PolitickerNJ News Digest: March 10th

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It’s Thursday, where a political battle in South Jersey is heating up and Newark is dealing with water problems at its schools.

Quote of the Day: “We just aren’t ready to back a presidential candidate quite yet,” – Hudson County GOP Chairman Jose Arango, on the decision by county Republican leaders to hold off on issuing a presidential endorsement.

Law Lays Into Norcross on Camden Subsidies
Progressive congressional hopeful Alex Law of South Jersey’s first district laid into his primary opponent on the Huffington Post’s politics blog today, pointing to what he described as a pattern of disproportionate tax incentives for businesses affiliated with the Norcross machine. Law is challenging incumbent U.S. Representative Donald Norcross, brother of powerful insurance executive and Democratic power broker George Norcross III, in the Democratic primary on June 7.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

If You Go to School in Newark, ‘Don’t Drink the Water’
The state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) found elevated levels of lead in the Newark schools, 30 total, according to the Newark Mayor’s Office. The high lead levels are limited to the schools, not the rest of the city, Newark Communications Director Frank Baraff told PolitickerNJ.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Newark School Board Candidate: ‘I Fault the Governor’
High levels of lead in the Newark Public Schools have officials in cap-lamp and hip-wader mode, trying to get to the bottom of the contamination, but if you’re running for a school advisory board seat in the April 19th electtion, this might be a good time for someone with some clean water expertise.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

GOP County Chairs Will Pick Prez (Likely Trump) At Post-March 15 Conventions
To paraphrase Dick Nixon, Gov. Chris Christie won’t have the county GOP chairs to push around any more. That will be the job of the national primary process, in which, of course, New Jersey plays little or no role.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

For Sweeney’s A.C. Water Proposal, Mixed Reviews from Experts
As Atlantic City faces running out of cash as early as this month, Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) has continued to push for a state takeover of the city’s finances. In addition to greater state oversight, the takeover would mandate that the city monetize the independent Municipal Utilities Authority, which controls the city’s water. With talks centering around a sale of the authority to the privately held New Jersey American Water, all sides will have to tread lightly to avoid stoking public fears of another Flint, MI or Newark, NJ.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Patersonians Plea for More School Funding at Assembly Budget Hearing
Member of Paterson’s parent teacher organization and parents of the city’s public school children turned out in high numbers at the first Assembly Budget Committee hearing at Montclair State University on Wednesday. Their goal was to encourage the assemblypeople presiding over the hearing to keep Paterson schools in mind during budget negotiations. According to the Paterson community members who provided testimony, the city’s children have been left behind and money has been unfairly allocated in the municipality.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Tom Barrett’s 2016 Irish American Leaders from New Jersey
Each year in honor of St. Patrick’s Day we are honored to bring you the official list of New Jersey’s Irish American leaders, prepared by veteran Essex County Democratic operative Tom Barrett.
Tom Barrett, PolitickerNJ Read more

Princeton Professor Succeeds in Cheapening Future Legitimate Charges of Racism
One tragic thing occurred and one tragic fact was laid bare as a result of the Princeton professor’s arrest and subsequent saga that ended yesterday with her quietly paying her fines. She both succeeded in cheapening future legitimate charges of racism, and highlighting the deterioration of society’s opinion of our cops
Declan O’Scanlon, PolitickerNJ Read more

Lawmakers Must Act To Rein In NJ’s Incompetent Department of Transportation
Only one word can describe the Department of Transportation’s roll out of centerline rumble strips throughout New Jersey: incompetent.
Michael Ehrenreich, PolitickerNJ Read more

Christie spotted at Mets game on Florida vacation, but office says not at Trump event
Governor Christie left for vacation this week and declined to disclose the destination for his getaway with wife Mary Pat as they celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary. But he is hardly keeping a low profile.
Dustin Racioppi, The Record Read more

Bergen County GOP to decide at convention which presidential candidate gets the organization ‘line’
Republican insiders in Bergen County will decide at a convention later this month which presidential candidate gets the organization “line” on the ballot, party chairman Bob Yudin announced late Tuesday.
Herb Jackson, The Record Read more

Will NJ Transit riders be stranded after midnight on Saturday?
NJ Transit officials said they haven’t settled on a plan with unions to transport riders late Saturday night into Sunday morning or shut down the rail system in the event of a rail strike on March 13.
Larry Higgs, NJ.com Read more

Moody’s: Atlantic City faces big trouble without state takeover
A Wall Street credit rating agency warned in a report Wednesday that Atlantic City could soon default on debt payments and face bankruptcy if New Jersey lawmakers don’t pass a pair of bills to help the city — including one that would allow give the state sweeping control of the local government.
Brent Johnson, NJ.com Read more

Christie has hard time quitting Trump on vacation
here are mixed signals as to whether Chris Christie was at the Trump National Golf Course in Jupiter, Florida, last night for Donald Trump’s political rally. Trump says Christie was there, Christie’s office in Trenton strongly denies it.
Bob Jordan, Asbury Park Press Read more

EDITORIAL: Yes, N.J. transportation is in crisis
One of the strangest pronouncements in Gov. Chris Christie’s long and winding press conference last week was repeating something he said during his budget address. The governor insists we are not facing a transportation funding crisis because the money won’t run out until July.
Asbury Park Press Read more

Are Chris Christie and Donald Trump keeping secrets?
Is New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie secretly mixing politics with his Florida vacation this week?
Christie’s office in Trenton won’t say whether the governor met up in the Sunshine State with Donald Trump, the Christie-endorsed frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination.
Bob Jordan, Asbury Park Press Read more

A.C. council chief favors making water unit a city department
On again, off again, on again, kind of like a faucet. That would be an apt way to describe Atlantic City’s actions to protect its water utility from takeover by either a corporate water company or the county’s utility authority.
Amy S. Rosenberg, Philadelphia Inquirer Read more 

PolitickerNJ News Digest: March 10th