PolitickerNJ News Digest: Oct. 5th

Currie arrives in good cheer.

Currie arrives in good cheer.

It’s the start of a new week in New Jersey politics. Time to take a look at who scored points and who fell flat in last week’s tussles. Read our ranking here.

Bergen Freeholder Candidate Running on Debt Platform Had Filed For Bankruptcy
Republican freeholder candidate Ken Tyburczy filed for bankruptcy in 2011 according to documents recently obtained from the United States Bankruptcy Court District of New Jersey.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Joint Committee to Examine New Tiered Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield Plans Today
Senator Joseph F. Vitale (D-19) and Senator Nia H. Gill (D-34) will be holding a joint session of the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee and the Senate Commerce Committee Monday to address Hoirzon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey’s new tiered health plans through their new subsidiary group, the OMNIA Health Alliance.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Rice on Balmir Flap: ‘It Shows Why Fulop Shouldn’t Be Governor’
Veteran African-American Senator Ronald L. Rice (D-28) laid into Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop a day after PolitickerNJ reported on the freeze-out in Fulop world of Hudson County Freeholder Gerry Balmir, the consequence of the freeholder’s wife going to work for Fulop’s 2017 gubernatorial rival Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3).
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Alonso Poised for LD38 Run
If the GOP can get a candidate on the ballot as the short runway LD38 replacement for Anthony Cappola, attorney Fernando Alonso of Oradell is the likely replacement, sources say.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

The Precedent of Torch and Suliga as it Relates to LD38
Those were the dates when courts determined that resigning U.S. Senator Bob “Torch” Torricelli and resigning
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

The Rise and Fall of the Bergen GOP: a Historical Perspective
The shocking revelations about former LD38 Republican assembly candidate Anthony Cappola’s bigoted and hateful writings—revelations that immediately led him to drop out of the race—might be indicative of trouble brewing among Bergen’s GOP. The Cappola incident is just one instance among many that demonstrate that a real Democratic takeover may be imminent in the state’s most populous county.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Fiocchi Calls on Andrzejczak and Land to Denounce Attack Ads in LD1
Following the release of an attack ad airing on Philadelphia-area TV stations, Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi (R-1) is calling on his Democratic rivals Assemblyman Bob Andrzejczak (D-1) and Bruce Land to denounce the spot’s accusations against him. The ad claims that Fiocchi has a history of late tax payments, a charge the assemblyman is calling distorted.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Hermansen: This Election Will Be ‘Defining’ For Yudin as GOP Chairman
According to Mahwah Councilman and former Bergen County Freeholder Rob Hermansen, the November election will prove to be a critical one for Bergen County’s Republican chairman Bob Yudin
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Public worker retirements climbing again with N.J. pension talks
Nearly 10 percent more government workers retired in the first seven months of the year than in the same period last year, a rise some labor leaders say is a response to Gov. Chris Christie’s overtures toward cutting benefits.
Samantha Marcus, NJ.com Read more

Christie: I’d rather jump off bridge than be in Congress
Chris Christie wants to come to Washington. Just don’t ask him to make the leap from governor of New Jersey to Capitol Hill legislator.
Associated Press Read more

EDITORIAL: Fight back on property taxes!
Are you sick and tired of rising property tax bills? Are you sick and tired of neighbors and family members moving to Delaware, the Carolinas or Florida because they can’t afford to pay them? And are you worried that you may have to be next?
Asbury Park Press Read more

Christie facing showdown on NJ gun laws
The gun massacre at an Oregon junior college has set the stage for a showdown over New Jersey’s gun laws.
Bob Jordan, Asbury Park Press Read more

Menendez’s defense relies on odd twist
A U.S. Supreme Court decision once assailed by Sen. Bob Menendez and campaign finance reformers is now at the center of his legal defense as he fights bribery charges.
Salvador Rizzo, The Record Read more

Verona councilmen disagree on proposed salary increase for CFO
Two Verona councilmen objected to a proposed salary increase for one employee because other town hall staffers would not receive a raise, too.
Joshua Jongsma, The Record Read more

New EPA Smog Standard Likely To Lead To Renewed Push for NJ to Comply
The federal Environmental Protection Agency yesterday tightened health standards for smog, a pervasive pollutant that can cause respiratory problems for children, the elderly, and those suffering from asthma.
Tom Johnson, NJSpotlight Read more

Christie: New Jersey’s Low Murder Rates and Tough Gun Laws Are Just A Coincidence
Attempting to keep his 2016 presidential hopes alive, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) refused to wade into the problem of easy access to guns, saying tough gun laws in his state haven’t had a major impact on its low murder rate.
Tom Boggioni, Rawstory Read more

A hurricane and a blowhard: Chris Christie tries to fly on Joaquin’s win
If ever a man needed a hurricane, it was Chris Christie.
Paul Mulshine, The Star Ledger Read more

PolitickerNJ News Digest: Oct. 5th