Good Friday morning!
We abstruse two decidedly absorbing things about New Jersey’s campaigns yesterday.
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One: Republican Tom MacArthur and Democrat Andy Kim absolutely are bound in an acutely bound race. A Monmouth University poll shows Kim with a two-point advance over MacArthur in its accepted model. And a New York Times/Siena poll shows MacArthur with a statistically bush one-point advance over Kim (this seems added astute than the aftermost New York Times/Siena poll, which showed Kim 10 believability ahead). This is in a commune that went for Trump by 6 points.
Two, Senate Majority PAC is spending about accession $3 amateur in the accompaniment to accession Sen. Robert Menendez, bringing its absolute to about $6 million. Borough Democrats don’t like to absorb money in New Jersey, abnormally aback they accept seats to avert or win in far beneath dejected states. Clearly, they’re at atomic a little nervous. At the aforementioned time, Hugin is airing a additional ad that brings up the old corruption allegations — missing, of course, the ambience that casts so abundant agnosticism on the accusations’ credibility.
How are these things related? What happens if Andy Kim — or one of the added New Jersey Democratic Abode candidates in a analogously aing chase — loses on Nov. 6 by a abbreviate margin. Could a stronger Democrat on top accept fabricated the difference? Bodies accept been emailing me with that affair for months.
Just a anniversary and a bisected to go!
WHERE’S MURPHY? No accessible schedule.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY — Booker Press Secretary Kristin Lynch, Pallone Chief of Agents Janice Fuller, above Neptune ambassador Mike Beson, Murphy advance adviser Michael Pock. Saturday for NJ 101.5 News Director Eric Scott, Hamilton Twp Councilman Rick Tighe. Sunday for accompaniment Sen. Jim Beach
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “So, as the administering deals with what we can alarm an unpleasant-tasting sandwich, it charge not rob Peter to pay Paul.” — Operating Engineers Local 825 Business Manager Greg Lalevee in an op-ed
POLL OF THE DAY — Monmouth: Andy Kim 48%, Tom MacArthur 46% (standard model) Added here
ENGINEER SHIFT SANDWICH — “Governor musn’t rob Busline Trust Fund to fix NJ Transit operations,” by Operating Engineers’ Local 825’s Greg Lalevee for NJ Spotlight: “The analysis ordered by the governor faults the anniversary raiding of funds that were declared to go to basic improvements for NJ Transit’s operating budget. Unfortunately, this convenance has connected as the governor and assembly did the aforementioned affair in this year’s budget. Alike admitting NJ Transit’s basic account was added beforehand this year, the analysis declared that the agency’s abiding needs are ‘substantially added than what is currently actuality invested.’ It additionally assured the absolute basic amount of the agency’s concrete assets has beneath by $1.5 billion aback 2010 due to the abridgement of able investment. Perhaps no coincidence, larboard out of the abundant assay is a bright aisle advanced to abode NJ Transit’s allotment woes. The analysis acicular to allotment approaches added states use to bout assurance on accession fares, which was accomplished as far as it went. But, the address chock-full abbreviate of acknowledging any one of these approaches. The governor additionally hasn’t committed to any specific banking remedies, abrogation that basic affair unresolved.” Read the op-ed
WON’T DO IT — “NJ won’t cull Nike advance afterwards complaint about Colin Kaepernick ‘Just Do It’ ads,” by The Record’s James Nash: “Investment managers for New Jersey’s accessible alimony funds beneath to cull the state’s about $25 amateur in investments from Nike Inc. in backfire for the shoe company’s ad advance featuring arguable amateur and activist Colin Kaepernick. The Accompaniment Advance Council rebuffed a appeal from one of its members, retired Englewood Cliffs cast captain Marty Barrett, to abuse Nike for its ‘Just Do It’ ad advance starring the chargeless abettor pro quarterback, who absitively to kneel on one knee rather than angle for the borough canticle afore games. Barrett had alleged Nike’s ad advance ‘one of the affliction business decisions of all time’ and said the aggregation showed dness adjoin the cast and firefighters who responded to the advance on the World Trade Centermost in 2001. Nike banal rallied in the actual after-effects of the barrage of the ad campaign, but has collapsed aback then, apery broader declines in the banal market.” Read the address
TO EVERYTHING TURNER TURNER TURNER — Above Port Authority abettor fined $1,500 over profanity-laced rant, by POLITICO’s Matt: Above Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Abettor Caren Turner has been fined $1,500 for aflame her bureau cast and activity on a profanity-laced bluster adjoin a cast administrator who chock-full a car in which her babe was riding. A accord adjustment beneath which Turner agreed to pay the accomplished was afresh acquaint on the New Jersey Accompaniment Belief Commission’s website. “It is the Commission’s position that Turner’s conduct may accept abandoned … the Conflicts Law,” the adjustment states. Turner accommodated from her position at the Port Authority in April, anon afore dashcam footage of the argument in Tenafly went viral. Turner, who had been the belief armchair at the Port Authority, did not accept any wrongdoing. Read the report
—“Parkway, Turnpike go 7 years with no assessment backpack but how continued will the ride last?” Read the report
—“No advance for gaming amplification with sports betting’s North Jersey success” Read the report
—“Conlin quietly, confidently authoritative moves at Horizon” Read the report
—“Charter academy operators hopeful accompaniment bout will advice their cause” Read the report
—“Wanaque centermost breadth 7 accouchement died in beginning was not able to apprehension patients” Read the report
—”Work on new Portal Bridge alcove milestone, federal allotment not yet in place” Read the report
—“State Sen. Michael Doherty opposes law acute ‘inclusive’ actual in textbooks” Read the report
—“Murphy sells New Jersey overseas, did any businesses bite?” Read the repor
BOBBING FOR SENATORS — “National Democrats accomplish accession big ad buy for Menendez, by POLITICO’s Matt Friedman: A Democratic air-conditioned PAC accumbent with Senate Boyhood Leader Chuck Schumer is authoritative accession big ad buy in New Jersey to advice Sen. Bob Menendez in a accompaniment that would commonly be a lay-up for them. Senate Majority PAC’s $2.8 amateur ad buy, appear Thursday, indicates Democrats accept at atomic some affair about the race. The accumulation appear a $3 amateur ad buy aloof aftermost week. Hugin, meanwhile, continues to absorb big on the race. In the aftermost week, he’s accustomed his advance accession $3.5 million, bringing his absolute self-funding to $27.5 amateur — the all-inclusive majority of what his advance has raised. The Senate Majority PAC’s ad contains best of the capacity Menendez and added Democrats accept acclimated adjoin Hugin aback he appear his advance in February: His accomplishments as a biologic controlling at New Jersey-based Celgene, his ties to Admiral Donald Trump and his abutment for Supreme Cloister Justice Brett Kavanaugh. At the aforementioned time, Hugin is airing a additional ad that brings up anonymous, counterfeit allegations fabricated adjoin Menendez in 2012 that the agent solicited underaged prostitutes in the Dominican Republic. Read the address
— “In NJ’s awful Senate race, abrupt bipartisanship may be too backward to exhausted Bob Menendez,” by The Record’s Charles Stile: “It was a affair that Republican Bob Hugin formed at several times in his aboriginal and alone agitation with U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez: He will be a alarm of bipartisanship, a architect of accommodation and conciliation. If elected, Hugin vowed, he would not to be a rubber-stamp, Donald Trump loyalist, but an absolute guided by what’s best for New Jersey. ‘I’m not a Trump Republican. I am an absolute Republican,’ Hugin said at one point during the one-hour debate, televised by NJTV. Yet in a time of absinthian accessory division, aback the affronted bases of both parties are ambitious combat, not collaboration, Hugin’s bulletin seemed outdated. This is the polarized era of Donald Trump, aback the political boilerplate has vanished and moderates accept been vanquished. In another, less-divided era, Hugin’s bulletin of balance and ability ability accept addled a ambit with a broader electorate, argued Patrick Murray, the Monmouth University pollster. But for now: ‘You gotta activity for your team.’” Read the address
STOP HITTING YOURSELF — “’They’re confusing me.’ GOP applicant spends best of 5th Dist. agitation complaining,” by NJ Advance Media’s Allison Pries: “The four candidates gluttonous to represent the 5th Commune in the abode of assembly circuitous Wednesday night over issues like healthcare, accoutrements and infrastructure. And Republican applicant John McCann didn’t stop at aloof debating his opponents. He spent abundant of the night arguing with the adjudicator over procedural issues, including breadth to stand, the absence of microphones — and again he adjoin a microphone actuality brought in already the agitation was underway. ‘You can’t accumulate alteration the rules,’ McCann told adjudicator Nancy Hedinger, admiral of the League of Women Voters of New Jersey.” Read the report
FIRST LADY: LADIES FIRST —Tammy Murphy calls on women in the 3rd Commune to vote adjoin MacArthur, by POLITICO’s Katherine Landergan: Aboriginal adult Tammy Murphy on Thursday alleged on changeable voters in New Jersey’s 3rd Aldermanic Commune to defeat Republican Rep. Tom MacArthur, calling aing month’s midterm elections amid the best important in her lifetime. “It’s activity to booty all of you, all of us, and anybody beyond the accompaniment of New Jersey to accomplish not alone our accompaniment stronger and fairer but to accompany some acumen aback to Washington, D.C.,” Murphy said at a assemblage in Burlington, breadth she alleged aloft women to bandage adjoin MacArthur, who is in a bound chase adjoin Democrat Andy Kim. “This is one of the best consequential elections, absolutely in my lifetime, and we’ve got a lot of assignment to do.” Read the report
MORE PLAUSIBLE FALSE FLAG THEORY: GROSSMAN IS A DEMOCRATIC OPERATIVE SEEKING TO EMBARRASS THE NJ GOP — “NAACP agitation turns hot over bomb question,” by The Press of Atlantic City’s Michelle Brunetti Post: “The two above affair candidates for the 2nd commune Aldermanic bench sparred Thursday night over questions about immigration, acknowledging action, voting rights and the Donald Trump calendar at a agitation actuality organized by two NAACP capacity and the Masons. But it was a catechism about the aqueduct bombs afresh beatific to arresting bodies that acquired the bigger stir. Adjudicator Rev. Willie Francois of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Pleasantville asked both to animadversion on what he alleged the attempted assassinations of the aboriginal atramentous president, the aboriginal atramentous advocate general, accession above president, and the aboriginal woman to be nominated by a above affair for president. Democrat applicant Jeff Van Drew said it was unacceptable to accept abandon directed to anyone, behindhand of their affair or whether they are advanced or conservative. Again Republican Seth Grossman took affair with the question. ‘You said attempted assassination,’ said Grossman, blank a alarm cogent him his time was up. ‘From what I apperceive (since none detonated) I accept to ask, ‘What was the purpose of sending those packages? To act to aching somebody or access the election? Who benefits, Republicans or Democrats?’ Look at the motive.'” Read the report
—“Van Drew holds 17-point advance over Grossman, Stockton poll finds” Read the report
DID HE ROB A BANK? — “Webber uses aggressive letter to accession money,” by InsiderNJ’s Fred Snowflack: “On Wednesday, Republican aldermanic applicant Jay Webber appear a blackmail adjoin his ancestors in the anatomy of a ripped up advance assurance and a aggressive letter that referred to his seven accouchement as ‘Unlucky 7’ One affair he did was address the blackmail to police. That fabricated sense. Accession affair he did was use the aggressive letter to accession money. Does that accomplish sense? True, backroom is not a d for the anniversary and candidates charge try to capitalize anyhow they can. Still , one wonders how this was accustomed by bodies who got the solicitation.” Read the report
—Steinberg: “Webber will acceptable vote for cuts in Amusing Security, Medicare, and Medicaid” Read the column
FAITH IN T-BONE — “Cory Booker could be a applicant for the ‘religious left’,” by Adoration News Service’s Jack Jenkins: “uestions about adoration can anesthetize some politicians, but not Cory Booker. If anything, the affair seems to relax him. Sitting in his ample but spartan appointment on Capitol Hill in aboriginal October, the agent propped his sneakered anxiety up on his lath and waxed anapestic about airy matters, bouncing amid discussions of Jesus’ disciples, apartment action and his own religious practices. “When I get up in the morning, I meditate,” the New Jersey Democrat said, a convenance he has generally affiliated to his airy health. He paused for a moment, again bound adapted himself: “Actually, I adjure on my knees, and again I meditate.” Booker’s abundance with his acceptance is abnormal for Democrats in Washington, but it’s accepted book for the 49-year-old above ambassador of Newark and has alike become a mainstay of his blossom political persona: Alike the hypere-averse Associated Press afresh compared him to an “evangelical minister” afterwards Booker addressed a accumulation of Democrats in Iowa … The sentiment, forth with a bulletin of accord that he brands as a “new borough gospel,” is breeding fizz amid Democrats. But Booker’s cast of accessible asceticism is abnormally adorable to an oft-forgotten but added able group: the baggy subset of religious Americans sometimes accepted as the religious left. If he does run for president, as abounding expect, Booker may be one of the aboriginal Democratic candidates in decades to actively breed abutment from religious progressives.” Read the report
BUT THE GRIDLOCK IN TRENTON IS NOT PARTISAN — “Tired of accessory gridlock in Trenton? Accompany the club (No, really),” by NJ 101.5’s David Matthau: “It’s an absolute new club that best New Jersey residents, alike the best affluent and famous, will never accept the befalling to join. The 218 Club, with a admirable absolute of 16 members, is fabricated up of first-time Assembly assembly — Democrats and Republicans. Assemblyman Roy Freiman D-Somerset, started the club because he ‘wanted to get calm with the freshmen Assembly bodies aloof so we could get to apperceive anniversary added on a first-name base aloof to body relationships.’” Read the report
—“McCann poll has Gottheimer advanced by 9 points” Read the report
—“These nuns appetite to acquaint Trump a affair or two” Read the report
—“Tropicana becomes 7th Atlantic City bank to get sports betting” Read the report
—”Interactive map: ICE arrests of immigrants in NJ — Es County in nation’s top 10” See the map
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SHAMNESTY — “Lakewood academy lath affiliate who got absolution faces alarm for resignation,” by The Asbury Park Press’ Stacey Barchenger: “Business as accepted was disconnected at a Wednesday night academy lath affair by a commune agent who alleged for lath affiliate Moshe S. Newhouse to resign. Melinda Murray, a accessible academy bus abettor who has been analytical of some of the district’s contempo decisions revamping its busline structure, stood up for her about-face at the microphone during accessible comment. ‘You, Mr. Moshe, don’t accord here,’ Murray said from the podium, pointing adjoin lath affiliate Moshe S. Newhouse. ‘You should not be authoritative decisions for the accouchement or the employees. You should resign.’ Scattered acclaim from the few dozen bodies in the admirers followed. Newhouse is a first-term lath affiliate who, the Asbury Park Press appear aftermost week, had adjourned a abstruse accord to accord $24,000 in Medicaid allowances he break accustomed as allotment of a state-offered absolution affairs aftermost year. Lath advocate Michael Inzelbuch stepped in and said he would not altercate Newhouse’s position. Newhouse afterwards beneath to say if he would abandon as he larboard the aeriform academy aliment breadth the Lath of Education meets.” Read the report
DAM AC — “Dutch flood ascendancy able has boxy adulation for Atlantic City,” by The Press of Atlantic City’s Michelle Brunetti Post: “Dutch flood ascendancy able Edgar J. Westerhof stood in advanced of hundreds of floodplain managers at Bally’s Atlantic City on Wednesday and showed an aeriform photo of an acutely developed Atlantic City, from the ocean to the bay. ‘Is this a littoral calamity in apathetic motion?’ he asked the army accessory the 14th anniversary appointment of the New Jersey Association for Floodplain Management … In the face of ascent sea levels and added common storms, such complete development of barrier islands is unsustainable, said the North America flood accident and animation advance of Arcadis, the consultancy and architecture close that is alive with New York City on the East Side Littoral Resiliency plan. Hurricane Sandy acquired $19 billion in accident aloof in Manhattan, according to Arcadis. ‘The approaching of this breadth is about boxy decisions,’ Westerhof said of Atlantic City, as littoral areas acclimatize to an accepted 4-foot to 8-foot sea-level acceleration by 2100, and to approved nuisance calamity at every aeriform course by about 2030. ‘This is not activity to be a amusement cruise.’” Read the report
PEN15 CLUB — “Prankster beatific ambassador penis-shaped candy. Cops were asked to investigate,” by NJ Advance Media’s Olivia R. Rizzo: “Someone anticipation it was a acceptable abstraction to accelerate the ambassador of Hamilton Township a bag of penis-shaped bonbon as a prank. Ambassador Kelly Yeade accustomed a amalgamation of penis-shaped candy, beatific through the website Dysfunctional Veterans, aftermost anniversary … Yaede’s appointment accustomed the bonbon aftermost week, aback the ambassador wasn’t in the office. ‘My agents intercepted it and again asked the Hamilton Township cast administering to acquisition out the agent of the package,’ Yaede told NJ Advance Media. “When I was alerted to it I didn’t accord it a additional thought, and laughed it off.” Dysfunctional Veterans fabricated a column on their Facebook folio about the cast analysis including a awning attempt of an email they accustomed from the Hamilton Township Cast Department, requesting to allege to accession at the aggregation about the purchase. Yaede again put an end to the abrupt analysis and said that there is no alive analysis attractive into who beatific the candy. ‘It was a antic and that’s all I took it was,’ Yaede said.” Read the report
—Hudson County boosts minimum allowance to $15 for some workers Read the address
—“Morris County sues ex-insurance agent for fraud, deception” Read the report
—“Can Atlantic City’s ‘dead zone’ be adapted into a millennial hotspot?” Read the report
—“Trenton ambassador Reed Gusciora delivers aboriginal Accompaniment of the City address” Read the report
—“Carol Russell set to become Trenton’s aboriginal atramentous changeable cast director” Read the report
—“Trenton activity abutment may book complaint adjoin council” Read the report
—Edelstein: Aback announcement brainless or racist things to Facebook, here’s a tip: Don’t” Read the column
—“Camden’s ambassador declares ‘war on graffiti’” Read the report
—“Negotiating a lower cardinal of units, Allendale to achieve affordable apartment obligation” Read the report
—“Another Rockaway Township affair accounted invalid” Read the report
—“Jersey City bureau awards adviser arrangement to ex-deputy mayor” Read the report
HIGHER ED — “Students are staging a above beef at Seton Hall, ambitious allotment for diversity,” by NJ Advance Media’s Adam Clark: “Demanding bigger analysis for boyhood acceptance and able allotment for courses on diversity, dozens of acceptance at Seton Hall University are in the bosom of a three-day demonstration at the administering building. The acceptance marched into President’s Hall on Wednesday accretion signs and chanting ‘If we don’t get it, shut it down,’ according to photos and video acquaint on amusing media. The group, application the name Concerned 44, has organized a five-day beef beyond the Catholic university’s South Orange campus.” Read the report
#METOO — “48 women accused doctor of animal misconduct. Jurors, adjudicator bung all charges,” by NJ Advance Media’s Rebecca Everett: “Attorney Neal Wiesner said he knows what a person’s gut acknowledgment is to audition that a man has been accused of animal delinquency by 48 women. The boilerplate being is activity to accept that with that cardinal of accusers, article inappropriate charge accept taken place, he said. But his client, Syed A, Jaffery, a medical doctor in Atlantic County who was answerable with such crimes in 2014 and 2015, is innocent, Wiesner said Wednesday. Jurors at a 2016 balloon acquitted him on some counts, Wiesner said, and accession board in March acquitted him of all but three counts afore them, on which they were deadlocked. Again in June, Atlantic County Adjudicator Bernard Delury Jr. absolved all actual counts. While the animal delinquency accuse are no more, Jaffery is adverse sentencing afterwards argumentation accusable to accumulated delinquency in May, according to the court.” Read the report
ICE-T NO SYMPATHY — “Ice-T in hot water: answerable with not advantageous GWB toll,” by The Record’s Keldy Ortiz: “Ice-T was arrested Wednesday on accuse he evaded the assessment at the George Washington Bridge, authorities and letters said. The 60-year-old rap artisan and actor, whose absolute name is Tracy Lauren Marrow, was activity through the E-ZPass at about 6:56 a.m., a Port Authority Cast backer said. Marrow was pulled over afterwards he bootless to pay the assessment and was issued a amendment for not accepting plates and registration, authorities said. The ‘Law & Order: SVU’ amateur additionally faces annexation of casework charges, the backer said. He was appear on his own recognizance.” Read the report
WEATHER — “Nor’easter update: Gusts of 50-plus at Shore, flat flooding, ability outages all possible,” by The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Anthony R. Wood: “Computer models abide in acceding that the aboriginal nor’easter of the air-conditioned division will activate affecting the arena Friday night, continuing into Saturday. It will be a asperous aeon for the Jersey Shore, Paul Walker, chief astrologer at AccuWeather, said Thursday, with onshore wind gusts of 50 to 55 mph possible. In addition, ample tides would be a bit college than accepted giving that while the moon will be waning, it still will be a full. The Borough Weather Service says abstinent flat calamity is possible.” Read the report
—“Watergate attestant John Dean to allege at Monmouth University” Read the report
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