PolitickerNJ News Digest: Sept. 4th

NEWARK, NJ - NOVEMBER 3:  U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, (D-NJ) (L) jokes with Newark Mayor Cory Booker at Casa Israel, adult medical daycare center November 3, 2006 in Newark, New Jersey. Menendez, the incumbent in a heavily Democratic New Jersey, is in a tight race against Republican Senate candidate Tom Kean Jr.  (Photo by Sylwia Kapuscinski/Getty Images)

NEWARK, NJ – NOVEMBER 3: U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, (D-NJ) (L) jokes with Newark Mayor Cory Booker at Casa Israel, adult medical daycare center November 3, 2006 in Newark, New Jersey. Menendez, the incumbent in a heavily Democratic New Jersey, is in a tight race against Republican Senate candidate Tom Kean Jr. (Photo by Sylwia Kapuscinski/Getty Images)

It’s Friday in New Jersey, time to look at another group of top performers in our state’s politics.

The 30 Most Influential Women In N.J. Politics, Elected and Nonelected
PolitickerNJ compiled a list of New Jersey’s most influential women. Among the ranks are the Lt. Governor, state senators, assemblywoman, lobbyists, union leaders and mayors.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Booker Supports Iran: Political Analysts Weigh In
Earlier today, U.S. Senator Cory Booker released a lengthy statement coming out in favor of the Iran nuclear deal supported by President Barack Obama. In New Jersey, this puts Booker against fellow democratic U.S. Senator Robert Menendez who has been staunchly opposed to the Obama administration’s deal.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Attorney for Revel Casino Widow Donates to Will Pauls for Assembly
New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission records show that Atlantic County Freeholder Will Pauls received over $5,000 in two donations from Paul D’Amato and his wife Sandra. The D’Amato Law Firm is representing the widow of construction worker Bryan Bradley in a wrongful death suit against contractors involved in the construction of the Revel Casino Resort in Atlantic City.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Trump Holds Lead in Latest Monmouth Poll
Donald Trump has increased his GOP vote share since last month’s debate. The latest Monmouth University Poll of Republican voters nationwide also finds Ben Carson moving into second place, Jeb Bush slipping to third, and Scott Walker fading into the background. The poll also tested Trump directly against nine opponents in head-to-head match-ups and found that only Carson is able to get the better of him.
Politicker Staff, PolitickerNJ Read more

Former Senator Mitchell Coming to Eagleton in October
Former U.S. Senator George Mitchell, a peace negotiator in Ireland and the Middle East, will be a guest at Rutgers University’s Eagleton Institute of Politics this fall.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Andrzejczak and Land Join Fiocchi in Supporting Death Penalty for Killings of Police
Incumbent Assemblyman Bob Andrzejczak (D-1) and running mate Bruce Land joined their GOP rival Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi (R-1) in praising a bill that would suspend New Jersey’s 2007 ban on capital punishment in homicide cases where police officers are killed.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Two Poles of Booker’s Base React to Iran Announcement
Following Senator Cory Booker’s announcement Thursday that he would be voting in favor of President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, the reaction from Booker’s supporters has vacillated between enthusiastic approval from progressives and a dismayed, if not shocked, reaction from the Jewish leaders who have been steadfast in their support of him in the past.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Booker supports Iran Nuclear Deal
Read the text of Cory Booker’s announcement for his support of the deal.
Cory Booker, PolitickerNJ Read more

Camden County Republicans Question Fuentes Hiring
Republican Camden County freeholder candidates Teddy Liddell, Winston Extavour, Ian Gill and Rob Stone issued a statement Thursday questioning the appointment of Assemblyman Angel Fuentes to the position of Deputy Clerk.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Workers Reclaiming the American Dream
This spring 107 caregivers at a nursing home in Lakewood, NJ, organized a union. Despite providing critical care to some of Ocean County’s most vulnerable residents, these women and men often struggle to make ends meet at home. For Rosa Vazquez, a certified nursing assistant with over two decades of service, her desire for affordable health insurance gave her the courage to organize with her co-workers, despite facing intense pressure from her boss.
Milly Silva, PolitickerNJ Read more

Newark alters regulations to pave way for potential downtown casino
City officials are doubling down on their hopes for a casino downtown, though it will likely be some time before they know if their bet pays off.
Dan Ivers, NJ.com Read more

Christie criticizes Booker for ‘political decision’ on Iran deal
Just as soon as U.S. Sen. Cory Booker announced he supported a historic deal with Iran over the country’s nuclear program, Gov. Chris Christie said he was disappointed in what he called a “political decision.”
Matt Arco, NJ.com Read more

Chris Christie Holds New Hampshire Town Hall, As Monmouth Poll Places Him in Top 10 Republican Hopefuls
New Jersey’s governor is in New Hampshire again — on the presidential campaign trail trying to boost his poll numbers to ensure he’s on the main stage in the next debate. Right now, candidate Chris Christie is in, but barely it seems.
Michael Aron, NJTTV News Read more

N.J. lawmakers say they’re shocked, disturbed by Rutgers charges
After five Rutgers University football players were charged with violent offenses Thursday, Democratic state lawmakers, including two Rutgers alumni, said they were struck by the disturbing nature of the crimes.
Susan K. Livio, NJ.com Read more

Christie takes another shot at Trump, signs Republican loyalty pledge on-air
Having started his day on CNN decrying the “food fight” between Jeb Bush and Donald Trump, Gov. Chris Christie took another shot at Trump an hour later on Fox News as he signed, on air, a pledge that he would not run as an independent candidate, but only as a Republican.
Claude Brodesser-Akner, NJ.com Read more

Little Egg Harbor official arrested on child porn
A member of the Little Egg Harbor zoning board was arrested Wednesday on a child pornography charge, authorities said.
Steph Solis, Asbury Park Press Read more

Jersey City prisoner re-entry center won’t be in Ward F, senator predicts
The prisoner re-entry center that had been slated for the former Sacred Heart Church priory will not end up in the city’s heavily African American Ward F, predicts state Sen. Sandra B. Cunningham.
Terrence T. McDonald, The Jersey Journal Read more

Christie: Anti-gay marriage clerk should be given new job, not jail
Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday said that the eastern Kentucky county clerk ordered jailed over her refusal to issue same-sex marriage licenses should be moved to another job, not imprisoned.
Claude Brodesser-Akner, NJ.com Read more

Christie: I’ll ‘officially retire’ Biden if they face off in 2016
As Vice President Joe Biden mulls whether to enter the 2016 fray, Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday warned that he would “officially retire him” from a life of politics if they face off for the White House.
Matt Arco, NJ.com Read more

MacArthur issues reading challenge to students
Just in time for the back-to-school season, Congressman Tom MacArthur is issuing a challenge to his youngest constituents.
Sean Patrick Murphy, Burlington County Times Read more

PolitickerNJ News Digest: Sept. 4th