PolitickerNJ News Digest: March 11th

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It’s Friday, the end of a busy week in Trenton, where state officials are moving closer to a takeover of Atlantic City‘s finances, commuters are bracing for a transit strike and the presidential race still dominates discussions.

Quote of the Day: “We are at war over this legislation to take away our sovereignty and our right to vote. Not only do you want to take away our vote, you want to take our water too.” – Steven L. Young, director of South Jersey National Action Network, protesting legislation for the state takeover of Atlantic City

Sweeney and A.C. Officials Spar in Heated Committee Hearing

Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3), Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian and City Council President Marty Small made their cases for and against Sweeney’s proposed state takeover of the gaming capitol today during a heated meeting of The Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee Thursday. The bill, which would afford the state greater oversight over the city’s finances and mandate that the city “monetize” its water authority, goes to a vote in the Senate Monday after being released this afternoon.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Witness Arrested Outside A.C. Takeover Hearing

The director of South Jersey National Action Network was arrested Thursday after refusing to step down from the podium during his testimony against Atlantic City takeover bill sponsored by Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3). Police escorted Steven L. Young out of the committee room when chairwoman Teresa Ruiz (D-29) called a recess.
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What They’re Saying: NJ Surrogates Sound Off on Prez Poltics

The Backdrop: The Democratic front-runner for the presidency, Clinton suffered a stinging loss to Senator Bernie Sanders last night in Michigan.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

With ‘Healthy Distrust’ of Casinos, Beck Reverses on PILOT Bill

Despite calling an Atlantic City state takeover bill from Senate Presdient Steve Sweeney “an overreach” and voting against it, Jennifer Beck (R-11) said during committee Thursday that she has changed her position on the takeover’s accompanying bill to offer Atlantic City’s remaining casinos a payment in lieu of taxes deal.
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Democrat Fulton to Run for Monmouth County Freeholder

Monmouth County Freeholder candidate Carly Immen has withdrawn for personal reasons, according to Monmouth County Democratic Chairman Vin Gopal.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

The Repackaging of Joe Vas (The Next Generation)

There’s a citywide partisan contest in Perth Amboy this year, and Mayor Wilda Diaz will be on the ballot in pursuit of a third term in office.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

NJ Transit Special Labor Counsel on Talks: ‘There are Still Some Differences’

The gleaming gold escalator deposited the doorman into the submerged circus-like confluence of labor, management and the media, all crammed together in a confined ground level space in the Hilton.
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Rubio NJ Co-Chair Looks at Campaign to Florida and Beyond

On Wednesday night, about 60 New Jersey supporters for Florida Senator Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign gathered at the Spanish Pavilion Restaurant in Harrison. Despite Rubio’s recent drop in momentum in his pursuit of the presidency, New Jersey for Marco Rubio co-chair Fernando Alonso said the event was “very pumped up.”
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Bill to Make Domestic Violence Offenders Turn in Guns Clears Panel

A bill that revises laws concerning domestic violence and firearms cleared Tuesday’s Law and Public Safety Committee hearing.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Bateman to Introduce Budget Resolution Allocating $20 Million to Newark

Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) tonight announced a state budget resolution to fund up to $20 million in lead abatement for the water supply Newark and other statewide locations that the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection deems necessary.
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Former Assemblyman DiGaetano says he’ll likely challenge Bergen County GOP chief Yudin

Days after a challenger to Bergen County GOP Party Chairman Bob Yudin dropped out of the race, another potentially more formidable opponent has risen.
Todd South, The Record Read more

Drivers defend bid for class action lawsuit in Bridgegate case

A group of drivers and transportation firms is fighting a second effort to dismiss their bid to sue the state of New Jersey, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and other defendants for damages over the Bridgegate lane closures in 2013.
Tim Darragh, NJ.com Read more

Live coverage: Republican presidential debate

Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Ohio Gov. John Kasich meet once again for a debate. Read how the debate played out.
S.P. Sullivan, NJ.com Read more

Horizon enrolls 234K into controversial new OMNIA plan

About 234,000 people signed up for the OMNIA line of tiered network health plans offering discounted premiums and low or no copays for patients who use a select group of hospitals and doctors, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey announced Thursday.
Susan K. Livio, NJ.com Read more

OC GOP leaders to meet in private over Trump

Ocean County’s top Republican leaders met at an undisclosed location in private Thursday to discuss the Donald Trump question.
Erik Larsen, Asbury Park Press Read more

New Jersey town settles public records lawsuit for $650K

A New Jersey town has agreed to pay a media company $650,000 to settle a public records lawsuit.
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PolitickerNJ News Digest: March 11th