PolitickerNJ News Digest: Nov. 10th

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Good Tuesday morning in New Jersey, where Gov. Chris Christie has taken time off from his presidential campaigning to deal with some bills that have been cluttering his desk all summer and help some people in need of medical marijuana. Meanwhile, the future of fantasy sports is being considered.

Quote of the Day: “In order to make ends meet on New Jersey’s minimum wage, you would have to work 94 hours per week. I think if people understand that they will be more sympathetic. The only way this is going to happen is if people mobilize,” – Congressman Frank Pallone (D-6), on his support for the “Fight For Fifteen” movement.

Doherty Says 100% GOP Gas Tax Opposition Would Have Saved Simon, Others
State Senator Mike Doherty (R-23), a movement conservative who appears to be hovering near the possibility of a 2017 guv run, criticized the Republican establishment for flirting with a gas tax hike on condition that it is accompanied by a reduction of the estate tax.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Ciattarelli: Dems Did a Great Job Leveraging Special Interest Money
Rumored as a 2017 gubernatorial prospect, Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli (R-16) responded today to a query from PolitickerNJ regarding his thoughts on the 2015 legislative elections.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Mazzeo Criticizes Slow Response After Christie Vetoes AC Redevelopment Bills
Calling Governor Christie’s differing responses to a raft of redevelopment bills for Atlantic City “a mixed bag filled with the good, the bad and the ugly,” Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo (D-2) said that he was disappointed in Christie’s vetoes on legislation that he says would offer immediate property tax relief to residents.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Prieto Irritated by Christie’s Veto of ‘Democracy Act’
Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32) this afternoon condemned Gov. Chris Christie’s decision to veto the so-called Democracy Act – A-4613, which Prieto said he authored to modernize New Jersey’s voting laws.
Politicker Staff, PolitickerNJ Read more

Assembly Committee Weighs Regulating Fantasy Sports
At an informal committee hearing on fantasy sports Monday, Assembly members heard testimony from experts on state and federal gaming regulations and on the possible statutory hurdles that would face a push to include online betting under the same rubric.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Whelan Hangs on to Lead by Three Votes in Red Bank
The provisional ballots have been counted in Red Bank and Republican Mike Whelan held on to his lead over three-term incumbent Mike Dupont by just three votes after the tallying of provisional ballots.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Pallone: Fifteen-Dollar Minimum Wage Is Critical for Economic Growth
On the eve of the national day of action for the “Fight for Fifteen” movement aimed at increasing the minimum wage to $15 per hour, Congressman Frank Pallone (D-6) and the healthcare-focused SEIU union held a phone in tele-townhall to discuss why they believe the proposed hike is a critical one. Currently the minimum wage in New Jersey sits at $8.38 per hour.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Sweeney and Weinberg Call on NJ Mayors to Support Changes to Capital Plan
Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) and Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-37) joined prominent New Jersey mayors and experts on transportation policy Monday to discuss the future of New Jersey’s economy and its transportation infrastructure.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Dems Move Forward with Drivers’ License Option for Undocumented Workers
Democratic lawmakers want to pass legislation that would make it legal for undocumented workers in the state of New Jersey to obtain driver’s licenses.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Monmouth Poll: Carson and Trump Virtually Tied in SC GOP Primary
Ben Carson and Donald Trump are neck and neck for the top spot in the first southern contest of the GOP primary season. The Monmouth University Poll of likely South Carolina voters also found that Marco Rubio, who places third overall, is the clear favorite from the so-called “establishment” pack of candidates. However, his so-called “generational appeal” seems to be appealing to a different generation than expected.
Politicker Staff, PolitickerNJ Read more

Seven County Chairs’ Coalition Back Currie for Re-election
A coalition of seven Democratic chairs this morning released a statement of support for the re-upping Democratic Sstate Party Chairman John Currie.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

The Fallout from LD11: Must Golden Now Walk Casagrande’s Gauntlet?
He was the toast of the GOP a year ago in Atlantic City at the annual League of Municipalities Convention, but this year Monmouth County Republican Chairman Shaun Golden must plod the long carpeted hallways of those faded casinos beset by the biggest Republican loss of the season: LD11.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

LD16 Update: Zwicker Builds on His Lead Over Simon
Following the tallying of provisional ballots in Middlesex County tonight, Democrat Andrew Zwicker built on his lead over Assemblywoman Donna Simon in the dangling LD16 contest.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

LD11’s Casagrande In Her Own Words
Those allies trying to buttonhole lame duck Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande (R-11) and nudge her into a face-off with Monmouth County Chairman Shaun Golden next year may not get that gladiatorial contest, Casagrande told PolitickerNJ.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Christie rejects bills on voter access, gun laws and Atlantic City’s future
Facing a deadline on the first day of the lame-duck legislative session, Governor Christie rejected bills on voter access, gun laws and the future of Atlantic City, several of the dozens of measures that had been sitting on his desk since the day before he announced he was running for president.
Dustin Racioppi, The Record Read more

Christie is a believer in the ‘Ferguson effect’
The FBI director has been seen as giving it credence. So has the head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. And Gov. Christie made his views clear last week, saying in a Fox News interview that “I absolutely believe it’s real.”
Maddie Hanna, The Inquirer Read more

Christie OKs medical marijuana oil at school for special ed students
Parents in New Jersey would be allowed to give their sick and disabled children edible medical marijuana at school without putting themselves or educators at risk of arrest under a bill Gov. Chris Christie signed into law Monday.
Susan K. Livio, NJ.com Read more

N.J. lawmakers, fantasy sports companies debate whether contests should be regulated
New Jersey lawmakers and industry representatives Thursday debated what has suddenly become a hot question across the country: Should daily fantasy sports be considered gambling and face the kind of regulation casino companies do?
Brent Johnson, NJ.com Read more

Christie ends state of emergency at troubled Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission
At the end of a day marked by a flurry of other executive actions, Gov. Chris Christie on Monday lifted a state of emergency at the scandal-plagued Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission.
S.P. Sullivan, NJ.com Read more

Christie won’t withhold funding over PARCC opt-outs
A new state law prohibits New Jersey from punishing schools financially for having a high percentage of students refuse to take state exams.
Adam Clark, NJ.com Read more

Christie rejects bills designed to stabilize A.C.
Gov. Christie on Monday vetoed legislation that was intended to stabilize Atlantic City’s finances, declaring that it failed “to recognize the true path to economic revitalization and fiscal stability.”
Andrew Seidman and Amy S. Rosenberg, The Inquirer Read more

New Jersey lawmakers to hold hearing on legalizing marijuana
New Jersey lawmakers are planning a hearing later this month to consider legislation to legalize recreational marijuana use in the state.
The Associated Press, Read more

State Wants to Help Private-Sector Workers Save For Retirement
An effort led by a bipartisan group of lawmakers would for the first time give New Jersey a direct role in helping private-sector workers save for retirement. The legislation would create a state-administered individual retirement account that workers could opt to participate in if their employers don’t already offer a retirement-savings plan.
John Reitmeyer, NJSpotlight Read more

PolitickerNJ News Digest: Nov. 10th