PolitickerNJ News Digest: Dec. 30th

"This guy over here says he can still afford to live in New Jersey. Can we get his name and number please to follow up with him."

Good Wednesday morning, where it’s time to take a look at one of the biggest inter-party brawls to hit the state in a while and to take a tour of the past year’s political highlights in pictures.

Fight of the Month: Steve Sweeney Versus Vince Prieto
It’s getting late in the day for the lame duck session, with the legislature heading toward a last-ditch effort to reconcile the Senate and Assembly versions of a bill to amend the state constitution and allow new casinos in North Jersey.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Christie in Combat: The Fights That Have Defined His Presidential Run So Far
GOP Presidential frontrunner Donald Trump went on the attack against New Jersey Governor Chris Christie this week, a move that some say points to a resurgence for the presidential hopeful as the New Hampshire primary draws nearer. Trump blasted Christie for what he sees as economic mismanagement of New Jersey.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

The PolitickerNJ Year in Pictures: 2015
The year could be defined in one word and in that regard it was like every other year in the history of New Jersey going back to the gubernatorial candidacy of George McClellan: surreal.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Source: Felice Won’t Run Again for Bergen Freeholder
According to a source, current Bergen County Freeholder Chairman Pro Tempore has decided he will not be pursuing reelection after his term ends in 2016. According to Felice, however, his decision has not yet been finalized and he is still deciding whether or not he will pursue reelection.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Christie: America can trust me because N.J. doesn’t like me
Gov. Chris Christie told Iowa voters that he wouldn’t worry about his polling numbers when it comes to making decisions as president, holding up his record low job approval rating in New Jersey as proof he can make tough decisions.
Claude Brodesser-Akner, NJ.com Read more

Following attack, Christie says he won’t engage in ‘tit-for-tat’ with Trump
A day after Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump opened a broad attack on Governor Christie at a campaign stop in New Hampshire, Christie responded by suggesting that he was above engaging the bombastic real-estate mogul who has ties to New Jersey.
Dustin Racioppi, The Record Read more

Trump attacks Christie and publisher of largest New Hampshire newspaper
Using words like “low life,” “useless” and “sleazebag,” Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump lashed out on Monday night at the publisher of New Hampshire’s largest newspaper for comparing him to a movie bad-guy and for endorsing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
Ed O’Keefe, The Record Read more
Christie rips absenteeism (but not his)
Gov. Chris Christie made clear Tuesday he doesn’t think much of elected officials who don’t do their jobs because they spend so much of their time running for president. And, no, it wasn’t a moment of self-reflection.
Bob Jordan, Asbury Park Press Read more

Bush’s super PAC hits Christie in New Hampshire
The super PAC backing Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign is expanding the scope of its attacks beyond Donald Trump, releasing ads Tuesday that target Gov. Christie and other Republican rivals.
Andrew Seidman, The Inquirer Read more

Ex-Trenton Downtown Association head cited for operating illegal boarding house
Christian Martin, the former executive director of the Trenton Downtown Association (TDA), was illegally spurring economic development for himself, according to his tenants.
David Foster, The Trentonian Read more

PolitickerNJ News Digest: Dec. 30th