept. 14th