PolitickerNJ News Digest: Oct. 8th

Screen Shot 2015-10-07 at 5.22.53 PMIt’s Thursday in New Jersey, where we take a look at likely candidates to replace our governor and Chris Christie maintains his chances are improving in the presidential race.

‘If I Were Governor…’
As Governor Christie continues his presidential campaign and the field begins to take shape for his eventual successor, New Jersey is in dire financial shape and a raft of legislation is waiting for his signature. PolitickerNJ asked insiders what their first priority would be if they were in Christie’s shoe
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Camden City Council Candidate: “They Don’t Know Their Capabilities”
Organizer Moneke Singleton-Ragsdale is mounting an independent challenge to Democratic incumbent Dana Burley in the city’s council election this year, and says she would try to alter the course of Mayor Dana Redd’s redevelopment efforts.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Former Union County Official gets 70 Months for Fraud
The former Director of the Division of Facilities Management for Union County was sentenced today to 70 months in prison for his role in defrauding the county of more than $120,000 in connection with the purchasing of supplies, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
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Alonso: LD38 Situation ‘Not Easy for Anybody’
In LD38, Fernando Alonso’s assembly candidacy is currently on the bubble as the Republican Party waits for a hearing with the Passaic County Superior Court to see if they can replace former candidate Anthony Cappola’s name with his.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

10 of the Least Competitive Races in 2015
PolitickerNJ poured over NJ’s statewide voter registration summaries—both by legislative district and by county—to determine which of this year’s legislative and county races were among the least competitive in the state.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Jersey City to Reclaim Local Control of Schools
Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop and Superintendent Marcia Lyles joined New Jersey’s Commissioner of Education, David Hespe, for a vote that returned two components of the Jersey City school system back to local control. They also set out a time line for full control to return in Spring 2016.
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Kill the Death Penalty
The United States Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the death penalty in a lethal injection case this year in Glossip v. Gross by a vote of 5-4. The Court will hear a Florida case this term that considers the Sixth Amendment right to trial by Jury together with the Eighth Amendment prohibition against “cruel and unusual punishment.”
Donald Scarinci, PolitickerNJ Read more

Memo to Christie Insiders Says Governor is Improving in GOP Polls, Favorability Rating
The memo to Chris Christie insiders and donors came from campaign chief strategist Mike DuHaime on Sunday.
Michael Aron, NJTV News Read more

‘We’re on the plantation’: Newark council blasts state over budget oversight
Members of the city’s Municipal Council on Wednesday blasted the state for unilaterally approving a budget that will force a 9 percent tax increase onto Newark residents.
Dan Ivers, NJ.com Read more

WATCH: Christie’s first car revealed
A 1971 Chevy Camero, burnt orange with a black vinyl roof.
That’s what Gov. Chris Christie says he drove as his first car. The news was made public with a little help from former late-night TV host Jay Leno, a car enthusiast who’s starting a new TV series.
Matt Arco, NJ.com Read more

Sen. Barnes to co-sponsor bill penalizing athletes who repeat grades for athletic edge
State Sen. Peter Barnes (D-Middlesex) told NJ Advance Media Wednesday he intends to co-sponsor State Sen. Richard Codey’s controversial bill slated to be introduced this fall that aims to penalize athletes who repeat a grade in middle school to gain athletic advantage in high school.
Matthew Stanmyre, NJ.com Read more

Super PAC backing Christie spending nearly $700K on TV ad
A super PAC supporting Governor Christie in his bid for the Republican presidential nomination is spending nearly $700,000 on a new television ad this week, taking its total spending to nearly $6 million.
Salvador Rizzo, The Record Read more

N.J. Republicans urging voters to cast ballots by mail after opposing law
Six years ago all but three Republicans in the Legislature voted against changing New Jersey law to allow all voters to cast their ballots by mail. Now, as the party seeks next month to pick up a pair of Assembly seats in the state’s two highly contested districts, Republicans are embracing the very law they opposed.
Dustin Racioppi, The Record Read more

N.J. election commission reprimands, fines former candidate Buono
New Jersey’s campaign law enforcement agency has reprimanded and fined a former state senator and Democratic candidate for governor over alleged violations of state law in 2013.
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State senator Beck calls for RREM protections
The water was rising. Holly Toohey saw on television, Superstorm Sandy was turning toward New Jersey, toward her home on Fairview Place in Neptune.
Andrew Ford, Asbury Park Press Read more

Candidates: Petroleum, gas taxes could fund transportation
The growing property tax burden and shrinking transportation funding are among the chief issues eyed by Assembly candidates at the top of the ticket in the 12th Legislative District.
Mike Davis, Asbury Park Press Read more

9th District race: highways, taxes
Transportation funding and property taxes are among key issues separating Republicans and Democrats in the 9th Legislative District.
Amanda Oglesby, Asbury Park Press Read more

Morris GOP attend Americans for Prosperity opening
Offering to “help every American, no matter their walk of life, to live a truly prosperous life,” Americans for Prosperity Foundation President Tim Phillips joined several Morris County Republican leaders for the official opening of its first New Jersey community center.
William Westhoven, The Daily Record Read more

Late senator’s effort may finally pay off
A bipartisan group of senators has won enough support to advance a bill Frank Lautenberg long championed to tighten the oversight of chemicals in everyday products, moving toward a posthumous capstone for the New Jersey Democrat’s long Senate career.
Jonathan Tamari, Philadelphia Inquirer Read more

Mazzeo, Bell talk about the issues
Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo and Atlantic County Freeholder Colin Bell outlined various issues facing the county and pitched policy ideas to address them in an hour-long meeting Wednesday with The Press of Atlantic City’ editorial board.
Christian Hetrick, Press of Atlantic City Read more

Christie’s self-depiction as lonely outsider doesn’t ring true
Gov. Chris Christie recently compared himself to the lonely Maytag Man of the long-running TV commercial, saying he’s spending days all alone in the State House while lawmakers are out campaigning in advance of next month’s full Assembly election.
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