PolitickerNJ News Digest: May 3rd

Other municipalities could follow Atlantic CIty's lead in building offshore wind turbines

Other municipalities could follow Atlantic CIty’s lead in building offshore wind turbines

It’s Tuesday morning, and Atlantic City and it’s supporters have continued to confound the governor and other proponents of a state takeover by making a debt payment, avoiding bankruptcy and keeping control of its much-coveted assets for another day.

Quote of the Day: “We have seen what happens when people of color are denied the right to elect their own leaders or have a say in the future of their communities, from the failed state takeovers of other New Jersey cities and school districts to the disaster in Flint that has poisoned thousands of children.” – Atlantic City NAACP President Betty J. Lewis, on her opposition to a state takeover of the gambling resort’s finances.

Christie Says AC Debacle Proves Public Sector Unions Running Assembly
After a press conference on lead remediation and testing in New Jersey public schools, Governor Chris Christie answered some questions from press about the topic that is front and center of the current political discussion in NJ: the impending default of Atlantic City and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto’s alternative takeover bill that will be posted for a vote on Thursday.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Jersey: No Time for Prez Politics, says 2017-Impatient Source
Hillary Clinton versus Donald Trump?
Try North Jersey versus South Jersey.
As the rest of the country considered the 2016 presidential contest, a New Jersey insider swatted away the subject as hardly worth his time just three days ahead of the Assembly’s vote on the Atlantic City state takeover bill.
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Ciattarelli Unlikely to Vote With Prieto, Says Bankruptcy May be Best
Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto’s Atlantic City bill is finally being posted on Thursday May 5. That means that the speaker has likely gotten six Republicans on his side in order to get the prerequisite 41 votes necessary for the bill.
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Rabner Swears in Justice Timpone
Governor Chris Christie today hosted the swearing-in ceremony for Walter F. Timpone to the New Jersey Supreme Court. The ceremony took place in the Governor’s Outer Office.
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Bloomfield Challenger Says Mayor Not Forthcoming With Profiling Data
A Seton Hall Law report released last month brought racial profiling to the forefront of the conversation in Bloomfield when it alleged that race was a major factor in how the municipality’s police issued tickets.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Atlantic City NAACP Prez Backs up Prieto on AC Bill
Atlantic City NAACP President Betty J. Lewis this afternoon issued a statement from the organization in support of Speaker Vincent Prieto’s (D-32) Atlantic City state takeover bill, which is due before the Assembly on Thursday.
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The Agony of Don Guardian: 14 Hours with the Man Fighting the Takeover
The sun hadn’t risen yet when Don Guardian began his day at the Atlantic City public works yard. The mayor was facing the latest in a series of increasingly dire fiscal deadlines, and had just days to make a decision whether to make an $1.8 million interest payment on municipal bonds. If he and his advisors decided that shoring up day-to-day spending on the police and fire department and public infrastructure trumped their obligations to creditors, the city would be the first in New Jersey to default on its loans since the Great Depression.
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Green Backing Prieto’s Bill for State Takeover of Atlantic City
Union County Democratic Party Chairman (and Assemblyman) Jerry Green (D-22) told PolitickerNJ that he intends to back Speaker Vincent Prieto’s bill on Thursday. The veteran party leader/lawmaker says he’s voting for it out of respect for Prieto, leader of the Democratic caucus, whose bill clashes with efforts by South Jersey lawmakers and Governor Chris Christie.
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Craig Tries to Get Heard with Trump Endorsement
Craig Heard, Republican candidate for the 7th Congressional District today endorsed Donald Trump in the June 7th Primary.
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Christie vetoes N.J. equal pay bill
Gov. Chris Christie on Monday vetoed a bill barring gender-based pay discrimination, saying it would go beyond federal standards and make New Jersey “very business unfriendly.”
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Christie on Atlantic City’s debt payment: Gimme a break
To say Gov. Chris Christie is unimpressed with Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian’s decision to make a $1.8 million bond payment due at the end of the day would be an understatement.
Matt Arco, NJ.com Read more

Christie: OK with Bridgegate defense reviewing my phone
An attorney for a former Port Authority official charged in the George Washington Bridge case last week said he had issued a subpoena for Gov. Christie’s phone, among other things.
Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Read more

3 things Christie wants you to know about all the talk he may be Trump’s VP choice
After another round of published reports over the weekend suggesting Gov. Chris Christie is on the list of people Donald Trump would tap as his running mate, the governor says there are three things he wants you to know:
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N.J.’s county political parties grab a bit more campaign cash
New Jersey’s county political parties, which are struggling to compete for donations, reported their most funds raised in the first quarter since 2009, according to the nonpartisan Election Law Enforcement Commission.
Samantha Marcus, NJ.com Read more

Lawmakers vote to let N.J. pharmacists prescribe birth control
A Senate panel approved legislation Monday that would allow pharmacists to dispense contraceptives to women and girls without a doctor’s prescription.
Susan K. Livio, NJ.com Read more

N.J. lawmakers to smokers: Get off the beach
Smokers would be banned from lighting up in state, county and local parks and beaches under a bill approved by a Senate committee Monday.
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Clinton, Trump look ahead to New Jersey’s primary
With Tuesday’s Indiana primary being watched for signs of whether Democrat Hillary Clinton or Republican Donald Trump can be stopped, the two front-runners’ campaigns were also looking toward New Jersey’s primary on June 7, one of the last in the country.
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Christie will require N.J.’s schools to test for lead
All public schools will be tested for lead contamination, Governor Christie announced Monday in response to sustained concerns over the safety of drinking water since Newark and other districts have discovered elevated levels of lead in their water supplies.
Dustin Racioppi, The Record Read more

Ex-Birdsall exec admits role in $1M pay-to-play scheme
A top executive of the politically connected engineering firm toppled by an investigation into illegal campaign contributions admitted Monday to his role in the scheme, authorities said.
S.P. Sullivan, NJ.com Read more

Christie suggests trophy ban changes
Gov. Chris Christie is proposing changes to legislation that would ban importing or exporting big game trophy animals in New Jersey.
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Morris freeholder hopefuls clash on priorities, spending
They traded a few barbs and highlighted their accomplishments, but six of seven GOP candidates running in the June 7 primary for three Morris County freeholder seats got most riled during a debate on the proposed issue of requiring bidders for large county public-works projects to have apprenticeship programs.
Peggy Wright, Daily Record Read more

Lawsuit seeks emails, texts between Fulop, political operative
A new group headed by one of Mayor Steve Fulop’s chief local adversaries is suing the city in Hudson County Superior Court, saying city officials “wrongfully withheld” emails and text messages the mayor has exchanged with his chief political operative.
Terrence T. McDonald, The Jersey Journal Read more

Debate set to cap nasty mayoral campaign in Orange
A trio of mayoral candidates will face off in a final debate on Wednesday, less than a week before voters head to the polls.
Dan Ivers, NJ.com Read more

Doorbells ring, charges fly at Shore towns
A crowded city like nothing New Jersey has ever seen is rising over this once sleepy Ocean County township, and its neighbors are on edge.
David O’Reilly, Inquirer Read more

PolitickerNJ News Digest: May 3rd