PolitickerNJ Wakeup Call: Sept. 10th

Traier, right, and Cook, approach Garrett's district office.
Traier, right, and Cook, approach Garrett’s district office.

It’s Thursday in New Jersey, where it seems every corner of the state is brimming with political news.

Baraka: Newark Needs 6,000 Jobs to Get on Par with NJ Unemployment
At a public safety summit here this morning that he organized, Mayor Ras Baraka said his city needs 6,000 jobs to get unemployment in Newark at least on par with the state of New Jersey.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

‘No Pictures!’ Traier Tries to Deliver Invitation to Congressman Garrett
An irritated staffer in the employ of U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett (R-5) appeared not to know who Passaic County Republican Chairman John Traier was and declined the invitation Traier attempted to deliver to his boss late Wednesday afternoon at Garrett’s district office.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

The Top 10 Wildcards for LD2’s Assembly Election
New Jersey’s most closely watched race this year will be in the second legislative district, where incumbent assemblymen Vince Mazzeo (D) and Chris Brown (R) will be vying to keep their seats and or be overtaken by newcomers Atlantic County Freeholder Will Pauls (R) and Democratic Atlantic County Freeholder Colin Bell (D).
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Baraka Versus Cruz: the Mayor’s Behind-the-Scenes Clash with Veteran Newsman
There’s a backstory to Mayor Ras Baraka’s onstage swipe earlier today at NJTV reporter David Cruz, one that resulted in the veteran newsman taking leave of his public radio show.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Judiciary Committee Members: Fox Owes No Explanation for United Work
New Jersey Department of Transportation commissioner Jamie Fox was a lobbyist for United before entering his current position in 2014. Yesterday, the CEO of United Jeff Smisek resigned as the airline undergoes a federal investigation for the Bridgegate scandal.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Assembly Candidate Supports DeFusco in Hoboken’s Ward 1
Michael DeFusco, the Team Zimmer candidate seeking the Ward 1 council seat in Hoboken, has received a resounding endorsement from fellow ward 1 resident and Democratic candidate for the New Jersey Assembly Annette Chaparro.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

NJGOP Unveils New Website
The NJGOP set its rebuilt site live Wednesday, offering Republican voters an easier way to register as volunteers and see where their district’s candidates stand on the issues.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Mazzeo and Whelan Call for Non-Partisan Negotiation on PILOT Bill
Hoping to circumvent the bickering between city and county that has marred their proposed payment in lieu of taxes program for Atlantic City casinos, Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo (D-2) and Senator Jim Whelan (D-2) today sent a public letter to County Executive Dennis Levinson and Mayor Don Guardian asking that the non-partisan Division of Local Government Services decide the percentage shares of casino payments for Atlantic City and its surrounding towns.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Baraka Leads Public Safety Summit in Newark with Jim Brown and Ray Lewis
Mayor Ras Baraka this morning welcomed football icons Jim Brown and Ray Lewis to his city to help tackle the crisis of community violence at Summit II “Redefining Public Safety” and, amid a crisis of black on black crime, to assert the mantra that “lives matter.”
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Opinion: Cory Booker Has Broken Our Hearts
Senator Cory Booker may have been counting on the traditions of the Jewish High Holy Days to give him cover for his support of the Iran deal. It will not be forthcoming.
The Observor Read more

Following United CEO resignation, Christie calls PA ex-chairman a friend
Governor Christie said Wednesday night he still considers his former Port Authority chairman – a central figure in a federal investigation that prompted the resignation of top officials from United Airlines – a friend and isn’t sure he did anything wrong.
Melissa Hayes, The Record Read more

Jersey Governor Decries ‘Rock Climbing Wall Epidemic’
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie isn’t worried about losing the vote of climbing gym rats. The Republican, whose campaign to win his party’s presidential nomination is languishing, is out on the trail trying to raise his standing in the polls, attacking what he sees as unnecessary costs at colleges.
Steve Casimiro, Adventure Journal Read more

How BridgeGate Probe Into Christie Crony Got United Airlines Chief Fired
In a development that caught many by surprise, on Monday afternoon the CEO of United Airlines ($UAL) and two senior executives at the airline were forced out of their jobs following an internal investigation into their dealings with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the agency’s former chairman, David Samson.
Brian Murphy,TPM Read more

Christie keeps mum on David Samson amid United Airlines resignations
Gov. Chris Christie on Wednesday balked at discussing his relationship with a longtime ally and confidante who could be tied to the recent resignations of the United Airlines CEO and two other top officials at the company.
Aristide Economopoulos, NJ.com Read more

Will ‘Chairman’s Flight’ Affect Chris Christie?
This is the Aiken, South Carolina house former Port Authority Chairman David Samson traveled to aboard those United Airlines flights. They’re ones he himself allegedly deemed the ‘chairman’s flight’ that departed Newark on Thursday nights and returned from Columbia, South Carolina on Monday mornings. The flights were arranged after Samson had dinner with United’s then-CEO Jeff Smisek, and during the time the Port Authority was considering United’s push to expand its foothold at Newark Liberty International Airport – which the Port Authority runs.
Michael Hill, NJTV News Read more

NYC top cop blasts Christie, tells gov ‘stay within your own neighborhood’
New York City’s top cop accused Gov. Chris Christie Wednesday night of having “made a bit of a fool of himself” for criticizing Mayor Bill de Blasio on the city’s crime statistics.
Matt Arco, NJ.com Read more

Light turnout for protest supporting ex-Jersey City rec director
A promised show of force in support of Ryan Strother, the recreation director fired over allegations he hired a registered sex offender, fizzled tonight when few supporters attended a rally called to protest his termination.
Terrence T. McDonald, The Jersey Journal Read more

N.J. rabbis make final plea to Congress to kill Iran deal
With the Capitol dome behind them, hundreds of Orthodox rabbis gathered Wednesday as Rabbi Shmuel Goldin of Congregation Ahavath Torah in Englewood sounded the shofar, the ram’s horn heard in synagogue during the Jewish high holidays that begin Sunday evening.
Jonathan D. Salant, NJ.com Read more

NJ Transit votes to alter scrutinized $1 Port Authority lease deal in North Bergen to $875K
NJ Transit’s board voted Wednesday to alter the agency’s lease on a 14-acre parking lot in North Bergen owned by the Port Authority that was the subject of a controversy that grew out of the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal.
Christopher Maag, The Record Read more

How powerful is Lakewood’s school monitor?
Can the Lakewood school district’s state monitor override the will of the Board of Education on just about any matter?
Erik Larsen, Asbury Park Press Read more

NJ Transit labor fight: Federal mediators favor unions
Could the four years of negotiations between NJ Transit and thousands of unionized employees be nearing a conclusion?
Mike Davis, Asbury Park Press Read more

NJ assemblywoman participates in White House apprenticeship summit
Assemblywoman Maria Rodriguez-Gregg’s support for the expansion of apprenticeship programs landed her an invitation to the White House on Tuesday, where she was recognized with other leaders from across the country for promoting workforce development initiatives.
David Levinsky, Burlington County Times Read more

Menendez: Defense may reveal classified info on plot against him
Sen. Bob Menendez warned this week that classified information may be revealed as part of his defense against corruption allegations, including details about a “foreign intelligence service” that may have planted accusations aimed at damaging the New Jersey Democrat.
Jonathan Tamari, Philadelphia Inquirer Read more

Activists call for internal affairs investigation into ‘police leaks’
The county’s top prosecutor is not tipping his hand as to whether he plans to act on demands from civil rights activists and the New Jersey branch of the American Civil Liberties Union asking for an investigation into Mercer County police agencies they contend leaked information to The Trentonian regarding prior arrests and mugshots of a Trenton teen who was shot by police last month.
Isaac Avilucea, Trentonian Read more PolitickerNJ Wakeup Call: Sept. 10th