PolitickerNJ News Digest: April 5th

Jones and Pascrell have long had a decidedly different POV.

Jones and Pascrell have long had a decidedly different POV.

It’s Tuesday, and the war of words between the state and Atlantic City appears headed for a courtroom while the races for the state’s congressional seats are taking shape.

Quote of the Day: “There is no question that they will not have the money to pay it due to the irresponsibility of the city government,” – Gov. Chris Christie, explaining why the state is suing to force Atlantic City to pay what it says are outstanding tax dollars to the city school district.

Christie Announces Lawsuit Against Atlantic City Government
Governor Chris Christie announced Monday that the state Department of Education is pursuing a lawsuit against Atlantic City’s government for impoperly using property tax collections to shore up its municipal budget. The news comes as Christie and Assembly Speaker Vince Prieto (D-32) continue to grapple over a state takeover of the city, which Moody’s downgraded further into junk status earlier that day.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Bill to Criminalize Sex Between Teachers and Students Under 20 Clears Committee
A bill that would criminalize sexual relationships between teachers and students between 18 and 20 years old advanced in the Assembly Judiciary Committee Monday in a unanimous vote. The bill would make sex between a school employee with disciplinary or supervisory authority over that student punishable as sexual assault. The bill is sponsored by Assemblymen Raj Mujherji (D-33) and Reed Gusciora (D-15).
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

All Incumbent NJ Congresspeople Filed for June Primary
The New Jersey Division of Elections was abuzz on Monday with candidates and their representatives clamoring to file petitions, amendments and supply additional signatures before the 4 p.m. filing deadline.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Christie Campaign Vet Mowers Joins Mercury as a VP
Matt Mowers, who served as New Hampshire State Director for Chris Christie for President, will join Mercury strategy group as a vice president.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Stack Approval Ratings Superior Amid County Exec Run Buzz
According to the poll:
Mayor Stack receives an 81% favorable rating. Only 6% are unfavorable. Strong incumbents score over 50%.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Individual Sanders Backers Deliver Own Petitions to Trenton
Several individuals unaffiliated with the presidential campaign of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders took it into their own hands to deliver petitions to the New Jersey Division of Elections in time for the April 4 filing deadline, a testament to the grassroots nature of the campaign that Sanders has been touting since he first entered the presidential race.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

CD9 Candidate Jeff Jones: ‘I am Just Not an Establishment Guy’
Just moments after a representative for incumbent Congressman Bill Pascrell walked into the New Jersey Division of Elections in Trenton, Pascrell’s foe in the CD9 primary, former Paterson Mayor Jeff Jones, did the same.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Analysts: AC’s troubles could hurt other N.J. cities
New Jersey’s political impasse over how to rescue Atlantic City is risking the state’s reputation as a reliable financial backstop for distressed municipalities and threatens to plunge the resort town into a bankruptcy that would affect cities across the state.
Andrew Seidman, Philadelphia Inquirer Read more

Princeton to keep Wilson’s name despite his racist views
When students occupied the office of the Princeton University president last fall, among their demands was a call for Woodrow Wilson’s name to be removed from campus buildings because of his racist views and support for segregation. But on Monday, the university announced that it would keep the Wilson name.
Hannan Adely, The Record Read more

Frelinghuysen announces re-election bid
Having spent 11 terms working for Morris County in Washington, Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen wants to make it an even dozen.
William Westhoven, The Daily Record Read more

N.J. to order property tax-changing revaluations in 3 municipalities
The state on Monday will order three New Jersey municipalities that have not revalued property in at least a quarter century to conduct revaluations that will affect property taxes for thousands of residents, NJ Advance Media has learned.
Samantha Marcus, NJ.com Read more

Local leaders decry Christie administration move to force revaluations
Leaders of the three municipalities ordered by the state Division of Taxation to conduct property revaluations reacted with dismay Monday, saying they were unfairly — and in one case, politically, targeted.
Samantha Marcus, NJ.com Read more

Hudson Dems back Hillary: ‘It’s time for a woman to become president’
It’s Hillary over Bernie for Hudson County Democrats.
Terrence T. McDonald, The Jersey Journal Read more

Is this N.J. town’s seal too religious? An atheist group thinks so
A national atheist group is asking the borough to change both its town motto and official seal, saying that both are “unmistakably religious” and unconstitutional.
Andy Polhamus, NJ.com Read more

Group files document to recall Bayonne Mayor Davis
Three Bayonne men, including former candidate for state Assembly, freeholder and school board Michael Alonso, took the first step today in trying to unseat Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis through the recall process.
Ron Zeitlinger, The Jersey Journal Read more

N.J. lawmaker seeks chewing tobacco ban at ballparks
Ballplayers with wads of chewing tobacco in their cheeks would be a thing of the past if U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. has his way.
Jonathan D. Salant, NJ.com Read more

PolitickerNJ News Digest: April 5th