PolitickerNJ News Digest: Oct. 23rd


It’s Friday in New Jersey, where Gov. Chris Christie is dealing with his first veto defeat and the big question is how he will get back at Republicans who voted against him. There’s already indications that retaliation might be in the works. Meanwhile, a court will decide if Christie was grandstanding or protecting the public health during the Ebola epidemic.

Quote of the Day: This bill is not about Chris Christie running for president or (Senate President) Steve Sweeney running for governor.” – Republican State Senator Chris Connors, R-9, on his vote to override the governor’s veto.

Sweeney Predicts Retaliation Against Override Republicans
Following Thursday’s vote to override a gun control veto from Governor Christie, Senate Democrats are predicting retaliation from Christie against Republicans who went along with the first override vote in the administration’s history.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Sweeney and Kean Clash on the Senate Floor
They never liked each other, the son of a former governor and an ironworker by trade, and that bad blood spilled into view this afternoon as Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean (R-21) attempted to block a Democratic override of Gov. Chris Christie led by Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3).
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Bateman Bucks Christie on Gun Bill: ‘I Don’t Take Pleasure Overriding Governor’
Prodded by Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3), state Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) admitted it was difficult to oppose Gov. Chris Christie, but chose to side with Democrats to buck Christie’s opposition to Senate Bill 2360.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Possible Republican Candidates for Governor in 2017
Though the next gubernatorial election is still two years away, there has already been significant talk of who will run. On the Democratic side, there are several candidates—Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, Former Ambassador Phil Murphy and Senate President Sweeney among them—who seem to be lining themselves up to vie for the position. On the Republican side, however, the field of potential candidates has taken longer to take shape with few as actively pursuing the nomination as the Democrats seem to be.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Source: Soriano Done as Somerset Prosecutor?
Moments after Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) voted to override Governor Chris Christie on a public safety bill, a source volunteered the following:
“Geoffrey Soriano’s term expired on Tuesday and he hasn’t been reappointed.”
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Two Hoboken Residents Ejected from City Council Meeting Over Grossbard Comments
At a Wednesday night Hoboken City Council meeting, two residents butted heads with and were eventually ejected from the meeting by Council President Ravi Bhalla. The removal from the meeting came after both men brought up the correspondence Mayor Dawn Zimmer’s husband, Stan Grossbard, had with Hoboken Housing Authority members seemingly advising them on how to terminate former HHA executive director Assemblyman Carmelo Garcia (D-33).
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Sweeney and Kean Issue Bipartisan Call for New Port Authority Bus Terminal
Just hours ahead of a Senate session that will see an override vote on a vetoed gun control bill that saw them at odds, Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) and Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean (R-21) issued a bipartisan call for action on a proposed new Port Authority bus terminal.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Anthony Cappola’s Tainted Campaign For District 38 Assembly Seat
Anthony Cappola is this year’s political curiosity. A book he self-published twelve years ago has recently blown up in his face. It’s out of print and unavailable even to us, but printed excerpts that have been reported are full of rants against gays, blacks, Jews and Muslims, to name a few.
Michael Aron, NJTV News Read more

‘Ebola nurse’ files suit, says politics put her in ‘Christie’s private prison’
Kaci Hickox, the nurse detained at a Newark hospital last year over fears she had contracted the Ebola virus, filed suit against Gov. Chris Christie and members of his administration Thursday, saying the governor violated her civil rights for political gain.
Mark Mueller and Kathleen O’Brien, NJ.com Read more

3 Bayonne council members accepted health benefits in violation of state law
Three city council members accepted health benefits in violation of state law for up to a year until the state Department of Community Affairs told the city their coverage was illegal.
Jonathan Lin, The Jersey Journal Read more

N.J. lawmakers vote to override Christie for first time, on gun bill
The state Senate voted to override a veto by Gov. Chris Christie for the first time Thursday.
Susan K. Livio, NJ.com Read more

N.J. tax breaks would be off limits to businesses in default under bill
The state Senate on Thursday passed legislation denying economic development incentives to any business that has defaulted on a previous subsidized loan.
Samantha Marcus, NJ.com Read more

Christie to fill two vacancies on his cabinet
Governor Christie announced plans Thursday to fill two of the six vacancies on his cabinet, submitting nominations to the Democratic-controlled state Senate for approval.
Salvador Rizzo, The Record Read more

Chris Christie not happening in Iowa
New support from a handful of leading Iowa moderates has provided no lift for Gov. Chris Christie in the Hawkeye State, where a new poll shows retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson in first place for the Republican nomination for president — the first time since July that Donald Trump hasn’t led the GOP field.
Bob Jordan, Asbury Park Press Read more

Assembly candidates debate A.C. tax plan at Trop
Candidates for state Assembly in the 2nd Legislative District pitched themselves to the local business community Thursday night.
Christian Hetrick, The Press of Atlantic City Read more PolitickerNJ News Digest: Oct. 23rd