NJ Politics Digest: What’s Behind One Politician’s Surprising Anti-Tax Stance

It’s Monday morning, and in New Jersey, the political questions to start the week are what are the real costs of the Bridgegate scandal, will young voters really have an impact on November’s election and what’s behind Senate President Steve Sweeney’s anti-tax stance. For the answers to these questions, and more, read on.

Quote of the Day: “If a candidate is counting on the youth vote to put them over the top, they will be disappointed, as has every candidate since 18-year-olds got the vote in 1971,” said Dan Cassino, a professor of political science at Fairleigh Dickinson University

Sweeney’s anti-tax talk is a bit of a shock
The decision by Senate President Stephen Sweeney and the Democrats in the Legislature not to pursue a “millionaires tax” this year was a pragmatic and understandable surrender.
Charles Stile, The Record Read more

In Varied Ways, Costs of New Jersey Bridge Scandal Add Up
With soaring approval ratings and prospects of a landslide re-election in the fall of 2013, it appeared little could slow New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s political ascension.
Associated Press Read more

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Blames Hillary Clinton for ‘Bigot’ Remark
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie blamed Hillary Clinton for starting a campaign fight over bigotry during an appearance on ABC’s This Week.
Mahita Gajanan, Time Read more

Christie:, If called, will testify in Bridgegate trial
Gov. Christie said Friday that he would testify if he is subpoenaed in the coming trial of two former allies in the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal.
Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Read more

Trump hires ex-Christie operative who was fired after Bridgegate
Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has hired the former campaign manager for Gov. Christie whom the governor dismissed following the George Washington Bridge scandal.
Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Read more

NJ won’t investigate Jackson blockbusting complaint
The state Attorney General’s Office has rejected a plea from the town to investigate complaints of purported “blockbusting” — a plea spurred by video that identifies Jackson as a real estate hotbed for Orthodox Jews.
Mike Davis, Asbury Park Press Read more

New Jersey stays out of N.Y.’s fight to clean up the Hudson
When New York officials called for General Electric Co. this week to conduct another cleanup of the Hudson River, they joined a growing list of government agencies that believe there is still too much PCB contamination in the waterway.
Scott Fallon, The Record Read more

Christie defends Trump immigration stance
Governor Christie defended Donald Trump’s immigration stance after the Republican nominee seemed to waver on one of his signature policy ideas last week and said Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton should be “ashamed” for her comments on race as she, like Trump, appeals to minority voters.
Dustin Racioppi, The Record Read more

Young voters great in numbers, but their power is unclear
Many younger voters are finding it hard to muster any enthusiasm for the major party candidates in this year’s presidential election, which could signal a lower turnout — and less clout — for the country’s largest generation.
Patricia Alex, The Record Read more

Trump embraces Christie plan to track immigrant visas like Fedex packages
Donald Trump on Saturday said he was developing an “exit-entry tracking system” to track immigrant visas similar to one Gov. Chris Christie pitched during his own White House run.
Claude Brodesser-Akner, NJ.com Read more

Bernie Sanders’ revolution plants a flag in N.J.
Peter Jacob, the Democratic nominee for the U.S. House in the 7th Congressional District, was among the first candidates endorsed by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ new political committee, Our Revolution.
The Auditor, NJ.com Read more

What 2 ex-N.J. governors think about Trump-Clinton polls
The following exchange between former New Jersey governors Brendan T. Byrne and Tom Kean took place via telephone last week.
Star-Ledger Staff Read more

Reconciling all visions as Cherry Hill is reimagined
“We can do better than this,” Paul Stridick declares, standing at the edge of a weedy expanse of vacant ground along Route 70 in Cherry Hill.
Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Read more

Despite lawsuit, Morris County freeholders award grants to churches
The Morris County freeholders have begun allocating an approved $2.7 million in historic preservation trust fund grants, including to churches and religious institutions that are the target of the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s lawsuit to halt awards to churches.
Peggy Wright, Daily Record Read more

NJ Politics Digest: What’s Behind One Politician’s Surprising Anti-Tax Stance