Morning News Digest: Feb. 4 2013

Four campaigns you deserve to but won’t get (and four you’ll get but don’t deserve)

They say you can be assured of two things in life: death and taxes.

Politicker Staff

 

http://www.politickernj.com/62869/four-campaigns-you-deserve-won-t-get-and-four-you-ll-get-don-t-deserve

 

 

Adellizi-Schmidt to challenge Van Drew in LD1

Republican Susan Adellizi-Schmidt of Upper Township will for the state Senate seat currently occupied by state Sen. Jeff Van Drew (D-1), a source tells PolitickerNJ.com.

Politicker Staff

 

http://www.politickernj.com/62863/adellizi-schmidt-challenge-van-drew-ld1

 

 

 

Scutari says Senate is making significant progress on Superior Court appointments

State senators will hold appointment and reappointment hearings for about two dozen Superior Court judges by the end of the month, and that’s something legislators should be proud of, says one Senate lawmaker.

Matthew Arco- PolitickerNJ.com

 

http://www.politickernj.com/62862/scutari-says-senate-making-significant-progress-superior-court-appointments

 

 

 

Democrat Buono kicks off her campaign for governor

NEW BRUNSWICK – State Sen. Barbara Buono (D-18) formally launched her campaign for governor this afternoon, presenting herself as a working class champion with the underdog history of defying expectations who will overthrow incumbent Republican Gov. Chris Christie.

Max Pizarro- PolitickerNJ.com

 

http://www.politickernj.com/62860/democrat-buono-kicks-her-campaign-governor

 

 

 

Silverstein claims top award for Baby ad

Campaigns & Elections announced today that Silver Strategies and Communication Group is the 2013 Reed Award winner for excellence in the category of Local, County or Judicial Television Advertisement. Silver Strategies was recognized for last year’s Bergen County Democrats “Baby Ad.”

Politicker Staff

 

http://www.politickernj.com/62859/silverstein-claims-top-award-baby-ad

 

Sires stands by Menendez

U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-8) stood by his embattled friend tonight in a statement.

Politicker Staff

http://www.politickernj.com/62858/sires-stands-menendez

 

Geraldo versus GOP Primary field

Given Geraldo Rivera’s announcement yesterday on his radio program, it’s impossible to make it through the week without considering him in match-ups with the GOP’s top U.S. Senate prospects.

Max Pizarro- PolitickerNJ.com

http://www.politickernj.com/62857/geraldo-versus-gop-primary-field

 

Winners and Losers: Week of the Walk to Washington

It’s another end to the New Jersey Chamber’s annual Walk to Washington, and more than a few people nursing headaches probably feel the need to head for the confessionals.

PolitickerNJ Staff

http://www.politickernj.com/62852/winners-and-losers-week-walk-washington

Latest from State Street Wire

 

Weekly Advance: Week of Feb. 4

TRENTON – Last week, the names dropped like flies in the form of bowing out and were replaced by a steady flow of endorsements for the presumed Democratic gubernatorial nominee Barbara Buono.

Matthew Arco – PolitickerNJ.com

http://www.politickernj.com/62854/weekly-advance-week-feb-4-2013

Weekly Roundup: Week of Jan. 28

TRENTON – As expected, Gov. Chris Christie on Monday conditionally vetoed the minimum wage bill Democrats supported that called for not only hiking the wage, but phasing in annual increases to keep pace with the rate of inflation.

Minhaj Hassan-State Street Wire

http://www.politickernj.com/62853/weekly-roundup-week-jan-28

 

From the Back Room

DNC backing Buono; and what was that song?

Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released a statement of support for state Sen. Barbara Buono’s (D-18) gubernatorial candidacy.

Politicker Staff

http://www.politickernj.com/back_room/dnc-backing-buono

The Campaign Trail Return of T. Missy Balmir

T. Missy Balmir of Trenton, a former aide to Jon Corzine and U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-12), has emerged as a key advisor to the Buono for Governor campaign.

Politicker Staff

http://www.politickernj.com/back_room/campaign-trail-return-t-missy-balmir

Where was Booker?

Newark Mayor Cory Booker wasn’t in attendance at the gubernatorial campaign kickoff of state Sen. Barbara Buono (D-18) this afternoon.

Politicker Staff

http://www.politickernj.com/back_room/where-was-booker

 

NJ minimum wage question could cost GOP candidates

Governor Christie‘s veto last week of a minimum wage increase sought by Democrats may alter how much money business-advocacy groups pour into November’s elections — and where they may put it.

Juliet Fletcher – The Record

http://www.northjersey.com/news/recordpolitics/189549641_Minimum_wage_question_could_affect_campaign_spending.html

 

NJ budget official questions Fla. Debris  firm’s $100M contract, political connections

TRENTON – The chairman of the Assembly Budget Committee said Sunday he planned to look into a $100 million no-bid contract the state signed with a Florida debris-removal company after Hurricane Sandy, and how the firm aligned itself with several well-placed Republicans and Democrats to also sell its services to towns in New Jersey.

Jarrett Renshaw-The Star-Ledger

http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/02/nj_budget_official_questions_f.html#incart_river_default

 

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid: Menendez ‘did nothing wrong’

Nearly a week after critics accused Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) of violating Senate rules by accepting flights from a wealthy campaign donor, the upper house’s top Democrat said he has “utmost confidence” that Menendez “did nothing wrong.”

Jessica Calfeti- The Star-Ledger

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2013/02/senate_majority_leader_harry_r.html#incart_river_default

 

Buono qualifies for public matching funds in N.J. governor’s race

TRENTON — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono’has raised enough money to qualify for matching state funds for the primary election, according to her campaign.

Matt Friedman – the Star-Ledger

http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/02/buono_qualifies_for_public_mat.html#incart_special-report

 

President Clinton to honor Ed Koch at funeral Monday

Ed Koch is being remembered as the quintessential New Yorker — an admired but tough, colorful former mayor who will be honored at his funeral by former President Bill Clinton.

The Associated Press

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2013/02/president_clinton_to_honor_ed.html#incart_river_default

 

Christie urged to separate himself from Jersey relief fund

The superstorm Sandy relief fund headed by Governor Christie’s wife is getting ready to distribute its first $1 million in grants. And that’s prompting questions that traditionally come up when politicians sponsor charities.

Melissa Hayes and Harvy Lipman-The Record

http://www.northjersey.com/news/non-profit/non-profit_news/Christie_urged_to_separate_himself_from_Sandy_relief_fund.html

"New Jersey hasn’t heard the last of Brian Goldberg. Or maybe New Jersey will be hearing about him for the first time."
—NJ Media Advance for NJ.com's "The Auditor," on the Essex Republican's new PAC