PolitickerNJ News Digest: April 1st

It's the end of another week in New Jersey - and possibly the end of hopes for casinos in North Jersey if Gov. Chris Christie doesn't get his way in Atlantic City.

Stack (left) also spoke at the fundraiser.
Stack (left) also spoke at the fundraiser.

It’s the end of another week in New Jersey – and possibly the end of hopes for casinos in North Jersey if Gov. Chris Christie doesn’t get his way in Atlantic City.

Quote of the Day: “Atlantic City is heading for disaster and North Jersey gaming is heading for defeat if we don’t get our act together,” Gov. Chris Christie, threatening to campaign against north Jersey casinos if the state plan to takeover Atlantic City’s finances fails.

Christie Says He’ll Oppose North Jersey Gaming if AC Takeover and PILOT Go Down
Pivoting from an a.m. fusillade of criticism over his efforts to block and tackle for billionaire real estate tycoon Donald Trump, Gov. Chris Christie this afternoon unleashed a new round of ire – complete with charts and graphs – against the local leaders of Atlantic City and Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32) in a hastily called press conference.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Welcome to the Bloomfield Mayor’s Race, Senator Sanders
With peace averted in Bloomfield, the old Essex County factory and warehouse town turned Newark suburban bedroom community just metamorphosed into the most obvious front line of the ongoing presidential contest between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Despite Backroom Negotiation Attempts, Bloomfield Primary Fight Cont.
As late as Thursday, Essex County Democratic officials were attempting to negotiate with the two Democratic factions in Bloomfield in order to avoid a June 7 primary that is shaping up to be a bloody civil war, according to sources.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Doherty V. Wisniewski on the Lewandowski Case
Two lawyer-politicians on opposite sides of the political aisle broke apart the Corey Lewandowski battery charge for PolitickerNJ. Lewandowski is the campaign manager for Trump caught on video tugging on the arm of a Brietbart reporter.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Mum on Trump, MacArthur Calls for Tougher Foreign Policy at Kickoff
U.S. Representative Tom MacArthur kicked off his reelection campaign Thursday in New Jersey’s third congressional district, where he said he has still not decided on an endorsement in a presidential that has many Republican incumbents concerned for their seats as Trump gets nearer and nearer to the nomination.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Law Campaign Brings On Public School Advocate and Police Union President
Congressional hopeful Alex Law announced his freeholder slate Thursday, with public schools advocate Moneke Singleton-Ragsdale and police union president Steven Kelly joining the ticket. Law is challenging incumbent U.S. Representative Donald Norcross (D-NJ) in the first district’s June 7 primary. The addition of the two freeholder candidates could be a shrewd maneuver for Law, who will need to attract city residents to an outspent campaign that has mostly resonated with suburban progressive voters.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Guardian Questions Christie’s Numbers on A.C. Spending
Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian fired back against Governor Chris Christie following Christie’s Thursday press conference where he threatened to withdraw his support for North Jersey casinos if the state takeover effort does not pass. Guardian has allied himself with Assembly Speaker Vince Prieto (D-32), who objects to the takeover ebcause it would allow the state Local Finance Board to alter or break collective bargaining agreements with city workers.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Fulop: JC will be Fine ‘With or Without a Casino’
Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop shot back at Gov. Chris Christie this evening in a statement following the governor’s press conference and repeated accusations that Fulop, acting in the role of a politically ambitious boss, has Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32) on a short leash.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

In CD11, Democratic Candidate Stresses Need for Party Unity
Joe Wenzel hasn’t held elected office since he lost reelection to the Clifton Board of Education in 2001. Now, he has decided to attempt to make a return to elected office by challenging Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-11) for the seat he has held for over 20 years.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

New Jersey Politician Quotes Shakespeare
The digital age has ushered in the burial of a great many things including, arguably, literacy, but for former U.S. Senator Bob Torricelli tonight the occasion of the Somerset County Democratic Convention provided a platform to indulge that most elusive of modern social graces: the well-placed allusion to Shakespeare.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Governor Would Rather Attack Than Work on Atlantic City
If Governor Christie would devote even a third of the time he is spending these days behind a microphone, at a game, on television or, apparently, drawing up charts towards actually working on behalf of a solution for the workforce in Atlantic City we would already have a resolution.
Pat Colligan, PolitickerNJ Read more

It’s official: RWJBarnabas Health gets final approval
It’s official. The merger to create the largest health system in New Jersey — valued at $5 billion — and the second-largest employer in the Garden State has been approved by the state.
By Anjalee Khemlani and Tom Bergeron, NJBiz Read more

Christie’s ‘not debatable’ data up for debate
In his push to cut taxes, Gov. Chris Christie argues that New Jersey lost two million residents and $18 billion in income because of its fiscal policies.
Ben Finley, Associated Press Read more

Ocean County GOP endorses no one for POTUS
The most influential county Republican organization in New Jersey is staying out of its party’s contentious presidential primary season — at least officially.
Erik Larsen, Asbury Park Press Read more

NJPP forum questions wisdom of proposed estate tax repeal
Speaking Thursday morning at a New Jersey Policy Perspective forum on the issue of “tax flight,” Assembly Budget Chair Gary Schaer railed against the notion of giving up the revenues generated by New Jersey’s estate and inheritance taxes at a time when “the state is facing crisis in so many areas.”
Andrew George, NJBiz Read more

As Goes Christie, So Goes the 2017 Republican Governor’s Race in NJ
With three probables and two maybes warily circling one another while eyeing the 2017 Democratic gubernatorial nomination, Republicans have largely been left out of the speculation about who will be selected to succeed Gov. Chris Christie.
Carl Golden, NJSpotlight Read more

Christie attends opening of new Paterson drug treatment facility
Governor Christie spoke at the dedication of a halfway house for men in addiction treatment Thursday, emphasizing his support for alternatives to incarceration for drug offenders.
John Seasly, The Record Read more

Christie M&M’s-gate: Why is there a bag inside the box? Mars explains
To the governor, it was a simple snack. To the internet, oh-so-much more.
When Gov. Chris Christie dug into a box of M&M’s at a college basketball game on March 25, he opened the bag inside and proceeded to pour the candies into the box.
Amy Kuperinsky, NJ.com Read more

‘It’s just not enough’: N.J. congressman takes aim at social security woes
Carmela DiMaria did all the right things. The Haddon Township senior citizen worked hard for decades in a well-paying career in medical technology, built up a healthy savings account and kept her financial house in order.
Michelle Caffrey, NJ.com Read more

N.J. pension debt grew to $43.8B last year
New Jersey’s public pension shortfall, already one of the worst in the country, got even bigger in 2015, according to new actuarial reports.
Samantha Marcus, NJ.com Read more

N.J. lawmakers want Port Authority to hold bus terminal public hearings
New Jersey lawmakers said they are prepared to step-in and hold public hearings for commuters to tell the Port Authority what they want in a new mid-town Manhattan bus terminal.
Larry Higgs, NJ.com Read more

Dover cop: I was suspended for supporting police chief in primary election
A police lieutenant who alleges he was suspended for supporting the police chief in the 2015 primary election over the current mayor has filed suit against Dover and its top officials.
Fausto Giovanny Pinto, NJ.com Read more PolitickerNJ News Digest: April 1st