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News Roundup & Open Thread for Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Bad omen for former Port Authority Chair David Samson: United Airlines Chief Executive and two other senior officials have stepped down during a federal corruption investigation on whether the airline had improperly sought to influence senior officials at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Samson was granted “The chairman’s flight” to South Carolina where he has a home.

Federal government awards $256 million to PATH: to repair damage sustained by the Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) rail system during Superstorm Sandy.

Feds drop study of cancer risks near nuclear sites including Oyster Creek, arguing they don’t haver the time or resources.

Christie is officially continuing his four-year, multi-million dollar battle for legal sports betting despite appellate court ruling. The state Legislature and the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association filed similar motions.

Pinelands burning: Firefighters are battling a blaze that has burned through about 1,000 acres of the Pinelands.

Obama said about Christie: “And then there was the guy – these guys are running for office, they’re running for the presidency – who said a union deserves a punch in the face. Really? Tell me how you really feel.”

Thursday the NJ Economic Development Authority will consider a host of new tax breaks to corporations, including $253 million for a Camden venture. NJ Policy Perspective has detailed in the past that the subsidies the state has offered to companies to relocate in Camden are highly risky, “come at a tremendous taxpayer cost per job and mostly shifted existing jobs around the region, doing little to grow the broader economy.”

If Christie were mayor of New York City he says, “Stop-and-frisk would be back in about five minutes.” Guess what guv: “Stop and Frisk” searches remain legal in NYC, just under more appropriate regulations.

Finally Rep. Bill Pascrell says, he will vote for the agreement curbing Iran’s nuclear program.

Mayor Steve Fulop indicated yesterday, he would oppose the nuclear deal with Iran reached by President Obama.

Mayor of Jersey City takes another step toward gubernatorial candidacy. He opens his new website Steve Fulop 2017.

Former Senator Joe Lieberman was in Teaneck yesterday to support Democrat Josh Gottheimer, who is considering a 2016 challenge to U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett.

Pot Smokers beware: NJ Appellate Court ruled that police may still search people without a warrant when they detect the smell of marijuana.

Add Bon Jovi to the list of artists scheduled to perform in China only to have their concerts canceled due to some sort of affiliation with the Dalai Lama.

News Roundup & Open Thread for Wednesday, September 2, 2015

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.  

News Roundup & Open Thread for Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Double-dipping government employees: NJ Watchdog reports, the biggest 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 doubler 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 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?”

QoTD: President Obama’s legacy

Quote of the Day today is from Doug O’Malley of Environment New Jersey, who joins NJ leaders calling out the White House for a decision that opens New Jersey to enormous risk of damage to NJ’s beautiful territory.

With the news that the federal Interior Department is lifting a 5-year moratorium on drilling in coastal waters along part of the Eastern seaboard, there was quick response from several of the members of NJ’s congressional delegation.

In a joint statement, senators Menendez and Booker and Rep. Frank Pallone, who represents shore towns in Monmouth, issued a joint statement, warning that the economic consequences of an oil spill near our coastline would be catastrophic. That concern was echoed by a tweet from Rep. Frank LoBiondo who reps towns along many miles of South Jersey shoreline. At the other end of the state, Rep. Bill Pascrell, whose interior district fronts marshland and the Hudson, commented that the risks outweigh the benefits.

Gov. Christie, fleece-clad and reassuring, vaulted into the national mindset as the face of Sandy recovery – this, before New Jerseyans saw how incompetent at recovery his administration was to be. That’s less a concern to national GOP voters, they’re still grooving on his hollow image. But this move by the White House leaves Christie in a weird position. He’s spoken out against drilling off NJ’s shore in the past. But that was before. Now that he’s vying for the GOP nomination, coming out against Atlantic drilling might not sit so well with some people whose checks he craves for 2016.  

House of Representatives sputtering onward

The new 114th congressional session kicked off in early January with a few sputters. Its Republican membership has increased but so far not its openness to moderate issues. Nonetheless, two New Jersey Democrats (Reps. Norcross and Sires) have voted in support of Republican bills. Republicans who believe in “limited, constitutional government” have formed The House Freedom Caucus, whose membership includes New Jersey’s most rabid conservative Scott Garrett. Rep. Garrett earlier voted against John Boehner as Speaker, which did not endear him to leadership. So far the house seems to be operating under the principle of “same old same old.”  

House action:

  • Keystone XL Pipeline Act passed 266-153. Democrats Norcross and Sires voted Yes as did all NJ Republicans. All other NJ D’s voted No.

  • Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens (weakens Dodd Franks legislation) passed 271-154. Democrat Sires and All NJ R’s voted Yes, and all other NJ D’s voted No.

  • Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act passed 253-169. Norcross (D) and all NJ R’s voted Yes. Other NJ D’s voted No.

  • Prohibit taxpayer abortions passed 242-179. All NJ R’s voted Yes; all D’s voted No.

  • Appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security (Limits the President’s authority to  to spare classes of deserving immigrants per his Executive Order.) passed 236-191. All NJ R’s voted Yes. All NJ D’s voted No.

    For committee assignments and power ratings, go below the fold.