PolitickerNJ News Digest: Nov. 6th

Democratic Chairman Stellato.
Democratic Chairman Stellato.

It’s Friday in New Jersey, the end of a busy week in politics, where the big story is how the Democrats and Republicans plan to approach the post-election landscape, but everybody is talking about how Chris Christie has been cut from the main stage at the next GOP debate.

Quote of the Day: “What is your plan to address the Transportation Trust Fund? Put it on the table. What are they going to do about property taxes?” – Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-21), calling out Democrats after their electoral win Tuesday night

Christie Won’t Be In Top GOP Debate

Gov. Chris Christie will not be among the top dogs when GOP candidates next debate on Nov. 10.
Fox Business News has announced Christie did not make the cut for the prime-time debate due to still-low poll numbers.
Steve Cronin, PolitickerNJ Read more

Prieto: Historic Majority ‘Referendum on The Republicans’
After announcing his second term as Assembly speaker, Vince Prieto (D-32) said he sees Democrats’ significant gains this year as a call from voters for greater cooperation from Republicans on issues like the Transportation Trust Fund and the gas tax hike that could prevent it from disappearing. Prieto told PoltickerNJ that he sees the Democrats’ sizable advantage against dwindling Republican party coffers as a similar reflection of their platform’s popularity.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Bramnick Asks Assembly Dems: ‘What is Your Plan?’
Come January, Democrats in the New Jersey Assembly will have a 51 (or 52) seat majority over Republicans, the largest difference since 1979. Today, Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-21) was reselected as his party’s leader in the lower legislative branch. Now, Bramnick and his fellow Republicans are asking Democrats how they plan to solve issues that are plaguing the state.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Holding Lead Over Simon, LD16’s Zwicker Plans to Vote for Prieto Today
Although not officially the victor in LD16, plasma physicist and Princeton University Professor Andrew Zwicker is on his way to Trenton this morning to caucus with Assembly Democrats.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Bergen Republican Operative Pushing for Yudin’s Resignation
A GOP operative in Bergen County is encouraging fellow Republicans to join him in a push for current Bergen County Republican Organization Chairman Bob Yudin to step down effective immediately. Albert Enriquez, 31, worked on the campaigns of the Republican freeholder candidates in Bergen this year, but all three lost to the Democrats.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

LD16 countdown: Zwicker Lead Over Simon Up to 67
Looking to remove Assemblywoman Donna Simon (R-16) from office, Princeton University Professor Andrew Zwicker took another step in that direction this afternoon with the counting of provisional ballots in Princeton.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Team Zimmer’s Wins Good for Hoboken, Says Mayor
On Tuesday, Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer’s slate for council won big. Team Zimmer was able to bring home wins in four of the five contested districts, giving Zimmer a 7-2 majority on the board.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

After LD1 Victory, Van Drew Says Andrzejczak and Land Would Oppose Gas Tax Deal
After the minor upset of retired New Jersey Department of Corrections Officer and Vietnam veteran Bruce Land unseating Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi (R-1) on Tuesday, Senator Jeff Van Drew (D-1) said that while the first district’s Democrats are glad to be part of the historic legislative majority, their caucus shouldn’t count on additional override votes for a gas tax hike.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Opinion: Open Letter to the Bergen Republicans
Open Letter to the Bergen County Republican Organization County Committee, elected officials, Republican leaders, and prospective Republican leaders seeking the chairmanship of the Bergen County Republican Organization
Fernando Alonso, PolitickerNJ Read more

As Christie addiction talk goes viral, in AC a treatment center fears closure
Gov. Christie is getting robust political traction – nearly 6 million views on Facebook at last count – with an impassioned speech recorded from Shooter’s Tavern in Belmont N.H., about treating drug addiction.
Amy S. Rosenberg, Philadelphia Inquirer Read more

First Trump ads for radio hit familiar themes
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump began airing his first campaign ads on Thursday with two radio spots in three early-voting states.
Associated Press, Read more
Under new bill, a ‘smart gun’ in every N.J. gun shop
More than a dozen years after passing a “smart gun” law that is now blamed for stopping them from being sold across the country, state Senate Democrats on Thursday said they want to revamp the law and force gun dealers to carry the high-tech weapons.
Samantha Marcus, NJ.com Read more

In the Wake of Assembly Win, Questions About Christie’s Next Two Years
The four-seat pickup that New Jersey Democrats are taking away from this week’s state Assembly contest bring the party closer to a veto-proof majority in the lower chamber. They also have raised the question as to this turn of events will affect Gov. Chris Christie’s last two years in office. Can Christie continue to maintain his grip on GOP lawmakers, particularly since the Republican loss is seen as a repudiation of the governor by political operatives on both sides of the aisle.
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