NJ Politics Roundup: Christie’s RGA contracts, sports betting worries, and more

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N.J. POLITICS ROUNDUP

A collection of political news from the Statehouse and around New Jersey

TRENTON — Recors show at least two people close to Gov. Chris Christie benefited financially from his chairmanship of the Republican Governors Association.

Meanwhile, Christie once again pitched his plan to radically alter the nation’s campaign finance laws.

MORAN ON REPUBLICAN CONTROL

Star-Legder political columnist Tom Moran writes that there is someone to blame for Republicans taking control of the U.S. Senate: the Founding Fathers.

SPORTS BETTING AND ORGANIZED CRIME?

Some critics are worried that the latest effort by Christie’s administration and state lawmakers to legalize sports betting in New Jersey is flying in the face of longstanding laws monitoring casinos, and may open the door for organized crime to put down roots in Atlantic City.

Meanwhile, The Star-Ledger’s editorial board writes that there is a danger in the mob seeping in.

WATSON COLEMAN’S PLACE IN HISTORY

State Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Mercer) is set to become one of more than 100 women serving in Congress — a first in history.

THE AUDITOR: MURPHY’S SPENDING AND STATEHOUSE RETIREMENTS

A look at how possible Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy spent big on this year’s elections and how two of the Statehouse’s longest-serving and most respected figures will soon retire.

FROM THE WEEKEND …

• Republicans taking full control of Congress may not bring a repeal of Obamacare, experts say.

• Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and former mayor and current U.S. Sen. Cory Booker were named on The Root’s “Top 100” list of influential African Americans.

• A new report from the New Jersey Business and Industry Association says New Jersey must change its “death tax” structure if it hopes to survive economically.

• Here is a look at what county officials in New Jersey do.

NJ Advance Media staff writers Matt Arco, Seth Augenstein, Claude Brodesser-Akner, Tim Darragh, Matt Friedman, and Naomi Nix, and South Jersey Times reporter Michelle Caffrey contributed to this report.

Brent Johnson may be reached at bjohnson@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @johnsb01. Find NJ.com Politics on Facebook.

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