PolitickerNJ News Digest: March 9th

Democrat Germaine Ortiz, Bergen County Freeholder candidate.

Democrat Germaine Ortiz, Bergen County Freeholder candidate.

It’s Wednesday in New Jersey, where we take a look at the brashest politicians from one of the brashest states in the union as the legislative battle over what will happen in Atlantic City continues.

Quote of the Day: “The governor is always the most important figure in any negotiation involving legislation in New Jersey. The system is designed that way. The less involved he is, the less likely we’ll see some kind of agreement,” – Rider University’s Ben Dworkin on Gov. Chris Christie’s impact on negotiations over the future of Atlantic City.

The 10 Most Outrageous Authoritarian NJ Politicians
The freewheeling brash and authoritarian style of Donald Trump has party power players appealing – by contrast – to that elegant and genteel brand of New Jersey politician embodied by the likes of the late Millicent Fenwick, former Governor Christie Todd Whitman (Who says she will vote for Hillary Clinton sooner than back Trump), and former Governor Tom Kean, Sr. (though a lethal backroom political operator, he was elegant and well-mannered).
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Governor Chris Christie Files Nominations And Direct Appointments
Governor Chris Christie filed the following nominations with the State Senate.
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In Assembly Resistance, a Bid for a Seat at the Table on A.C.
The state Assembly has been the newest fly in the ointment in the negotiations over a state takeover of Atlantic City, with Assembly Speaker Vince Prieto (D-36) and Majority Leader Lou Greenwald (D-9) saying that they would refuse to post an Atlantic City takeover bill from Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3). Prieto said last week that he will not support any plan that alters existing collective bargaining agreements, while Greenwald said that he would refuse to post the bill if local officials stay opposed to the terms of the deal.
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Del Tufo and Chris Christie: The Legacies of U.S. Attorneys
Former U.S. Attorney for New Jersey Robert Del Tufo—who passed away last week at 82-years-old—is, perhaps, best remembered for his role in the FBI’s Abscam investigation. That investigation led to the prosecution of six politicians who were videotaped taking bribes from a company that was actually an FBI front. Del Tufo claimed that New Jersey Senator Harrison Williams had been entrapped and that the proceedings should not continue.
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Raia Criticizes Murphy for ‘Exploiting’ Flint Victims with Ad
New Jersey Republican Chairman Sam Raia has issued a response to New Way for New Jersey’s new ad, released today.
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Schaffer and Gaburo Remember Reverend John Graf, Jr.
With the passing of the Reverend John Graf Jr. on Sunday, Somerset County lost one of its biggest and brightest personalities and New Jersey lost one of its most prolific philanthropists. The active Somerset Democrat raised nearly $20 million as president and chief executive officer of the United Way of Somerset County from 2005 to 2007, and over $100 million over the course of his 30-year career.
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Rooney Drops Out of Bergan GOP Chairman Race, Endorses Yudin
Kevin Rooney announced at a Tuesday Bergen County Republican Organization meeting that he would be dropping out of the race for BCRO chairman, according to a source.
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Trump Wins in Michigan and Mississippi
A look at Tuesday’s primary results.
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Trump ties to mobster, racist casino policies alleged in new report
The big investigative reporting guns are now trained on Donald Trump, as he continues to commandeer the Republican presidential primary season.
In a bombshell new report, Yahoo reporter Michael Isikoff, who was a key figure in exposing the Monica Lewinsky-Bill Clinton scandal, writes that the daughter of a reputed New Jersey mobster says her dad had a long, cozy relationship with Trump. She told Isikoff her father, Robert LiButti, gambled heavily in Trump’s casino, rode on his helicopter and hung out on his yacht.
Amy S. Rosenberg, Philadelphia Inquirer Read more

It’s time for Marco Rubio to go away and let Ted Cruz take on Donald Trump
There are a couple of things I like about Washington, D.C.
The first is that when you’re driving around there you can hear C-SPAN radio replaying all the important morning political talk shows at any time of the day or night.
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NJ Transit’s proposed ad ban raising eyebrows
The board of NJ Transit plans to vote Wednesday on a measure to ban advertisements that “disparage the services of NJ Transit.” The move comes days before the agency’s rail workers have threatened to strike, and weeks before the agency considers a budget that may include fare hikes.
Christopher Maag, The Record Read more

Union: Sides come closer to deal to avert NJ Transit strike
New Jersey Transit and rail worker unions on Tuesday were closer to a contract agreement to head off a strike than they were a day earlier, a union official said.
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Fulop remains opposed to controversial Horizon health plans
Yesterday’s debate in the state Legislature on the controversial new OMNIA insurance plans offered by Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey hasn’t changed Mayor Steve Fulop’s opposition.
Terrence T. McDonald, The Jersey Journal Read more

Ex-Gov. Codey blasts Christie for threat to ‘run over’ Baraka, charter opponents
Former governor Richard Codey today slammed Gov. Chris Christie for what he called “incendiary rhetoric” toward other opponents of charter school expansion.
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Christie: Trooper’s death a reminder of daily dangers faced by police
Gov. Chris Christie said Tuesday the “sudden and tragic loss” of a state trooper struck by a car in Gloucester County Monday night highlights the dangers of patrolling the state’s roadways.
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Senate committee to consider Atlantic City takeover, PILOT bills
The state Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee will consider the Atlantic City takeover bill and financial rescue package Thursday in Trenton.
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Seven candidates to compete for three Teaneck council seats
Seven candidates will be on the May 10 ballot competing for three Township Council seats.
Mary Diduch, The Record Read more

Battle is brewing over salaries after merger of Bergen County law enforcement agencies
A battle is brewing in Bergen County over law enforcement salaries, with a police union claiming that its contract was violated when a controversial plan to combine the Sheriff’s Office and County Police was enacted.
Jean Rimbach, The Record Read more

N.J. lawmakers want to expand gun buyback program
A state Assembly committee has approved a bill that would require nine gun buyback events be held throughout the state each year.
Samantha Marcus, NJ.com Read more

Mothers who lost children to stillbirth question why N.J. law to track deaths has stalled
One by one, in often emotional and blunt testimony, mothers who lost children to stillbirth questioned why nothing appears to have been done to put into practice a law that requires state health officials to track such deaths and mandates that hospitals treat families with sensitivity.
John C. Ensslin, The Record Read more

Christie can’t run for governor again? False
Gov. Chris Christie at an event promoting charter schools in Newark told an inquisitive second-grader he’s “looking for a job’’ after his tenure expires in January 2018 because of the state’s term limits for governors.
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EDITORIAL: We need more than Christie’s time
Gov. Chris Christie spent nearly two hours last week fielding most every question reporters felt like asking. But while he touched upon everything from campaign post-mortems to the New York Mets, the overriding theme was, to adapt an old quote from Richard Nixon, that we will have Chris Christie to kick around some more, at least until the end of his gubernatorial term in January 2018.
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PolitickerNJ News Digest: March 9th