NJ Politics Digest: One State Rep.’s Response to Louisiana’s Sandy Stinginess

Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty responds to the crowd at a big rally this week in his honor.

Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty responds to the crowd this week. Max Pizarro for Observer

It’s Wednesday, and in New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is facing new revelations arising out of the scandal-plagued Port Authority. This news has largely overshadowed good news about the state’s economy and one state representative’s efforts to show he isn’t interested in payback for states that begrudged giving the state aid after Hurricane Sandy. For all this and more state political news, read on.

Quote of the Day: “I’ll have a Jersey moment with those guys, believe me. But retribution has no place in politics. It’s petty politics when I’m being asked why help these people when these three congressmen didn’t help you in your state,” – New Jersey Rep. Bill Pascrell, on why he called for Congress to return to deal with Louisiana disaster, even though Louisiana politicians opposed federal Sandy aid for New Jersey.

Christie (and others) flew on ‘Chairman’s flight’ that sparked scandal
Five months after former Port Authority Chairman David Samson illegally strong-armed United Airlines into adding an infamous route to Columbia, S.C., Gov. Chris Christie and his son flew on the “Chairman’s flight,” NJ Advance Media has learned.
Matt Arco, NJ.com Read more

N.J. economy not among worst in U.S. now, report says
In three years, New Jersey’s economy has improved from among the worst in the U.S. to the middle of the pack, according to a new statistical comparison of the states.
Samantha Marcus, NJ.com Read more

Christie school funding plan gets skeptical reception at South Jersey forum
Gov. Christie got pushback Tuesday during a forum in Burlington County on his pitch to revamp New Jersey’s school funding system, as he faced questions on how poor districts would absorb cuts his proposal would necessitate.
Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Read more

Rep. Pascrell calls on Congress to end recess to deal with Louisiana disaster
After a Republican senator from Louisiana said Tuesday that his state would need special federal grants to recover from flooding, one North Jersey Democrat called on Congress to come back into session to deal with that, even though the Louisianan opposed similar grants after Superstorm Sandy.
Herb Jackson, The Record Read more

Argument between Lyndhurst mayor, girlfriend and commissioner’s wife turns physical, police reports say
An argument between the mayor, his girlfriend and the wife of a township commissioner turned physical last week at a concert in a park, according to police reports.
Stefanie Dazio, The Record Read more

Saving city jobs complicates efforts to save Atlantic City money
On the surface, the deal sounds like a no-brainer for the cash-strapped city.
The city could save $1 million per year in a shared-services deal with Atlantic County for meals on wheels, senior transportation and some health services.
Christian Hetrick, The Press of Atlantic City Read more

About a dozen protesters show up at Paterson City Hall rally
Tuesday morning’s rally against the mayor ended up drawing almost as many media members as it did protesters.
Joe Malinconico, The Record Read more

N.J. school board president faces child pornography charges
The school board president in a northern New Jersey town is facing child pornography charges.
Associated Press Read more

Opinion: Christie is not alone in losing his nerve over pre-K funding
As the U.S. falls behind in the quality of education, politicians are doing little to get it on track, certainly not when it comes to preschool
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