PolitickerNJ News Digest: Oct. 13th

Governor Chris Christie Announces His Run For Presidency

It’s Wednesday in New Jersey, where Democrats are planning on taking on the governor over gun control, and the governor says he isn’t afraid to start shooting at Russians over Syria.

Sweeney on the Balmirs: Political War Doesn’t Have to Translate to Household Discord

Veteran Democratic Party operative T. Missy Balmir did not appear this afternoon amid the clipboard, folders, suits and sunglasses surrounding Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) in the sun-filled plaza outside the Princeton Library.
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Sweeney, Dem Lawmakers Storm Bateman’s District

Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) and a cadre of party allies this afternoon stampeded the legislative district of state Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) to kick dust in the direction of the Republican who voted for a public safety bill then reversed himself and opposed it rather than cross a 2016 Republican Presidential Primary-seeking Gov. Chris Christie.
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Old Bridge Cop Faces Suspension or Dismissal for Running for Assembly Seat

A police officer in Old Bridge may be suspended or fired from his job for attempting to land a seat in the New Jersey Assembly, according to a 101.5 FM report
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‘If I Were Governor…’ Part II

Last week PolitickerNJ asked a dozen politicos to imagine their fist priority if they became governor. It was a fun and revealing exercise that got a lot of feedback. So we reached out to another dozen (or so) of the brightest lights in New Jersey’s political constellation and asked the following question: “What would you do first if you woke up tomorrow and you the were Governor of New Jersey?”
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Brown and Mazzeo Camps Face Off in NJTV Debate

The Assembly candidates from the second district debated on NJTV this weekend on Michael Aron’s “On The Record,” and the Democratic incumbent may be coming away with the most to lose.
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A Near-Simultaneous Governmental Implosion in Warren

The first, in Greenwich Township, the resignations of three Township Committee members left the governing body without enough members left – two, feuding — to even call a meeting.
Michael Daigle, PolitickerNJ Read more

Sources: Greenstein’s Presence in Somerset Bespeaks of Future Federal Run

Somerset County buzzed a little last week when state Senator Linda Greenstein (D-14) showed up at the Democrats’ annual gala and heard her name called from the front of the room.
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Mark Parker-Magyar Heading to Iowa to Work for Prez Candidate

Mark Parker-Magyar, scion of the Parker Newspaper Publishing family and son of Mark Magyar, policy expert for Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3), is getting involved in presidential politics.
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Christie tells group fed up with D.C. gridlock: Compromise is a good thing

Complete with stories of hashing out compromises with New Jersey’s Democratic-controlled Legislature, Gov. Chris Christie was in his element Monday at a bipartisan gathering in the first-in-the-nation presidential voting state of New Hampshire.
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Christie calls Dodgers’ Chase Utley a ‘dog’

Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Chase Utley, who broke New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada’s leg with a vicious slide on Sunday, is a “dog,” Gov. Chris Christie said Monday.
Jonathan D. Salant, NJ.com Read more

Christie would shoot down Russian planes, commit U.S. troops vs. ISIS in Syria

GOP presidential candidate Gov. Chris Christie savaged President Obama’s escalation-averse foreign policy in Syria this morning, saying he would create a “no-fly” zone in the areas where Russian air strikes have targeted U.S.-supported insurgent groups and even commit U.S. ground forces against ISIS.
Claude Brodesser, NJ.com Read more

Christie: Sweeney grandstanding for higher office on gun bill veto override

Gov. Chris Christie promptly brushed off a promise Monday from New Jersey’s top lawmaker to attempt another veto override on gun legislation Monday, accusing Senate President Stephen Sweeney of grandstanding for high office.
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Kean says he will propose N.J. gun control bill compromise this week

Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean Jr. said Monday he plans to introduce a bill that could quell the disagreement between Gov. Chris Christie and the Legislature over a gun control bill and avoid another attempt by Democrats to override the governor’s veto of the measure next week.
Susan K. Livio, NJ.com Read more

Sweeney warns lawmakers to not skip Christie override vote on gun bill

Senate President Stephen Sweeney said Monday he expects all 40 state senators to vote in two weeks on another attempt to override Governor Christie’s veto of a gun control bill – even if that means sending armed officers to bring lawmakers to Trenton.
Dustin Racioppi, The Record Read more

APP sparks call for tax investigation

A Monmouth County freeholder is calling for the county prosecutor to investigate the relationships between public officials and private companies awarded $8.4 million in contracts under a pilot property tax program following an Asbury Park Press probe.
Susanne Cervenka, Asbury Park Press Read more

PolitickerNJ News Digest: Oct. 13th