NJ Politics Digest: Was Christie Really ‘Grandstanding’ With Gun Veto?

It’s Thursday, and in New Jersey Democrats are taking Gov. Chris Christie to task for his vetoes of two gun-control measures. Meanwhile, the New York Times has looked at how some thoughtless texts have led to big trouble for Christie’s administration while the governor tries to stem growing dissatisfaction about poor performance at state DMV offices.

Quote of the Day: “The governor’s veto statement is alarmingly replete with right-wing political talking points and grandstanding,” Democratic Assemblyman Gordon Johnson, a sponsor of one of two gun control measures vetoed by the governor.

Christie vetoes pair of gun measures
Governor Christie has once again vetoed gun-related measures, rejecting what he called another effort by Democrats in their “relentless campaign” to “make New Jersey as inhospitable as possible to lawful gun ownership and sales.”
Dustin Racioppi, The Record Read more

A Texting Truth Too Often Forgotten in Politics
There are a few chief lessons that those who work in politics should remember:
Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer. Cater to the base, but don’t neglect the swing vote. And never look a gift horse in the mouth, unless, of course, it has business before your office.
But there is one rule that often gets forgotten: Do not, under any circumstances, write a text message that could cause you, or your boss, shame if it suddenly appeared on the front page of a newspaper.
Alan Feuera, New York Times Read more

Trump to stump out of Parsippany?
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s uphill campaign to conquer New Jersey in the November general election likely will be based in Parsippany, according to Joseph Pennacchio, District 26 senator and Trump’s New Jersey campaign co-chair.
William Westhoven, Daily Record Read more

Christie: Investigate Clinton before the election
Remember the Chris Christie who delivered a blistering attack against Hillary Clinton at the Republican National Convention last month? He’s back.
Bob Jordan, Asbury Park Press Read more

5 NJ colleges with the highest student debt
One Jersey Shore university is among a group of colleges with the highest-average student loan debt in the state, according to a new report by LendEDU, an online marketplace for student borrowers.
Amanda Oglesby, Asbury Park Press Read more

Mayor’s ‘heart goes out’ to family at center of police gun probe
Mayor Ras Baraka said that his “heart goes out” to a young boy who says Newark Police officers drew their guns on him while searching for a robbery suspect, and that he will take “appropriate actions” once an investigation is completed.
Steve Strunsky, NJ.com Read more

Christie announces end of online fees for N.J. driver’s licenses
You can wave goodbye to the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission’s online “convenience” fees. And expect lines to be shorter for some services.
Claude Brodesser-Akner, NJ.com Read more

Phil Murphy courts senior vote at Cedar Crest
Many of Morris County’s oldest — and youngest — Democrats met with gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy Tuesday night at Cedar Crest Retirement Community to talk about critical elections in both 2016 and 2017.
William Westhoven, Daily Record Read more

Red Bank Adminstrator Files For Personal Bankruptcy
Borough Administrator Stanley Sickels, essentially the town’s chief operating officer, filed for personal bankruptcy earlier this year, and his house is scheduled for sheriff’s sale Monday, according to records examined by the Asbury Park Press.
Payton Guion, Asbury Park Press Read more

Opinion:ABCs of MVC
ONE OF the more common interactions between average citizens and state government is when drivers renew their licenses and vehicle registrations. When that process goes badly, as is now happening in New Jersey, state officials can’t ignore it.
The Record Read more

NJ Politics Digest: Was Christie Really ‘Grandstanding’ With Gun Veto?