PolitickerNJ News Digest: Dec. 2nd



Good morning, it’s Wednesday and in New Jersey, the governor is battling with the head of the state police union, lawmakers are mourning the passing of one of their own and Democrats’ political fortunes are looking up.

Quote of the Day: “This is a man who has proven time and again he will say and do whatever it takes to claw his way to the next political position. Six years ago, in his first campaign for governor, he sent a letter to rank and file officers throughout New Jersey promising that he would never harm their pensions. That was a lie.”  – State Police Benevolent Association President Pat Colligan on Gov. Chris Christie.

In Dems’ 2017 Wrangling, Experts See an Unprecedented Early Start
As Governor Chris Christie continues to dominate the spotlight at home during his presidential bid, experts are pointing to early signs that 2017’s gubernatorial and legislative elections will do more to tip the balance of power in New Jersey than even a successful primary season for Christie. With Democrats slated to dominate in a year that will likely see the end of Christie’s tenure, the north-south divide will take center stage.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Countering ‘Xenophobic’ Refugee Decision, Keady Travels to Greece
Former Asbury Park city councilman and noted Christie heckler Jim Keady announced Tuesday that he will be traveling to Lesvos, Greece to meet with newly arrived refugees from Syria in an effort to counteract the governor’s statement that he would not accept new Syrian nationals into New Jersey.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Remembering Rosa Parks
PolitickerNJ would like to take a moment to honor the life and legacy of the late Rosa Parks, who in Montgomery, Alabama on Dec. 1st 1955 refused to give up her bus seat in the “colored section” to white passengers: a watershed moment in the Civil Rights movement.
PolitickerNJ Editor, PolitickerNJ Read more

Former Assemblywoman Marion Crecco has Died
On Saturday, November 28, surrounded by her adoring family, Marion Crecco, a longtime resident of Bloomfield and in recent years Verona, died.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Zwicker Challenge Bateman for the LD16 Senate Seat?
Princeton plasma physicist and now assemblyman-elect in LD16 Andrew Zwicker took home the election in his district last month by an extremely narrow 78-vote margin. When he won, the Democrat unseated Republican Assemblywoman Donna Simon. Though the next race for New Jersey State Senate will not be held until 2017—when Zwicker’s first term on the assembly will be ending—that election might be an opportunity for Zwicker to challenge another LD16 incumbent: state Senator Kip Bateman.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more


Likely Perth Amboy Mayoral Challenger Gonzalez Says Diaz Shouldn’t Run
Perth Amboy Councilman Fernando Gonzalez told PolitickerNJ that he “most likely” will throw his name into the 2016 mayor’s race as a challenger to current mayor Wilda Diaz.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Derided as a ‘Pension Pig,’ PBA Prez Colligan Goes Toe-to-Toe with Christie
The inevitable finally happened: a head-on collision between fierce political foes Gov. Chris Christie and NJ Police Benevolent Association President Pat Colligan
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Syrian family first to arrive in N.J. since Christie’s ban on state help
A family of seven on Monday became the first to arrive for resettlement in New Jersey since Gov. Chris Christie directed state agencies to stop helping Syrian refugees settle here.
Kathleen O’Brien, NJ.com Read more

Christie kicking off N.J. fundraising tour for GOP presidential bid
Fresh off a good few days on the campaign trail in New Hampshire that included a pair of highly coveted endorsements, Gov. Chris Christie will embark on a fundraising tour in New Jersey.
Matt Arco, NJ.com Read more

What Christie’s key N.H. endorsement means, analysis from across the country
After New Hampshire’s most influential newspaper endorsed Gov. Christie Christie over the weekend, there seemed to be whispers of a comeback for the Republican presidential hopeful’s limping campaign. The Star-Ledger’s print headline read, “Choosing style over substance, Christie’s N.H. comeback begins.”
Enrique Lavin, NJ.com Read more

Christie: There’s no climate change crisis
Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday said climate change “is not a crisis” and that he is “not relying on scientists” to form that opinion.
Claude Brodesser-Akner, NJ.com Read more

Christie hints he may take legal action vs. Syrian refugees in N.J.
Gov. Chris Christie said Monday that both the state’s attorney general and his office’s counsel are researching legal options he could to take on the Syrian refugees placed in New Jersey this year.
Claude Brodesser-Akner, NJ.com Read more

What can Camden neighborhood teach N.J., Sweeney?
What can state Senate President Stephen Sweeney — and the rest of the New Jersey, for that matter — learn from Camden?
Greg Adomaitis, NJ.com Read more

Dueling fundraisers for Christie, Bush set for Wednesday in Saddle River
Governor Christie’s presidential campaign — not to be outdone on its home turf — is holding a rival fundraiser Wednesday night in the same town, at the same time, and for the same ticket price as a Jeb Bush event.
Salvador Rizzo, The Record Read more

Monmouth Tax Board: Towns can opt out of pilot program
Monmouth County municipalities will be allowed to drop out of the county’s controversial property tax pilot program, the county Tax Board said Monday, bowing to a request at least 11 towns have made in the wake of an Asbury Park Press investigation.
Susanne Cervenka, Asbury Park Press Read more

New Jersey voter turnout reaches a new low
The percentage of registered New Jersey voters who cast a ballot in this year’s general election tumbled to the lowest level in more than nine decades.
Associated Press Read more

Lawmakers Look To Resolve Forced Returns of NJ Disabled
The long-running struggle over whether New Jersey’s government will force adults with disabilities who live outside of the state to return to New Jersey is set to come to an end.
Andrew Kitchman, NJSpotlight Read more

PolitickerNJ News Digest: Dec. 2nd