PolitickerNJ News Digest: Nov. 5th

Good morning, it's Thursday and the analysis continues over Tuesday's election results, with pundits trying to determine who are the real winners, who is to blame for the GOP defeat and how the outcome will impact state politics in the coming year.

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Good morning, it’s Thursday and the analysis continues over Tuesday’s election results, with pundits trying to determine who are the real winners, who is to blame for the GOP defeat and how the outcome will impact state politics in the coming year.

Quote of the Day: “So long as he’s spending time in Iowa and New Hampshire and not in backrooms with the state legislature, there is going to be no agreement on the Transportation Trust Fund,” – Rider University political scientist Ben Dworkin, on Chris Christie’s chances of striking a deal with Democrats on funding the trust fund.

The Stakes For a Lame Duck Gas Tax Vote Following Assembly Victories
After Tuesday’s wins in the Assembly elections, Democrats will be entering Lame Duck with the weight of the proposed gas tax on their shoulders and a strategic choice to make: to help fund the Transportation Trust Fund, or wait for the newly elected Assembly members to arrive and for Christie to return to Trenton from the campaign trail.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Winners and Losers: Election Day 2015
Who came out on top, and whose political future is cloudy as a result of Tuesday’s votes.
PolitickerNJ Editor, PolitickerNJ Read more

The Eyes of the State Turn to LD16
After a long night, New Jersey has awakened to the fact that LD16 remains unsettled.
Incumbent Republican Assemblywoman Donna Simon of Hunterdon County is in a dogfight with Democratic challenger Andrew Zwicker, a plasma physicist from Rocky Hill.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Wyckoff Mayor Rooney Pursuing BCRO Chairmanship
Kevin Rooney secured his position as the mayor of Wyckoff on Tuesday. Now, the Republican has his sights set on another position: Bergen County Republican Organization Chairman.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

The Dynamics of the LD11 Win Heading Into 2016
LD11 winners Joann Downey and Eric Houghtaling pulled out an unlikely win on Tuesday for Democrats in the previously Republican-held district, unseating incumbents Mary Pat Angelini and Caroline Casagrande. But, while the win was a significant one in terms of securing Democratic control in the legislature, Downey and Houghtaling may soon find themselves at the center of a tug of war between North and South Jersey.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

After Pauls’ Loss, Levinson Blames ‘Gullible Public’ For Success of PAC Attacks
Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson took the opportunity to weigh in on freeholder Will Pauls’ loss in the second district’s Assembly race Tuesday night at the Harbor Pines country club. After Pauls’ abrupt exit from the venue effectively announced the final totals, Levinson said he attributed the greater turnout for running mate Chris Brown (R-2) and rival Vince Mazzeo (D-2) to name recognition and a “gullible public” blitzed with attack ads from the Democratically-allied General Majority PAC.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Following Victory, Brown Comes Down Hard on NJEA and ‘Power Brokers’
At a celebration at the Harbor Pines Golf Club in Egg Harbor Township, Assemblyman Chris Brown (R-2) announced his victory alongside party chairman Keith Davis and county executive Dennis Levinson. With Davis offering cautious congratulations to the crowd, Brown called the victory “provisional,” after the ballots of the same name that stand a small chance of changing the returns.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Christie’s 2017 Budget – Be Prepared For Unkindest Cuts Of All
Approximately three months from now, Gov. Chris Christie will submit his administration’s fiscal year 2017 budget to the Legislature. Whether he will deliver it as governor, as a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, or as a bit of both is unclear.
Carl Golden, NJSpotlight Read more

Christie not on ballot but a loser in NJ elections
New Jersey’s elections proved to be a low-turnout, high-impact event, with voters handing a setback to Republican Gov. Chris Christie, even though he wasn’t on the ballot, and Democrats gaining their largest majority in the state Assembly in decades.
Bob Jordan, Asbury Park Press Read more

Voter turnout in N.J. hits record low
Voter turnout Tuesday in New Jersey was the lowest for a general election in state history, according to unofficial results and an analysis by a polling expert.
Andrew Seidman, Phildelphia Inquirer Read more 

Bridgegate trial pushed back a month
The federal trial of two former allies of Gov. Chris Christie in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal has been delayed.
Associated Press Read more

Christie and Fox News host Megyn Kelly spar over Obama ‘hug’
Gov. Chris Christie appeared on Fox News’ “The Kelly File” on Tuesday evening with guns blazing over President Obama’s visit to the state Monday — but left having to defend and deny the “hug” that has haunted him with Republicans.
Claude Brodesser-Akner, NJ.com Read more


GOP’s 11th District loss was backlash of Christie’s leadership, observers say
Republicans in Monmouth County were licking their wounds Wednesday, a day after two of their well-known assemblywomen were voted out of office in what election observers say was a backlash over how Gov. Chris Christie runs the party in New Jersey.
MaryAnn Spoto, NJ.com Read more

Donor to Menendez charged with allegedly reimbursing employees for making ‘straw donations’
A donor to Sen. Bob Menendez faces charges for allegedly reimbursing employees of his recently closed medical school who made “straw donations” to candidates in Florida.
Herb Jackson, The Record Read more

How a write-in candidate ousted an incumbent mayor
Before the summer, John “Jay” Coffey didn’t have any intentions of becoming the borough’s next mayor.
Alex Napoliello, NJ.com Read more

Observers interpret Hamilton Mayor Kelly Yaede’s re-election as ‘mandate’ or ‘popularity decline’
Republican Mayor Kelly Yaede’s re-election represents “a mandate,” according to her supporters, but critics say the vote outcome shows Yaede’s popularity is in decline.
Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Trentonian Read more

Trenton council to consider supporting marijuana legalization
Trenton City Council on Thursday will consider a resolution calling on the state to legalize, tax and regulate marijuana for adults.
Cristina Rojas, NJ.com Read more

Top Trenton official named in federal securities lawsuit
Trenton Business Administrator Terry McEwen, who served as a member of the board of directors of 6D Global Technologies, is among those named in a class-action lawsuit alleging federal securities laws violations against the company.
Cristina Rojas, NJ.com Read more

PolitickerNJ News Digest: Nov. 5th