PolitickerNJ News Digest: April 12th


It’s Tuesday in New Jersey, where the battle over Atlantic City continues, but the fight over who will sit on the state Supreme Court seems to have been settled.

Quote of the Day: “I’m very surprised to hear you say that you don’t know what happens if that bill became law, because first of all it’s very significant,” – Assemblyman John Burzichelli, on the Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Charles A. Richman’s lack of specific knowledge of the impact of a proposed Atlantic City takeover bill.

Christie Nominates Dem Walter Timpone to Supreme Court
In hopes of resolving a six-year standoff with Democrats, Gov. Chris Christie submitted the name of attorney Walter Timpone as a nominee for the state Supreme Court, sources say.
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Budget Committee Grills DCA Commissioner on A.C. Takeover
The Department of Community Affairs faced pointed criticism from members of the Assembly Budget Committee Monday, where lawmakers expressed reservations about giving that agency additional oversight in Atlantic City under Governor Chris Christie’s favored state takeover bill. The Assembly split with the Senate last week when Speaker Vince Prieto (D-32) declined to post that bill and saw his own proposal advance in committee one day before the city ran out of cash.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Christie and Sweeney: Guardian Knew What Was in the Cards
Governor Chris Christie and Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) refuted Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian’s claim that he was not told the full extent of the state takeover of his city when Sweeney and Christie approached him in January. At a Monday press conference at the state house, Christie said that Guardian knew that controversial measures like giving the state authority to break union contracts would be in the bill.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

There won’t be a 9th Congressional District Democratic Primary after all.
“With great disappointment ,I have formally withdrawn from the 9th Congressional district primary,” former Mayor Jeff Jones said in a statement on his Facebook page this afternoon.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Uber to Launch Ad Campaign Blasting Baraka, Council in Newark
Drivers who work for Uber, a popular ride-sharing app that connects users directly to drivers, are unhappy with a proposition made by Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and the city council to crackdown on the use of such services in the city, particularly at transit hubs like Newark Airport or Newark Penn Station. On Tuesday, Uber will be launching a public affairs campaign to voice opposition to Newark’s move. The company will be aiming to reach Newarkers by both radio and mail.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

CD7 GOP Primary Gets Rough; ‘This is Not Baseball, Mr. Kane’
This morning in Newark, Administrative Law Judge Leland McGee dismissed a challenge by David Larsen’s Campaign to the petition signatures submitted by Craig Heard, a rival Republican challenger running in a three-way race for the seat occupied by incumbent U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7).
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Monmouth Poll: Clinton up by 12 Points over Sanders in NY
Hillary Clinton leads Bernie Sanders by 12 points in the upcoming New York Democratic primary. The Monmouth University Poll found that likely voters consider Sanders, who left the state after high school, as much of a New Yorker as Clinton, who has lived in the state for 16 years and was twice elected as its U.S. Senator.
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Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor Visits Rutgers to Discuss Life and Career
The Rutgers Eagleton Institute of Politics celebrated its 60th anniversary with help from Associate Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. On Monday, Sotomayor and Eagleton Director Ruth B. Mandel took over the university athletic center to discuss the Justice’s inspiration for her book My Beloved World, her Puerto Rican values/background and her career on the Supreme Court.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Rice Backs Prieto’s Atlantic City State Takeover Bill
Having opposed Senate President Steve Sweeney’s (D-3) senate alternative, veteran Senator Ronald L. Rice (D-28) of Newark today said he supports Speaker Vincent Prieto’s (D-32) Atlantic City state takeover bill.
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Johnson Backs Coley in Orange Mayor’s Race
West Ward Councilman Harold Johnson, Jr. formally endorsed and pledged his full support for Orange Mayoral candidate and current East Ward Councilman Kerry Coley in the upcoming May 10th municipal election. Coley is running against incumbent Mayor Dwayne Warren.
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Verizon Workers Threaten to Strike on Wednesday
Working without a contract since August of last year, 40,000 Verizon workers will strike on Wednesday if they can’t reach an agreement with the company.
“Unless this company has a major change in direction and gets back on track, we will be on strike on Wednesday at 6 a.m.,” Chris Shelton, president of the Communications Workers of America (CWA), said this afternoon in a conference call. “A strike is a last resort but Verizon has forced us there.”
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Fake front page on Trump names Christie AG
It’s 2017 and President Donald Trump has called on Congress to triple the number of immigration agents as part of a massive deportation plan to eject 11.3 million undocumented immigrants from the country.
Karen Yi, Asbury Park Press Read more

Ex-Bergen County Dem leader Ferriero set to report to prison on Friday
With his bid to remain free dashed by an appeals court, former Bergen County Democratic Party leader Joseph A. Ferriero on Monday was given a new date to surrender to prison to begin serving a nearly three-year term on corruption charges.
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Chris Rock, former Sen. Torricelli among donors to Democrat running to unseat Garrett
Already one of the nation’s top congressional challengers in fund-raising, Democrat Josh Gottheimer of Wyckoff took in another $600,000 during the first three months of this year, his campaign said Monday.
Herb Jackson, The Record Read more

N.J. school board set to vote on new transgender restroom policy
New guidelines that would allow high school students in the Pascack Valley regional schools to use restrooms based on their gender identity will be up for a vote Monday.
Dan Ivers, NJ.com Read more

Casino lobbyists betting on future in New Jersey
As lawmakers fight over the fate of Atlantic City and a plan that could bring casinos to North Jersey, gambling interests from across the country have hired a small army of New Jersey’s most influential lobbyists and public relations sages to improve their chances with Trenton decision-makers, state records filed in recent weeks show.
Jeff Pillets, The Record Read more

Ted Cruz’s nationality at center of N.J. ballot hearing
A New Jersey judge is weighing whether Sen. Ted Cruz should be disqualified from appearing on the state’s presidential primary ballot because he was born in Canada.
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Editorial: Our DUI laws are a mess. Why won’t Christie fix them?
If you ask the leaders of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, they will tell you that New Jersey’s laws are among the least effective in the nation.
Star-Ledger Editorial Board Read more

Sorry Margate: Judge rules in favor of N.J. in dunes case
In the contentious battle over Gov. Christie’s desire to build protective dunes along the entire coast of New Jersey, Judge Julio Mendez ruled Monday morning that the state may seize 87 municipally owned parcels in Margate needed to restart the $40 million project.
Amy S. Rosenberg, The Inquirer Read more

PolitickerNJ News Digest: April 12th