PolitickerNJ News Digest: July 7th


It’s Thursday, and the eyes of the nation are on Atlantic City, as Hillary Clinton calls attention to Donald Trump’s role in the city’s struggling casino industry, workers continue to strike a former Trump property and a politician who benefited from Trump’s largesse is now steering clear of the GOP convention. For this and other state political news, read on.

Quote of the Day: “If your governor will start doing his job instead of following Donald Trump around, holding his coat, maybe we could really get New Jersey’s economy moving again,” – Hillary Clinton, taking a swipe at Gov. Chris Christie’s work for the Donald Trump campaign.

Clinton Blasts Trump in Front of Shuttered Trump Plaza Casino
Hillary Clinton went after Donald Trump’s business record in Atlantic City in front of the shuttered Trump Plaza casino Wendesday, taking aim at the real estate magnate’s numerous bankruptcies and their effect on the struggling resort town. Clinton also cited the presumptive Republican nominee’s record of stiffing contractors as she made the case that Trump would harm the working class as commander in chief.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Hillary’s Atlantic City Romp
Oh a blazing hot summer day with the hulking, mothballed Trump Tower lurking in the background, Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton dropped some truth-bombs on her GOP rival Donald J. Trump’s appalling, reckless business practices. The locale was fitting. Many Atlantic City locals were royally screwed in the course of Trumps four (!) bankruptcies, three of which happened right here and hastened Atlantic City’s current fiscal crisis. Clinton’s message, in short, is that Donald Trump has been sucking money out of Atlantic City since his very first bankruptcy here in 1991.
Jay Lassiter, PolitickerNJ Read more

Clinton Campaign Releases New Attack Ad Against Trump
Ahead of Hillary Clinton’s appearance in Atlantic City, the campaign of the presumptive Democratic nominee released a new attack ad against her Republican counterpart Donald Trump. The ad goes after Trump’s record in the former casino capital, pointing to accounts of the real estate magnate stiffing contractors that worked to build his three casinos in the troubled resort town.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Whelan: Icahn’s Inability to Cut a Deal on Taj Strike ‘Mystifying’
Following an appearance from Hillary Clinton in Atlantic City that drew national attention to casino workers’ ongoing strike at the Trump Taj Mahal, the state Senator from Atlantic City’s district called billionaire owner Carl Icahn’s inability to strike a deal with the union “mystifying.”
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

LoBo to Skip GOP Convention
Don’t count veteran U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-2) among those Republicans getting ready to party down in Cleveland later this month.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

The Dozers Grind Down: Guadagno’s Ex Cathedra Exercise
If there were one word to describe the state of the TTF at this moment in time, that might well be it, as Acting Governor Kim Guadagno announced that the state Department of Transportation (DOT) and NJ TRANSIT (NJT) have compiled and identified a list of projects funded through the Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) subject to an “orderly shutdown” under Governor Christie’s Executive Order No. 210.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Former GOP Assemblyman Joins Fiordaliso at New Public Affairs Firm
Billing itself as a full-service government and public affairs consultancy, NorthStar Strategies, LLC launched today with a former Atlantic County assemblyman in its professional stable.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Congressman Lance Won’t be at the 2016 GOP Convention
U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7) won’t be among the revelers at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland later this month.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

…And Starring Edward James Olmos as Senator Ray Lesniak
Senator Ray Lesniak’s (D-20) latest YouTube video aims at packaging the veteran Democratic senator from Elizabeth as a regular guy, with a real life regular guy story.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Big Ballot Measures Mean Big Spending
This year will likely surpass all others in terms of independent, outside group spending in New Jersey elections.
Jeff Brindle, PolitickerNJ Read more

US Supreme Court to Judges: STOP Prosecutorial Over-reach!
For the third time in three years, the Supreme Court of the United States rejected prosecutors expansive (and sometimes absurd) reading of the laws they use to prosecute people.
Donald Scarinci, PolitickerNJ Read more

The Return of Jersey City’s Sean Connors?
Former Assemblyman Sean Connors of Jersey City has been meeting with community groups, unions, and former elected officials as he sizes up his prospects for a 2017 mayoral run in his home town. He’s right there, he just hasn’t pulled the trigger on a run, and continues to assess his options.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Senate confirms Superior Court judge from Bergen County to federal court
More than a year after President Obama nominated him, the Senate confirmed state Superior Court Judge Brian R. Martinotti of Cliffside Park on Wednesday to be a U.S. District Court judge.
Herb Jackson, The Record Read more

New Jersey to halt hundreds of transportation projects
Hundreds of transportation projects across New Jersey will come to a halt Friday night for at least a week as the state looks for money to pay for the work.
Associated Press Read more

Gannett buys The Record, other North Jersey publications
The parent company of the Asbury Park Press and five other New Jersey newspapers has acquired The Record (Bergen County) and other assets of the North Jersey Media Group.
Gannett, The Record Read more

Three Heavy Hitters Want to Join Pinelands Pipeline Suit on the ‘Green’ Side
In a rare step, three former governors who opposed a controversial pipeline in the Pinelands are now trying to block the project by joining litigation against the agency that approved it.
NJSpotlight Read more

For second year, Christie vetoes reimbursement for Meadowlands hotel tax shortfall
For a second consecutive year, Governor Christie has vetoed a line item in the state budget mandating that the state make up any shortfall from a hotel-room surcharge to the six Meadowlands towns that are guaranteed money from it.
Linda Moss, The Record Read more

In cities like Garfield, blue-collar voters feel voiceless
The America that first welcomed Laszlo Kerkay is a rusty memory.
Mike Kelly, The Record Read more

News anchor Gretchen Carlson files sex harassment suit against Fox CEO
Longtime Fox News host Gretchen Carlson has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against network chief Roger Ailes, claiming the CEO and chairman ogled her, suggested they have sex together, and called her a “man-hater” who should “get along with the boys.”
Anthony G. Attrino, NJ.com Read more

South Jersey lawmakers oppose Christie scrapping tax deal with Pa.
Gov. Chris Christie’s decision to take a look at ending a 38-year-old agreement with Pennsylvania that allows New Jersey and Pennsylvania residents who work across the river to pay income taxes where they live has been met with outrage from South Jersey lawmakers who say New Jerseyans would end up paying more in taxes.
Matt Arco, NJ.com Read more

NJ Lawmakers Continue Democratic Fight for Gun Bill
As the U.S. House convened for the first time since last month’s sit-in to demand votes on gun legislation, four dozen House Democrats spoke on the floor about gun violence.
Jonathan D. Salant, NJ.com Read more

Monmouth County to NJ: Show us the 9-1-1 money
Monmouth County officials have one demand for New Jersey leaders: Show us the money.
Susanne Cervenka, Asbury Park Press Read more PolitickerNJ News Digest: July 7th