PolitickerNJ News Digest: Aug. 2nd


It’s Tuesday in New Jersey, where the Democrat’s Wikileaks email scandal has taken on a local tone and Donald Trump’s anti-muslim rhetoric is still prompting critics to speak out. In other news, the state’s Transportation Trust Fund standoff could spell trouble for a ballot question on pension payments, and a Democratic leader doesn’t think there will be any solution to the deadlock until after November. For all this and more state political news, read on:

Quote of the Day: “I don’t usually need prompting. If I feel strongly about an issue concerning the governor, I have been pretty forthright in making that statement without anyone else having to suggest it.” – NJ State Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, on leaked emails showing the Democratic National Committee’s efforts to have her attack Gov. Chris Christie.

Wikileaks Reveals DNC Plotting to Smack Christie via Loretta Weinberg

When the transparency fetishist site Wikileaks released some 20,000 emails that were either hacked or leaked from the DNC on Friday July 22, most focused on identifying the source and punishing Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz for blatant favoritism of Hillary Clinton at the expense of Bernie Sanders.
Ken Kurson, PolitickerNJ Read more

Gallup Poll: Americans More Positive About DNC Than RNC

Following the back-to-back Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland, Ohio and last week’s Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Americans are more favorable toward the Democratic Party than the Republican Party, according to Gallup poll results released on Monday.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Jersey Girl Politics Professor Critical of ‘Un-American’ Trump Comments

A New Jersey woman, born and raised in Clifton, educated at Rutgers University and currently a professor of political science at LIU Brooklyn, Dr. Dalia Fahmy of North Brunswick denounced Donald Trump’s attacks on a Muslim couple as ignorant, intolerant and un-American.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Bill Mandating Diversity Training for NJ Police Will Go Back to Governor’s Desk

A bill to require all state, county and municipal police departments to create diversity training courses passed the state Senate Monday, and will head back to Governor Chris Christie’s desk. The new version of the bill adopts changes that Christie recommended in his conditional veto of the bill, calling on the Department of Law and Public Safety to devise a uniform diversity training course and an online tutorial rather than having each department create its own. That change, Christie said in his conditional veto, would minimize the cost to the state.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

Sheriff Challenger: Golden’s ‘Political Boss’ Role Bad for County

Marlboro Councilman Jeff Cantor is a Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve. He has been deployed to both Afghanistan and Iraq. In November’s election, Cantor is looking to parlay that military experience and his work as a councilmember into a position as the new Monmouth County sheriff. However, in order to claim that seat, the Democratic candidate has to face off against incumbent Republican Shaun Golden.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ Read more

Women’s Health and Democratic Gains Bring a Challenge to Congressman Chris Smith

Democrats in central New Jersey will see another surprise victory this year if one congressional candidate gets her way and knocks out longtime Republican incumbent Chris Smith. Former financial executive Lorna Phillips told PolitickerNJ that as a resident of the fourth congressional district, which encompasses parts of Monmouth, Mercer and Ocean Counties, she wants to see an end to what she sees as Smith’s right-of-center views on women’s health.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ Read more

‘The Simpsons’ mock Trump and Christie in ‘campaign ad’

In a pro-Hillary Clinton mock “campaign ad,” the show “The Simpsons” took a dig at Donald Trump that included a one-liner aimed at Gov. Chris Christie.
Matt Arco, NJ.com Read more

Anxiety over N.J. public worker pension amendment builds as deadline nears

Angry over the uncertainty of a constitutional amendment requiring the state to contribute annually to their pensions, public workers on Monday rallied outside the Statehouse and called for Senate President Stephen Sweeney to put the measure up for a vote.
Samantha Marcus, NJ.com Read more

Sweeney ties gas-tax to Trump support

A top New Jersey Democrat says Republican Gov. Chris Christie opposes new legislation to raise the gas tax and pay for road and bridge work because he’s “auditioning” for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Associated Press Read more

Senate approves unemployment insurance for striking workers

The state Senate on Monday approved a bill allowing striking workers to collect unemployment benefits.
Samantha Marcus, NJ.com Read more

Christie signs suicide prevention bill aimed at college students

Gov. Chris Christie on Monday signed into law a suicide prevention bill focusing on college students.
Matt Arco, NJ.com Read more

Councilman on city youth: ‘Majority of them have records’

A Trenton councilman on Monday said he’s not backing away from comments that suggested that the pool of qualified police applicants in the city is so small because so many have criminal records.
Cristina Rojas, NJ.com Read more

Legal fees mount as N.J. dune battle drags on

Almost four years after Superstorm Sandy devastated New Jersey, an ambitious plan to protect vulnerable areas of the Shore is stalled in the courts amid growing doubts about the state’s ability to pay the long-term costs of the project.
Jeff Pillets, The Record Read more

Elizabeth cops declare war on police director

The city’s two police unions have sent a scathing message to their boss: We don’t trust your leadership.
Marisa Iati, NJ.com Read more

Trump’s attack on Khan not presidential, but pure McCarthy

Do not judge, and you will not be judged; because the judgments you give are the judgments you will get, and the standard you will use will be the standard used for you.”
Alfred P. Doblin, The Record Read more

State convenes meeting in effort to resolve Paterson’s fiscal impasse

With the municipal government in jeopardy of running out of money, state officials hosted a meeting with the mayor and three City Council members in Trenton on Monday in an effort to resolve Paterson’s budget impasse.
Joe Malinconico, The Record Read more

What Alex Law has been doing since being clobbered in his run for Congress

On June 7, in a funky upstairs office at the SoHa Arts Building in Haddon Township, Alex Law choked back tears – not entirely successfully – as he thanked a room full of volunteers for their efforts on his congressional campaign, an effort that he had just learned failed by 40 points.
Emma Platoff, Inquirer Read more

Gramiccioni gets top Monmouth job, despite opposition

Monmouth County at long last has a permanent prosecutor in place, though the promotion of acting Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni Monday did not occur without some dissent. His salary is $165,000.
Bob Jordan, Asbury Park Press Read more

5 Chris Christie nominees who were in the hot seat

Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s picks for key government jobs haven’t had clear sailing of late with Democrats who control the Senate Judiciary Committee – even when the nominees aren’t Republicans.
Bob Jordan, Asbury Park Press Read more

Camden house linked to MLK gets demolition notice

In the back of the house at 753 Walnut St. in Camden, back through a small gravel alley that glitters with broken glass, over piles of debris and under a crumbling roof, you can just make out the boarded-up window of a bedroom that may have been where the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stayed in 1950, when he was a student at the now-closed Crozer Theological Seminary in Upland.
Emma Platoff, Inquirer Read more

Is Lakewood Pushing the Boundaries of Church and State?

The New Jersey Senate and Assembly recently approved a bill sponsored by Sen. Robert Singer (R-Ocean, Monmouth) that commits the state to handing over $16.7 million per year to a private consortium to cover the costs of mandated and “courtesy” busing for Lakewood’s 18,930 Orthodox schoolchildren who attend yeshivas, or private Jewish day schools.
Laura Waters, NJSpotlight Read more

PolitickerNJ News Digest: Aug. 2nd