PolitickerNJ News Digest: Oct. 26th

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It’s Monday, the start of another week of political hustle and hassle in New Jersey. Whatever happens in Trenton, it’s unlikely to be as drama-filled as last week’s occurrences, though Gov. Chris Christie began the week by having a run-in on Amtrak and calling out the president on the Black Lives Matter movement.
Before we get too deep into the last week of October, it’s a good time to check out the winners and losers from last week and see what Sen. Tom Kean Jr. has to say about the state senate’s veto override vote.

Quote of the Day: “Sure, they are. They’ve been chanting in the streets for the murder of police officers,” – Chris Christie, voicing his opinion that the Black Lives Matter movement is advocating the murder of police officers.

One Action-packed, Drama-filled Week in Trenton
On Monday, Senate President Steve Sweeney kicked off a busy week in Trenton with a well-attended, surprisingly policy-driven press conference on economic development. It wasn’t the most sizzling presser in memory and things were a bit lean on specifics, but Sweeney gets props for promoting topics like college affordability, retirement security, and a world-class transportation infrastructure. It’s boilerplate stuff no matter who’s taking about it, but Sweeney still managed to pack a room with TV-, radio-, online-, and print media types to share his priorities. All this, while flanked by top lieutenants, including Senator Loretta Weinberg who was quick to highlight how lack of investment hinders economic potential.
Jay Lassiter, PolitickerNJ Read more

Christie Booted from Amtrak Quiet Car
An Amtrak conductor booted a McDonalds Smoothie-sipping Gov. Chris Christie out of the train’s quiet car this morning, according to a report in Gawker.
Politicker Staff, PolitickerNJ Read more

Stockton Poll: LD1 Too Close to Call
The four candidates for state Assembly in Legislative District 1 are locked in an extremely tight election battle, according to a Stockton Poll released today.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Judge Issues Stay on General Majority PAC Vote-By-Mail Case Until Monday
Following a judge’s decision Thursday to force the Atlantic County Clerk to issue new vote-by-mail applications to residents whose prior applications had been thrown out, sources confirm that Judge Julio Mendez has extended a stay on the release of the applications until Monday at noon.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Fulop Launches Second Community Benefit Tax Abatement Plan
The City of Jersey City adopted a new tax abatement plan that even staunch critics of all things tax abatement in New Jersey can support.
Donald Scarinci, PolitickerNJ Read more

DiPisa Found Guilty on Bodily Harm Charges in 2002
Republican LD38 assembly candidate Mark DiPisa was charged with attempt to cause bodily harm in 2001, according to documents from the Monmouth County Superior Court and the Ocean Township Court.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Christie gets lots of campaign cash from N.J., not so much from other states
More than half of Gov. Chris Christie’s presidential campaign cash came from New Jersey donors as 60 percent of all Garden State money contributed to Republican candidates for the White House went to the governor, an NJ Advance Media analysis has found.
Jonathan D. Salant, NJ.com Read more

Christie says Black Lives Matter encourages killing cops
Gov. Chris Christie said Sunday the Black Lives Matter moment created an environment that’s called for the killing of police officers.
Matt Arco, NJ.com Read more

Assembly hopefuls stay clear of Christie; few see him as the campaign draw he used to be
In his first reelection race two years ago, Assemblyman Timothy Eustace, a Democrat from Maywood, made it known that on occasion he stood side by side with Republican Governor Christie.
Charles Stile, The Record Read more

Christie’s GOP support at home shows signs of wearing thin
Gov. Chris Christie’s wall of Republican support in New Jersey is showing a crack after a handful of GOP lawmakers joined all Senate Democrats this week to vote for the first time to override his veto, and it could be a signal that his presidential ambitions are hurting his stature at home.
Michael Catalini, Associated Press Read more

N.J. legislators spar on mental health reform
Last year, Governor Christie recommended a five-point plan to update what he called New Jersey’s “obsolete” and “inflexible” mental health laws, including strengthening requirements to obtain firearms.
Dustin Racioppi, The Record Read more

Sen. Kean Talks Port Authority, Gun Override and Tax Breaks For Atlantic City Performers
For the first time last week, a New Jersey law-making body overrode a veto by Governor Christie. The bill deals with gun control and mental illness. The override got a huge push by Senate President Steve Sweeney, but a big pull the other way by Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Jr. NJTV News correspondent Michael Hill spoke with Kean in the NJTV Agnes Varis Studio about the override and other legislation he’s involved in.
NJTV News Read more

Sen. Cunningham: Vote ‘No’ on Moving Jersey City Election Day
State Sen. Sandra B. Cunningham is joining the opposition to a referendum on November’s ballot that could lead to Jersey City moving city elections from May to November.
Terrence T. McDonald, The Jersey Journal Read more

10,000+ sign tax petition; most lawmakers say ‘No!’ to change
More than 10,000 people and counting have signed the Asbury Park Press petition fighting back against New Jersey’s highest-in-the-nation property taxes. But there are scant signs from Gov. Chris Christie and other political leaders that reforms are on the way.
Bob Jordan and Michael Symons, Asbury Park Press Read more

Gloucester County candidate reports threat
A former West Deptford mayor, running to regain a township committee seat, said Friday that he had received an apparent threat at his home this week – an occurrence not unfamiliar in the Gloucester County town’s politics.
Angelo Fichera, Philadelphia Inquirer Read more

Give me a crack at Bader Field or I’ll sue, Straub tells A.C.
City Council tabled an ordinance last week allowing the city to sign a deal with a Bader Field developer, although officials said the delay won’t stop the company’s plans to build sports fields on the unused resort airport.
John Santore, The Press of Atlantic City Read more PolitickerNJ News Digest: Oct. 26th