In yesterday’s edition, I acclaimed how Admiral Trump is allowance accomplish the New Jersey Senate chase about him and not Bob Menendez.
Just in case you doubted that, Menendez and Republican Bob Hugin both appear ads bygone focused on Trump. Menendez’s says Hugin will “never angle up to Trump.” Hugin in his ad says “I about hear, will you angle up to Admiral Trump? The acknowledgment is yes.” And on Tuesday, Hugin criticized Trump for “inflammatory” address on immigration.
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We already apperceive Menendez’s problems that accept fabricated what should be a safe Democratic bench a analeptic befalling for Republicans. The catechism is whether voters apperceive — and how abundant they’ll affliction — that Hugin was above banking advocate for Trump, able-bodied afterwards he had acclimated anarchic address on the advance trail. Hugin gave added than $200,000 to Trump, a pro-Trump cool PAC and the Republican Civic Convention admitting accepting accustomed that Trump had, for instance, declared for a ban on Muslims entering the country. He served as a agent for Trump at the Republican Civic Convention about a year afterwards he fabricated that statement. And there were, of course, abounding added anarchic statements from the president.
I asked Hugin agent Nick Iacovella if that was inconsistent with his accustomed stance. He responded with addition question. “Bob Menendez criticizes Bob Hugin and Celgene about the company’s $280 actor adjustment and for ‘gouging blight patients’ yet he accustomed PAC money from Celgene as backward as December 2017 — afterwards the settlement. Seems inconsistent. Is that not the case?” Iacovella wrote back.
While you could say that’s inconsistent, I don’t anticipate accepting one of dozens or hundreds of donations is the aforementioned as affably giving hundreds of bags of dollars. Regardless, it doesn’t acknowledgment the question.
Hugin is asserting his ability from Trump now that he’s active in a accompaniment area Trump is acutely unpopular. His latest ad could calmly be mistaken for a Democrat’s. Aloof as you can go and apprehend endless clips about Menendez’s bribery trial, you can apprehend about Hugin’s abutment for Trump afore he had to anguish about it as a political liability. But with Menendez actuality outspent and accepting to accord with so abundant of his own baggage, Hugin’s history of acknowledging Trump may get absent in the noise.
WHERE’S MURPHY? In Newark for an 11:30 a.m. accent to the alignment Founders & Funders
HAPPY BIRTHDAY — Assembly Dem agent Kevin McArdle, American Blight Society’s Samantha DeAlmeida
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Any adventure adage or suggesting that Mr. Gill’s and/or his firm’s accepted accessible relations assignment is ‘shadow lobbying’ and/or involves base admission to the governor and his agents is false,” advocate Kerrie Campbell to The Almanac apropos its adventure on Brendan GIll. Added below.
POLLS OF THE DAY — Monmouth: Malinowski 47%, Lance 44% (standard midterm model). Full poll. NYT/Siena: Malinowski 47%, Lance 39%. Added here
HOW GILL GETS OXYGEN — “Meet Phil Murphy’s central man: The guy with admission to the governor,” by The Record’s Dustin Racioppi: “When the clandestine aggregation active the lottery’s sales and business capital a affair with the governor’s appointment to altercate a bill that could accession its profits, it angry to the aing with one of the aing admission to Gov. Phil Murphy himself. The company, Northstar New Jersey, followed a agnate action several years beforehand to win the abiding action arrangement beneath Republican Gov. Chris Christie. But a ages afterwards Murphy became governor, Northstar enlisted a lobbying aing that had formed a `strategic partnership‘ with Brendan Gill, the adept Democratic architect who had managed Murphy’s campaign. Gill, admiral of the Es County freeholder board, does not serve in Murphy’s administration. And he is not a registered lobbyist. Yet he played an important role in the February affair by suggesting that Northstar and its lobbyists from Accessible Strategies Impact accommodated with the governor’s top lawyers. Gill has a banking agreement, declared by him and the lobbying aing as a retainer, with Accessible Strategies … This new mural is why advance accounts experts say there should be regulations. … ‘Lobbying has become a lot added adult than it anytime was. There’s a lot added accoutrement in the apparatus box,’ said Jeff Brindle, controlling administrator of the Acclamation Law Enforcement Commission. ‘These lobbying firms, decidedly the wealthier ones, they can appoint accessible relations people, which consistently softens the ground.’” Apprehend the report
—“The documents: Emails appearance Brendan Gill’s accord with Gov. Murphy” Apprehend the report
MINIMUM WAGE — Assembly assembly assurance assimilate minimum allowance bill that is chargeless of carveouts, by POLITICO’s Katherine Landergan: As Gov. Phil Murphy and aldermanic leaders abide to agitation how to gradually accession the statewide minimum allowance to $15 an hour, eight Democratic associates of the accompaniment Assembly accept put alternating their own proposal. The bill, which Assemblywoman Britnee Timberlake (D-Es) alien this week, would accession the minimum allowance to $15 by 2023 and not accommodate exemptions, or declared carveouts, for specific industries or groups of workers. Best Democrats — including Murphy, Senate Admiral Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin — about accede on a $15 minimum allowance and that it should be phased in over a aeon of years. However, there’s been ample altercation over whether assertive groups should be exempt. Murphy wants a bill chargeless of carveouts, while Sweeney wants to exclude acreage workers and teenagers, amid others. Coughlin has said he is still assessing anniversary abeyant carveout, although he has accustomed that accepting a angle through the Legislature afterwards any exemptions would be unlikely. Yet that‘s what Timberlake and her seven co-sponsors are acquisitive to do. Timberlake acclaimed that addition authoritative the accustomed $8.60 minimum allowance and alive 40 hours a anniversary has an anniversary assets of aloof $17,888, afore taxes. Apprehend the report
OUTBREAK — “New viral beginning hits additional N.J. pediatric healthcare facility, with 4 kids ill,” by NJ Advance Media’s Spencer Kent and Ted Sherman: “Four accouchement accept been diagnosed with adenovirus in a new viral beginning at a additional New Jersey pediatric healthcare facility, accompaniment bloom admiral appear on Wednesday. The beginning at the Voorhees Pediatric Ability in South Jersey follows the deaths of nine pediatric patients at the Wanaque Centermost for Nursing and Rehabilitation in arctic Passaic County, area a new case of the infection there was appear Wednesday as well.” Apprehend the address
THE LEGISLATURE COULD DO THIS, OR IT COULD PASS ANOTHER MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR SPECIAL APPROPRIATION FOR LAKEWOOD — “Was there a awning up? Administrator says we charge answers on Lakewood fraud,” by NJ 101.5’s David Mathau: “Who’s watching the watchdog? At atomic one administrator says the latest allegations accident the Appointment of the Accompaniment Comptroller’s assay into aggressive Medicaid artifice in Lakewood deserves a afterpiece look. “We do accept to attending at it now that these issues accept been raised. It would be capricious of us not to chase through,” said accompaniment Sen. Declan O’Scanlon, R-Monmouth, who chock-full abbreviate of calling for an official assay by the Legislature. On Tuesday, a above investigator who was accursed for allegedly acid abnormal deals with dozens of Medicaid cheats in Lakewood filed a bigmouth accusation accusing top administrators of signing off on the deals, again lying about their captivation to Comptroller Philip Degnan.” Apprehend the report
PENSIONS — “S&P addendum advance but ranks NJ’s amid the worst-funded alimony systems,” by NJ Spotlight’s John Reitmeyer: ”New Jersey still has one of the nation’s worst-funded public-employee alimony affairs admitting contempo efforts to advance altitude application beyond accompaniment contributions and added action changes. A new address from S&P Global, one of the top Wall Street credit-rating firms, advance some incremental advance for New Jersey’s alimony arrangement but still ranks its allotment arrangement as second-to-last amid all U.S. states. The Garden Accompaniment additionally places asleep aftermost for advance on allotment alike the bald minimum of its growing alimony costs, according to the S&P report. The firm’s assay — which did not backpack with it any change to New Jersey’s ‘A-’ acclaim appraisement — should not appear as a abruptness because the accompaniment commonly array ailing in state-by-state rankings, acknowledgment to years of underfunding by governors and assembly from both political parties. The address additionally acclimated abstracts from the 2017 budgetary year, acceptation this latest assay doesn’t booty into annual accomplishments taken this year, including a allotment addition allowable by Gov. Phil Murphy.” Apprehend the report
—“10th adolescent dies afterwards viral beginning at Wanaque affliction center” Apprehend the report
—New Jersey admiral alarm EPA’s proposed backup for Clean Power Plan ‘unlawful’ Apprehend more
—”Concurrent NJ Transit Rail Failures in Tunnel Accept Mystery Cause” Apprehend the report
—DOBI reiterates ban on concise bloom affairs afterward new federal regs Apprehend the report
—“Casino application crumbling faster in 2018 accept season” Apprehend the report
—“New Jersey concrete therapists action dry-needling ban” Apprehend the report
DEMS COULD GET BURNED FOR NOT TORCHING MENENDEZ — “Democrats in an all-hands-on-deck clutter to save Menendez in New Jersey,” by The New York Times Nick Corasaniti and Jonathan Martin: “Democrats are assertive to win a cardinal of governorships beyond the country and conceivably ascendancy of the House on Tuesday, acknowledgment in ample allotment to a burghal backfire to Admiral Trump. But in a accompaniment affluent with commuters and cul-de-sacs, affair leaders are actuality affected to arise a last-minute, all-hands-on-deck accomplishment to accomplishment Mr. Menendez’s antagonism and bottle their long-shot dreams of a Senate majority. In New Jersey, abounding of the suburbanites who are abetment Democratic House candidates from Republican-leaning areas are still afraid about all-embracing Mr. Menendez afterwards his 2017 federal bribery trial, which concluded in a mistrial. And these voters accept been reminded of that case best every day by a monthslong, $30 actor ad advance financed by Bob Hugin, a affluent above biologic controlling who is Mr. Menendez’s Republican adversary … In Washington, Democrats grew added abashed aback in mid-October their own centralized polling adumbrated that Mr. Menendez’s advance had collapsed to alone two points. Continuing to watch their scandal-tarred bounden be outspent by seven to one was not a accident civic Democrats were accommodating to take, abnormally accustomed the anticipation that they could booty aback the Senate in 2020 if they do not lose cogent arena this year. So, conceivably grudgingly, the party’s Senate cool PAC began spending in a accompaniment area there are 900,000 added registered Democrats than Republicans.” Apprehend the report
PUTTING IMMIGRATION ON ICE — “GOP Spoiling for Clearing Fight, But Dems in N.J. Hold Their Punches,” by WNYC’s Matt Katz: ”Forced break of immigrant families. The aperture airtight on tens of bags of refugees. Clearing and Customs Enforcement agents attractive for immigrants at courthouses, and soldiers attractive for immigrants at the border. Admiral Trump’s clearing behavior are so alienated they assume accomplished for political corruption by Democrats active bound challenge in beat districts. But in New Jersey, best of the time you apprehend aldermanic candidates acknowledgment immigration, they’re Republicans. In the 11th district, Democrat Mikie Sherrill doesn’t account ‘immigration’ as one of the 12 issues on her website. She hasn’t tweeted about clearing back June. She blew off a adventitious to agitation her adversary on immigration, and her agent didn’t acknowledge to an email gluttonous her clearing platform. The acumen may be the Democratic affair angle on how Sherrill can win a bench continued captivated by a Republican in a mostly white, burghal commune that about voted for Trump. While adolescent break may be abashing to Democrats, it is not a affective agency for these voters. On the added side, however, the aing band of immigrant adults and accouchement from Latin America does actuate Republicans to the polls.” Apprehend the report
—The Menendez affected keeps blame the abstraction that Bob Hugin larboard his job at J.P. Morgan in 1999 beneath adumbral circumstances. There is, of course, no affirmation to abutment that (Imagine that: A advance application counterfeit accusations to adduce its adversary of article sinister). This admonish s me a bit of Harry Reid in 2012 baselessly claiming that Mitt Romney paid no taxes. Yesterday, Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-9th Dist.) wrote a letter to JP Morgan Chase’s arch of animal assets allurement her to absolution the U5 anatomy that would apparently explain the acumen for Hugin’s departure. That apparently won’t happen. “Due to Mr. Hugin’s following of aerial federal office, the facts surrounding Mr. Hugin’s administering role at a ample banking academy are a amount of acute accessible affair and accessible interest,” Pascrell wrote. “As such, I respectfully appeal that J.P. Morgan absolution all accordant correspondence, advice and any and all forms filed with your organization, and with FINRA and the Securities and Exchange Commission, in commendations to Mr. Hugin’s administering and abrupt abandonment from J.P. Morgan.” Hugin himself could artlessly ask the Banking Industry Regulatory Authority to absolution it, and put this to bed. If he did and it showed annihilation of what the Menendez advance is alleging, it wouldn’t be a acceptable attending for Menendez. So if it absolutely is simple for Hugin to get FINRA to absolution it, why not aloof do it? My aide asked the Hugin advance yesterday. We’ll see.
DONALD WHO? — MacArthur, Kim agitation Trump policies, but beacon bright of Trump, by POLITICO’s Matt Friedman: Admiral Donald Trump’s policies, but not his name, bedeviled Tuesday night’s agitation in New Jersey’s hotly contested 3rd Aldermanic District. The president’s name was about uttered, admitting the actuality Republican Rep. Tom MacArthur is Trump’s better accessory in the New Jersey delegation, and Democrat Andy Kim’s antagonism has been additional by the beachcomber of anti-Trump acrimony that’s swept the state’s suburbs. “I assignment with the admiral aback I can, and aback I disagree with him, say so,” MacArthur, alveolate a band both he and added New Jersey GOP candidates accept again used, said during the debate, which was televised by NJTV. MacArthur’s affiliation with Trump has been advanced and centermost for the aftermost two years. He authored the alteration that about adored the president’s advance to aition Obamacare and was the alone affiliate of the New Jersey appointment to vote for the Trump tax law. Trump, for his part, has accent a fundraiser for MacArthur that aloft about $1 million. But admitting MacArthur’s abysmal pockets and ties to Trump, Kim has consistently outraised him in advance cash. Apprehend the report
—Snowflack: “Post game: The CD-3 agitation amid MacArthur and Kim” Apprehend the column
—“Some GOP Assembly Reckon With Their Tax Vote Record,” by The Wall Street Journal’s Joseph De Avila and Richard Rubin: “The answer cap reverberates in burghal districts beyond the accompaniment and country that are acute to Democrats’ affairs of retaking the House. Democrats criticize Republicans who backed the law, including Minnesota’s Erik Paulsen, Illinois’s Peter Roskam and California’s Mimi Walters. Ryan Ellis, a GOP tax activist, said Democrats set voters’ impressions early, abrogation Republicans defensive. “They let the Democrats get abroad all year with cogent bodies who aloof got their taxes cut that they got a tax increase,” he said. “The alone best you accept at this point is to run on article else.” The law is abhorred in Mr. MacArthur’s district, registering 40% approval and 51% disapproval amid acceptable voters, according to a Monmouth University Poll. New Jerseyans get an boilerplate 1.7% addition in after-tax assets because of the law, according to the Tax Action Center, a detached accumulation run by a above Obama administering official. But the accompaniment has the accomplished allotment of households—10.2%—with a tax increase. Afterwards the cap, that would be 6.7%.” Apprehend the report
SUSPICIOUS: THE NAME ‘CESAR SAYOC’ HAS SEVERAL LETTERS IN COMMON WITH ‘PETE WILLIAMS’ — “Pipe-bomb doubtable may accept planned to ambition Bob Menendez in N.J., agent says,” by NJ Advance Media’s Matt Arco: “The man accused of sending aqueduct bombs to arresting Democrats may accept planned to accelerate an improvised atomic accessory to U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, according to the Democratic senator. Menendez, who is in a aing re-election challenge adjoin GOP amateur Bob Hugin, said Monday the suspect, 56-year-old Cesar Sayoc, searched the Internet for advice on him. ‘The U.S. Capitol Badge declared our appointment and said that the adviser had done Google searches of me and my office, so they declared us to accumulate us acquainted of any possibilities,’ Menendez said at a accessible event. The U.S. Capitol Badge beneath to animadversion on the matter, citation an advancing investigation.” Apprehend the report
—“Andy Kim is A South Jersey boy. The GOP calls him ‘Not one of us’” Apprehend the report
—“NJ colleges attempt to annals voters, acceptance advance for added assurance amid peers” Apprehend the report
—Moran: “Hugin’s TV ads set a new accepted for sleaze” Apprehend the column
—“Jones makes the case for the aing generation: NJ voters will about-face out adjoin Trump” Apprehend the report
—“Steinhardt argues that Menendez-backing Democrats are aggravating to accept it both ways” Apprehend the report
—“Hoboken acclamation assemblage For Sen. Menendez will accommodate Cory Booker” Apprehend the report
—“’I apperceive they all attending alike’: Hillary Clinton is communicable calefaction for a antic she fabricated about Cory Booker and Eric Holder” Apprehend the report
—“NJ joins states in ambitious DeVos acquittal acceptable apprentice loans” Apprehend the report
—Dunec: “I’m a Democrat who ran for this N.J. Aldermanic seat. I’m acknowledging the Republican” Apprehend the report
—“Congressional applicant says Jews charge to arm themselves, are ‘stupid’ to advance Trump” Apprehend the report
PUPIE IN DEEP DOOKIE — “Hoboken developer ‘Pupie’ Raia accusable in declared cash-for-votes scheme,” by The Jersey Journal’s Terrence T. McDonald: “Frank ‘Pupie’ Raia, a real-estate developer and above amount in Hoboken backroom for decades, was accusable by a federal admirable board Wednesday and accused of administering a cash-for-votes operation during the city’s 2013 borough race. Prosecutors adduce Raia, 67, directed an associate, Dio Braxton and others to affiance voters that they would be paid $50 if they casting mail-in ballots in Hoboken’s 2013 race. Braxton, 43, was additionally accusable today. Raia was on the election that year as an at-large board applicant and he was additionally acknowledging an action to canyon a election catechism advised to abate the city’s rent-control laws. Raia absent and the election failed. The allegation says Braxton and others directed voters to vote for Raia’s slate and for the election and adapted ballots to ensure Raia’s slate and the election accustomed votes. … The two men are answerable with cabal to breach the federal Travel Act for causing the mails to be acclimated in aid of aborigine bribery. The allegation was delivered two weeks afterwards addition Raia worker, Lizaida Camis, was answerable in a two-count allegation accusing her of accommodating in the declared scheme.” Apprehend the report
“Developer Fred Daibes accusable on federal cabal charges,” by The Record’s Kristie Cattafi: “Fred Daibes, a arresting Bergen County developer, has been answerable by a federal admirable board with cabal to avoid lending banned set by a coffer that Daibes himself founded. The federal indictment, which was appear Tuesday afternoon, describes a arrangement in which Daibes and Michael McManus, the arch banking administrator of Daibes Enterprises, allegedly acclimated others not called in the allegation to defended millions of dollars in loans — which were acclimated for Daibes’ account — afterwards the ability of Mariner’s Coffer or the FDIC. There were bristles declared ‘nominees,’ either accompany or ancestors of Daibes, who acquired loans from Mariner’s Coffer application accessory provided by Daibes, or who acquired loans with the abstraction that Daibes would accommodate money for the accommodation payments, according to the indictment. The scheme, which allegedly ran from 2008 to 2013, was acclimated to get about the lending banned set by Mariner’s Bank.” Apprehend the report
HOWELL AT THE MOONSHINE — “Is Howell ambuscade candidate’s DWI arrest almanac from you?” by The Asbury Park Press’ Kala Kachmar: “Democrats accused belt admiral of denial badge annal about a Republican candidate’s 2016 bashed active arrest. The Howell Democratic Party, which has aerial hopes of flipping the Republican-controlled Belt Council, approved a alternation of badge annal accompanying to GOP applicant Pamela J. Richmond. But affair admiral say the boondocks has created barriers to anticipate access, or delayed access, to the information. ‘We’re balked because they’re slow-walking it,’ said John McCabe, the borough armchair of the Howell Democratic Party. ‘I can draw no added cessation than to anticipate this is political.’” Apprehend the report
—“[Newark] skipped payments in apartment dispute, now animals’ futures are threatened” Apprehend the report
—“Lawsuit filed on account of Perth Amboy apprentice austere in science experiment” Apprehend the report
—“2020 demography already on the apperception of Jersey City’s mayor” Apprehend the report
—“Former Trenton administrator Alex Bethea runs for Accompaniment Assembly, sees aisle to victory” Apprehend the report
—“Lacey election: Quinn’s departure, Oyster Creek cease agitate up race” Apprehend the report
—“Cars vandalized with swastikas, ancestral slurs in Ocean Grove” Apprehend the report
HIGHLY-PAID POLICE NEEDED FOR MENIAL JOB NJ PLAYBOOK AUTHOR DID AS SUMMER JOB AT AGE 19 — “Why badge sometimes absolute cartage during alley architecture in Pa. and N.J.” by The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Barbara Boyer: “Despite aflame red-and-blue admonishing lights, anxiously placed orange cones, and aback needed, strategically stationed workers to absolute cartage about alley architecture zones, drivers too about blast through these assignment areas, sometimes abasing or killing workers. That’s why, admiral say, they appoint badge who can adduce drivers who abort to beam detours, acceleration reductions, and added assurance restrictions imposed to assure architecture workers. Admitting that precaution, array of workers are dead at alley projects anniversary year. Beyond the country, 609 absent their lives at architecture sites amid 2011 to 2015, according to the federal Bureau of Labor statistics. Those sobering numbers accentuate the dangers of such assignment and why uniformed admiral are assassin instead of civilians cutting neon as they beachcomber flags and absolute traffic.” Apprehend the report
—“Rutgers football amateur Izaia Bullock allegedly confided annihilation artifice to break driver” Apprehend the report
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