PolitickerNJ News Digest: April 11th

The Trenton State House

It’s the start of a new week in New Jersey politics, but the big question lingers – what will happen in Atlantic City, and who were the winners and losers in Trenton following last week’s battles over the resort’s fate?

Quote of the Day: ““We’re not the lower house, we’re the other house,” – Assemblyman Ralph Caputo, on the need to give the state Assembly its due respect.

Veteran Assembly Leader Caputo Urges Governor to Compromise
Trained as a matter of political survival to understand the value of compromise, Assemblyman Ralph Caputo (D-28), Nutley, has several vital points of view on the Atlantic City situation as state lawmakers face a deadlocked bill on the state takeover of the embattled, nearly bankrupt seaside resort city.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

State of the Takeover: Partisanship Hits the Fan as Brown Embraces New Stump Cause
The Atlantic City takeover hit another roadblock this week as an alternative takeover bill from Assembly Speaker Vince Prieto (D-32) cleared committee with unanimous support.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

For Some Assembly Republicans, Path Forward on AC Remains Unclear
For Governor Chris Christie, it seems that he can no longer count on the uncontested support of the Republicans in the Assembly as a given. That fact has emerged as elected officials weigh three options on Atlantic City: follow suit with the governor to back Senate President Steve Sweeney’s bill, defect to back Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto’s bill or pick neither and let the city bankrupt.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Not everyone thrilled that Bruce Springsteen cancels concert over N.C. bathroom law
A Republican Congressman from North Carolina is criticizing Bruce Springsteen’s decision to cancel a Greensboro show Sunday night in protest of a controversial new state law.
Staff, NJ.com Read more

Is proposed state takeover of Atlantic City legal?
After three months of squabbling, Gov. Chris Christie, state lawmakers, local leaders, and union officials remain locked in a battle over a plan for the state to rescue Atlantic City from financial collapse by having the state take over large parts of the local government.
Brent Johnson, NJ.com Read more

Christie’s New Hampshire guy returns to N.J.
A long-time Jersey guy who became an integral part of Chris Christie’s presidential campaign in New Hampshire has returned to the Garden State.
The Auditor, NJ.com Read more

Christie’s hard line on Atlantic City: What happened to compromise?
At his best, Gov. Chris Christie is a skilled dealmaker, able to steer reforms through a Democratic legislature on big issues like pensions, teacher tenure, and property taxes.
Tom Moran, Star-Ledger Read more

Conspiracy wonks’ theory about battling Fulop for gov seat
About a month ago, while kibitzing with some old Hudson County and new state sources, we discussed what could endanger Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop’s run for the governor’s office. It’s obvious that the Hudson County politician carries his own target on his back so long as he “runs” for governor. Other than an unlikely self-destruction, it seems the mayor will have a strong kick in the home stretch of the Democratic Party derby.
Agustin C. Torres, The Jersey Journal Read more

Labor groups divided on Atlantic City proposals
The union members at the Hudson County Central Labor Council breakfast on Wednesday rushed to thank Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto after he delivered a rousing defense of collective bargaining — the key sticking point in the bitter Atlantic City takeover battle.
Charles Stile, The Record Read more

Billionaire’s move puts New Jersey tax rates in spotlight
The departure of one New Jersey resident to Florida has gotten so much attention that lawmakers are calling for changing the state’s tax structure, and a key legislative forecaster is raising concerns over revenue uncertainty.
Michael Catalini, The Record Read more

Christie eases gun rules, says N.J.’s restrictions have led to tragedy
Governor Christie announced policy moves Friday that are meant to loosen New Jersey’s gun-control laws and allow more people to carry firearms.
Salvador Rizzo, The Record Read more

When towns play ‘I’ve got a secret’
Good politics is often defined by words spoken in public. So is bad politics. But what kind of politics emerges when officials keep silent in the face of problems and don’t speak up at all?
Mike Kelly, The Record Read more

Legislators make access to Next-of-Kin Registry easier
Almost five years after the signing of “Sara’s Law,” New Jersey legislators have made it even easier for residents with a valid permit, driver’s license or identification card to include emergency contact information in the statewide Next-of-Kin Registry.
Susan Loyer, Asbury Park Press Read more

Atlantic City’s pain reaches beyond its borders
Fallout from Atlantic City’s financial meltdown could mean trouble beyond the gambling resort’s borders.
Andrew Ford, Asbury Park Press Read more

In Gloucester Twp., present intrudes on future
As David Mayer sees it, a mayor’s office is a great place to catch a glimpse of the future.
Gloucester Twp. mayor David Mayer at the Gloucester Premium Outlets in the township.
In Gloucester Twp., present intrudes on future
“Mayors can see things before others do, because of the developers who come in and express interest,” says Mayer, 49, a Democrat and former New Jersey assemblyman who since 2010 has served as mayor of Gloucester Township.
Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Read more

New Jersey man ticketed for flying Donald Trump flags
A New Jersey man is facing a fine for flying flags supporting Donald Trump.
Associated Press, Read more

Find the exit from politics and enact the A.C. package
Democrats are still playing political brinksmanship as Atlantic City nears collapse and Gov. Christie is still talking tough.
Press of Atlantic City Read more

PolitickerNJ News Digest: April 11th