PolitickerNJ News Digest: March 23rd

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Good morning. It’s Wednesday, and in New Jersey a potential Democratic candidate for governor is feuding with the sitting Republican gov while allegations of impropriety are roiling Paterson politics.

Quote of the Day: “I am not opening the treasury of New Jersey to people who cannot manage their affairs properly. Either cooperate – along with Speaker Prieto – or the inevitable will occur,” – Gov. Chris Christie, drawing a line in the sand on state aid with Atlantic City finances.
Christie Goes After ‘Hudson Boss’ Fulop at Monmouth Presser
At a press conference this afternoon at Monmouth Medical Center, Gov. Chris Christie denounced Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop as a political boss controlling an obstructionist Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32), who’s more concerned with playing politics than solving the fiscal troubles of Atlantic City, in the governor’s opinion.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Fulop Suggests that if Christie ‘were in NJ more he wouldn’t be so confused’
Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop this afternoon responded to Gov. Chris Christie’s assertion that he is a political boss prodding Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32) for political gain.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Paterson Politically Volatile Amid Torres DPW Probe
A widening probe of Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres’s alleged use of city Department of Public Works (DPW) workers for private use has North Jersey sources preparing for the possibility of a special election in Paterson should Torres resign before the end of his term.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Who Will the GOP Run Next For U.S. Senate?
When it comes to the possibility of a U.S. Senate vacancy in New Jersey, Democrats continue to see a regional backroom rivalry between U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross (D-1) from South Jersey and former U.S. Senator Bob Torricelli (D-NJ) from North Jersey.
But what about Republicans?
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

AG Investigating Wyckoff PD After Racial Profiling Allegation by ACLU
Acting Attorney General Robert Lougy and Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir Grewal are conducting an investigation into allegations of police profiling made by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of New Jersey against the Wyckoff Police Department.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

State of the Race: CD1
As New Jersey’s Democratic primary edges closer, the stakes may be highest in the first congressional district, where a young challenger to U.S. Representative Donald Norcross is staking his bid on a June 7 primary win. Alex Law’s campaign piggybacked on Senator Bernie Sanders’ momentum in its early days, but parallels between the two candidates may not bode well for Law’s chances.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Education Takes Center Stage at Senate Budget Hearing
Members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations committee heard testimony from the public on Governor Chris Christie’s proposed FY 2017 budget on Tuesday. During the morning session, concerns from parents and educators about funding and resources in New Jersey’s schools were the main topic of conversation.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Watson Coleman Helps Form Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls
U.S. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-12) and two congressional colleagues today announced the formation of the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls, which they describe as “the first caucus devoted to public policy that eliminates the significant barriers and disparities experienced by Black women.”
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Guardian: North Jersey Must Evaluate Readiness for ‘Sin Industry’ of Casinos
During a panel discussion on casino expansion into North Jersey, Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian issued a warning to those who want to expand casinos into the northern part of the state: be ready.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

In Morris County, Freeholder Challengers Kick Off Campaign
Louis Valori, Roman Hirniak and Peter King—the three Republican challengers who are putting themselves up against the incumbent freeholders in Morris County—formally announced their candidacy Tuesday morning. The three will be challenging fellow Republicans Douglas Cabana, Tom Mastrangelo and Kathy DeFillippo.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

STRIKE! Newark Airport Workers Protest Unsafe Working Conditions
Underpaid cabin cleaners employed by United Airlines contractor PrimeFlight Aviation Services at Newark Airport launched a strike this afternoon protesting what they say are unfair labor practices and an unsafe workplace.
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We don’t want your bus terminal, N.J. pols tell Port Authority
Democratic and Republican lawmakers are telling Port Authority officials that a new bus terminal should be built in Manhattan and not next to the rail station in Secaucus, as some authority officials have proposed.
Larry Higgs, NJ.com Read more

Chabad Jewish center sues town, claims religious discrimination
The head of a Chabad in Toms River sued the town and its planning board on Tuesday, claiming government officials are improperly using zoning laws to try to shut down operations at the religious center.
MaryAnn Spoto, NJ.com Read more

Christie mum on Trump proposal to close U.S. border in wake of Brussels attacks
Gov. Chris Christie balked Tuesday when asked whether he supports Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s proposal to “close up our borders to people” in the wake of the deadly terrorists attacks in Brussels.
Matt Arco, NJ.com Read more

Christie: ‘No intelligence to suggest a threat’ to N.J. after Brussels attack
Gov. Chris Christie assured residents Tuesday there’s “no intelligence to suggest a (similar) threat to New Jersey” in the wake of the deadly terrorist attacks in Brussels.
Matt Arco, NJ.com Read more

Menendez says U.S. should punish Iran after missile tests
U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, one of the few Senate Democrats to vote against the Iran nuclear deal, called Tuesday for new sanctions legislation against the Islamic Republic.
Jonathan D. Salant, NJ.com Read more

N.J. investigating email allegedly from Wyckoff chief defending profiling
An email allegedly sent by the township police chief in 2014 is being investigated because authorities believe it violates the state attorney general’s policy prohibiting racial profiling by police officers.
Stefanie Dazio and Steve Janoski Read more

Christie planning expansion of drug treatment pilot program
In his continued push for treatment over incarceration for heroin and opiate abusers, Governor Christie on Tuesday visited a Monmouth County hospital to highlight what he calls early successes of a new initiative linking overdose victims with treatment.
Dustin Racioppi, The Record Read more

Christie pressures Assembly speaker on Atlantic City bills
Governor Christie on Tuesday pressured Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto to sign a pair of Atlantic City-related bills that have passed the state Senate — suggesting that it will be Prieto’s fault if the bills do not become law and, as a result, the city goes bankrupt.
John Brennan, The Record Read more

PolitickerNJ News Digest: March 23rd