Morning News Digest: Aug. 28, 2013
Pascrell on Syria: There is 'no taste in Congress' for war
CLIFFSIDE PARK – Americans won’t be bamboozled into war, U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-9) told a crowd of constituents at a town hall event here earlier this evening as the nation reacted to reports of the Syrian government using chemical weapons against its own people.
Pascrell voted for the authorization of force in Iraq a decade ago and came to regret his vote. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Christie ‘gratified’ Dems willing to hear Supreme Court nomination, disputes offering the job before
LONG BRANCH – Gov. Chris Christie says he’s “gratified” some Democratic lawmakers expressed a willingness to give his latest nominee to the state Supreme Court a confirmation hearing, but the governor denies ever offering his nominee the position in the past.
The governor said during a Tuesday news conference that he never asked his latest nominee to the state’s high court – Judge Faustino Fernandez-Vina – to serve on the bench three years ago. Christie’s response comes after several Democratic sources told PolitickerNJ last week the state’s top Senate lawmaker told his caucus Fernandez-Vina declined an opportunity to serve on the bench after first being tapped as a possible replacement for former Justice John Wallace Jr. (Arco/PolitickerNJ)
McKeon: Christie's criticism 'ignorant' of facts
TRENTON – Assemblyman John F. McKeon called the governor’s earlier criticism of him for not signing a dune easement “ignorant.”
McKeon, criticized Tuesday by Gov. Chris Christie for not signing an easement, responded that the easement will be signed, but first he needs information about exactly where dune lines will be drawn. (Mooney/PolitickerNJ)
Christie: Buono 'politicizing' shore rebuilding efforts
LONG BRANCH – A day after Gov. Chris Christie’s Democratic opponent released a web video showing Superstorm Sandy victims frustrated with the governor’s response to the storm, Christie accused the state lawmaker of “politicizing” the rebuilding efforts.
The governor responded Tuesday to a web ad released by Sen. Barbara Buono’s campaign earlier this week that highlighted a Neptune couple whose home was damaged by the storm. The couple took issue with Christie’s appearance in the “Stronger than the Storm” ads. (Arco/PolitickerNJ)
Christie calls on McKeon to sign dune easement
LONG BRANCH – Gov. Chris Christie is accusing a Democratic state assemblyman of being greedy and says the lawmaker is “only looking for money” in his refusal to sign an easement sought by a shore town.
The governor, during a press conference today, set his sights on Assemblyman John McKeon, (D-27),Tuesday, referring to him “as an assemblyman who’s putting his own financial interests ahead of the people he’s supposed to be serving” for being one of the handful of shore residents refusing to sign an easement for dune construction. (Arco/PolitickerNJ)
Buono targets women voters in Irvington
Irvington – Women.
There are 2,601,669 of them who can vote in New Jersey compared to 2,206,451 men, and state Sen. Barbara Buono (D-18) wants their votes.
The Democratic nominee for governor spent the afternoon today trashing incumbent Republican Gov. Chris Christie, whose lead in the contest last week dropped from 30 to 20 points. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Christie accuses Buono of politicizing superstorm Sandy ad campaign
Governor Christie accused his Democratic opponent of politicizing the state’s “Stronger than the Storm” advertising campaign in her latest web ad, saying the spots have helped bring people back to the Jersey Shore this summer.
“I think it’s unfortunate that my opponent wants to politicize the efforts that we’ve made here to try and rebuild it and somehow build political capital out of it,” he said when asked about it during an event in Long Branch Tuesday afternoon. “I think that’s unfortunate, but it’s not unexpected.” (Hayes/The Record)
Christie: Jersey Shore not ready for another major storm
Nearly five months after he threatened to publicly shame the owners of shorefront properties who refuse to allow protective sand dunes to be built on their land, Governor Christie on Tuesday called out a Democratic Assemblyman whom he said has yet to give the Army Corps of Engineers permission to construct dunes behind his house in Brick.
In appearances in North Wildwood and Long Branch on Tuesday, Christie underscored that the Jersey Shore remains vulnerable nearly a year after Superstorm Sandy caused widespread damage along the state’s coastline. (Hayes & Linhorst/The Record)
Pascrell tells town hall meeting that UN report key to U.S. course on Syria
From the U.S. government’s role in Syria, to Obamacare, to job creation and gun control, Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., D-Paterson, addressed issues confronting Americans during a Tuesday town hall meeting that included reactions swinging from applause to heckling.
The evening began with Pascrell discussing the situation in Syria, where the United Nations is investigating whether the government used chemical weapons against civilians. The same day that U.S. officials announced that, as early as Thursday, the United States might launch a missile strike to warn the Syrian government, Pascrell said he hoped the military would refrain from action until at least after the U.N. concludes its probe Sunday. He also said it’s “critical” for President Obama to first present information to the public before issuing any military orders. (Tat/The Record)
Trenton Mayor Tony Mack says he won't quit, challenges reporters for crime questions during parks press conference
Mayor Tony Mack rejected calls today for his resignation following his federal corruption indictment last year and statements by Gov. Chris Christie and other officials that he should step down.
Mack was asked at a press conference this morning whether he would quit to make way for a successor who state officials might be more willing to work with to quell gun violence. (Pizzi/Times of Trenton)
Asked if he's gay, Booker says: 'So what does it matter if I am?'
It's a question he has been asked in the past, but this time it came amid a campaign for the U.S Senate.
In a profile that appeared in the Washington Post on Monday, Newark Mayor Cory Booker was asked about the persistent rumor that he is gay. (Giambusso/Star-Ledger)
Gov. Christie defends veto of gun bill that would have banned powerful rifle
Gov. Chris Christie today classified his veto of a bill that would have banned one of the most powerful weapons available to civilians as old news.
"Again, I've said everything I'm going to say on these topics that are now a week old in the veto message that I gave," Christie said during a news conference. (Portnoy/Star-Ledger)
Booker, DeMaio discuss youth violence with President Obama at the White House
Newark Mayor Cory Booker and Police Director Samuel DeMaio joined mayors and police officials from around the country today to discuss youth violence with President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder at the White House.
"The President reiterated that government alone can never fill the void that causes a child to turn to violence, but that we all have a responsibility to do our part to create safe communities and save live," read a White House statement issued after the meeting. (Giambusso/Star-Ledger)
Christie says casino strip club won't hurt 'family-friendly nature' in Atlantic City
Gov. Chris Christie says you won’t catch him at the Scores’ strip club that’s opening in the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort next month.
While Christie said today the risque fare was not his cup of tea, he didn’t think club would mar efforts in Atlantic City — which he has tried mightily to revitalize — to market itself as a vacation destination for the whole family. (Portnoy/Star-Ledger)
Cory Booker, N.J. Senate candidate, dodges the gay question again
“So what does it matter if I am?” said Cory Booker, when the subject of whether he’s gay came up with a Washington Post writer.
Not that he was admitting anything. (Philly.com)
Christie: No beach closures due to unsafe water
With the summer winding down, Gov. Chris Christie is now touring the Jersey Shore to tout the success of the state in getting the beaches and waterways ready after superstorm Sandy.
Christie began in North Wildwood on Tuesday morning and made a stop in Long Branch later in the afternoon. (Radel/APP)
Christie defends NJ tourism advertisements
Gov. Chris Christie is defending tourism ads the state is running in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.
During a Tuesday morning appearance on the North Wildwood boardwalk, Christie said the ads were never meant to imply that the state has fully recovered from the Oct. 29 storm. But he said the shore has made remarkable progress since then. (Perry/AP)
From the Back Room
200 Plus Attend Monmouth Young Dems Summer BBQ
More than 200 people purchased $45 tickets to attend the Monmouth County Democrats Young Dems Inaugural BBQ last night at Bar Anticipation in Lake Como.
Statewide guests included Essex County Clerk Chris Durkin, Passaic County Surrogate Bernice Toledo, Roselle Mayor Jamel Holley, Hoboken Councilman Ravi Bhalla, Middlesex County Freeholder Ken Armwood, District 33 Assembly Candidate Raj Mukherji and a host of other elected officials from all over the state 40 and under. (PolitickerNJ)
Get the wheels in motion on Jersey Shore bike lanes: Editorial
Nothing says Jersey Shore like a classic beach cruiser bicycle.
Everywhere you look, there’s a rainbow of them. But it’s a whole lot safer to take a twirl along the boardwalk, squeezing your bugle horn, than to venture onto Route 35 — one of the most popular routes for beach-goers. (Star-Ledger)
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