PolitickerNJ News Digest: Nov. 30th

Chris Christie takes a selfie with fans while touring the boardwalk on August 29, 2014 in Point Pleasant, New Jersey. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Chris Christie takes a selfie with fans while touring the boardwalk on August 29, 2014 in Point Pleasant, New Jersey. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Good Monday morning in New Jersey, where everyone is talking about the shakeup at Rutgers, and the big political news is that Gov. Chris Christie’s presidential hopes received an endorsement from New Hampshire’s largest newspaper. Read the endorsement here.
Christie wins endorsement from New Hampshire’s largest newspaper
Gov. Chris Christie won the endorsement from the New Hampshire Union Leader, the state’s biggest newspaper and an influential voice in presidential politics for the early-voting state.
Matt Arco, NJ.com Read more

What Christie is saying about Rutgers’ new AD
Gov. Chris Christie on Sunday praised Rutgers University’s decision to name Patrick Hobbs its new athletic director.
Matt Arco, NJ.com Read more

Port Authority police union boss cited for access to pope during NYC visit
Officials have sought to discipline a powerful police union head for standing near Pope Francis without authorization during the pontiff’s visit to New York City.
Associated Press Read more

Editorial: The governor’s spin on drug treatment in N.J.
The Star-Ledger concluded in its editorial today that Gov. Christie is spending less on drug treatment and admitting fewer people annually, even in the face of a blossoming addiction crisis and rise in fatal overdoses.
Star-Ledger Editorial Board, Star-Ledger Read more

NJ Transit does a U-turn on employee free rides
Some 1,700 non-union NJ Transit employees were rejected three years ago when, claiming financial hardship, they begged the agency to ignore Governor Christie’s fiscal demand to strip them of the free bus and train rides they’d enjoyed for three decades.
John Cichowski, The Record Read more

N.J. gun rights group annoyed at Christie
The head of a New Jersey gun rights group says he’s dismayed at the lack of action by Gov. Chris Christie in the five months since the governor announced he was forming a commission to ensure the state’s laws and regulations “do not infringe on New Jerseyans’ constitutional rights” to bear arms.
Claude Brodesser-Akner, NJ.com Read more

Should Christie grow a mustache to become new face of GOP?
Gov. Chris Christie gets lots of advice on how to improve his presidential poll numbers. Tack to the right. Go for the gun crowd. Make yourself a foreign policy favorite by attacking President Obama. Be blunt but not as off-the-charts blunt as Donald Trump. Return to the early contest states again and again. And make sure you bash Hillary Clinton at least three times every chance you speak during the presidential debates.
The Auditor, NJ.com Read more

Passaic freeholders rebuke Christie over refugee stance
The Passaic County freeholders formally rebuked Gov. Chris Christie and others who have raised fears about Syrian refugees in the wake of the recent terror attacks in Paris.
Myles Ma, NJ.com Read more

Daily recess bill moving through N.J. Legislature
Want to know the deal on recess? Go to the experts.
“We can exercise!” said Collette Guerin, one in a gaggle of second graders rocking the playground last week at Zane North Elementary School in Collingswood.
Rita Giordano, The Inquirer, Read more

PolitickerNJ News Digest: Nov. 30th