PolitickerNJ News Digest: Dec. 21st

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Good Monday morning. It’s the start of a holiday week in New Jersey, where we take a look at the winners and losers in state politics last week and Marco Rubio is preparing to make inroads in the Garden State.


Rubio Presidential Campaign Rolls out its NJ Leadership Team
Marco Rubio for President today unveiled its New Jersey leadership team.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

After Five Months, Spokesman to Leave Fulop’s Office
Ryan Jacobs joined Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop’s team as the Director of Communications in August. Now, he is leaving his post to write a book about the presidential politics of the 2016 race.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Rest In Peace, Trooper Eli McCarson
The flags at all state buildings will fly at half-staff on Wednesday, December 23 in recognition and mourning of New Jersey State Trooper Eli McCarson, according to Gov. Chris Christie
PolitickerNJ Editor, PolitickerNJ Read more

Lessons Learned – Setting Priorities and Maximizing a Day in Trenton
Last Monday, I helped organize, along with a number of other parents and community leaders, a “Parent Day” in Trenton.
Oscar James, Jr., PolitickerNJ Read more

Larsen to Formally Launch His CD7 Campaign in the New Year
David Larsen, who has three times run against U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance in a Republican Primary and lost but made it a race each time, will kick off his fourth CD7 campaign come the first week of January, according to a source close to the Larsen campaign.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Springsteen and Jersey jokes star on ‘Saturday Night Live’
New Jersey played a leading role in last night’s episode of Saturday Night Live.
No surprise, with the Garden State’s favorite son Bruce Springsteen and the E Street band slated as musical guests.
Myles Ma, NJ.com Read more

Bridge Investigation Set To End
The joint legislative committee formed to investigate the George Washington Bridge scandal is set to disband in three weeks, leaving virtually no chance for lawmakers to answer lingering questions after spending nearly two years and close to $1 million.
Dustin Racioppi, The Record Read more

N.J. considers raising tobacco-buying age
New Jersey lawmakers are considering a bill that would make the state the second in the country to raise the minimum age to buy tobacco products to 21.
Melanie Burney, The Inquirer Read more

Bill to restart incentive payments angers some N.J. businesses
The passage last week of a bill that would restart incentive payments to about 270 New Jersey companies owed hundreds of millions of dollars for creating jobs in New Jersey sounds, at first glance, like good news for the companies.
Hugh R. Morley, The Record Read more

Christie says ‘show time’ is over in New Hampshire
Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie says it’s time for voters to start getting serious about the election as they head into the new year.
Jill Colvin, Associated Press Read more

Christie: Bridgegate judge’s criticism is ‘much ado about nothing’
Gov. Chris Christie on Sunday dismissed a U.S. District Court judge’s criticism of the law firm that cleared him of any wrongdoing in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal.
Jonathan D. Salant, NJ.com Read more

For surging Chris Christie, Bridgegate is a time bomb
For those trusting souls who still believe the governor’s internal report on the Bridgegate scandal, there is unsettling news: A federal judge just kicked the guts out of it with a sweeping condemnation that will forever brand it as an expensive cover-up.
Tom Moran, Star-Ledger Read more

Baraka earns mention on magazine’s list of ‘Most Valuable Progressives’
Newark Mayor Ras Baraka has earned a high-profile mention as being among of the country’s most influential liberals.
Dan Ivers, NJ.com Read more

Christie on criticism of N.J. record: ‘Bring it on’
Gov. Chris Christie issued a challenge Sunday to any of his Republican presidential rivals who wish to question how successful he’s been governing the Garden State.
Brent Johnson, NJ.com Read more

Jersey City mayor is getting married
It’s wedding bells for Mayor Steve Fulop and his girlfriend, Jaclyn Thompson.
Terrence T. McDonald, The Jersey Journal Read more

Transportation fund has big needs, slack funding
As New Jersey drivers sit at the pump, every gallon of gasoline they buy comes with a 14.5-cent reminder: It’s not Monopoly money that paves roads, fills potholes and builds bridges.
Mike Davis, Daily Record Read more

PolitickerNJ News Digest: Dec. 21st