PolitickerNJ News Digest: March 30th

Good morning, it's Wednesday, and even though it's only March, races are already shaping up throughout the state for November consideration.

Tom DeGise (left), Congressman Albio Sires and Nick Chiaravalloti.
Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise (left), Congressman Albio Sires and Assemblyman Nick Chiaravalloti.

Good morning, it’s Wednesday, and even though it’s only March, races are already shaping up throughout the state for November consideration.

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Candidates Prepare for Four Way Race in Paterson’s Ward 2
With the May non-partisan elections looming, Paterson Ward 2 Councilman Mohammed Akhtaruzzaman is facing a growing challenge to his seat. Last month former Ward 2 Councilman Aslon Goow filed to enter the race against fellow challengers Eddie Gonzalez and Shahin Khalique.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

In LD40, Buttimore Locks Up First Endorsement for Opening Senate Seat
Edward Buttimore was the first candidate to announce that he would be pursuing the senate seat in LD40 in 2017 after sitting Senator Kevin O’Toole retires. Now, Buttimore has gotten the endorsement of the New Jersey Retired Policemen and Firemen’s Association (NJRPFA).
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

The Likely Coming Reinvigoration (with a Twist) of LD14
LD14 used to be the New Jersey general election equivalent of Stalingrad, a place where someone might not make it out alive politically after a period of around five months of extremely heavy shelling.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

2017 Intellectual Exercises, Part 1: The LD17 Conundrum
Powerful Middlesex Senator Bob Smith (D-17) appears less likely to back Steve Fulop than any of the other candidates for governor.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Intellectual Exercises, Part 2: Phil Alagia’s Favorite Book
Chief of staff to Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo, Phil Alagia has been through numerous political wars.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Sires Launches Reelection Bid in CD8
This may be it for U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-8). Two more years and then done.
In any event, his campaign for reelection formerly launched last night at Liberty House.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Muller Back in Monmouth this Year
Sources say that the Democratic Assembly Campaign Committee’s (DACC’s) General Strategist Michael Muller will be back in Monmouth County in 2016 as a General Consultant for County Chairman Vin Gopal and the Monmouth County Democrats.
Politicker Staff, PolitickerNJ Read more

Can Murphy’s Town Halls Help Him Connect With Voters?
Former Ambassador Phil Murphy held his first town hall event last week in Hackensack. In the coming weeks, three more events are scheduled as Murphy seemingly continues positioning himself to run for governor in 2017.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Christie touts economic growth at groundbreaking for new UPS facility in Parsippany
Governor Christie put a shovel in the dirt of a 20-acre lot in Parsippany on Tuesday morning to break ground at a new UPS facility, his latest appearance in an economic victory lap for an unpopular executive whose policies have for years been second-guessed and criticized.
Dustin Racioppi, The Record Read more

State honors woman for ALICE report
Leaders of the state’s General Assembly gathered last week to honor Stephanie Hoopes, who was the head researcher and author of the United Way ALICE Report.
The Daily Record Read more

Freeholder’s North Korea letter gets response
Ocean County Freeholder Joseph H. Vicari’s foray into international affairs has concluded with a courtesy letter from the U.S. State Department.
Erik Larsen, Asbury Park Press Read more

Essex County College president suspended amid financial probe
Essex County College’s president has been removed from her position amid a mysterious probe into alleged misuse of the school’s resources, officials have revealed.
Dan Ivers, NJ.com Read more

Christie: N.J. has recovered from ‘the long recession’
Gov. Chris Christie announced at a groundbreaking ceremony in Parsippany on Tuesday the Garden State has recovered from the Great Recession.
Justin Zaremba, NJ.com Read more

Who is supporting Hillary in advance of the June 7 N.J. primary?
New Jersey State Democratic Chairman John Currie and the Democratic chairs of all of the state’s 21 counties endorsed former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday as the Garden State’s June 7 primary began commanding some attention in the political campaign.
Jonathan D. Salant, NJ.com Read more

Gov’s office: Those gym shorts sold on eBay are not Christie’s
It turns out the person who thought he or she was getting a pair of Chris Christie’s autographed gym shorts and paid $380 for the privilege got burned.
The Auditor, NJ.com Read more

Atlantic City facing a Brutus all its own
In 44 B.C. Julius Caesar lost control of the Roman Senate – they thought he wanted too much power and they had the solution. Some of the senators ganged up on him with knives.
Joseph Albright, The Jersey Journal Read more
Atlantic City rescue money could be gone by May
As much as $60 million intended to help the city fix its finances could be spent on marketing if a rescue package isn’t enacted by May, according to Mayor Don Guardian.
Christian Hetrick and Nicholas Huba, The Press of Atlantic City Read more

PolitickerNJ News Digest: March 30th