It’s Thursday, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s spokesman is saying the governor had no role in securing a good tax deal for friend Donald Trump’s Atlantic City casinos. Meanwhile, Christie also moved to fund some state road projects amid an impasse with the state legislature on replenishing the Transportation Trust Fund and a former southern New Jersey resident assumes a prominent role in the Trump presidential campaign. For all that and the rest of the state’s political news, read on.
Quote of the Day: The current situation will persist until the Senate and the General Assembly pass an acceptable TTFA funding bill. Until they do so, the State must use money from the General Fund for emergency road, bridge, and mass transportation work.” – Gov. Chris Christie, on the need for an executive order to fund road work.
Christie spokesman: Governor no role in friendly Trump tax deal
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie “had no knowledge or involvement in” a settlement that Donald Trump’s one-time Atlantic City casino company reportedly struck in 2011 to pay only a fraction of the millions of dollars in taxes it owed to the state, the governor’s spokesman told NJ Advance Media.
Brent Johnson, NJ.com Read more
Trump Casinos’ Tax Debt Was $30 Million. Then Christie Took Office.
By the time Chris Christie became governor of New Jersey, the state’s auditors and lawyers had been battling for several years to collect long-overdue taxes owed by the casinos founded by his friend Donald J. Trump.
Russ Buettner, New York Times Read more
Kellyanne Conway, St. Joe’s graduate, takes over Donald Trump’s campaign
A Hammonton-area native is now Donald Trump’s campaign manager as the Republican presidential candidate announced a shakeup Wednesday of the leadership team in his bid for the White House.
Staff and wire reports, Press of Atlantic City Read more
No gas tax deal? Christie issues executive order to fund road work projects
Frustrated by lawmakers’ inability to strike a deal to fund bridge and road projects, Gov. Chris Christie on Wednesday signed an executive order that replenishes the Transportation Trust Fund with money from elsewhere in the state budget.
Sergio Bichao, NJ 101.5 Read more
Christie frames speech in ‘Trump talk’
Chris Christie is starting to sound a lot like Donald Trump.
Since jumping on the Trump-for-president bandwagon in February, Christie has had to run damage control, downplaying Trump’s outlandish remarks while carefully avoiding any suggestion that he personally endorsed Trump’s views.
Charles Stile, The Record Read more
N.J. beach access bill gets hearing while other issues linger
A simple walk along an ocean beach has been a basic right that can be traced back to old English law and the Roman Empire. But in New Jersey – between marinas, dune reconstruction, endangered species and homeland security sites – things get a little complicated.
John C. Ensslin, The Record Read more
Man who pointed out N.J. mayor exaggerated military service settles suit
A Navy veteran who alleged township officials retaliated against him after he pointed out the Stafford mayor lied about serving in Vietnam has reached a $34,000 settlement with the township.
Jeff Goldman, NJ.com Read more
Judge blasts U.S. attorney during sentencing of Guttenberg contractor in theft
A federal judge repeatedly criticized the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Newark during a hearing Wednesday, scolding prosecutors for seeking light sentences — sometimes with no prison time — for people who plead guilty to corruption and related offenses.
Salvador Rizzo, The Record Read more
Ex-Port Authority chief David Samson to be sentenced in December
David Samson, the former chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey who was convicted of bribery last month, is scheduled to be sentenced in December, according to court filings.
Salvador Rizzo, The Record Read more
Is Christie miffed his former top aide is voting for Clinton, not Trump?
Gov. Chris Christie says he didn’t take it personally that Maria Comella, his former top aide in the governor’s office and in his presidential campaign, made a public endorsement of Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump.
The Auditor, NJ.com Read more
Paterson avoids layoffs with city council approval of tax levy
In a 5-3 vote, the City Council late Tuesday night approved the mayor’s request for a preliminary tax levy, averting the threat of 250 layoffs and mandatory unpaid furloughs.
Joe Malinconico, The Record Read more
Politicians aren’t doing their job, unemployed road workers say at protest
Al Grates has worked on roads throughout New Jersey for more than 10 years but will soon struggle to pay for his daughter’s college education.
Caitlyn Stulpin, NJ.com Read more
Opinion: Christie’s school funding plan could sink our urban districts
Gov. Chris Christie’s “Fairness Formula” for public education funding plays upon the frustrations and anxieties of property tax-weary suburbanites like the song of the Sirens played upon the ears of ancient Greek sailors. If listened to, it will surely lead our ship of state onto rocky shoals as perilous as those that threatened Odysseus and his men in Homer’s immortal tale.
Richard Muti, Star-Ledger Read more
Opinion: School-funding fix may be inevitable
Everybody in Trenton, it seems, has an idea on reforming New Jersey’s school funding formula. But those solutions too often require money the state doesn’t have.
Asbury Park Press Read more