PolitickerNJ News Digest: Sept. 24th

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It’s Thursday in New Jersey, where the state Senate is preparing to get back to business.

A Preview of the upcoming Senate Session and Who Stands to Win or Lose

Today is a Senate session day, and will see a docket dominated by criminal justice bills. These are the five most notable bills that will be going up for a vote at 2:00PM on Thursday.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

10 Dynamics That Will Shape the LD38 Race

In the LD38 Assembly race, incumbent Democrats Tim Eustace and Joe Lagana are facing Republican challengers Anthony Cappola and Mark DiPisa. While taxes are front and center in the Bergen County races, which issues will impact the outcome in the highly contested district?
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Paterson Ward 6 Candidates, NJ Muslim Politicians Hit Back Against Trump, Carson

Paterson’s Ward 6 sets the scene for one of the state’s fiercest developing elections, where incumbent Councilman Andre Sayegh next year must face former ally Al Abdel-azziz (pictured, right). But for all the bitter local antagonism of that 2016 contest, the two men vying to serve a constituency classically made up of a large percentage of Syrian and Palestinian residents remain allied in their mutual disdain for negative comments about Muslims in an intensifying national Republican Primary for President.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Jones High Tens (Finally) Christie with Fundraiser

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones will host a fundraiser for Gov. Chris Christie on Wednesday night at his mansion.
Politicker Staff, PolitickerNJ Read more

As Assembly Term Ends, Garcia Looks to Issues That Impact Hoboken

As Assemblyman Carmelo Garcia pursues a Ward 6 council seat in Hoboken, he has begun using his last few months on the Assembly to address an issue that impacts many Hoboken residents: transit and commuting.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Cumberland Freeholder Director Fires Back at Fiocchi: “I’m Appalled”

Following Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi’s (R-1) claim that he was denied entry to Tuesday’s meeting of the Cumberland County Board of Chosen Freeholders on political grounds, Freeholder Director Joe Derella says that he is “appalled” at the accusation.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

No Action on Driver’s Licenses at Packed Cumberland Freeholder Meeting

The Cumberland County Board of Chosen Freeholders met Tuesday night and saw a packed crowd of supporters and critics for the board’s recent recommendation that the legislature consider taking action on a measure to offer undocumented immigrants a separate class of driver’s licenses. Though the crowd was dense enough to keep many outside the perimeter of the meeting room, neither side brought forward a motion to reconsider the issue.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Teachers Beware of Facebook

The extent of a public employee’s right to free speech, especially in social media, will eventually be decided by the United States Supreme Court. For now, public employees should read Munroe v. Central Bucks School District.
Donald Scarinci, PolitickerNJ Read more

No End of Issues – and Campaigns and Elections Stagnation

Elections are contests.
Unless one on the teams fails to show up.
Missing in this in this year’s contest in Sussex and Warren counties are the Democrats.
Michael Daigle, PolitickerNJ Read more

Senate Democrats Want Port Authority to Suspend PATH Plans on Newark Airport Extension

Democrats in the Senate want the Port Authority to suspend engineering work on extending the PATH line to Newark Airport, pending the outcomes of two investigations.
Michael Aron, NJTV News Read more

Sen. Whelan: Atlantic City and the State Cooperated on Balancing the Budget

Atlantic City is on the rebound. Two years ago it was hobbled by the casino collapse that threw thousands out of work, crashed the tax base and forced the city to consolidate municipal services and close schools. Now Mayor Don Guardian has announced a balanced budget, that doesn’t hike property taxes.
NJTV News Read more

Lawmakers propose bills to help NJ Transit riders

Two lawmakers from Hudson and Bergen counties plan to introduce bills they contend would help NJ Transit riders who are about to be hit with a 9 percent fare increase on Oct. 1
Larry Higgs, NJ.com Read more

NJ’s pension investments fall short of targets

The investments made by New Jersey’s pension funds fell short of targets and well below the double-digit gains of recent years, but it still outperformed benchmarks, state officials said Wednesday.
Dustin Racioppi, The Record Read more

Record Talk Radio hosts Republican Freeholder candidate John Mitchell

John Mitchell, one of the three Republican candidates for Bergen County Freeholder, was the guest on Record Talk Radio on Wednesday.
John C. Ensslin, The Record Read more

Feds to lease offshore windmill sites off New Jersey coast

The federal government plans to lease nearly 344,000 acres of the ocean floor off the coast of New Jersey to companies interested in building offshore windmills to generate electricity.
Wayne Parry, Associated Press Read more

Charges filed against Lakewood special-ed official

The school district’s state-appointed monitor has filed tenure charges against Helen Tobia, the supervisor of pupil personnel services, for a host of allegedly “illegal and/or highly improper” acts, including overstepping her authority to place children with special needs in Orthodox yeshivas and private specialized schools at their parents’ request, according to court documents.
Shannon Mullen, Asbury Park Press Read more

Mayoral candidate frustrated over playgrounds; mayor defends them

The closed playground at Robinson Elementary School served as a backdrop for Hamilton Democratic mayoral candidate Amy Inman on Wednesday as she expressed her frustrations with the playgrounds at both the schools and township parks.
Cristina Rojas, NJ.com Read more

Rowan buying South Jersey’s own ‘Jurassic World’ site

Rowan University is purchasing a 65-acre quarry a few miles from its Glassboro campus, with plans to turn it into a full-time public fossil park, where busloads of schoolchildren could dig up vertebrae, teeth, and other remnants of prehistoric creatures.
Tom Avril, Philadelphia Inquirer Read more

Fiocchi, Sauro say business background will help them fix economy

Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi and Cumberland County Freeholder Jim Sauro want to fix the state’s budgetary problems, bring businesses to the region and reduce unemployment in the area. They say they have the business background needed to solve those problems.
Christian Hetrick, The Press of Atlantic City Read more

PolitickerNJ News Digest: Sept. 24th