PolitickerNJ News Digest: April 13th

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It’s Thursday, a crucial day in deciding how the state will solve its Atlantic City problem, while a judicial appointment has the political world in Middlesex County abuzz.

Quote of the Day: “I made clear that this bill was a work in progress, and I remain open to compromising, but we will now be ready to move forward,” – Assembly Speaker Vince Prieto, on his plan for Atlantic City.

Prieto Bill Returns to Committee Thursday, Could See a Vote This Week
A bill from Assembly Speaker Vince Prieto (D-32) introducing new benchmarks that would give Atlantic City two more years before a state takeover goes to committee again Thursday, and could see a vote on the Assembly floor that same day. Prieto declined to post the bill favored by Governor Chris Christie and Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) last week, when his own bill cleared the Assembly Budget Committee with unanimous, bipartisan support.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Guardian and City Council Rouse Union Troops against A.C. Takeover
Days after the city ran out of cash last week, Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian and members of the city council made their case against a state takeover of the beleaguered gambling capital alongside labor leadership Tuesday. Following an A.F.L.-C.I.O. march from Caesars into city council chambers where union members chanted “Christie got to go,” Guardian characterized the takeover effort as the governor lighting on public workers as a scapegoat for the city’s massive $102 million deficit.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

A.F.L.-C.I.O. and Atlantic City Unions March on City Hall
Members of the New Jersey A.F.L.-C.I.O. and Atlantic City’s public unions marched on city hall Tuesday, lead by Mayor Don Guardian and members of city council. Unions in Atlantic City are facing harsh cuts as the state weighs a takeover of the city’s finances that would allow appointees of the governor to make unilateral changes to collective bargaining agreements. Changing “This is what democracy looks like,” the crowd of hundreds filed into city hall after marching from Caesars in the rain.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Sources: Barnes to Get Judgeship by End of the Month; Three-Way Scramble Underway
Middlesex sources say a long-time-a-coming effort to install state Senator Peter Barnes (D-18) in a superior court judgeship will happen by the end of the month, specifically by April 26th, and possibly as early as next week.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

The Timing Factor with Barnes’s Seat Scrubs the Possibility of a Dem Primary
Will Rogers once said that he didn’t belong to an organized party, he was a Democrat. But old irrelevant fogeys who still fondly quote that lovable passage obviously don’t live in New Jersey or have familiarity with those well-oiled party machinations in Middlesex County.
PolitickerNJ Editor, PolitickerNJ Read more

The Edison Three: By the Numbers
The following are Edison council people’s recent elections by the numbers. These three are contending for what party players say will be Assemblyman Pat Diegnan’s (D-18) vacant seat when Diegnan moves up to the state senate…
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Union County Cantina: Green Pulls Dem Players from Across the NJ Galaxy
We go tonight to Union County, scene of a Democratic Party gala, which one source in attendance described as an approximation of the cantina scene in Star Wars, with Chairman Jerry Green in the coveted Obi Wan role, as retinue after retinue arrived and allowed itself to be swayed by the veteran Jedi master.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Oliver Says She Stands by Prieto on AC, ‘Proud’ of His Efforts
Former Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver is standing with current Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto as he continues to battle Governor Chris Christie and Senate President Steve Sweeney over how Atlantic City’s dwindling funds should be handled.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Legislators Demand ‘Equal Pay for Equal Work’
Congressman Bill Pascrell stood in front of Haledon’s Botto House, a national landmark museum dedicated to the labor movement, to proclaim that all Americans should receive equal pay for equivalent work regardless of gender. The announcement from Pascrell came on ‘Equal Pay Day,’ the point in the new year where women’s wages have caught up with men’s wages from the previous year.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Christie: Unemployment insurance fund has $1 billion balance
Gov. Chris Christie says New Jersey’s unemployment insurance trust fund has achieved a balance of $1 billion.
Associated Press, Read more

NJ Transit defends use of audio surveillance on some trains
New Jersey Transit’s director defended the use of audio surveillance systems on some of its trains Tuesday, as some questioned the monitoring’s legal and ethical underpinnings.
Associated Press, Read more

4 Bergen County candidate petitions challenged by GOP head
Four Republican candidates seeking election to public office in Bergen County are scheduled to attend a hearing today on a challenge to their nominating petitions brought by the county party chairman.
Todd South, The Record, Read more

Uber says it will leave Newark if new regulations pass
As a proposal to regulate Uber and other car-hailing services moves closer to becoming reality in Newark, the company says it is prepared to take its cars and go home.
Dan Ivers, NJ.com, Read more

N.J. small businesses: Tax breaks for big corporations unfair to us
A handful of small business owners on Tuesday urged the state’s economic development arm to back off issuing tax credits to big corporations, which they said come at their expense.
Samantha Marcus, NJ.com, Read more

Will N.J. businesses be getting a tax cut this year?
With a record number of New Jersey residents holding jobs, Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday announced the state will be able to offer $200 million in tax relief to businesses by cutting their contributions to unemployment insurance.
Claude Brodesser-Akner, NJ.com, Read more

Cruz: Christie ‘in his own private hell’ for backing Trump
Gov. Chris Christie is “in his own private hell” over his February endorsement of Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, Ted Cruz said Tuesday.
Claude Brodesser-Akner, NJ.com, Read more

Fulop, Jersey City pastor spar over revaluation
A tense exchange between Mayor Steve Fulop and a Jersey City pastor on the impending property revaluation capped the launch yesterday of a new interfaith community action group.
Terrence T. McDonald, The Jersey Journal, Read more

EDITORIAL: High court deal only half the story
The partisan clouds of darkness over Trenton have finally parted, at least for a moment, allowing compromise to shine through on the long-stalled nomination of a new state Supreme Court justice.
Asbury Park Press, Read more

NJ judge: Cruz can be on POTUS ballot
A New Jersey judge has ruled that Sen. Ted Cruz meets the constitutional requirements to be president and may appear on the state’s presidential primary ballot.
Associated Press, Read more

Christie aide warns of AC school closings
The Christie administration on Tuesday said it would be forced to close Atlantic City’s schools if the city doesn’t remit tax revenues it owes the school district.
Andrew Seidman, Read more

Meet the face of opposition to North Jersey casinos
Local business groups are organizing to fight a ballot question this fall to allow two new casinos in northern New Jersey.
Michael Miller, Press of Atlantic City, Read more

PolitickerNJ News Digest: April 13th