N.J. POLITICS ROUNDUP
A collection of political news from the Statehouse and around New Jersey
TRENTON — During a stop on his tour of the state to commemorate the two-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, Gov. Christie on Wednesday told a heckler in Belmar to “shut up.”
In Toms River earlier in the day, the Republican governor also said the nurse at the center of the controversy over New Jersey’s Ebola quarantine policy is “no longer my responsibility.”
Meanwhile, Maine health officials are preparing to go before a judge to obtain a court order allowing authorities to arrest the nurse if she makes good on a public promise to defy their demand that she quarantine herself at home.
HURRICANE SANDY ANNIVERSARY
Christie and other officials across the state marked the second anniversary of Sandy striking.
In Toms River, Christie told victims the state officials are “doing the best we can.”
In Perth Amboy, state Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester) slammed Christie over the recovery from the storm.
In Union Beach, a group of residents and advocates told U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro and federal lawmakers about the ongoing struggle to recover from the storm.
And a Habitat for Humanity project in Union Beach is helping Sandy victims return home.
Meanwhile, new poll showed more than half of New Jersey residents expressed satisfaction with the state’s Sandy recovery efforts two years later.
AMERICANS REMAIN SPLIT ON OBAMACARE
A new study shows Americans remain split along party lines on the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare.
BOOKER, BELL ON THE ISSUES
U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Republican challenger Jeff Bell discussed their stances on Sandy recovery in a pair of videos.
And here is a look at where they stand on Ebola, global warming, and the minimum wage.
Did Chris Christie go too far?
POLL: CHRISTIE AND EBOLA
How do you rate Christie’s performance in dealing with concerns over Ebola spreading to New Jersey and the U.S.? Vote in the informal, unscientific poll at right.
THE AUDITOR: BON JOVI HELPS OUT
A look at how Phil Murphy, the ex-Goldman exec and ambassador to Germany who’s laying the groundwork for a potential 2017 Democratic gubernatorial run, is hosting an invite-only reception with Jon Bon Jovi.
EDITORIAL: BAIL REFORM QUESTION
The Star-Ledger’s editorial board urges voters to support the bail reform ballot question.
IN OTHER NEWS …
• A Newark man who died in 2008 after a roadside struggle with State Police troopers was repeatedly slammed to the ground by those restraining him, newly obtained records show.
• State Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen) has asked New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to confirm a reported agreement between him and Christie regarding the Port Authority.
• A team of candidates for the Elizabeth Board of Education is accusing a super PAC closely tied to state Sen. Raymond Lesniak (D-N.J.) of illegally bankrolling its rivals’ campaigns.
• Comedian John Oliver gave Christie a hard time on Ebola during a show in Morristown on Tuesday.
• A new report shows New Jersey has the fourth-safest hospitals in the nation.
NJ Advance Media staff writers Matt Arco, Christopher Baxter, Claude Brodesser-Akner, Matt Friedman, Louis C. Hochman, Susan K. Livio, Erin O’Neill, MaryAnn Spoto, and Steve Strunsky contributed to this report.