PolitickerNJ News Digest: Sept. 17th

Christie at his best -- surrounded by supporters and being himself.  The governor waves while announcing his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination at Livingston High School on June 30, 2015. (Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Christie at his best — surrounded by supporters and being himself. The governor waves while announcing his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination at Livingston High School on June 30, 2015. (Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

It’s Thursday, and the big news in New Jersey politics is – not surprisingly – how Gov. Christie fared in Wednesday night’s GOP presidential debate.

Christie: ‘I vetoed 400 bills from a crazy liberal Democratic legislature’
In the first round of tonight’s CNN presidential debate, Gov. Chris Christie seized on a Jake Tapper question to contrast himself with the Democratic Legislature in his home state.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Christie Dives into the Middle of Trump-Fiorina Spat
In search of a big moment in tonight’s CNN debate, Gov. Chris Christie jumped into the middle of a fracas between Donald Trump and Carly Fiorina.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Three 2017 Guv Candidates Party with Weinberg at Her Birthday Bash
Three all but declared 2017 gubernatorial candidates showed up at Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg’s (D-37) birthday bash at the Highlawn Pavilion tonight.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Upcoming Fulop Labor Breakfast Burnishes His Pockets of Union Support
In that backroom war for labor support and with the implicit understanding of the division of labor in New Jersey, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop has put together a breakfast of union brass with which he hopes to make a statement, particularly in the face of repeated trumpeting by his 2017 rival, former ironworker Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3).
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Mayor Redd Announces Updated Plans for Pope Francis Visit
Mayor Dana Redd joined Camden County Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli, City Council President Frank Moran, and PATCO President John Hanson at Camden City Hall Wednesday to announce the city’s plans for Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to Philadelphia. Though the city is publicizing its effort to serve as a home base for visitors online, the mood in the room was tense as many raised questions about efficiency and security during the event.
JT Aregood,  PolitickerNJ Read more

Firefighters Association Issues its List of Assembly Endorsements
The Professional Association of Firefighters Association today announced their endorsements for the upcoming New Jersey Assembly and New Jersey Senate district #5 elections.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

On Debate Day, Senate Dems Take Aim at Christie’s Veto of Firearm Bill
On the same day that Gov. Chris Christie assumes a national stage in his bid to become the Republican nominee for president in 2016, Democrats in New Jersey will be sniping at him from the New Jersey Statehouse.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

In Fair Lawn, Swain Probable Dem Mayor Choice
According to Democratic Fair Lawn Councilwoman Lisa Swain, she will most likely become mayor if the majority on the town council shifts from Republicans to Democrats.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Adventures in Bergen: Where the Game for 2017 Gets Complicated
The closeness of state Senator Paul Sarlo (D-36) to Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) is Sweeney’s best toehold into Bergen come 2017.
Sarlo and Bergen County Democratic Committee Chairman Lou Stellato were never close, as both out-sized egos plied on decidedly separate tracks their individual visions of South Bergen domination. But after years of scrapping in the vineyards, Stellato finally emerged as a legitimate power player last year when his candidate for county executive, James Tedesco, shocked the political establishment and defeated incumbent Republican Kathe Donovan.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Adventures in Bergen: Where the Game for 2017 Gets Complicated
The closeness of state Senator Paul Sarlo (D-36) to Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) is Sweeney’s best toehold into Bergen come 2017.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Weinberg Blasts Angelini and Casagrande Over Women’s Health Claims
Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg is calling out Assemblywomen Mary Pat Angelini and Caroline Casagrande (both R-11) for what she says are false claims regarding efforts to restore funding for women’s health care programs in New Jersey.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

IUOE Local 825 Endorses Republicans in Burlco Freeholder Race
The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 825 today endorsed Kate Gibbs and Ryan Peters in their bid for the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders against Democratic incumbents Aimee Belgard and Joanne Schwartz. The union represents heavy machinery operators.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

At First Council Meeting of the Season, Ward Races Take Shape in Paterson
Above the Great Falls sits Larry Doby Field, that homage to Silk City’s baseball roots, but Paterson’s circus maximus can be found on the third floor of City Hall, where even without the likes of volatile Hall of Famers Aslon Goow and Vera Ames, the governing body can be counted on to deliver another servicable round of Roman chariot races.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

NJ Supreme Court Ruling Avoids Judicial Disaster
The Supreme Court of New Jersey recently sanctioned the use of recall judges to fill judicial vacancies, thereby ensuring that the wheels of justice will continue to turn throughout the state. Had the court ruled otherwise, approximately 12 percent of New Jersey’s judges would have been forced from the bench.
Donald Scarinci, PolitickerNJ Read more

GOP Candidates in LD38 and for Freeholder Push Tax Reduction
Republican LD38 Assembly candidates Mark DiPisa and Anthony Cappola were joined by Bergen’s Republican freeholder candidates Daisy Ortiz-Berger, Ken Tyburczy and John Mitchell at the VFW hall in Hasbrouck Heights to share their stories, meet constituents and explain why they feel they are the best candidates for the job.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Christie attacks N.J.’s ‘crazy liberal’ Legislature on debate stage
When Gov. Chris Christie first came out swinging on the Republican debate stage Wednesday night, he didn’t attack fellow Republicans.
Matt Arco, NJ.com Read more

Christie cites his vetoes of Planned Parenthood funding in N.J. in GOP debate
Governor Christie was fired up as he spoke about his vetoes of Planned Parenthood funding and criticized Republican members of Congress – without naming any of his opponents in the second GOP presidential primary debate.
Melissa Hayes, The Record Read more

Former governor McGreevey gets lifetime benefits for 4 months of work
Former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey’s four-month stint as a Hudson County attorney has brought him health benefits for life.
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Interview with Rutgers President On Football Controversies
Following the headlines over the past few weeks surrounding the recent arrests of Rutgers football players and controversy over alleged emails sent from head coach Kyle Flood, Rutgers President Robert Barchi spoke with NJTV News Anchor Mary Alice Williams about the latest development. Coach Kyle Flood was issued a three game suspension and fined $50,000 for violation of Rutgers policy.
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Flood punishment a ‘slap on the wrist’, Rutgers faculty union president says
The three game suspension and $50,000 fine of Rutgers coach Kyle Flood amounts to a “slap on the wrist” that’s emblematic of an athletic department allowed to operate with complete autonomy, the president of the university faculty union said Wednesday.
Saed Hindash, NJ.com Read more

Stockton University OKs sale of Showboat but mum on buyer
Stockton University’s trustees voted Wednesday to authorize the sale of the Showboat Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City to an undisclosed buyer, the school said.
Jim Norman, The Record Read more

Since Obamacare, N.J.’s number of uninsured keeps falling, Census says
The percentage of New Jerseyans who still have no health insurance dropped significantly between 2013 and 2014, reflecting both the state’s decision to expand Medicaid and the introduction of Obamacare, the federal law mandating coverage.
Kathleen O’Brien, NJ.com Read more

Stockton to sell Showboat
Stockton University has agreed to sell its troubled Showboat property, its interim president said Wednesday, after the school’s trustees approved of the deal.
The Inquirer this week reported that Bart Blatstein, the Philadelphia-based developer credited with sparking redevelopment in Northern Liberties and elsewhere, was in talks with the university on buying the Showboat.
Jonathan Lai and Amy Rosenberg, Philadelphia Inquirer Read more

PILOT, property taxes foremost on residents’ minds in EHT forum
Do politicians really keep their promises?
That’s all township resident Barry Kurman could wonder Tuesday night as he listened to candidates for Assembly in the 2nd Legislative District, as well as candidates for Egg Harbor Township Committee, talk about bringing in jobs, lowering taxes and generally promising to make life better in Atlantic County.
Nicholas Huba, The Press of Atlantic City Read more

Christie-Cuomo Endorsement Could Put Rail Tunnel Back On Track
Governors agree to split half of project’s $20 billion price tag, looking to feds to pick up rest of tab
Construction of an urgently needed rail tunnel under the Hudson River appears to have suddenly become much more likely after Gov. Chris Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo yesterday endorsed a plan for the two states and the Port Authority to cover half of the project’s expected $20 billion cost, with the federal government being asked to pay the other half.
Meir Rinde, NJSpotlight Read more

PolitickerNJ News Digest: Sept. 17th