PolitickerNJ News Digest: Dec. 4th

State Sen. Ray Lesniak attended Corzine's remarks.

State Sen. Ray Lesniak attended Corzine’s remarks.

Good morning, it’s Friday in New Jersey, where Assembly Democrats were unsuccessful in mustering the votes to override Gov. Chris Christie’s veto of a gun control measure despite the attack in California, protesters took the governor to task over the state bear hunt and former Gov. Jon Corzine was back in the public eye.
Quote of the Day: ““My job when I come to Trenton is to vote for things that make the state safer.” – Republican Assemblyman Jay Webber, on his support for overriding Gov. Chris Christie’s gun control veto.

Assembly Democrats Fail to Override Governor Christie on Gun Bill
On the same day national security presidential candidate Gov. Chris Christie jumped into fourth place in the New Hampshire Republican Primary, Assembly Democrats failed to override Christie’s veto of public safety gun bill S-2360 (A-3593).
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Guns in National Spotlight, Officials Weigh In
One day after a mass shooting that claimed the lives of at least 14 in San Bernardino, California, gun legislation is taking center-stage at both the national and state levels.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Webber on Gun Bill Vote: ‘I thought the bill makes the state a little safer’
A former Republican State Party Chairman who once clashed behind the scenes with Gov. Chris Christie’s inner circle allies before surrendering the chairmanship, was one of four Republicans who crossed the aisle earlier today to vote in favor of attempting to override Christie on a public safety-targeted gun bill.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Corzine Talks Life and Career at FDU
Five years after former Governor Jon Corzine unceremoniously left the Trenton State House, he took to the gilded stage of Fairleigh Dickinson’s Silberman College of Business. In 2009, he lost as a Democratic incumbent in a blue state to a Republican challenger—now Governor Chris Christie. He hasn’t been seen in a public appearance since 2011, when he testified before Congress.
One day after a mass shooting that claimed the lives of at least 14 in San Bernardino, California, gun legislation is taking center-stage at both the national and state levels.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Kyrillos to Headline Gopal Charity Event
State Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13) is slated to be the guest of honor at a Vin Gopal Civic Association event next week where the proceeds will help combat homelessness in Monmouth County. While the cause is a noble one, is Kyrillos stepping on anyone’s toes by agreeing to be in such a notable place for Monmouth County Democratic Chairman Vin Gopal?
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Poll: People in NJ Want Uber, But With More Regulations
According to a poll conducted by the Global Strategy Group, New Jersey residents have an overall favorable opinion of ridesharing apps like Uber but with one caveat: they think that rules should be standardized statewide.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Source: If Allen Retires, ’17 Will See Singleton and Burlco Sheriff Face Off
A GOP insider told PolitickerNJ that in 2017’s legislative free-for-all, Burlington County Sheriff Jean Stanfield would be Republicans’ first choice in the event of Senator Diane Allen’s (R-7) retirement. The source added his belief that the Democrats would choose Assemblyman Troy Singleton (D-7) over district-mate Herb Conaway, calling Conaway “old news.”
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

After ‘Yes’ Vote on Override, Brown Falls Back in Line With Bramnick
After Thursday’s failed override, Assembly Republicans continued to cautiously tow the line on gun control as each side accused the other of holding up new guidelines for mental health record expungements. Assemblyman Chris Brown (R-2), who voted in favor of the override Thursday afternoon, swerved abruptly back to the party line.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Phoebus Sworn-in as 24th District Assemblywoman
Gail Phoebus assumed the oath of office today on the floor of the Assembly as the replacement for retired Assemblywoman Alison Little McHose in the 24th District.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Protesters Hit the Statehouse Steps Prior to NJ Bear Hunt
It almost looked like someone intended to re-shoot the infamous 1967 Patterson-Gimlin footage outside the Statehouse this afternoon, but actually it was activist Edita Birnkrant dressed, not as Bigfoot, but as a bear.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Lesniak Says He is the State’s Leading ‘Liberal Causes’ Advocate
State Senator Ray Lesniak (D-20), in the legislature since 1978, says he wants to run for governor in 2017 as a leading advocate of liberal causes.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Sweeney SuperPAC Holds Breakfast Fundraiser
Senate President Steve Sweeney’s (D-3) allies SuperPAC had a fundraiser this morning at the Mastoris Diner in Bordentown.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Poll: Support for Christie rising among Republican voters in N.H.
Republican voters in New Hampshire are starting to warm to Governor Christie’s presidential campaign, according to a poll released Thursday.
Salvador Rizzo, The Record Read more

Christie’s respectful, if imperfect, peace offering to Corzine
It was a relatively quiet and innocent moment spliced into the maddening pace of the 2016 GOP presidential campaign.
Claude Brodesser-Akner, NJ.com Read more

Christie: San Bernardino attack was act of terrorism
Gov. Chris Christie told an audience of Jewish Republicans Thursday that the attack in California that killed 14 people was an act of terrorism.
Jonathan D. Salant, NJ.com Read more

Sweeney survives recall effort by N.J. gun-rights advocates
State Senate President Stephen Sweeney — the top lawmaker in New Jersey — has survived an attempt by a gun-rights group to recall him from office.
Brent Johnson, NJ.com Read more

Booker says he shouldn’t be held responsible for Newark water agency corruption
U.S. Sen. Cory Booker has asked a federal judge to move claims he played a key role in the gross mismanagement of the now-defunct Newark Watershed Conservation Development Corporation out of bankruptcy court.
Dan Ivers, NJ.com Read more

N.J.’s wealthy shouldn’t get tax cut in gas tax deal, group says
The only winners in a deal to swap an increase in the gas tax for a reduction or elimination of the estate tax are the wealthiest New Jerseyans, said a coalition of advocacy groups for low- and middle-income residents who’ve been banging the drum against the possible deal to fund transportation improvements in the state.
Samantha Marcus, NJ.com Read more

Tinton Falls mayor denies whistleblower charges
Mayor Gerald Turning Sr. declined to answer questions, but instead took to Facebook to deny allegations of wrongdoing within the borough police department during his tenure as chief.
Andrew Ford, Asbury Park Press Read more

Muslim leader challenges Donald Trump to come to Jersey City
The leader of a national Muslim-American organization characterized Donald Trump’s unsubstantiated claim that he saw Jersey City residents celebrating on the day of the 2001 terrorist attacks as “vicious” and invited the Republican presidential candidate to come to the city and meet with Muslims.
Associated Press, Read more 

Boat tax bill passes Assembly, sails to governor
Buying a boat in New Jersey may soon get less expensive after the state Assembly on Thursday unanimously passed a bill cutting sales tax on most boats by 50 percent.
Brian Ianieri, The Press of Atlantic City Read more

Proposal to Raise Gas Tax Expected Soon
New Jersey motorists would pay higher gas taxes next year under a proposal that’s expected at any time from lawmakers who are desperately looking to generate more money for transportation improvements.
John Reitmeyer, NJSpotlight Read more

PolitickerNJ News Digest: Dec. 4th