PolitickerNJ News Digest: April 29th

Assembly Budget Committee Chairman Gary Schaer, who questioned the DOE's role in NJ schools' ongoing funding crises

Assembly Budget Committee Chairman Gary Schaer Assembly Majority Office

It’s Friday morning, and Gov. Chris Christie is still not finding favor with state voters while Democrats continue to feud over Atlantic City’s fate and the accompanying fallout.

Quote of the Day: “Among the New Jersey politicians we poll, Governor Christie continues to generate the most negativity among voters, even more so than the state’s currently indicted senator,” said Ashley Koning, assistant director of the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling at Rutgers University.

Rutgers-Eagleton Poll: Christie Approval Rating Lowest Ever at 26%
Having just stood on another stage with Donald Trump and emerged unscathed, but for an alleged eye roll by his wife, Gov. Chris Christie still has the albatross of New Jersey voters around his neck, according to today’s Rutgers-Eagleton Poll.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Norcross Slaps Away at Prieto over Atlantic City Takeover Bill
Swarmed by criticism over his alleged role in pushing for a leadership takedown of Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32), South Jersey Democratic leader George Norcross III struck back today and called on Prieto to back down.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Rice Says Norcross is ‘Less than a Man’
Royally irritated state Senator Ronald L. Rice (D-28) today chastised South Jersey power broker George Norcross III for intruding into Statehouse politics, upbraiding the boss for buttonholing Bergen leadership to discuss taking out Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32), according to the Bergen Record.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

NJDSC: Garrett is ‘Toxic’ to Corporations After Anti-LGBT Comments
The New Jersey Democratic State Committee (NJDSC) issued a statement on Thursday claiming that Rep. Scott Garrett’s (R-5) “hateful anti-LGBT views” have made him “toxic to the corporations that previously supported his campaign.”
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

DiVincenzo, Jones Endorse Team Venezia in Bloomfield
Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo and Essex County Democratic Chairman Leroy Jones have made their support of Bloomfield’s Mayor Michael Venezia and his team of council candidates official. They have officially endorsed the candidates as they pursue victory in the upcoming June 7 primary.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Krickus: Incumbent Freeholders are ‘Tax-and-Spend Sellouts’
Former Morris County Freeholder John Krickus issued a statement on Thursday claiming that incumbents Tom Mastrangelo, Doug Cabana and Kathy DeFillippo abandoned the zero tax increase policy while simultaneously sending out campaign literature claiming “fiscal discipline.”
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

In Paterson’s Ward 6 Abdelaziz and Sayegh Spar Over ELEC Compliance
Despite amendments filed on April 20 to his New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC) records, Paterson Councilman Andre Sayegh is still facing scrutiny over those filings. On Wednesday, Sayegh’s challenger Al Abdelaziz issued a statement claiming that Sayegh’s amended filings should still receive an “F” grade for compliance due to a lack of accurate employer information from contributors.
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Lawyer says he wants Christie’s cell phone in GWB lane-closure case
Defense attorneys say they have received new evidence showing that two former associates of Governor Christie accused of the politically-motivated closure of access lanes to the George Washington Bridge should never have been indicted.
Paul Berger, The Record Read more

N.J. motor vehicle agency workers to get more customer service training
All 2,800 New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission employees must undergo a customer training class within the next year under a new requirement announced by Governor Christie on Thursday.
John C. Ensslin, The Record Read more

N.J. comptroller: William Paterson, 2 other colleges owe students explanation of mandatory fees
New Jersey’s state colleges and universities have long saddled students with fees that have helped make the colleges among the costliest public schools in the country, and on Wednesday the state singled out three of them for not making it clear how the money was being spent.
Patricia Alex, The Record Read more

Christie on wife’s reaction to Trump: ‘That was not an eye roll’
Governor Christie said he knows his wife Mary Pat’s eye roll better than anyone and what people saw of her standing behind GOP presidential contender Donald Trump in New York City on Tuesday night was not that eye roll.
John C. Ensslin, The Record Read more

Documents: SEC, Port Authority discussing road-funds probe resolution
The Port Authority could be nearing a resolution with the Securities and Exchange Commission over the agency’s alleged misuse of almost $2 billion in toll money to repair New Jersey roads.
Paul Berger, The Record Read more

Trump’s misogyny will be his doom
The latest Gallup poll shows that 70 percent of American women have an unfavorable view of Donald Trump.
Tom Moran, Star-Ledger Editorial Board Read more

A sign Christie has a lot more to say while governor?
When Chris Christie returned to Trenton after his failed 2016 presidential bid, he did so without being surrounded by the familiar faces of a communications staff that helped propel him to the national stage.
The Auditor, NJ.com Read more

Does Sweeney-Prieto clash reveal a growing divide among N.J.’s Dems?
he ongoing confrontations between the Democratic leaders of the Senate and Assembly, while presumably over weighty matters of public policy, in reality mask an early political strategy designed to establish a frame of reference for the 2017 gubernatorial campaign.
Carl Golden, NJSpotlight Read more

See the many Christie faces behind Donald Trump
Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has drawn attention for the multitude of facial expressions he makes during debates and speeches.
Brent Johnson, NJ.com Read more

Christie looking into property tax revaluations in 5 towns
The Christie administration says five New Jersey towns have not revaluated property tax assessments in more than 25 years and is ordering an investigation.
Associated Press, Read more

PolitickerNJ News Digest: April 29th