PolitickerNJ News Digest: Dec. 9th

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It’s Wednesday morning in New Jersey, where Gov. Chris Christie and Donald Trump are increasingly feuding, the question of northern casinos is again on the agenda and judicial nominations could lead to a shake up in Cape May County.

Quote of the Day: “I know many folks including myself thought he was funny at first and we wanted this clown to stay in the spotlight so the Republican Party can see just how foolish they have become over the years, but when your mother is afraid and wants to get a gun to protect herself at the age of 65 because of her religion it’s time for the adults in the room to take back control of the stage,” – Newark Deputy Mayor Rahaman Muhammad, reacting to Donald Trump’s anti-muslim rhetoric.

Source: Whip Wilson Absent From Meeting of County Sheriffs During Override
A source told PolitickerNJ that former Assemblyman and Camden County Sheriff-Elect Gilbert “Whip” Wilson (D-5) was not in attendance during a meeting of New Jersey’s county sheriffs last week, choosing instead to be at the statehouse in Trenton before the attempted override vote he would not be participating in.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more
Dworkin: Trump’s Bridgegate Swat Sign of a Rising Christie
As Governor Chris Christie and Donald Trump attack each other on the campaign trail, experts are calling the widely publicized contretemps a direct result of Christie’s minor bump in the New Hampshire polls.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Newark Deputy Mayor Says Mother Fearful of Anti-Muslim Atmosphere
A statement by Donald Trump in the Republican Primary for President prompted the Muslim mother of a local New Jersey official to go to her son in fear for her safety with questions about how she can protect herself in an environment she perceives as threatening to her because of her religious beliefs, according to the official’s Facebook page.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Cape May County Chairmen Nominated for Judgeships
Cape May Republican Chairman Michael Donohue and Cape May Democratic Chairman James Pickering have both been nominated for judgeships on the state Superior Court, and their respective party organizations could see significant changes if they go on to the bench.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

AG’s Office: Eight Charged with Filing False Hurricane Sandy Relief Applications
Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman today announced that his office charged eight additional individuals with criminally today with filing fraudulent applications for federal relief funds related to Superstorm Sandy. Since March 2014, the Attorney General’s Office has filed criminal charges against 45 people for allegedly engaging in this type of fraud, including the eight individuals charged today.
Politicker Staff, PolitickerNJ Read more

Diaz To Officially Announce Run For Reelection
Perth Amboy Mayor Wilda Diaz is jumping headfirst into campaign mode as she pursues her third term. Tonight, a fundraiser with Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto will mark her official announcement that she is running for reelection.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Bergen Lawmakers Weigh In On Casino Question
Negotiations between Senate and Assembly Democrats this weekend have set the stage for the opening of at least two casinos in Northern New Jersey if a possible November referendum question is approved by voters. Under the leadership of Democratic state Senator Paul Sarlo (D-36), it seems that Atlantic City is poised to lose it’s current position as the only municipality in the state where casino gambling is permitted.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Bergen Lawmakers Weigh In On Casino Question
Negotiations between Senate and Assembly Democrats this weekend have set the stage for the opening of at least two casinos in Northern New Jersey if a possible November referendum question is approved by voters. Under the leadership of Democratic state Senator Paul Sarlo (D-36), it seems that Atlantic City is poised to lose it’s current position as the only municipality in the state where casino gambling is permitted.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Monmouth Poll: Clinton Leads Sanders by 22 Points in Iowa
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton leads Bernie Sanders by 22 points in the latest Monmouth University Poll of likely Iowa Democratic caucusgoers. Voters would be happy with either candidate as the party’s nominee, but a variety of turnout projections suggest that the road to victory is a very steep one for Sanders, the poll finds.
Politicker Staff, PolitickerNJ Read more

Working Families Backs Sanders for President
Today, the Working Families Party announced its endorsement for Senator Bernie Sanders in the Democratic Primary for President. The announcement marks the first-ever national endorsement for the Working Families Party.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Christie: Union ‘pigs will be charging’ to Statehouse if Democrat succeeds him
Warning that “pigs will be charging down State Street” in Trenton if voters elect a Democratic governor after he leaves office, Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday urged New Jersey’s business community to join his fight against public employee unions.
Matt Arco, NJ.Com Read more

Bill voiding legal restrictions on Showboat property clears Senate
A bill that would remove clashing legal restraints controlling the use of the former Showboat casino took another step forward this week, winning approval from the state Senate.
Erin O’Neill, NJ.com Read more

Christie’s doing better with bettors
With the first 2016 presidential contests less than two months away, more bettors are seeking a piece of the action and choosing their favorite to win the Republican presidential nomination. And many of them are putting their money behind Gov. Chris Christie.
The Auditor, NJ.com Read more

Councilman, political newcomer hoping to unseat mayor in Orange
A three-way race has emerged as the city prepares to elect a new mayor next year.
Dan Ivers, NJ.com Read more

Why the Trump v. Christie steel cage match might kill both
So much for the empty blather about friendship between Donald Trump and Chris Christie.
Tom Moran, Star-Ledger Read more

N.J.’s Pallone wants to ban those tiny plastic particles in your toothpaste
Face wash, soap, toothpaste and other personal care products would have to be made without tiny plastic microbeads beginning in 2017 under legislation that passed the U.S. House on Monday.
Jonathan D. Salant, NJ.com Read more

Democrats could support Christie tax fairness idea
The Democratic-controlled state Senate would back Gov. Chris Christie’s notion of “tax fairness” to shore up the fund for roads and bridges, a key Democratic lawmaker said Tuesday.
Associated Press, Read more

Raise A.C. Expressway tolls, ratings firm recommends
A struggling economy could force the South Jersey Transportation Authority to raise tolls for the second time in about a decade, according to a report by a national credit-rating firm.
Nicholas Huba, The Press of Atlantic City Read more

Will Christie Reverse Stance on Omnia Insurance
So far, Gov. Chris Christie has stayed out of the fight over Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey’s controversial OMNIA tiered health plan. But he may not be able to keep his distance much longer.
Andrew Kitchenman, NJSpotlight Read more

PolitickerNJ News Digest: Dec. 9th