Morning Digest: September 23rd

Morning Digest: September 23rd

CNN: US bombing ISIS targets in Syria

U.S. jets are hitting ISIS targets in Syria, CNN reports.

These are the first strikes against the terror group inside the country since President Barack Obama announced his expanded airstrike plan.

Read CNN's report here.

Read More >

Sources: pen/ben debacle going back to 2011 worsens Newark's woes

Sources: pen/ben debacle going back to 2011 worsens Newark's woes

They already knew the financial situation was bad in Newark - but it turns out it’s worse.

In a conversation with the front office this morning in Trenton, Newark lawmakers expressed worry about the state’s relative sparse offering of additional transitional aid to the fiscally downtrodden city - $13 million - only to find out from others in their midst about yet another problem.

According to sources familiar with what went on at the meeting, going back to 2011 with the implementation of Chapter 78 and the state’s overhaul of pensions and benefits, the City of Newark did not adjust employee healthcare contributions to the new rate in accordance with the new law.

Read More >

Menendez calls Scotland's vote to stay in U.K. "a message to separatist movements across the globe"

Menendez calls Scotland's vote to stay in U.K. "a message to separatist movements across the globe"

JERSEY CITY - Days after Scotland's voters decided to vote no on independence by a 55 percent to 45 percent margin, U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) looked at the vote as an example of well-engaged democracy in action.

"First of all, it was a decision of the Scottish people. They decided, and they decided in a very open and robust turnout to stay a part of the United Kingdom," said Menendez, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman, in response to the Sept. 18 vote, in which over 84 percent of Scottish voters cast their ballot. 

Read More >

Menendez on future of Ukraine cease-fire: rebels have repeatedly violated agreement

Menendez on future of Ukraine cease-fire: rebels have repeatedly violated agreement

JERSEY CITY -  U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) examined the cease-fire between Ukraine and pro-Russian insurgents fighting in the country's east from his position as Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman and was alarmed about the agreement's future.

"Even as we speak, the rebels have violated the cease-fire several times," Menendez told PolitickerNJ on Monday after a press conference at Jersey City's Lincoln High School. "[Ukrainian] President [Petro] Poroshenko is doing everything he can to restrain responses to those violations. But at some point here, Russia has to either live up to the tentative agreement, which means they have to withdraw all their troops and all their weapons, or the cease-fire will fail."

Menendez referred to the agreement signed earlier this month between Ukraine and Russian-backed rebels who have been fighting bitterly over the past six months in the eastern Ukrainian regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, which border Russia. 

Read More >

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.

Read More >

Monmouth Poll: about 1-in-3 New Jersey adults have the Boss in their collection

Monmouth Poll: about 1-in-3 New Jersey adults have the Boss in their collection

Today's Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press Poll found that few New Jersey residents have anything negative to say about clue collar rocker Bruce Springsteen as he celebrates his 65th birthday on Tuesday.  

About 1-in-3 New Jersey adults (34%) say they have some Springsteen in their personal music collection and more than 4-in-10 call themselves a Bruce fan, including 12% who say they are “big fans” and 30% who are less ardent admirers. Garden State men (40%) and women (44%) are about as likely to consider themselves fans of the Boss. Younger adults under age 35 (27%), though, are less likely than their older counterparts age 35 to 54 (49%) and 55 and older (46%) to say they are fans.  White New Jerseyans (49%) are more likely to be Bruce fans than are black, Hispanic, and Asian residents (29%) of the state.  Politically, Democrats (46%) are most likely to be Bruce fans, followed by independents (42%), and Republicans (36%).  However, Republicans (33%) are just as likely as Democrats (33%) to own a Bruce record, CD or downloaded song.

Read More >

CD3: MacArthur hits back at Belgard: she's 'spent this entire campaign hiding'

CD3: MacArthur hits back at Belgard: she's 'spent this entire campaign hiding'

Third Congressional District Republican candidate Tom MacArthur struck back today against a cable TV ad released Sunday by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).

"The latest attack ad by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is a reckless and despicable smear with absolutely no basis in truth, and they know it," said MacArthur. "Worse, Aimee Belgard knows it, too, and she should have the courage and decency to stand up, publicly disavow this ad and call on her cronies in Washington to take it down immediately.  Failure to do so would be undeniable proof that Aimee Belgard is willing to trade her principles and her ethics for a seat in Congress."

Throughout this campaign season, Republicans have jeered behind the scenes at the perception of Belgard's less than vigorous public schedule.

Today, MacArthur said it outright.

Read More >

The Back Room

Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: September 23rd

Sources: pen/ben debacle going back to 2011 worsens Newark's woes They already knew the financial situation was bad in Newark - but it turns out it’s worse. In a conversation with the front office this morning in Trenton, Newark lawmakers expressed worry about the state’s relative sparse offering of...

Sign up for the Wake Up Call

Get the latest New Jersey politics headlines delivered right to your inbox, every morning. Sign up for the PolitickerNJ Wake Up Call.

Op-Ed

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 >

Contributors

Sports and politics do mix: Welcome the next NFL Commissioner, Condi Rice          There are many sports fans who insist on believing that old bromide that sports and politics do... more »
(9-17-14) Viral Video Prompts Questionable NJ Municipal Ordinance -  Socrates said, “While I might disagree with what you say, I will defend to the death your right to say... more »
(Asbury Park, NJ) -- There's a word for someone who says one thing and does another: hypocrite.  There's no shortage of 'em in Trenton -- from ... more »
 The following letter was sent today to Republican state legislators, county chairs, state committee members, and New Hampshire... more »

Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"Enlisting Fox is another reminder of how much Christie has truly relied on insiders, including Democrats, to bolster his agenda or bail him out of trouble. Not long after arriving in Trenton in 2009, Christie began collaborating with George Norcross, the deeply entrenched Democratic Party kingmaker, to help him cut deals with a Democratic-controlled Legislature.
When his close ally David Samson resigned as chairman of the Port Authority over conflict-of-interest questions earlier this year, Christie replaced Samson with John Degnan, a pillar of the Democratic Party establishment. And now, confronted with a crisis, Christie has turned to “Jamie,’’ as Fox has been known throughout political circles since he began as an aide in the Democratic Senate in the 1980s." - columnist Charles Stile

- The Bergen Record

Poll

Who will succeed Gov. Chris Christie as New Jersey's governor?:

Blogroll

Visit the PolitickerNJ.com/resources page for links to the best collection of information on New Jersey state government.

 

  • Polls
  • The best blogs
  • Columnists
  • State election results
  • Assembly election results
  • Local party websites
  • And more.

PolitickerNJ.com/resources