PolitickerNJ News Digest: Jan. 26th

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Good Tuesday morning in New Jersey, where the snow might be beginning to melt, but Gov. Chris Christie is continuing to be flooded with criticism for his decision to leave the state in the storm’s aftermath and his handling of residents’ complaints.

Quote of the Day: “There is no residual damage, there is no flooding damage,” – Gov. Chris Christie, giving his understanding of how New Jersey weathered this weekend’s snow storm.

Campaigning in N.H., Christie In the Eye of Post-Storm N.J.

Gov. Chris Christie faces criticism this afternoon in the aftermath of morning comments he made that contradict events on the ground in the aftermath of Hurricane Jonas.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

NJ’s Three Biggest Cities vs. the Blizzard

The state’s three largest cities are Newark, Paterson and Jersey City. In the wake of this weekend’s record-shattering winter storm Jonas, the three population centers had to deal with the daunting task of digging out. Some did better than others.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ

Van Drew Calls on Christie for Federal Disaster Relief Funds

Following this weekend’s sever winter storm and the subsequent flooding that has affected southern New Jersey from Cape May to Atlantic City, Senator Jeff Van Drew (D-1) has sent an open letter to Governor Chris Christie asking that he request federal disaster relief funds for Cape May County.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Moody’s Report: Christie AC Veto Worsens Ailing City Financial Outlook

In its Credit Outlook released this morning (see below), Moody’s says Gov. Chris Christie’s veto of a property tax stabilization bill for Atlantic City (rated Caa1/negative outlook) – first reported by PolitickerNJ’s JT Aregood – denies the city critical near-term financial relief.
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NJ County Chairmen on 2016’s Continuing Chaos: ‘People Are Fed Up’

The message from the public has been clear this presidential cycle. Anti-establishment rhetoric has brought avowed socialist Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) to an equal plane with Hillary Clinton, while Donald Trump has held onto a commanding twenty-point lead against his closest rival, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX). Dissatisfaction with the Washington status quo has been the only common thread, and some of New Jersey’s most prominent party chairmen think that trend could continue when the primaries begin next month.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Baraka Weathers Criticism in Wake of Snowstorm

The Administration of Mayor Ras Baraka is under fire in Newark in the aftermath of this weekend’s blizzard.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Monmouth Poll: Anger the Perceived Chief Voter Emotion

The public feels that most Americans are angry at Washington and many believe the country would suffer lasting damage if people who did not share their principles got their way in politics. At the same time, the latest national Monmouth University Poll also found that most Americans feel the harsh rhetoric of politics is not justified and believe that we can recapture the spirit that landed astronauts on the moon in the 1960s. However, there are significant differences of opinion among those who hold ideologically extreme views.
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Elected Officials Celebrate Paterson’s New Firefighters

Residents of Paterson had a reason to celebrate today as the city swore in 30 new firefighters, a hiring that was made possible by a $7.5 million grant received in July 2015. Despite snowy remnants of a weekend blizzard and narrow Paterson roads that were in rough shape following the winter storm, the firehouse at 300 McBride Street was packed with Patersonians and elected officials for the graduation ceremony.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Poll Finds 49% of New Jerseyans Favor Gas Tax Amendment

A Fairleigh Dickinson poll released Monday find that 49 percent of New Jersey residents would support a proposed constitutional amendment dedicating gas tax revenue to the Transportation Trust Fund, the depleted funding source for the state’s roads and bridges.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Email me not: Virtual break-up caused cop to ram councilman’s car, court docs allege

After dating Irvington Police Capt. Monique Smith for roughly two months, Newark Councilman John Sharpe James sent her an email on Jan. 5, 2015 that said he wanted to end their relationship, court documents state.
Bill Wichert, NJ.com Read more

Christie downplays criticisms from residents in flooded Shore areas

Governor Christie, campaigning for president in New Hampshire Monday, brushed off criticism from residents and merchants of flooded Jersey Shore areas following last weekend’s blizzard and called any comparisons to Superstorm Sandy “outrageous.”
Dustin Racioppi, The Record Read more

Baraka apologizes to snowed-in Newarkers

City Mayor Ras Baraka apologized to residents who remained in their homes Monday, unable to leave because of unplowed streets, but stopped short of taking the blame for the city’s response to the record-breaking storm at a press conference Monday afternoon.
Jessica Mazzola, NJ.com Read more

Christie response to flooding: Should I pick up a mop?

Criticism about Gov. Chris Christie’s return to New Hampshire after the weekend blizzard has followed him to New Hampshire.
Matt Arco, NJ.com Read more

Lt. Gov. defends Christie’s claim that Shore had ‘no residual flooding’ after blizzard

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno on Monday defended Gov. Chris Christie’s claim that Shore communities sustained “no residual flood damage” and “no residual flooding” the day after Saturday’s blizzard.
MaryAnn Spoto, NJ.com Read more

Earth to Christie: These pictures don’t lie, so why must you?

Gov. Chris Christie decreed on national TV this morning that the flood damage in South Jersey is a mirage.
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