PolitickerNJ News Digest: Sept. 15th

TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 13:  State senator Ray Lesniak (D-20), with actress Ellen Page (R) and Samantha Thomas at the "Freeheld" premiere during the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on September 13, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

TORONTO, ON – SEPTEMBER 13: State senator Ray Lesniak (D-20), with actress Ellen Page (R) and Samantha Thomas at the “Freeheld” premiere during the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on September 13, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

It’s Tuesday in New Jersey, where Gov. Chris Christie’s presidential campaign is still generating the kind of attention he probably doesn’t relish.

Monmouth Poll: Christie at 2% in New Hampshire
Real estate maven Donald Trump maintains his sizable edge in the New Hampshire Republican primary according to the latest Monmouth University Poll. Surgeon Ben Carson has rocketed to the second spot and Ohio Governor John Kasich holds onto third, while former Florida Jeb Bush has dropped from second place into a tie for fifth.
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Wisniewski Tells Currie of His Interest in Guv Run
When they both attended a Democratic National Committee meeting in Minneapolis last month, veteran Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-19) took some time to talk to N.J. Democratic State Party Chairman John Currie.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

League of Conservation Voters Backs Brown and Mazzeo in LD2; No endorsement in LD1
The New Jersey League of Conservation Voters (New Jersey LCV) released its first round of 2015 endorsements for the New Jersey State Assembly.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Tourism and Environment Dominate for LD1 Voters in a Slow Election Year
Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi (R-1) and his running mate Cumberland County Freeholder Jim Sauro toured South Jersey’s marinas today, and ended with a stop in Ocean City. It’s one of the first events in a year that will see Assembly Republicans and Democrats struggle to drum up voter interest in a year where no other race will be drawing a crowd to the polls.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Fiocchi and Sauro Tour LD1 Marinas and Gauge Business Owners’ Needs
Republican Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi (R-1) and his running mate in his reelection bis Cumberland County Freeholder Jim Sauro toured the first district’s marinas Monday on an itinerary that took them from their home turf of Cape May all the way to Ocean City.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

How Will Fair Lawn’s Elections Impact the LD38 Race?
This November, three seats on Fair Lawn’s town council will be up for grabs. As the municipality with the largest population in LD38, the local race—which includes the mayor’s seat—may increase voter turnout numbers in a low turnout election year.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Reading Cory Booker’s ‘Aye’ Vote on Iran as a 2016 Obama Voter VP Calculation
Whether calculated for this specific end or not, U.S. Senator Cory Booker’s (D-NJ) aye vote on the Iran deal reinforces a strategic political design long advanced by the senator’s allies who see him as a viable vice presidential option.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Hillary Clinton’s Apology: Too Little, Too Late and Way Too Calculated
Much of Hillary Clinton’s problem right now is a product of her own doing. If she were a stronger leader, with a greater sense of integrity and honesty, she would have dealt with this email controversy in a very different way.
Steve Adubato, PolitickerNJ Read more

AG: Former Seaville Fire Chief Gets Five Years
Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced that the former chief of the Seaville Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company was sentenced today to five years in state prison for receiving payments of approximately $46,000 that were based on fraudulent invoices and receipts he submitted for reimbursement to the fire company and Upper Township Fire Commissioners.
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AG’s Office: Leader of Narcotics Ring Pleads Guilty
Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced that a leader of a narcotics trafficking ring and a co-defendant pleaded guilty today for participating in an operation that used the U.S. Mail and other parcel delivery services to ship multiple kilograms of cocaine from California into New Jersey.
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Paterson 1st Ward Race: Businessman Says Local Biz Climate the Worst in 15 Years
The First Ward Race for a seat formerly occupied by scandal-ravaged Councilman Anthony Davis features five competitors, including local businessman Mike Jackson, an ex pro-football player and Kennedy High School quarterback looking to break into government.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

NJ Democratic Women’s Group to Honor Female Leaders
Emerge New Jersey is aiming to empower New Jersey’s Democratic women and change politics in the state by training and encouraging woman to run for office. On October 1st, the group will host their first annual Women of Achievement Gala. Eight democratic women and one democratic man will be honored at the event.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Rep. Pallone calls for hearing on legality of daily fantasy sports
A Monmouth County Congressman is calling for a hearing to review the legality of daily fantasy sports, a burgeoning industry that has been the source of extensive advertising campaigns in recent weeks.
John Brennan, The Record, PolitickerNJ Read more

Christie says media overreacting to problems at Rutgers
Governor Christie answered questions about the latest round of controversies involving the Rutgers University football team in a campaign swing Monday, saying that it isn’t his job to “micromanage” the flagship state university and that the media is too focused on the story.
Melissa Hayes, The Record, PolitickerNJ Read more

Chris Christie causes traffic outside Ground Zero before 9/11 ceremony to take phone call
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, still under fire for the Bridgegate scandal, is being blamed for another traffic jam — this one at the World Trade Center.
The caustic presidential candidate caused a block-long backup outside Ground Zero just before Friday morning’s 9/11 anniversary ceremony when he wouldn’t get out of his black SUV because he was on the phone, sources said.
Rocco Parascandola, Jennifer Fermino, The Daily News Read more

‘Newark at a Crossroads’ Looks at the State of Newark Public Schools, One Newark Plan and Zuckerberg’s Donation
Newark at a Crossroads has Mayor Ras Baraka — a former teacher and principal — telling Steve Adubato why he’s eager for local instead state control of schools.
Michael Hill, NJTV News Read more

Congressman MacArthur: Iran Nuclear Deal a Historic Mistake
The Syrian refugee crisis has initiated a global response; an emergency meeting of The European Union, moves by Arab states to ease Syria’s President Assad out of power and in the United States opening the door to thousands of refugees, some of which are already here. Joining NJTV News anchor Mary Alice Williams in the Agnes Varis Studio is Freshman Republican Congressman Tom MacArthur who spoke about the Iran Nuclear Deal.
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Opinion: Running four years too late, Christie wasted his summer on campaign trail
It’s hard to be “telling it like it is” when clearly no one cares what you have to say. That’s precisely the lesson Gov. Chris Christie learned this summer. It wasn’t supposed to be this way. Four years ago, Gov. Christie was basking in the limelight and pushing away big name donors from Wall Street to Iowa who journeyed to New Jersey on bended knee, begging him to jump into the presidential race.
Joshua Henne, The Star Ledger Read more

Baraka calls for ‘Urban Marshall Plan’ to help Newark, other struggling cities
As cities around the country search for a solution to persistent unemployment, violence and poverty, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka believes he may have found one in the history books.
Dan Ivers, NJ.com Read more

Environmental groups to appeal $225 million ExxonMobil deal
A group of New Jersey environmental organizations Monday took the first step to appeal what it called the Christie administration’s “dirty deal” — the $225 million settlement with ExxonMobil over contamination of industrial sites in New Jersey.
Tim Darragh, NJ.com Read more

Wyckoff GOP committee candidate’s bid for immediate action on independent’s petition denied
Republican Township Committee candidate Susan Yudin’s fourth challenge of independent Thomas Madigan’s nominating petition has hit a snag.
Rebecca Greene, The Record Read more

Developer Blatstein poised to buy Showboat from Stockton
Bart Blatstein is poised to buy the former Showboat casino property in Atlantic City from Stockton University, potentially ending a political and legal mess that has dogged the school for months.
Jonathan Lai, Philadelphia Inquirer, Read more 

Christie Administration Stands Firm on Less-Detailed Tax Revenue Reports
As Gov. Chris Christie took on a staggering $1 billion budget shortfall last year by delaying property tax relief and slashing funding for public-worker retirements, his administration also made a subtle shift in how the state discloses monthly tax-collection data.
John Reitmeyer, NJSpotlight Read more

PolitickerNJ News Digest: Sept. 15th