NJ Politics Digest: Hot dogs, Burgers and Coke, and How to Prepare for a Presidential Debate

It’s Tuesday in New Jersey, where Donald Trump is reportedly using one of his private golf clubs to prepare for his debate with Hillary Clinton, feasting on fast food as he employs his own methods for getting ready.
There’s another chance to end the impasse over funding for the Transportation Trust Fund while Gov. Chris Christie has announced more residents have better health coverage through the expansion of Medicaid while Sen. President Steve Sweeney wants to give towns more money to prepare for natural disasters. Meanwhile, The Record is reporting on how much some state Congressional representatives are spending on mailings and the Inquirer tells us about a white knight who could help Atlantic City straighten out its financial mess. For all these stories and more, read on.

Quote of the Day: “He’s an unconventional candidate, so debate prep in the classic sense doesn’t apply to him. That applies to the accoutrements that are usually associated with getting ready for debates: contrived gestures, lecterns, a group of consultants in belted khakis holed up in a cabin, the Socratic method of peppering questions. That’s not him,” – Campaign Manager Kelly Conway, on Donald Trump’s preparations for the upcoming presidential debates.

Christie, Democrats take another stab at ending N.J. road funding crisis
Gov. Chris Christie has resumed talks with Democratic legislative leaders in another attempt to end a stalemate over transportation funding that prompted a statewide road construction shutdown heading into its third month.
Samantha Marcus, NJ.com Read more

Trump’s debate prep includes gatherings at N.J. golf club
How is Donald Trump preparing for his upcoming debate with Hillary Clinton?
Over soft drinks and burgers with some of his closest advisers at one of the private golf clubs he owns in New Jersey, according to a report by the Washington Post.
Brent Johnson, NJ.com Read more

Christie: More New Jerseyans insured under Medicaid expansion
Governor Christie said Monday that more than half a million people now have “comprehensive” health coverage through the expansion of Medicaid.
Dustin Racioppi, The Record Read more

Could former Rendell budget lifeguard save Atlantic City?
Could the old Ed Rendell mayoral playbook save Atlantic City from fiscal catastrophe, not to mention a state takeover?
Amy Rosenberg, Inquirer Read more

N.J. counties could get millions for disaster prep under Sweeney bill
Areas hardest hit by disasters such as Superstorm Sandy would be eligible for millions in grants to help prepare for the next big storm under a bill proposed Monday by Senate President Stephen Sweeney and other lawmakers.
John C. Ensslin, The Record Read more

Pricey mailings draw critics in an election year
The four- to eight-page tabloid newspapers have Rep. Chris Smith’s name in the banner and his picture on just about every page as he meets with constituents, leads hearings or delivers speeches.
Herb Jackson, The Record Read more

Gov. Christie releases state aid to Trenton, other urban centers
Gov. Chris Christie is no longer holding the city’s state aid hostage.
The Republican governor announced Monday the release of all transitional aid given to a dozen of the state’s most cash-strapped municipalities, including Trenton.
David Foster, The Trentonian Read more

N.J. mayor taps his brother to lead police force after string of shootings
After a string of shootings in the city this summer, Mayor Dwayne Warren appointed his brother as the city’s acting police director with a mandate to carry out a wide-ranging plan to tackle crime.
Noah Cohen, NJ.com Read more

N.J. mayor in bitter feud with police chief gets 5 tickets from union prez
Already in a legal battle with her police chief, Mayor Angela Garretson now faces five summonses that a township officer issued her in July.
Tom Haydon, NJ.com Read more

At the corner of love and same-sex marriage in Paramus, N.J.
People beyond the metropolitan region know it as a field of dreams for shopping malls. But Paramus is no different from any other suburb in America. Some places are richer, poorer. But there is a bond that connects one to the next. It’s called a family.
Alfred P. Doblin, The Record Read more

Jersey City public safety director takes charge as Fulop honeymoons
Public Safety Director James Shea is taking over Mayor Steve Fulop’s duties while the mayor honeymoons in Greece.
Terrence T. McDonald, The Jersey Journal Read more

Might Victor Cruz’s high school coach run for Paterson mayor?
People who don’t know N.J. Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly by his political resume almost certainly know him as the high school football coach who brought Victor Cruz to the Super Bowl Champion New York Giants and T.J. Clemmings to the Minnesota Vikings.
Staff, NJ.com Read more

NJ Politics Digest: Hot dogs, Burgers and Coke, and How to Prepare for a Presidential Debate