PolitickerNJ News Digest: Jan. 4th


It’s the start of the first full week of 2016, time to review the year in politics in pictures and look at what Gov. Chris Christie has been up to on the campaign trail over the long holiday weekend.

N.J. political figures who will dominate 2016
As his campaign bus, with its “Christie 2016: Telling It Like It Is” slogan, trundles into the uncertainty of New Hampshire, Chris Christie’s New Jersey fades in its rearview mirror.
It is that political reality — an absentee governor pursuing an Oval Office dream, yet holding on to his hub of power in Trenton — that has largely slowed the political gears in New Jersey. Sure, everyone is talking about their own goals for the future, but the shadow of the Christie persona and his powerful veto pen hovers over them all.
Charles Stile, The Record Read more

Christie: Obama is a ‘petulant child’ on guns
Gov. Chris Christie blasted President Barack Obama on Sunday for planning on issuing executive orders on gun rights, calling him a “petulant child” for moving without congressional approval.
Jonathan D. Salant, NJ.com Read more

Christie defends his record and travel, likens Obama to a ‘dictator’
Governor Christie on Sunday defended his frequent out-of-state travel and his record of leadership before launching an attack on President Obama as a “petulant child” acting like a dictator because of his plans to tighten gun restrictions by executive order.
Dustin Racioppi, The Record Read more

How has Menendez’s indictment affected his Senate duties?
A few days after the anniversary of 9/11, comedian Jon Stewart, nine lawmakers and dozens of first responders crowded into a Senate hearing room to demand that Congress permanently renew a program providing health benefits and compensation for those injured responding to the terrorist attacks.
Jonathan D. Salant, NJ.com Read more

First blows in governors’ race landing over casino deal
Two leading Democrats who hope to succeed Gov. Chris Christie ended the year locked in an unusually bitter and personal feud that will reach its cage-match climax within the next few weeks.
Tom Moran, Star-Ledger Read more

Battle of the non-Donalds: Chris Christie tries to talk his way past Ted Cruz
Now we’re getting somewhere.
When our governor went after Texas Sen. Ted Cruz last week, the dispute starkly defined the battle lines in this year’s Republican presidential primary.
Paul Mulshine, The Star Ledger Read more

Newark boosts security after threat against mayor, official says
Authorities were investigating threats made against Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and city facilities, the mayor’s spokeswoman said Saturday.
Noah Cohen, NJ.com Read more

On guns, Christie’s not telling it like it is
THE DAY before he formally announced that he was running for president last June, Chris Christie signed a three-page executive order to create a special commission to study a pressing New Jersey problem.
Mike Kelly, The Record Read more

PolitickerNJ News Digest: Jan. 4th