Author: Chase Brush

CD3 race: In first joint appearance, Belgard, MacArthur spar over insurance backgrounds and DCCC ads

CD3 race: In first joint appearance, Belgard, MacArthur spar over insurance backgrounds and DCCC ads

During their first joint, on-air interview for NJTV’s “On The Record with Michael Aron” tonight, CD3 candidates Tom McArthur and Aimee Belgard clashed over issues ranging from equal pay for women to job creation in the South Jersey district -- but the most fiercely debated topic of discussion had to do with both candidates’ roles working in the insurance industry.

Asked by the show’s host, Marie DeNoia Aronsohn, who sat in for Aron, about whether Belgard agreed with claims in a recent Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee attack ad accusing MacArthur of shortchanging victims of natural disasters as former CEO of the insurance group York Risk Management, the Democrat  was the first of the two to go on the offensive, saying her campaign did not coordinate with the national organization on launching the ad but that it did raise certain important issues with MacArthur’s background.

“Mr. MacArthur talks about how he’s a self-made business man,” Belgard, a Burlington County Freeholder and the Democratic candidate in CD3, told Aronsohn. “He made billions of dollars and if he did it at the expense of other people’s perils, now he is moving into a district where we have thousands of people still out of their homes because of Hurricane Sandy. There’s a history here … of having been CEO of a company that has been sued multiple times for denying claims of people who were suffering from hurricanes, wildfires and the like, and I think it’s something that the public deserves to know.”

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Fight of the Week: MacArthur v. the DCCC

Fight of the Week: MacArthur v. the DCCC

For the second time in what is turning out to be a grueling, no-holds-barred contest between the Republican and Democratic candidates in New Jersey's third congressional district, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has been forced to take down a controversial ad attacking the former candidate, Tom MacArthur.

It was a clear win for the MacArthur team, who pounced on the negative ad as soon as it hit the air earlier this week, and a sorely-felt loss for the DCCC, to be sure, who is backing Burlington County Freeholder Aimee Belgard in the South Jersey race.

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Sweeney weighs in on Christie's liberal appointments: 'He had no choice'

Sweeney weighs in on Christie's liberal appointments: 'He had no choice'

 The big debate among insiders and observers in the Statehouse last week revolved around the legislature's  approval of two of Gov. Chris Christie's nominations, both well known Democrats, to key state positions --   Jamie Fox, a longtime political operative and former transportation commissioner, to the Department of Transportation, and Upendra Chivukula, a respected assemblyman with a track record of progressive environmentalism, to the Board of Public Utilities.

All agreed that both candidates were obviously qualified, but that didn't keep observers from musing about what, exactly, the Republican governor -- and particularly one with looming national political aspirations ahead of the 2016 Republican primaries -- gained by appointing liberals to the powerful posts. The best guesses varied.

Was it a move to boost his managerial skills in an effort to look more presidential in the eyes of voters and donors? A deal cut with his political compatriot across the aisle, Senate President Steve Sweeney, to get a savvy pol into the DOT position to sell a gas tax and fix a broken Transportation Trust Fund (seemingly Sweeney's top priority at the moment)? Or was it something else, a down payment to South Jersey's political boss, George Norcross III, who wants Sweeney in the governor's seat after Christie leaves and might have something to offer the Republican in his quest for the Oval Office?

None of those speculations placed the move squarely, however, so PolitickerNJ asked Sweeney himself today what he made of it all.

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Degnan: 'We'll do whatever the legislatures tell us to'

Degnan: 'We'll do whatever the legislatures tell us to'

NEW YORK, NY - Even here, standing on the sidewalk outside the entrance to 7 World Trade Center in this bustling metropolis, newly-minted Chairman John Degnan's enthusiasm for reform at an embattled Port Authority comes across strong.

Grabbed by PolitickeNJ following a press conference where the governors of New York and New Jersey announced new plans to ramp-up security measures in the wake of growing terrorist threats abroad, Degnan said the bi-state agency, berated lately by the legislatures on both sides of the Hudson for mismanagement and corruption, is taking "calls for transparency seriously."

He rattled off a list of reforms the Port Authority -- which has been mired in scandal following allegations that last year's lane closings at the George Washington Bridge were politically motivated -- is already undergoing.

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Christie, Cuomo describe new global terrorist threat full of 'enemies hell-bent on our destruction'

Christie, Cuomo describe new global terrorist threat full of 'enemies hell-bent on our destruction'
Credit: Tim Larsen

NEW YORK, NY - The Sept. 11th terrorist attacks that brought down this tower and others in 2001 rocked the world and sent the U.S. into a decades-long push to root out the groups credited with responsibility. But 13 years on, New Jersey and New York's governors say the threat of global terrorism persists -- and now poses an even greater challenge to the region and country than it did before.

At a press conference this morning at 7 World Trade Center where the pair announced plans for mapping out an improved, coordinated security and safety strategy, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo described a "new, more complex" global terrorism network facing the U.S. and the world, one discernibly different than anything that has come before.

"When it was Al Qaeda it was Al Qaeda," Cuomo said. "It was a group that was identifiable, it was a place that was identifiable. It's almost as if the terrorist threat has metastasized, it's grown larger in numbers. People estimate ISIS at over 30,000 people. So it is larger, more sophisticated, it has more resources, it's more complex than it was. And we are still one of the top targets, so for us, if anything, the challenge has grown."

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At 7 World Trade Center, Christie, Cuomo announce 'unprecedented level of collaboration' in anti-terrorism plan

At 7 World Trade Center, Christie, Cuomo announce 'unprecedented level of collaboration' in anti-terrorism plan

NEW YORK, NY - Ten days after announcing a bi-state partnership to review and beef up safety and security measures in the wake of heightened tension between the U.S. and terrorist networks aboard, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo today signed a memorandum of understanding that "codifies much of the cooperative efforts between state and local agencies to work together in a way they haven't before."

"There's no doubt that these are serious times," Cuomo, who appeared here at 7 World Trade Center alongside Christie to announce a new round of security measures following from closed doors meetings between law enforcement officials on both sides of the Hudson that took place over the last 10 days, said. "The increased tensions with the international terrorist community is undeniable. It's also undeniable that this region is a potential target for offensive activity and retaliation by the terrorist community. We know that. As elected officials, public safety is job one, and our job is to make sure that we're doing everything we can do to be prepared."

Today's presser comes a week after Christie and Cuomo convened to announce their bi-state partnership, a collaborative effort on the part of local, state, and federal agencies to begin mapping out an improved, coordinated anti-terrorism plan for the region. Today, the two announced the first round of recommendations stemming from that plan, described as an "unprecedented level of collaboration that will continue for the next 100 days" by New York Superintendent of State Police Joseph D'Amico.

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Foley on Christie's Democratic appointments: 'It's good government'

Foley on Christie's Democratic appointments: 'It's good government'

STAMFORD, CT - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's receptivity toward appointing Democrats to top positions in his state might have had some scratching their heads this week following the approval of Christie's nominees to two key departments, but it was no big issue for the Republican hopeful in Connecticut's gubernatorial race, Tom Foley, who appeared with Christie at a retail politicking stop at Curley's Diner here today.

In fact, he takes it as a sign of good governance -- as long as the nominees are the most qualified candidates for the jobs.

"In this part of the country Democrats for the most part make up the majority of the legislature, so if you're a Republican governor and you have a legislature controlled by the other party I think it shows you're a consensus builder, it shows you can reach across the aisle," Foley, who's working to unseat Democratic incumbent governor Dan Malloy, told PolitickerNJ.

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Mobbed - again - in CT diner, Christie says he's here to show Foley is 'the kind of Republican that Chris Christie supports'

Mobbed - again - in CT diner, Christie says he's here to show Foley is 'the kind of Republican that Chris Christie supports'

STAMFORD, CT - Round two of Chris Christie's stumping streak with Republican hopeful Tom Foley in Connecticut shared many of the same optics as the New Jersey governor's first visit here.

There was the setting -- a diner, again, this one called Curley's, and more Jersey-looking than the last (the owners here once fought off an attempt by current Connecticut governor and Foley opponent Dan Malloy to develop the dirt lot upon which the restaurant sits).

There were also the protesters -- dozens of them lining the sidewalk across the street, touting signs saying "Enough Gun Violence" and blasting the conservatives for their staunch positions against gun reform at a time when the country still reels from mass shootings like the one that took place in Newtown last year.

Lastly, there was the press -- reporters clambering on top of each other for pictures and sound bites as Christie and Foley squeezed their way around the too-small establishment to shake hands and snap selfies with devout supporters.

For Christie, however, all that was noise. He was here to show his support for Foley, who's up against the challenge of unseating current Gov. Dan Malloy in the November general. (A Quinnipiac University poll released earlier this month found Foley leading the Democratic incumbent by a 46 to 40 percent margin).

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Booker email solicits campaign contributions for Belgard in CD3 race

Booker email solicits campaign contributions for Belgard in CD3 race

If there was any question over whether U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) would lend a hand in drumming up support for fellow Democratic congressional candidates in the state -- specifically for the Democratic competition in New Jersey's third congressional district, Burlington County Freeholder Aimee Belgard -- let it be answered in the affirmative.

According to an email received by PolitickerNJ today, Booker has begun soliciting donations for Belgard in CD3, sending emails out to supporters asking them to "chip in" to the candidate's campaign.

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Doherty giving Christie 'the benefit of the doubt' in Fox nomination

Doherty giving Christie 'the benefit of the doubt' in Fox nomination

TRENTON - State Sen. Mike Doherty's (R-23) grilling of Jamie Fox, Gov. Chris Christie's nominee to serve as the state's next Department of Transportation Commissioner, was the highlight of this morning's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

A party-building Republican, Doherty sits far across the aisle from Fox, a longtime Democratic political strategist who's worked behind governors Jim McGreevey and Jim Florio and served early in his career as aide to former U.S. Sen. Robert Torricelli.

But outside a few pointed questions, that political disconnect wasn't strong enough to keep Doherty from eventually supporting Fox this morning -- nor was Christie's decision to nominate a Democrat to the position enough to have Doherty hold it against him.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: September 29th

Winners and Losers: Week of September 22nd WINNERS Tom MacArthur In arguably the most competitive contest of the season, the CD3 Republican candidate forced Comcast to take down an inaccurate Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) television advertisement – the second of three forced off the air. "Our attorney was...

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Legislation needed for publicly financed gubernatorial elections

By JEFF BRINDLE It is critical that the Legislature soon enact a pending bill that would ensure the state’s Gubernatorial Public Financing Program is available in the event of a special election for governor.  Not only is there no current legal... Read More >

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"After not responding to messages all week seeking an interview about the campaign, Garrett’s spokeswoman said on Friday afternoon that she would try to set one up, but did not respond further. Garrett has not released any announcements of where he would be campaigning, though he has posted pictures on social media on Sept. 8 from the Greenwood Lake Air Show in West Milford and on Sept. 14 from the Hackettstown Street Fair. Garrett has not agreed to any debates so far." - columnist Herb Jackson

- The Bergen Record

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