PolitickerNJ Wakeup Call: Sept. 9th

Martinez, right, and Ovalles.
Martinez, right, and Ovalles.

It’s Wednesday in New Jersey, where the investigation into the state’s most infamous traffic jam seems to be taking new wings.

United CEO Out Amid Bridgegate Probe
In the midst of a probe into the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, United CEO Jeff Smisek has stepped down, according to a report on NJBIZ.
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Legislative Oversight Committee to Discuss Port Authority Reforms Thursday
The Senate Legislative Oversight Committee will hold a hearing Thursday to determine changes to the Port Authority’s ten-year capital plan, including provisions for greater oversight from the New Jersey and New York legislatures.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

The Growing Partisan Divides in LD1’s Assembly Contest
With the state assembly races accelerating after the unofficial starting gun of Labor Day weekend, the contest in South Jersey’s competitive first legislative district is set to be one of the state’s most hard-fought. Republican incumbent Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi will be facing off against his Democratic counterpart Assemblyman Bob Andrzejczak, who is running with the prominent support of Senator Jeff Van Drew (D-1). The question remains as to whether the Republican ticket can drum up the kind of outsize popular support that Van Drew brings to Andrzejczak by stressing their Republican bona fides.
J.T. Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Chris Christie and the Dems’ November Transportation Trust Fund Option
There is considerable ongoing rumbling in the Assembly Democratic caucus room concerning how to proceed with a Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) tax.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

8 Reasons Steve Sweeney WON’T be NJ’s Next Gov (+ 3 Reasons he WILL!)
It’s too early to fret over who might replace Chris Christie as New Jersey’s next Governor. But we’re political junkies so what are we waiting for?!
Jay Lassiter, PolitickerNJ Read more

Monmouth National Poll: Clinton’s Lead Shrinks
Hillary Clinton’s lead in the Democratic field has shrunk over the past month, mainly due to increased support for a candidate who isn’t even in the race. The latest national Monmouth University Poll of Democrats and Democratic-leaning voters shows Joe Biden’s support rising as speculation swirls around his potential entry into the race. The poll also found that the prospect of a Biden-Elizabeth Warren ticket appeals to many Bernie Sanders voters.
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Lieberman Coming to Teaneck in Support of Gottheimer
Former U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman (D-CT) will be Teaneck this evening in support of fledgling CD5 Democratic candidate Josh Gottheimer.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Bramnick to Fundraise this Coming Weekend for Fiocchi and Sauro
As the general election campaign season officially gets underway, Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi (R-1) and his running mate, Jim Sauro, are enlisting the aid of Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-21) to fundraise on their behalf.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Menendez, Payne Comment on Booker’s Iran Decision
Last week, U.S. Senator Cory Booker announced that he would be supporting the Iran Nuclear Deal after a long deliberation. This decision goes against the vote of his fellow Democratic U.S. Senator Bob Menendez who opposes the deal and has been vocal with his opinion.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Fulop Launches Website Targeting State-Wide Issues in Sign of Guv Run
Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop’s campaign team launched a new website this morning highlighting his accomplishments as mayor and outlining his positions on state-wide issues in a move that could indicate a gubernatorial run in 2017, when Fulop will face reelection in the city.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Paterson Ward One Race: Spencer Lands Top Ballot Position
The five candidates in the special Ward 1 election this afternoon learned their ballot positions.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Fiocchi: Repeal Decision on Driver’s Licenses for the Undocumented
Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi and running mate Cumberland County Freeholder Jim Sauro today called for the Cumberland County Board of Chosen Freeholders to repeal its resolution in support of allowing driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Coalition of Elected Officials Win Grant for Jersey City Fire Dept.
Several of the state’s most powerful elected officials gathered in front of the headquarters of the Jersey City Fire Department to announce the awarding of a nearly $1.2 million grant to improve safety and operations for firefighters in New Jersey’s second-largest city.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Pascrell Favors Iran Nuclear Deal
U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-9) today released the following statement in support of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) reached between the P5+1 nations and Iran:
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Kenney to Appear at Upcoming Norcross Fundraiser
Jim Kenney, the Democratic nominee for mayor of Philadelphia, is scheduled to serve as the featured guest at a fundraiser for U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross (D-1) in Cherry Hill on September 15th.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Jewish Progressive Majority Leader Weinberg Backs up Booker on Iran Deal
Rooted at the crossroads of progressive politics and the Jewish tradition, state Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-37) today spoke up in support of her friend U.S. Senator Cory Booker, who last week announced his decision to back the Iran nuclear deal favored by President Barack Obama.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Christie asks for re-hearing in N.J.’s sports betting battle
New Jersey is officially continuing its four-year, multi-million dollar battle for legal sports betting.
Brent Johnson, NJ.com Read more

U.S. House passes N.J. Rep. Smith’s bill to extend cord blood program
The U.S. House on Tuesday passed legislation that would extend until 2020 federal programs for the use of bone marrow and cord blood to treat diseases and conduct research.
Jonathan D. Salant, NJ.com Read more

More unions ask U.S. Supreme Court to hear pension payment case
Another 16 New Jersey public worker unions are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to consider whether the state’s highest court erred by declaring a pension funding agreement between the state and employees unenforceable.
Samantha Marcus, NJ.com Read more

Record Talk Radio hosts roundtable discussion with Bergen
Freeholder candidate on debt, taxes and the county parks
his Record Talk Radio featured an interview with Ken Tyburczy, one of the three Republican candidates for Bergen County Freeholder.
John C. Enslinn, The Record Read more

State investigating supervisor’s Facebook selfie that calls Ann Klein Forensic Center ‘The Zoo’
The Ann Klein Forensic Center is not a farm, but two bigwig officials who work there are under internal investigation for being associated with an offensive Facebook post that shockingly paints the psychiatric hospital as an animal shelter.
Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, The Trentonian Read more

It’s time to move freeholders to Mays Landing, Formica says
An overflow crowd attended Tuesday’s Atlantic County freeholders meeting for the swearing-in of six recruits and the promotion of two sheriff’s officers, prompting talk of moving meetings from the Stillwater Building here to the county seat.
Michelle Brunetti Post, The Press of Atlantic City Read more

Labor issues loom large over Newark district
Talks on new teacher contract hang fire while administrators enter 6th year without new pact.
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