N.J. POLITICS ROUNDUP
A collection of political news from the Statehouse and around New Jersey
TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie continued to push his tax-cut plan during a tax hall Tuesday in Bergenfield, calling out “Corzine Democrats.”
Earlier in the day, the Republican State Committee launched a website, CorzineDemocrats.com, that includes a countdown clock to count “the days that Corzine Democrats have blocked a tax cut for New Jersey’ middle and working class families.”
‘THIS IS BONO’
Christie played the crowd at the town hall a celebrity voice left message on his wife’s cell phone. “This is Bono,” the voice on the other line said. The U2 singer is an honorary member of the Hurricane Sandy relief fund run by Mary Pat Christie.
A view of the Atlantic Club casino in Atlantic CIty. PokerStars, an online gambling company, is trying to purchase the casino.
GAMBLING FIRM COULD HELP ATLANTIC CITY
The online gambling firm PokerStars has faced a string of legal troubles in the past. But as it seeks to by the struggling Atlantic Club Casino Hotel and spend $40 million to refurbish it, the company could help transform Atlantic City.
CORZINE SUED OVER MF GLOBAL
A new lawsuit accuses Corzine — the former head of MF Global — of failing to oversee the futures broker, leading to the eighth-biggest bankruptcy in U.S. history.
GROUP THAT ONCE BACKED CHRISTIE ENDORSES BUONO
Four years ago, the New Jersey Environmental Federation endorsed Chris Christie for governor. On Tuesday, it denounced him and endorsed state Sen. Barbara Buono, his likely Democratic opponent as he vies for re-election.
IN OTHER NEWS …
• The state Supreme Court ruled that police officers can throw stun grenades outside a suspect’s home before they begin a drug bust if there is reason to believe weapons are inside.
• The state Department of Children and Families has started to recoup some of the $12.2 million in state funds that foster home recruitment agencies either never used or paid for “unallowable” perks such as parties and bonuses.
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POLITICS AROUND THE WEB
• Asbury Park Press: Christie described his love of Bruce Springsteen and the Jersey Shore to listeners to his radio show on 101.5-FM.
• Politico.com: U.S. Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, announced he will not seek reelection in 2014.
• Washington Post: The Mississippi man charged with sending ricin-laced letters to the White House, a U.S. senator and a Mississippi judge was released on bond, while more of the substance may have been found in Washington.
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Star-Ledger staff writers Matt Friedman, Ryan Hutchins, Susan K. Livio, Jenna Portnoy, and Salvador Rizzo, and Bloomberg News contributed to this report.