PolitickerNJ News Digest: Sept. 30th

A Fiocchi aide interviewing members of the crowd at Tuesday's meeting

A Fiocchi aide interviewing members of the crowd at Tuesday’s meeting

It’s Wednesday in New Jersey, where we take a look at the most influential Latinos in state politics. For our list, click here

Budget Battle: New Jersey Versus Newark
The City of Newark and the State of New Jersey engaged in a backroom war over the city’s budget, according to a source in City Hall.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

The 51 Most Influential Latinos in NJ Politics, Elected and Nonelected
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, PolitickerNJ this week complied a list of the most powerful Latinos in N.J. politics. The list ranges from federal officials, to councilmembers, to lobbyists and everyone in between. See who made the list:
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

ELEC: Driven by Indie Cash, 2013 Total Campaign Spending was Most Ever at $53.3 mill.
An unprecedented wave of independent special interest spending drove the cost of the 2013 legislative general election to $53.3 million, the most ever without adjusting for inflation, according to a new analysis by the Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC). “In the 2013 fall election, at least $10 million was spent outside the direct control of parties and candidates. That’s a staggering five times more than the 2011 total. It is most likely low due to current limits on disclosure,” said Joseph Donohue, ELEC’s Deputy Director and the author of the study.
PolitickerNJ Editor, PolitickerNJ Read more

PolitickerNJ Casting Call: Predator Versus Alien(s)
The Predator and Alien film franchises both have their rapid fan followings, inevitably leading to debates at the Statehouse over which actors would play the principal roles in Trenton-twist versions of the classic sci-fi films.
PolitickerNJ Editor, PolitickerNJ Read more

Menendez Speaks Before Senate Committees on Syrian Refugee Crisis and Puerto Rico
Senator Bob Melendez spoke before the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and United States Senate Committee on Finance Tuesday, in two hearings on the state of humanitarian aid in Syria and on economic development in Puerto Rico.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

General Majority PAC Pushes Back Against Republican Chairman at Board of Elections
The Atlantic County Board of Elections met Tuesday night and discussed the controversial applications for mail-in ballots that the Democratic-allied General Majority PAC sent out to voters on the behalf of Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo (D-2) and his running mate, Atlantic County Freeholder Colin Bell.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Record Dishes on Jamie Fox Going Easy on United, His Former Employer
Shawn Boburg wrote a fascinating story in the Record yesterday alleging that a state agency failed to collect $104,000 United Airlines owed New Jersey after United cancelled an underperforming route to Atlantic City before the one-year minimum the airline had agreed to when it accepted incentives.
Ken Kurson, PolitickerNJ Read more

Police Reports Show Pattern of Vandalism in Old Bridge Mayoral Race
Police reports from this month confirm Old Bridge Democratic mayoral candidate Bill Cerra’s claim that there has been a pattern of vandalism directed at his campaign signs in the area. Though staff at the campaign headquarters of Republican incumbent Owen Henry reported one instance of a sign being destroyed to police and described the vandalism as an isolated incident, there has in fact been a pattern of signs for Cerra being stolen or damaged.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Paramus Council Fundraiser Demonstrates Critical Role in Bergen
Paramus’ critical role in the upcoming Bergen County elections was evident at a Monday fundraiser for council candidate Holly Tedesco-Santos and Councilman Pat Verile.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Port Authorty’s top lawyer stepping down after 36 years with agency
Amid lingering fallout from the George Washington Bridge lane closures, the Port Authority’s top lawyer announced that he would step down next month.
Steve Strunsky, NJ.com Read more

Advocates Gathered in Protest of Proposed PennEast Pipeline
A couple dozen protesters marched from the State House, chanting their objections to the proposed PennEast Pipeline. The 36-inch-wide underground pipeline would carry a billion cubic feet of compressed natural gas every day– from fracking operations in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale formation — along a 118-mile corridor that crosses the Delaware River and then runs southwest in New Jersey, through what protesters called preserved farms and forests.
Brenda Flanagan Read more

Christie’s latest fundraiser: Grab a beer with the candidate
Here’s a chance to grab a beer and talk presidential politics with Gov. Chris Christie.
Jonathan D. Salant, NJ.com Read more

Robert Curvin, ‘legendary’ Newark civil rights leader and historian, dies at 81
On July 12, 1967, Robert Curvin stood outside Newark’s 4th Precinct headquarters, bullhorn firmly in hand.
Dan Ivers, NJ.com Read more

N.J.’s Watson Coleman attacks Christie over Planned Parenthood funding
U.S. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman attacked Gov. Chris Christie at a congressional hearing Tuesday for his successful efforts to cut off state funding for Planned Parenthood.
Jonathan D. Salant, NJ.com Read more

NFL, other leagues urge court not to take up N.J. sports betting appeal
The five national sports organizations, including the NFL, that are suing New Jersey to prevent the legalization of Las Vegas-style sports betting told a federal appeals court on Tuesday that there is no need for the entire court to take up the issue.
John Brennan, The Record Read more

Christie promises robust campaign in Iowa
Governor Christie on Tuesday pledged his commitment to a robust campaign in Iowa as he picked up endorsements from some of the same business and political leaders who had flown to New Jersey to urge him to run for president in 2012.
Melissa Hayes, The Record Read more

Brick school superintendent, others indicted on official misconduct and theft charges
Brick Schools Superintendent Walter Uszenski, his daughter and two former school district officials have been indicted by a grand jury on charges they schemed to give the schools chief’s grandson taxpayer-funded services the child wasn’t legally entitled to, officials said Tuesday.
Andrew Ford, Asbury Park Press Read more

War of words over NJ’s affordable-housing needs sparked by two new reports
New Jersey’s always contentious affordable-housing scene got even more charged with the release on Monday of two reports by the New Jersey State League of Municipalities that question the validity and practicality of obligations calculated by advocates earlier this year.
Collen O’Dea, NJSpotlight Read more

PolitickerNJ News Digest: Sept. 30th