This weekend on TV: Chris Christie

NJN’s Michael Aron will host former U.S. Attorney (and future gubernatorial candidate?) Chris Christie on On the Record this weekend.  The show airs Sunday at 9:00 and 11:00am, and again on Monday at 6:30am. 

On Reporters Roundtable, watch Nick Acocella of Politifax, Cynthia Burton of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Charles Stile of the Bergen Record and yours truly, Matt Friedman.  The show is hosted by NJN Reporter Zachary Fink, and we’ll discuss Steve Lonegan’s gubernatorial run, Chris Christie’s gubernatorial prospects, Rocco Riccio and the Governors’ summit with Obama.  Catch it at 7:00 this evening, or at 10:00am Sunday.

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Andrews praises departing Chertoff

On the day Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff came back to his hometown to address students at Kean University in the waning days of his term of service with the Bush administration, U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews (D-Haddon Heights) took a moment to access his legacy.

“We were fortunate to have a person of Secretary Chertoff's abilities and level of commitment serving our country,” said Andrews said in a statement. “He served well at a difficult time.”

In his speech at Kean, the Union County-born secretary expressed frustration with the traditional committee system in Congress.

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LivPAC goes 36-16-1 in congressional elections

The Committee for a Livable Future, headed by U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Portland) boasted an impressive win-loss record in races that the Portland congressman steered money toward, and in some cases, helped campaign for.

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Political or apolitical, Homeland Security secretary returns to his hometown

Political or apolitical, Homeland Security secretary returns to his hometown
Michael Chertoff with President George W. Bush in a 2005 White House photograph.

UNION – Talk to people in New Jersey’s legal profession and no one denies that what Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff perhaps lacks in charisma or courtroom presence, he compensates for with something more fundamental:  profound powers of reason. 

“Going back 20 years, he was a great lawyer, a brilliant lawyer – hard but fair,” said attorney Ted Wells.

His friends in the New Jersey political world say Chertoff’s a creature of hard analysis not politics.  “This is one of the brilliant legal minds of the country,” said Assemblyman Jon Bramnick (R-Westfield), who introduced Chertoff today at Kean University, where the Homeland Security Secretary and author of the USA Patriot Act reflected on his three-year term in the Bush administration.

His tenure included his grim mea culpa in front of Congress following what he acknowledged was his department’s 2005 failure to respond effectively to Hurricane Katrina. 

But Katrina didn’t come up today as a cross-section of audience members in friendly fashion mostly picked the Elizabeth native’s brain about general public policy during the question and answer portion of his presentation.

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Still no timeline for Crowley

There's still no indication whether biotech executive John Crowley is going to run for governor, but political confidante Bill Spadea said that the buzz surrounding several Republican candidates is healthy.

“When you think about how this state has been so dominated by the Democrats for so many years, and how the economic situation continues to worsen under the Democratic watch, it is no surprise to me that people are very energized about the Republican Party,” Spadea said.  “It tells me the voters are energized for change and the Republican Party is shaping up to be that vehicle for change.” 

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Report: Jackson close to being named EPA administrator

Report: Jackson close to being named EPA administrator
Credit: garrett.house.gov
Lisa Jackson as DEP Commissioner

Politico reports that Gov. Corzine’s chief of staff, Lisa Jackson, may be the next administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

A source tells the online news site that the appointment of Jackson is “close to a done deal.”

Jackson was sworn in as commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection in 2006. She was named as Corzine’s chief of staff in October, and was tapped to be on Barack Obama’s transition team last month.

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Rible troubled by possibility of divisive GOP primary

UNION – As former U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie publicly mulls a run for governor, Assemblyman David Rible (R-Wall) says he believes the Republican Party should rally around one candidate for governor before the June primary.

“We have to get unified,” said Rible, who didn’t discount the value of a GOP Primary fight, but also doesn’t want to see a bloodletting that could leave his party sapped by the time a candidate squares of with the muscle-bound war chest of incumbent Gov. Jon Corzine.

Of Christie, the former Wall Township police officer turned legislator, said, “He has a tremendous resume and good name ID. He’s not a far right conservative, and that’s good. I’m not sure New Jersey is looking for someone from the party’s far right.”

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Morning Digest: September 2nd

Campaign season now under way in Bergen County Politics is practiced year-round in Bergen County, and street-level campaigning has been going on quietly all summer. But both Republicans and Democrats say the Rutherford Street Fair on Labor Day signals a more intense phase of electioneering. (Ensslin/The Bergen Record) http://www.northjersey.com/news/campaign-season-now-under-way-in-bergen-county-1.1079080  ...

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White House’s Tuition Challenge Being Met in NJ

By MICHAEL W. KLEIN In his weekly radio address on August 16, President Obama challenged colleges “to do their part to bring down costs” and lighten the tuition burden on students.  The state colleges and universities in New Jersey have... Read More >

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Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"Governor Christie ripped President Obama this summer for failing to carve out some time during a Texas fundraising swing to visit the Mexican border, where the unprecedented flood of immigrant children from Central America had reached a crisis point. ...Yet Christie is not squeezing in a tour of the troubled border during his own three-day trade and diplomatic mission to Mexico, which is set to begin on Wednesday. The governor is planning a series of meetings with Mexican officials, including President Enrique Peña Nieto and the finance and energy ministers." - columnist Charles Stile

- The Bergen Record

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