Morning Digest: April 17, 2014

Bergen Dems demand Donovan cancel fundraiser with Christie after unlimited contributions comments

Bergen Dems demand Donovan cancel fundraiser with Christie after unlimited contributions comments

HACKENSACK - Bergen County Democratic Chairman Lou Stellato called on Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan to cancel a fundraiser scheduled for May 5 with Gov. Chris Christie after he made remarks on allowing unlimited campaign contributions to political candidates. 

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Warring pols try to submerge battle lines at historic city baseball stadium

Warring pols try to submerge battle lines at historic city baseball stadium

PATERSON – Donning caps and sporting fierce grins, politicians this morning did their best to pretend all of this is really ultimately just about baseball in an event outside the dilapidated Hinchcliffe Stadium above the Great Falls.

But there was another pastime that inevitably leaked into the ceremony officially designating Hinchcliffe a national landmark, and an especially bruising one with 27 days left to go in the Paterson Mayor’s race.

Politics.

At the center of the drama, ties flapping in the breeze, stood incumbent Mayor Jeff Jones and U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-9).

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CD 5 race: Cho raises more than $250K in first 2014 fundraising quarter, more than rival Garrett

CD 5 race: Cho raises more than $250K in first 2014 fundraising quarter, more than rival Garrett

HACKENSACK - The campaign of Roy Cho, the Democratic candidate for New Jersey's Fifth Congressional District, announced on Wednesday that it had raised more than $250,000 during the first 2014 fundraising quarter in their effort to defeat Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett (R-5). 

According to a newly-released Federal Election Commission (FEC) report and an additional amendment, the campaign of Cho, 32, of Hackensack, took in total receipts of close to $252,000 in the first quarter of 2014 for a grand total of more than $471,000 raised to date. 

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GOP Assembly leader suggests Republican Bridgegate committee members are hitting a breaking point

GOP Assembly leader suggests Republican Bridgegate committee members are hitting a breaking point
Credit: Tim Larsen, Governor's Office File Photo

TRENTON – A top Assembly Republican indicated Wednesday GOP legislators serving on the legislative committee investigating the George Washington Bridge lane closings are hitting a breaking point.

Assemblyman Jon Bramnick (R-21) says GOP lawmakers are in discussions about whether they will continue to be a part of the joint legislative committee investigating the Gov. Chris Christie administration over the bridge controversy.

“We’re going to meet and discuss what the future is going to be with this committee,” Bramnick told PolitickerNJ.

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Wisniewski 'frustrated' over Mastro report interview notes

Wisniewski 'frustrated' over Mastro report interview notes

TRENTON – Thanks, but no thanks.

A state lawmaker helping to lead the charge into investigating the Gov. Chris Christie administration over the George Washington Bridge lane closings say he’s “frustrated” with the documents the legislative committee recently received from the law firm hired by the administration to conduct an internal review of the controversy.

Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-19) said while it appears Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher complied with the joint legislative investigatory committee’s demand to handover interview notes related to the so-called Mastro report, the documents will do little to further the committee’s investigation.

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Poll: N.J. going sour on Sandy recovery

Public satisfaction with New Jersey’s Superstorm Sandy recovery effort has dropped below 50% for the first time since the storm hit nearly 18 months ago, according to the latest Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press Poll.  Nearly 3-in-4 Garden State residents say that the aid process has been too slow and place the blame more on state management of the process than on federal regulatory requirements.

Just under half of New Jersey residents say they are either very (14%) or somewhat (34%) satisfied with the state’s Sandy recovery effort.  A similar number are either very (21%) or somewhat (22%) dissatisfied.  This marks the first time less than half the state expresses satisfaction with the recovery’s progress.  Statewide satisfaction surpassed two-thirds throughout 2013, topping out at 76% in September.  Satisfaction stood at 66% in December 2013 before falling to 55% in February of this year and then to 48% in the current poll.

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Lance smothers Larsen in CD7 money game

Lance smothers Larsen in CD7 money game

U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7) has $465,753 cash on hand for his June 3rd tilt with perennial challenger David Larsen of Tewksbury.

Lance raised $268,180 from the first of the year until the end of last month.

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The Back Room

Bonnie and the Lonny Factor

Rolled out this week as the finance chair of Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman's (D-15) 12th District Congressional Campaign, Trenton attorney Lionel "Lonnie" Kaplan arrives with an unusual asterisk alongside his public endorsement record for someone burnished as a Democratic Primary weapon.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: April 18, 2014

Fulop endorses Smith in Bayonne mayoral raceBAYONNE - Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop parachuted into the Bayonne mayoral race on Thursday night by endorsing incumbent Mayor Mark Smith."It is a pleasure to be with you here, Mark," said Fulop to a crowd of more than 125 supporters at a...

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Op-Ed

Paterson can flourish with a second chance

By ASLON GOOW, SR. I have spent the past three decades raising a family, building a business, and working to improve our Paterson communities.  I am proud of those accomplishments.  In 2002, I spoke at an expungement... Read More >

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Quote of the Day

Quote of the day

"This is my first Mark Smith event. There have been a lot of changes in Hudson County over the last year and a half, and the most important change that has happened is that there really is unity. For the first time, we really are working together. Despite political differences. Mark and I have worked very hard to repair that. I'm really happy to be here in support of him, because I recognize that when you work together, politics becomes secondary and you really have time to focus on government, which is the most important thing." - Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop

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