PolitickerNJ News Digest: Oct. 19th


It’s Monday, time once again to see who were last week’s winners and losers in state politics. As election day approaches, it looks like voters want to keep things the same in one of the state’s most hotly contested legislative races. While watchers are gloating over Chris Christie’s dismal showing in presidential polls, those who make their money off state contracts are still eager to show the governor their support.

Stockton Poll: Incumbents Mazzeo and Brown Lead in LD2 Tilt
Two incumbent state assemblymen lead in the battleground 2nd Legislative District election, with less than 10 percentage points separating the four Assembly candidates, according to a Stockton Poll released today.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ, Read more

LD2 Attacks Continue, Showing Mazzeo At Loss for Words Over Casino Resolution
Assemblyman Chris Brown’s campaign released video of an attack ad on their Youtube channel Friday showing footage of his opponent Vince Mazzeo choking on his own words during the Assembly debate last Tuesday.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ, Read more

Makarski Goes to MWW
Michael Makarski, who has worked campaigns for Vision Media for six years, is moving on to a new position at MWW.
Makarski will serve as MWWPR’s senior director of public affairs.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ, Read more

Bramnick Reiterates Debate Challenge to Prieto
Following Speaker Vincent Prieto’s (D-32) excoriation of the GOP leader over his stated willingness to give a home in his caucus to disgraced LD38 challenger Anthony Cappola, Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-21) doubled down on his challenge from earlier this year to Prieto to debate the issues with the Republicans.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ, Read more

Carmelo Garcia’s Office Claims ‘Nothing Nefarious’ About Fiocchi Letterhead
A September 18 letter from Assemblyman Carmelo Garcia (D-33) concerning animal rights laws as they impact Hoboken—where he is currently running to represent ward 4 on the city council—were stuffed into envelopes from the office of Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi (R-1).
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ, Read more

ELEC: Contribution Breakdown for Hoboken Ward Races
In the contentious Hoboken city council races, you are either with Team Zimmer or you are facing them. That is, with the exception of ward 3’s Michael Russo who is neither a part of Team Zimmer or opposed for his spot.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ, Read more

Among Christie donors, a slew of state contractors
Among the donors to Gov. Christie’s presidential campaign are individuals who work for companies in New Jersey that have been awarded more than $60 million in state and local government contracts, campaign finance records show.
Andrew Seidman and Maddie Hanna, Philadelphia Inquirer Read more 

Bang the drum slowly for Christie’s doomed campaign
I can’t prove it, but the new Rutgers poll convinces me that the people of New Jersey are taking dark pleasure in watching Gov. Chris Christie squirm for his life on the national campaign trail.
Tom Moran, Star-Ledger Read more

Christie, Sweeney, guns, grandstanding and grumpiness
With Gov. Chris Christie spending so much time out of state campaigning for the Republican nomination, it appears the state’s top lawmaker is finding news ways to reach — and zing — the governor.
The Auditor, NJ.com Read more

Booker joins nuclear deal opponents to pressure Iran
U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, who supported the Iran nuclear deal, has joined opponents of the measure in introducing legislation designed to ensure that Tehran doesn’t build a bomb.
Jonathan D. Salant, NJ.com Read more

Will Chris Christie go with the Mets to Wrigley Field?
Chris Christie was among the happy Mets fans exiting Citi Field after Game 1, still marveling at the dominant performance of starter Matt Harvey in a 4-2 victory over the Cubs, when he was asked if he would truly go all out to support his favorite baseball team in the NLCS.
Steve Politi, NJ.com Read more

Kean unveils N.J. gun control and mental health compromise bill
Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean Jr. unveiled a new bill Friday that aims to ends a tug-of-war between Gov. Chris Christie and Senate President Stephen Sweeney over gun control and mental health legislation.
Samantha Marcus, NJ.com Read more

Christie, unions in legal entanglements after deals expire
The collective bargaining deals for about 50,000 New Jersey state government employees expired in June, and it could be a while before new deals are in place.
Geoff Mulvihill, Associated Press Read more

Garrett fundraising slows, as rival’s surges
Rep. Scott Garrett raised $175,000 for his reelection during the third quarter of this year, less than he raised at the same point in the past two election cycles and well below the $400,000 collected by his likely opponent next year, Democrat Josh Gottheimer, disclosures made public Thursday showed.
Herb Jackson, The Record Read more

New Jersey property taxes: Time to demand change
Now it’s your turn.
The Asbury Park Press’ “Tax Crisis” investigation last week showed not only how runaway property taxes were destroying families and chasing residents out of state, but how insiders exploited the system to reap billions from your wallets — all while politicians ignored the most pressing issue of the last decade.
Paul D’Ambrosio, Asbury Park Press Read more

Three Morris Democrats want freeholder terms
An opponent of the proposed Pilgrim Pipeline and two other Democrats who say Morris County residents would benefit from two-party representation on the freeholder board are hoping to capture seats on the current all-GOP board in the Nov. 3 general election.
Peggy Wright, The Daily Record Read more

Survey Faults NJ, Other States, For Lack of Long-Term Budget Planning
New Jersey is one of more than two dozen states that aren’t following best practices for long-term budget planning, according to a new survey of the policies currently in place across the country.
John Reitmeyer, NJSpotlight Read more

Jersey City School District Follows Crooked Path to Local Control
When Jersey City was awarded additional control of its public schools last week, the assumption was that the district was making big progress after its nearly 30 years of state operation.
John Mooney, NJSpotlight Read more

PolitickerNJ News Digest: Oct. 19th