NJ Politics Digest: Trump Endorsing Christie For President? It Could Have Happened

With the presidential election behind us, a new book by CNN is giving us a glimpse of what might have been if GOP primary voters had followed the script political experts had written for them. In the book “Unprecedented,” the authors tell how Donald Trump didn’t expect his presidential bid to last long, and how he’d planned to endorse Gov. Chris Christie’s bid for the nation’s highest office. But Trump prevailed, and speculation is swirling over what role Christie might have in the GOP administration.Trump surrogate Rudy Giuliani says Christie is sure to score an insider role, even as the Bridgegate scandal still dogs him. Christie is also dealing with more bad economic news in New Jersey, as the state has been subject to another credit downgrade during his watch.
State Democrats, meanwhile, continue to react to Trump’s election, and questions remain as to how the new administration will impact everything from Medicare to education in the state.

Quote of the Day: “Trump told Christie in 2015 that he didn’t expect to make it past October — at which point he would endorse Christie,” – A passage from “Unprecedented: The Election that Changed Everything,” a CNN book about the 2016 election

Trump told Christie he didn’t think he’d last past October 2015
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s February endorsement of Donald Trump shocked observers as the first sign of capitulation from the Republican establishment to the man who would eventually become their nominee — and then their president.
Theodore Schleifer, CNN Read more

Christie will have ‘important role’ in Trump administration, Giuliani says
Gov. Chris Christie is expected to have “an important role” in President-elect Donald Trump’s administration, former New York mayor and top Trump adviser Rudy Giuliani told NJ Advance Media Monday.
Claude Brodesser-Akner, NJ.com Read more

For Christie and His Political Fortunes, Bridgegate Far From Over
The ongoing political fallout from last month’s guilty verdicts in the federal Bridgegate trial continues to dog Gov. Chris Christie.
Chase Brush, NJSpotlight Read more

The Career Mistake That Doomed Chris Christie And How You Can Avoid Making It
Of all those who have stood by President-elect Donald Trump throughout his campaign and are now nursing dreams of appointments commensurate to their loyalty, Chris Christie is perhaps the surrogate most likely to be left out in the cold.
J. Maureen Henderson, Forbes Read more

How Trump healthcare overhaul could affect 1.5M N.J. residents
While president-elect Donald Trump campaigned on a platform to ditch Obamacare, the Republican Speaker of the House raised eyebrows over the weekend when he indicated Medicare would have to be reformed as well.
Kathleen O’Brien, NJ.com Read more

Will Trump’s victory push Booker to run for president in 2020?
As U.S. Sen. Cory Booker came here to deliver a pre-election pep talk to dozens of Hillary Clinton supporters last week, Jennifer North of Merchantville came up to him and shook his hand.
Jonathan D. Salant, NJ.com Read more

N.J. credit rating downgraded again, making a record for Christie
A top Wall Street credit-rating agency has downgraded New Jersey’s bonds once again, warning that the state’s budget problems will take a turn for the worse in the coming years.
Salvador Rizzo, The Record Read more

Sweeney says Christie’s on board with quarterly pension payment plan
A proposed constitutional amendment to require quarterly pension payments is highly unlikely, but state Senate President Stephen Sweeney said he’s on the verge of accomplishing the same thing through legislation.
Matt Friedman, Politico Read more

Christie, Trump and Education in NJ
With education largely getting short shrift from both campaigns, public schools in New Jersey and elsewhere have been left scratching their heads about what comes next with the election of Donald Trump as president.
John Mooney, NJ Spotlight Read more

Longtime Christie friend Chiesa to head N.J. takeover of Atlantic City
Gov. Chris Christie’s administration has tapped a longtime friend and ally of the governor to head the state’s takeover of financially struggling Atlantic City.
Brent Johnson, NJ.com Read more

Firms Benefit From $1.3 Billion in Incentives in Camden
Last month, elected officials in Camden celebrated the grand opening of the Philadelphia 76ers practice facility, located next to the BB&T Pavilion concert venue on the Delaware riverfront.
Tara Nurin, NJSpotlight Read more

A strange thing is happening in the world of N.J. gas prices
A strange thing is happening in the world of gas prices.
Discount prices at some gas stations aren’t such a discount anymore and are being separated by less than a dime a gallon from gas prices at some name brand stations.
Larry Higgs, NJ.com Read more

Phil Murphy: Trump’s hiring of controversial adviser is ‘beyond troubling’
Phil Murphy, the leading Democratic candidate in next year’s race for New Jersey governor, is one of several critics admonishing President-elect Donald Trump for hiring Stephen Bannon to a top spot in his administration.
Brent Johnson, NJ.com Read more

Port Authority will review testimony in Bridgegate trial to see if further action is warranted
The actions of top officials and board members at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will be examined in a review of testimony from the George Washington Bridge lane closure trial.
Paul Berger, The Record Read more

Does your town charge a hidden fee for some online property tax payments?
Many municipalities allow residents to pay their property taxes online.
But at least two New Jersey municipalities aren’t disclosing the fees that are charged to certain online taxpayers.
Karin Price Mueller, NJ.com Read more

The NJ Towns Where English Is Spoken Least
A slide show of multilingual towns in the Garden State.
NJ.com Read more

Resistance to North Jersey casino referendum ran deep in every county
Hudson County voters – who had a chance to see a casino arrive in Jersey City with state approval – were the most supportive of Tuesday’s ballot question on whether to allow casinos in North Jersey. And by supportive, I mean not supportive. Only 31.2 percent of voters there backed the ballot question to end Atlantic City’s 40-year state casino monopoly.
John Brennan, The Record Read more

Impeaching Christie just isn’t going to happen
If there was an election for New Jersey governor held this week, Governor Christie would lose to former state Sen. Barbara Buono. Christie’s approval ratings have fallen that low. Christie was not charged with any crime relating to Bridgegate, the tag name for the ill-fated scheme to divert traffic near the George Washington Bridge as political payback to the mayor of Fort Lee. But Christie cannot escape Bridgegate.
Alfred P. Doblin, The Record Read more

Sentencing for former Christie ally pushed back
Sentencing has again been delayed for David Samson, the former chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey who pleaded guilty earlier this year to bribery in connection with the shakedown of one of the country’s largest airlines.
Ted Sherman, NJ.com Read more

Estate tax cut already changing CPAs’ advice to flee NJ
Three-quarters of certified public accountants in New Jersey have advised clients to leave the state because of the estate and inheritance taxes, according to the head of the New Jersey Society of CPAs.
Michael Symons, NJ101.5 Read more

Christie vetoes unemployment benefits for striking workers
Gov. Chris Christie on Monday nixed a bill that would have allowed striking workers to collect unemployment benefits.
Matt Arco, NJ.com Read more

Waiting for first sign of Christie ‘occupation force,’ Atlantic City poised to challenge
The irony was not lost on anyone.
As city officials, clergy, community activists and residents gathered Monday afternoon to rededicate Atlantic City’s striking granite and tree-lined Civil Rights Garden, they were still smarting from what they believe is an assault on their own civil rights: the vast takeover by the state of New Jersey.
Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Read more

Mayor: Newark won’t change its policies regarding immigrants
The Democratic mayor said on Monday the election of Republican Donald Trump as president won’t change the way his city, the largest in the state, treats residents who are living in the country illegally.
Associated Press Read more

Newark will stand by undocumented residents, despite Trump victory
The election of Donald Trump will not change how New Jersey’s largest city treats its population of undocumented immigrants, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka said in a statement issued Monday morning.
Jessica Mazzola, NJ.com Read more

Bergen County executive to discuss homeless vet program at White House
Bergen County Executive James Tedesco is in Washington today for a ceremony marking efforts to end homelessness among veterans.
Herb Jackson, The Record Read more

Legislature sends Christie bill aimed at stopping poaching
Lawmakers sent Gov. Chris Christie a bill adding the state to an interstate agreement aimed at keeping poachers from fishing, hunting and trapping in New Jersey.
Associated Press Read more

Illegal ‘underground’ construction costing NJ taxpayers millions, report finds
The state of New Jersey is losing millions of uncollected tax dollars every year because of a robust and growing underground construction economy, according to a new report by researchers at the Stockton University William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy.
David Matthau, NJ101.5 Read more

NJPAC breaks ground on long-awaited high-rise project
City and state leaders Monday joined in a ceremonial groundbreaking on a 22-story residential high-rise that was first proposed more the a decade ago, and is designed to expand on the success of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.
Tom Haydon, NJ.com Read more

State not in line with residents’ clean energy desires, poll says
A new Fairleigh Dickinson University poll says that the state government is not matching the public’s desire to move forward with clean energy initiatives.
Greg Wright, NJ.com Read more

Opinion: Christie may still get something out of Trump’s win
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie got his ‘cup of coffee.’
Joseph Albright, For The Jersey Journal Read more

Opinion: N.J. Dems strategist: It’s Monday, get to work to make America great again
There have been few times in my life when I have felt, viscerally, that the world has changed, that the America of yesterday is not the America of today. 9/11 immediately comes to mind because it was about much more than a terrorist attack.
Julie Roginsky, Star-Ledger Guest Columnist Read more

Opinion: Atlantic City, Symbol of Big Bets Gone Bad
Atlantic City has long been a grand escapist Xanadu of sand, sun and craps tables on the New Jersey shore. But the city, ravaged by the excesses of the casino industry, had to be taken over by state officials last week. The city is suffocating under $500 million of debt, unable to pay its bills or close a $100 million budget deficit.
New York Times Read more

NJ Politics Digest: Trump Endorsing Christie For President? It Could Have Happened