PolitickerNJ News Digest: Dec. 18th

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It’s Friday in New Jersey, where Democrats failed to override Gov. Chris Christie’s vetoes – except in the case of RGGI – and plans for casinos in northern New Jersey are advancing.

Quote of the Day: “The gaming industry has changed. Casinos have closed. Jobs have been lost. We have to compete with others and maintain New Jersey’s casino sector,” – Senate President Steve Sweeney, on the need for casinos in northern New Jersey.

Assembly Democrats Again Fall Short in Attempt to Override Christie
No change.
After falling short in this endeavor two weeks ago, Assembly Democrats this afternoon again failed to override Gov. Chris Christie’s veto of the expungement bill.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Senate Committee Moves Forward With North Jersey Casino Amendment
The Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee voted Thursday to release the Senate version of the constitutional amendment that would bring casinos to northern New Jersey.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

The Stakes for 2017 As Legislature Weighs Dueling Casino Proposals
The clock is ticking on the Senate and Assembly’s bills to expand casino gaming outside of Atlantic City and into North Jersey, with Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) and Assembly Speaker Vince Prieto (D-32) expected to reach a compromise on Atlantic City’s cut of the new casinos’ revenues before Monday. With Bergen’s Democrats on his side and many of South Jersey’s against him, what does Sweeney have to gain as a gubernatorial candidate?
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Party Lines Clear as Assembly Dems Try to Override Veto
A bill put forward by Assemblywoman Gabriela Mosquera (D-4) has failed in an attempt to override a conditional veto proposed by Governor Chris Christie. The vote received 49 ‘yes’ votes, 10 ‘no’ votes and 18 abstentions. When Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto opened Thursday’s session, he stated that abstentions would be changed to “no” votes. That leaves the final number of votes at 49 ‘yes’, 29 ‘no’ with no abstentions.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Aimee Belgard and Cape May Chairmen Secure Superior Court Judgeships
One-time CD3 congressional candidate Aimee Belgard and two former Cape May County chairmen received unanimous approval for their judicial nominations from the Senate Thursday, allowing them to take office next year. Former Democratic chairman Mike Donohue and his Republican counterpart James Pickering will be joining Belgard on the state Superior Court.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Murphy Allies Deliver Over 3,000 Petitions to Statehouse Ahead of Gun Bill Votes
At the prompting of former U.S. Ambassador to Germany Phil Murphy, representatives from New Way for New Jersey today delivered 3,332 petitions to the New Jersey General Assembly minority office, calling for legislators to override Governor Chris Christie’s vetoes of two gun safety bills.
Politicker Staff, PolitickerNJ Read more

Victory for 32BJ Workers as Union Secures Settlement with Contractors
The union representing janitorial workers and the New Jersey Contractors Association tonight reached an agreement on raises for those members of 32BJ, according to Kevin brown, the union’s state director.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

N.J. Assembly OKs resolution urging state to join program aimed at cutting carbon emissions
The state Assembly passed a resolution Thursday pushing the Christie administration toward joining a cap-and-trade program to cut emissions of carbon, a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change.
James M. O’Neill, The Record Read more

GOP lawmakers warn N.J. could become ‘one-party’ state if voters approve legislative redistricting
The top Republican lawmakers in the state Legislature warned that New Jersey could become a “one-party state” if voters approve a ballot measure that Democrats unveiled this week.
Salvador Rizzo, The Record Read more

Assembly panel advances measure to require N.J. to make quarterly payments into pension fund
A resolution to constitutionally require the state to make quarterly payments into the severely underfunded public employee pension fund was approved by an Assembly panel Thursday.
Dustin Racioppi, The Record Read more

Audience becomes fearful at N.J. college gun debate
It was a brief, innocuous moment that never posed any threat, but the terrified gasp from the audience had nonetheless illustrated the increasing fear that has taken hold of the country today — that violent attacks are imminent and just around the corner.
Spencer Kent, NJ.com Read more

See how many states Christie’s on the ballot for GOP primaries
Gov. Chris Christie has paid the $15,000 filing fee to qualify for the Kansas caucuses on March 5, bringing the total number presidential contests in which he’s on the ballot to 33.
Claude Brodesser-Akner, NJ.com Read more

Senator wants hold on Kelly nomination
State Sen. Raymond Lesniak, D-Union, is calling for a freeze on appointments to the State Parole Board after Gov. Chris Christie nominated Ocean County Freeholder Jack Kelly to a seat on the panel Monday.
Erik Larsen and Michael Symons, Asbury Park Press Read more

NJ Assembly passes Christie-tweaked Atlantic City rescue bills, Senate next
Atlantic City’s long-awaited PILOT is one step closer to taking control of the nose-diving casino resort.
Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Read more

Weed by the Sea? Atlantic City ponders a ‘Weed and Be Green’ future
Will Atlantic City one day soon be able to say, not just Do AC, but come on down and smoke weed by the sea?
Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Read more

Menendez, Booker tout budget provisions assisting NJ first responders
U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker lauded provisions included in the year-end federal budget Thursday that support state first responders.
Tyler Tynes, The Press of Atlantic City Read more

PolitickerNJ News Digest: Dec. 18th