PolitickerNJ News Digest: July 22nd

RNC attendees dance to music.
RNC attendees dance to music.

It’s Friday, and the Republican National Convention is over, but the fallout continues, with Gov. Chris Christie claiming he unselfishly threw his support to Donald Trump on behalf of state Republicans and Ted Cruz’s campaign making some crude claims of its own. Meanwhile, as eyes turn toward the Democrats, speculation grows about Sen. Cory Booker’s future in a Clinton campaign. Elsewhere, there are reports of an offer of a TTF compromise, a deal benefiting a firm that employs the governor’s brother and some good news for former Gov. Jon Corzine. So read on for more of the state’s political news.

Quote of the Day: “My responsibility is not to go home and pout because I didn’t win. Lots of good friends who were political allies of mine said ‘Did you really think this through?’” – Gov. Chris Christie, on the political calculations that led to his endorsing Donald Trump.

Trump Accepts GOP Nomination
Donald J. Trump is the official Republican presidential nominee. He addressed a crowd at the Quicken Loans Arena on the last night of the 2016 Republican National Convention to accept to his nomination.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Christie: Endorsing Trump was ‘Smart Thing Politically’
Thursday marks the final day of the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Ohio and, to tie a bow of finality around the week’s events, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie addressed members of the New Jersey delegation at the hotel they have called home since early this week.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Cruz’s NJ Chairman Calls Furor Over Decision Not to Endorse Trump ‘Bizarre’
Texas Senator Ted Cruz made the biggest mark of all the speakers on the third night of the Republican National Convention Wednesday when he declined to offer Donald Trump his official endorsement for president. Steve Lonegan, New Jersey State Chairman for Cruz’s unsuccessful presidential bid, told PolitickerNJ he believes Cruz did the right thing.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Booker Enters the VP Vortex: ‘This is Not the Republican Party’
U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) did one last political pommel horse exercise in Cleveland, this time with CNN’s Jake Tapper, crunching out his points as time ticks down on Hillary Clinton’s VP announcement hour glass.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Cory Booker, Hillary Clinton, and the Ghost of Jon Corzine
In the lead up to his selection of a running mate, Governor Jon Corzine was flailing.
By the reckoning of the peanut gallery in his own party, Corzine was a colorless baby boomer from Wall Street who found himself without any real deep alliances in a state where party affiliation has no function other than to pacify a security blanket-seeking ill-informed person who needs the comfort zone proximity of a national brand while he forks another round of hard-earned cash.
PolitickerNJ Editor, PolitickerNJ Read more

Bonnie Watson-Coleman Lays Into Pence, Christie
As the Republican convention winds down and the the Democrats come closer to firming up their presidential ticket, U.S. Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-12) had some choice words for Trump’s thin coalition of establishment Republicans. The congresswoman told PolitickerNJ that she expects any of Hillary Clinton’s potential running mates would be stronger than the real estate mogul’s choice of Indiana governor Mike Pence.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

‘I’m Behind Him 1000%’
George McGovern’s selection of Thomas Eagleton gave the world a great political phrase: “I’m behind him 1000%” supposedly uttered by McGovern just before he went behind closed doors and ordered the vaporization of Eagleton from McGovern’s 1972 presidential campaign.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Suffolk Poll: Clinton and Trump Tied in Battleground Ohio
As Donald Trump and the Republican delegates prepare to close out their party convention in Cleveland, a new Suffolk University poll of Ohio voters shows the race a dead heat in the Buckeye State, with Democrat Hillary Clinton and Trump tied at 44 percent and 11 percent undecided.
Politicker Staff, PolitickerNJ Read more

Impassioned Booker Takes One Last Stab at VP Amid Reports of Other Short-Listers
U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) appears to have lost the who-can-stay-in-the-VP-conversation-longer contest to Gov. Chris Christie, who apparently made it to the final three last week before Republican prez candidate Donald Trump selected Indiana Governor Mike Pence.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Christie makes Senate new offer to end N.J. road project shutdown
After calling the Senate president’s proposal to end a stalemate over funding for construction projects “ridiculous” earlier this week, Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday delivered a counteroffer.
Samantha Marcus, NJ.com Read more

Fear of Democrat mischief makes Christie’s lieutenant gov. a prisoner in N.J.
National conventions aren’t just about political parties nominating a presidential hopeful. They’re also gathering grounds for politicians seeking to move up the political ladder.
Matt Arco, NJ.com Read more

Cruz camp blasts Christie: He ‘turned over his political testicles long ago’
Sen. Ted Cruz’s camp fired back at Chris Christie Thursday, accusing the governor of having “turned over his political testicles long ago.”
Matt Arco, NJ.com Read more

Ailes steps down as Fox News CEO after sexual harassment lawsuit
Roger Ailes, chairman and CEO of Fox News Channel, stepped down Thursday, a startling fall from grace for one of the most powerful figures in American journalism.
Roger Yu, USA Today Read more

N.Y. lawmakers call on Port Authority to scrap design competition for Midtown bus terminal
New Jersey commuters were dealt a blow Thursday when New York City politicians called on the Port Authority to halt an ongoing competition to design a replacement for its aging and overburdened Midtown terminal that serves thousands of bus-riders every day.
Paul Berger, The Record Read more

Gov. Christie’s brother is a director at firm slated to receive $39M tax break to move jobs to N.J.
The accounting and financial services giant Ernst & Young, where Gov. Chris Christie’s brother is a director, will get a $39 million state tax break after deciding it would move more than 1,000 jobs from its Manhattan headquarters to Hoboken.
Steve Strunsky, NJ.com Read more

Christie campaign still owes more than $1M in Bridgegate debt
More than 21/2 years after New Jersey voters elected Gov. Christie to a second term, his reelection campaign owes more than $1 million in debt related to the George Washington Bridge lane-closure scandal.
Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Read more

Whether it’s outreach or attack, Christie goes all in for nominee
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has vowed to build a wall to keep Mexicans from crossing into the U.S. On Wednesday, one of his top lieutenants reached out to a Latino group with open arms.
Charles Stile, The Record Read more

The problem with today’s GOP? It’s actually not Trump
After a few days here at the Republican convention, I’ve come to a conclusion that surprises me: It’s not Donald Trump’s fault.
Tom Moran, Star-Ledger Editorial Board Read more

Sweeney, urban mayors unite against Christie’s school funding plan
State Senate President Stephen Sweeney knows that tax relief can be enticing.
Adam Clark, NJ.com Read more

Corzine, others settle with MF Global trustee over collapse
Jon Corzine has reached a settlement with the trustee for the former New Jersey governor’s collapsed brokerage MF Global Holdings Ltd, as part of a series of accords expected to provide about $132 million to creditors, according to court papers.
Reuters Read more

Paterson closing pools, summer camps early due to budget problems
The two municipal pools and 36 summer camps will shut down on Aug. 12 as part of the fallout from the city government’s ongoing fiscal problems, according to the municipal recreation coordinator.
Joe Malinconico, The Record Read more

Republican lawmaker blasts Jersey City mayor over school funding
A Republican lawmaker from Somerset County is again taking aim at Mayor Steve Fulop, saying the mayor’s recent boast about the city’s tax rate demonstrates the need for school funding reform statewide.
Terrence T. McDonald, The Jersey Journal Read more

RNC 2016: Meet the N.J. delegate who has known Trump for 30 years
It was the early 1980s, and Ed Kline was the local politician tapped to greet Atlantic City’s newest casino owner: a young New York real estate developer named Donald Trump.
Brent Johnson, NJ.com Read more


PolitickerNJ News Digest: July 22nd