PolitickerNJ News Digest: Feb. 9th


Good morning. Today is the New Hampshire primary, and while Chris Christie’s chances look grim, despite a stand-out debate performance over the weekend, maybe our governor is looking beyond his own current campaign and at his political future. Meanwhile, opponents weigh in on another New Jersey politician’s chances of winding up on the November presidential ballot.

Quote of the Day: “I had momentum going in and I should have been on that debate stage because I already had beaten a couple of guys on that stage,” – Carly Fiorina, charging the primary system is rigged.

Source: With Attacks on Rubio, Christie Thinking Long-Game Politics
A source close to Gov. Chris Christie who is familiar with the governor’s thinking told PolitickerNJ that, whatever his designs on the current cycle, by attacking Florida Senator Marco Rubio right now, Christie is simultaneously chess-boarding for 2020.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Rice on Booker for VP: ‘It Will Never Fly Nationally’
State Senator Ronald L. Rice never liked U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ).
Or if he did, the affection didn’t last long. Booker defeated Rice to become mayor of Newark in 2006 and the men never recovered from that political war footing.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Top Romney Adviser Backs Away from Christie Campaign Contribution
Gov. Chris Christie’s presidential campaign was sure of a contribution from one of the most courted Republican donors: Spencer Zwick, who chaired Mitt Romney’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Joe D’s Special Guests
The Democratic Party political universe buzzed over the weekend with news of powerful Essex County Executive Joe DiVIncenzo’s special Super Bowl party guests at his annual party in Puerto Rico.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Monmouth Poll: Bush Jumps 9 Points in New Hamsphire
In the last few days before New Hampshire votes, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders lead the packs in their parties’ respective primaries. The latest Monmouth University Poll of likely Granite State primary voters finds a crowded field in the race for second place in the GOP contest and a narrowing of the gap in the Democratic race. Most of the interviews for this poll were conducted between Thursday’s Democratic debate and Saturday’s Republican debate.
Politicker Staff, PolitickerNJ Read more

Comparing NH to NJ Politics, Veteran Bergen Assemblywoman Says ‘We Don’t Get it’
New Jersey and New Hampshire may sound somewhat alike when you say the words, and perhaps they contain some regional and geological correspondences, but the similarities essentially end there
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Fiorina: ‘The Game is Rigged in New York and Washington’
Despite Saturday’s Republican debate being the last before New Hampshire voters take to the polls on Tuesday, former HP CEO Carly Fiorina was not on the stage at St. Anselm College.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Into the Final Drive Toward Tuesday’s New Hampshire’s Primaries
A guy in an elf hat watched the car pull in and shook his head grinning as he stared at the license plate.
The driver’s side door slammed and PolitickerNJ alighted on the country club parking lot.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Sanders Surprises Canvassers in Concord
A group of Bernie Sanders canvassers organized by Working Families were granted a rare, small audience with the Senator in a campaign where packed rallies have become a staple
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Condolences to U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone
PolitickerNJ expresses condolences to the family of U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-6), whose father, Frank, Sr., died this weekend after a long illness.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Post-Flint, Menendez, Booker and Pascrell Seek Improved Water Infrastructure
U.S. Senators Robert Menendez and Cory Booker and U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-9) today outlined legislation they will introduce in both Houses of Congress to address New Jersey’s and the nation’s aging water infrastructure, while creating jobs and economic opportunity.
Politicker Staff, PolitickerNJ Read more

Garrett Challenger Gottheimer Gets out of the Gate in CD5
Josh Gottheimer, a Wyckoff democrat and former speechwriter for President Bill Clinton, formally announced his candidacy for Congress in the 5th District this morning at Inrad Optics in Northvale.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Wisniewski and Sanders’s Goldman Sachs Argument for 2017
At Bernie Sanders’s rally Sunday, the front-running U.S. presidential candidate from Vermont took some time expounding on the particular exploitative political presence of Goldman Sachs, an attack line likely to be absorbed by fledgling 2017 gubernatorial candidate Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-19).
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

N.J. Assembly committee advances resolution to give voters a say on North Jersey casino expansion
An Assembly committee on Monday approved a resolution that would allow voters statewide to decide in November whether to permit two new casino licenses to be issued in the northern half of the state.
John Brennan, The Record Read more

Christie hopes history repeats in New Hampshire primary
Governor Christie started Monday morning with an earnest message to New Hampshire voters a day before they cast votes in the nation’s first primary: Forget the polls. Forget the media.
But don’t forget history.
Dustin Racioppi, The Record Read more

Egypt plans to take East Rutherford to court over denial of variance for U.N. annex
The Egyptian government is planning to go to court following the borough’s rejection of its plans to renovate a building that was once owned by the Franciscan Friars for use as a residence and annex for its mission to the United Nations.
Linda Moss, The Record Read more

N.J. Republicans have strong presence in N.H.
Three busloads of New Jersey Republican political aides and volunteers supporting Governor Christie left Morristown on Friday to canvass neighborhoods and work the phones in New Hampshire ahead of Tuesday’s primary, which is crucial to how much longer Christie’s presidential campaign continues.
Herb Jackson, The Record Read more

Why mandatory pension payment would be worst idea ever for N.J.
Through a ballot question in November, voters are expected to decide whether New Jersey’s constitution should require the state to make regular payments to its $80 billion public pension debt.
Paul Brubaker, NJ.com Read more

Property tax relief bill passes N.J. Assembly committee
A bill to restore hundreds of millions of dollars paid by utilities to local governments for property tax relief advanced through a state committee on Monday.
Samantha Marcus, NJ.com Read more

Gov. Christie playing it loose with overdose data
When he wasn’t busy reducing Marco Rubio into a stammering neophyte, Gov. Christie addressed the heroin and opioid epidemic during Saturday’s debate, but he left out details that would provide a more edifying picture of his record in New Jersey.
Star-Ledger Editorial Board Read more

Fulop allies say freeholder playing politics with new aide
A Jersey City freeholder who recently had a very public battle with Mayor Steve Fulop is raising eyebrows by hiring an aide who lives in Bergen County and works for the East Orange mayor.
Terrence T. McDonald, The Jersey Journal Read more

Uninsured NJ residents to reach new low
The number of uninsured residents in New Jersey is expected to reach a new low following the third annual sign-up for health coverage through the Affordable Care Act.
Associated Press Read more

Christie protesters tell N.H. “buyer beware’’
Supporters of Chris Christie’s presidential campaign in the Live Free or Die State got a little taste of New Jersey when about 30 protesters from back home gave Christie a rowdy greeting at a coffee shop campaign stop Monday.
Bob Jordan, Asbury Park Press Read more

Will longtime former Camden council member return to fill vacancy?
As Camden’s City Council moves to fill a vacancy left by departing member Arthur Barclay, a familiar name has emerged as his likely successor: Angel Fuentes, who spent 16 years on Council before leaving in 2010 for an Assembly seat.
Allison Steele, The Inquirer Read more


State tries again to make hospitals pay fees to host towns

A bill to maintain hospitals’ nonprofit status and charge them a community service fee rather than property taxes has been reintroduced in the Assembly, after being pocket-vetoed by Gov. Chris Christie last month.
Michelle Brunetti Post, The Press of Atlantic City Read more PolitickerNJ News Digest: Feb. 9th