PolitickerNJ News Digest: April 14th

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Sweeney.

It’s Thursday, and the offer of a compromise in Atlantic City is on the table as an assembly proposal to help the resort is set for more action today. Meanwhile, Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno is sending signals that she’s preparing to run for the state’s top job.

Quote of the Day: “Why can’t government get out of our way and out of our wallets? It can, it should, and it will,” – Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, at the launch of the Building a Better NJ Together think tank.

Sweeney and Greenwald Offer Compromise on Atlantic City Takeover
As a rival bill to offer Atlantic City additional benchmarks before the state takes over its finances goes back to committee this week, Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) is offering the beleaguered municipality 130 days to get its fiscal house in order before his own takeover plan goes into effect. Sweeney announced the compromise with Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald (D-6) Wednesday. Governor Chris Christie has said that he will not consider any proposals that differ from the Sweeney bill passed in the Senate last month.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Prieto Unmoved by Proposed Senate Compromise
Following an announcement from Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) and Assembly Majority Lou Greenwald (D-6) that the senate will amend its Atlantic City takeover bill to offer the city a 130-day grace period before the state broadens its powers there, Assembly Speaker Vince Prieto (D-32) said that his own competing takeover bill will stay the same. Prieto declined to post an Assembly version of the Sweeney bill last week, when his own advanced in committee.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Guadagno Sounds More Than Ever Like Guv Candidate on Conference Call
On the heels of a snazzy jazz soundtrack conference call intro, Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno this afternoon whisked away the tarp over Building a Better NJ Together, a new registered 501(c)4 political organization based in Ocean.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Schaer Lays Into Christie DOT Over Transportation Trust Fund
Governor Chris Christie’s administration came under heavy fire from Assembly Democrats in Wednesday’s budget hearing in Trenton, where chairman Gary Schaer (D-36) called New Jersey’s depleted Transportation Trust Fund a matter of life and death. Schaer laid into DOT commissioner and Christie appointee Richard Hammer, accusing the administration of not having a plan for shoring up the fund that pays for maintenance and repair of roads and bridges.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Bracketing 101: Why Freeholder Candidates are Important to Sanders
In a state where the vast majority of county Democratic organizations have pledged their support to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as she pursues the presidency, the campaign of her main competitor Bernie Sanders is working to keep the Vermont senator competitive in terms of ballot position. The campaign is bracketing Sanders with figurehead county candidates in the June 7 primary in the majority of New Jersey counties.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Watson Coleman Swats at Christie in Rejection of His State Takeover Option
Unable to resist the clarion call of a Trenton crisis, U.S. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-12) – a former longtime assemblywoman from Ewing – this afternoon dove into the middle of the Atlantic City mess, siding with Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32), who today resisted olive branch overtures by Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3).
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Sweeney Burnishes Cunningham Love in Jersey City
While Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop went to South Jersey to pound his chest on Senate President Steve Sweeney’s home turf, Sweeney betook himself to Jersey City to strut with impunity in the company of Fulop’s longtime local naysayer state Senator Sandy Cunningham (D-31).
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

John Krickus Prepares for Eleventh Hour Morris Freeholder Run
Only three spots are up for grabs on the Morris County freeholder board this year but ten candidates have their names in the race. Of those ten, seven are Republicans who will be duking it out to get their party’s nomination during the June 7 primary.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Codey Backs Warren for Mayor in Orange
State Senator (and former Acting Governor) Richard Codey today formally endorsed Mayor Dwayne Warren for re-election as mayor of the City of Orange, where Codey was born and raised.
Politicker Staff, PolitickerNJ Read more

One Year Supreme Court Vacancy is Not a First
Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat on the U.S. Supreme Court may remain vacant until next year, but this is not a unique situation.
Donald Scarinci, PolitickerNJ Read more

Jersey City Mayor Fulop Interfaces with Local Leaders in Atlantic City
A day after Gov. Chris Christie settled in behind a podium in Jersey City and took a few swipes at the town’s chief executive, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop seesawed to the other side of the state and surfaced in the company of local Christie bad-mouthing officials in Atlantic City, that embattled seaside resort on fire with Trenton politics.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Christie administration: Road fund could go broke this summer
New Jersey’s transportation funding system is in disarray, and neither the governor nor state legislators has a plan for how to plug a financing gap that tops $2 billion, administration officials and Assembly members said Wednesday at the first budget hearing of the season.
Christopher Maag, The Record Read more

One strike and you’re out at state inspection stations in May
Drivers will have to take their vehicle to a private inspection station to get it re-inspected, if it fails emissions testing, under changes to the vehicle inspection system that will take effect next month said state Motor Vehicle Commission officials.
Larry Higgs, NJ.com Read more

Fulop rethinking support of North Jersey casino expansion
Mayor Steve Fulop is expressing some new hesitance to support an expansion of casino gaming into northern New Jersey, after spending more than a year touting the idea as a way to boost the economy and create new jobs.
Terrence T. McDonald, The Jersey Journal Read more

There’s room to give it a rest, Bruce; Springsteen needs to find a hobby
For some time now I’ve been urging my fellow Jersey Shore resident Bruce Springsteen to get a hobby.
Paul Mulshine, The Star Ledger Read more

Ruling rejects bid to keep GOP Bergen County freeholder challengers off ballot
Bergen County voters in the GOP primary on June 7 will have a choice of freeholder candidates as a result of a ruling Wednesday that rejected a bid by party leaders to keep a slate of challengers off the ballot.
Todd South, The Record Read more

College scandal widens with state subpoenas, new focus on athletics
Essex County College, already thrust into turmoil after the sudden removal of its president and top attorney last month, has now caught the watchful eye of the state.
Dan Ivers, NJ.com Read more

Atlantic City’s trash hauling savings don’t add up
Mayor Don Guardian’s administration released documents Tuesday pegging the annual cost of doing its own trash and recycling pickup with 25 workers at $1.95 million.
Michelle Brunetti Post, Press of Atlantic City Read more

PolitickerNJ News Digest: April 14th