Double-dipping government employees: NJ Watchdog reports, the biggest double-dipper is Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo who is paid $230,476 of which nearly $69,000 is from a state pension.
Three fourths of NJ sheriffs double dip: Essex County’s Armando Fontoura draws $207,289, including $62,393 from his pension.
Newark and Camden School districts in line to receive hefty private donations. NJ Spotlight says these school districts plan press conferences this morning to announce large donations.
Legislators press Christie on need for more psychiatric beds. NJSpotlight reports Democrats want answers on reversal of state call for services after hearing from hospitals.
Iran deal: using TV and online ads, J Street is trying to convince the undecided lawmakers to side with President Obama. NJ Sen. Cory Booker and Reps. Frank Pallone and Bill Pascrell have not yet annouced their position. PolitickerNJ reports, “Pallone says, “He’s honestly undecided.”
Chris Christie used the State Police helicopter four times for campaign travel, as he vies for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, according to records obtained by NJ Advance Media. A spokesperson confirmed the state was reimbursed for the expense.
Republican Presidential nomination polls: According to the Real Clear Politics average of the most recent polls, Christie is 10th (3.0%) nationally, 11th (2.0%) in Iowa, 8th (3.0%) in New Hampshire and 11th (2.0%) in South Carolina.
DEP: No drought concerns yet for NJ, despite warnings from United Water about low reservoir levels. Nonetheless, with its three reservoirs along the Hackensack River now down to a combined 45 percent of capacity, United Water is asking North Jersey residents to voluntarily conserve water.
As school returns, The Record asks: “Will the state change standards that outline what kids should learn in each grade after a review ordered by the governor? Will New Jersey officials agree on a way to pay for the public employees’ pension fund, which has been underfunded for years? Will there be changes to the state tests that caused so much controversy last year?”
Appearing on Fox’s Hannity show, Christie says Springsteen is no longer a friend. No surprise there.