PolitickerNJ News Digest: Nov. 18th

Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter (D-35) at her Women on the Move event at Harrah's on opening night of the League of Municipalities Conference.
Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter (D-35) at her Women on the Move event at Harrah’s on opening night of the League of Municipalities Conference.

It’s Wednesday in New Jersey, where the big news is the release of PolitickerNJ’s annual Power List and the debate continues over Gov. Chris Christie’s stand against Syrian refugees.

Quote of the Day: “I will fight anyone who wants to shut down this nation’s open arms,” – U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, vowing to fight Gov. Chris Christie’s vows to turn away Syrian refugees.

The 2015 PolitickerNJ Power List
Welcome to the 2015 PolitickerNJ Power List.
As usual, before too many hurt feelings ensue, we would like to remind our loyal readers that the list DOES NOT – let’s try that again – DOES NOT – include elected officials.
PolitickerNJ Editor, PolitickerNJ Read more

Bramnick to Dems: ‘Don’t Get Cocky’
Despite a turbulent Election Day that saw New Jersey’s Republican Party lose four seats on the General Assembly, Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick wants the state’s Democrats to know that Republicans will not go down without a fight.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

NJ State League of Municipalities Conference The Top Ten Rejected Sessions 2015
Some League sessions have a great deal of time, and energy put into their formation. Some, not so much.
Former governors sharing their thoughts on Christie. How to get grants for your downtown. Jon Bramnick doing stand up comedy. These are all important sessions that are packed like a New Jersey Devils game during the playoffs or like a town meeting by Governor Christie with mayors from the Jersey Shore on lingering Sandy issues. However, some sessions were not so well attended.
Joey Novick, PolitickerNJ Read more

Irish Pub Event Underscores Labor-LD11 Nexus as Fulop and Gopal Party
They say the place has prohibition roots, this little double decker tavern elbowed nearly to the edge of the Atlantic Ocean called the Irish Pub, and inside a throng of labor brass raised their mugs in the direction of Monmouth County Democratic Chairman Vin Gopal and Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Christie Says “NO” to Cuba and Obama
If Barack Obama thinks it is good foreign policy to allow American’s to visit Cuba, it won’t happen from New Jersey’s airports if Chris Christie has something to say about it.
Donald Scarinci, PolitickerNJ Read more

Christie says he won’t accept Syrian refugees in NJ
Gov. Christie has joined the chorus of governors saying their states will not accept Syrian refugees.
Maddie Hanna, Philadelphia Inquirer Read more

Does Christie really have the authority to reject Syrian refugees?
Gov. Chris Christie told President Obama on Tuesday New Jersey will not accept any Syrian refugees, but a government watchdog group and legal scholars say it’s not the governor’s call to make.
Matt Arco, NJ.com Read more

N.J. revenues fall below Christie projection
New Jersey’s tempestuous tax on corporations continued to drag down state revenues in the first four months of the fiscal year that began in July, the state Treasury Department reported Tuesday.
Samantha Marcus, NJ.com Read more

Moody’s: Atlantic City needs rescue bills to pay off debt
A Wall Street credit rating agency has warned that if three rescue bills Gov. Chris Christie conditionally vetoed last week don’t become law, Atlantic City will be unlikely to pay off its debt without another form of financial help.
Brent Johnson, NJ.com Read more

Booker: I’ll fight ban on Syrian refugees pushed by Christie, others in GOP
U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, rejecting arguments from Gov. Chris Christie and other Republicans, said Syrian refugees should be welcomed into the country.
Jonathan D. Salant, NJ.com Read more

As Jersey City debates election timing, arguments turn to turnout
As Jersey City debates whether to move its municipal elections from May to November, one key argument stands out from those in favor of the move.
Terrence T. McDonald, The Jersey Journal Read more

N.J. lawmakers to hear from officials on lottery’s performance
Lawmakers are scheduled next week to hear from lottery officials on the long-term contract with a private operator that has so far fallen short of its contractual income goals for the state.
Dustin Racioppi, The Record Read more

Subpoenas issued for Monmouth pilot program
Several Monmouth County towns were served grand jury subpoenas today in connection to a criminal investigation into the county’s embattled property tax pilot program.
Susanne Cervenka, Asbury Park Press Read more

It’s Not About The Gas Tax, It’s About Trusting Trenton
The most recent poll in which 62 percent of New Jerseyans opposed increasing the state’s gasoline tax to pay for highway and bridge rehabilitation and repair was quickly construed as another expression of an entrenched anti-tax sentiment that has grown so strong that any such increases are to be resisted no matter the uses to which the revenue would be put.
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