NJ Politics Digest: Mayor in Trouble For Helping With Helicopter Marriage Proposal

It’s Thursday in New Jersey, and talk around the state is of former Gov. Jim McGreevey‘s possible return to politics, Democrat Steve Sweeney’s pessimism over the Transportation Trust Fund deadlock and Gov. Chris Christie’s ongoing battles with the NJEA, and his fan-boy displays during a recent Springsteen concert. On a lighter note, in Belmar there’s controversy over whether the mayor used his powers to help a supporter propose marriage – the kind of hoopla you can only find in Jersey. For this and the rest of the state’s political news, read on.

Quote of the Day: “I would do it for anyone. If someone had that idea, I think it’s a great idea. It’s someone who wants to patronize a business in town. Why wouldn’t we try to accommodate them?” – Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty, denying his help in arranging a helicopter landing in town for a donor’s marriage proposal had anything to do with politics.

Top Democrat: No end in sight for N.J. road funding crisis
Senate President Stephen Sweeney said there’s no immediate end in sight to the transportation funding impasse that has frozen road projects across the state, even though Democratic leaders are in talks with Gov. Chris Christie.
Matt Arco, NJ.com Read more

McGreevey says no council hopes after move to Journal Square area
Former Gov. Jim McGreevey broke some news on Saturday when he appeared on WFMU variety show “Prove it All Night!” — the ex-governor is a new resident of the Journal Square area.
Terrence T. McDonald, The Jersey Journal Read more

Christie takes NJEA to court over public worker health care changes
The state attorney general filed a court order on Wednesday to compel representatives of the powerful teacher’s union to stop boycotting meetings about health care benefits for public employees, and hours later Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson agreed with the state’s request to hold a hearing on the issue.
Samantha Marcus, NJ.com Read more

Christie signs bill to expand N.J. needle-exchange program
Governor Christie signed a bill Wednesday that expands the state’s clean-needle exchange program while directing that $200,000 in Health Department money pay for syringes at five pilot programs that were running out of supplies.
John C. Ensslin, The Record Read more

Christie dances and sings at his 141st Springsteen concert
The caption from the fellow Springsteen concert-goer who spotted Gov. Chris Christie dancing at Tuesday night’s Bruce Springsteen show reads: “Chris Christie knows all the words.”
Matt Arco, NJ.com Read more

Christie vetoes bill to boost oversight of Bergen Regional Medical Center
Governor Christie conditionally vetoed a bill Wednesday aimed at overhauling Bergen Regional Medical Center, the largest hospital in New Jersey.
Dustin Racioppi, The Record Read more

What investigation? N.J. court rules cops don’t even have to say if records exist
A state appeals court ruled on Wednesday that government officials don’t necessarily have to acknowledge the existence of a record when refusing to release it. S.P. Sullivan, NJ.com Read more

Jersey City wins $2.1M court victory against Trump son-in-law
Jersey City won a $2.1 million victory in state appeals court this week against a development group that includes Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner.
Terrence T. McDonald, The Jersey Journal Read more

Belmar mayor faces ethics complaint over helicopter
A former Republican councilman is accusing Belmar’s mayor and Democratic freeholder candidate of violating ethics law to help a campaign donor land a helicopter in town for a surprise marriage proposal.
Susanne Cervenka, Asbury Park Press Read more

NJ Politics Digest: Mayor in Trouble For Helping With Helicopter Marriage Proposal