Morning News Digest: July 5, 2010

Deal reached between senate and governor

Gov. Chris Christie and senate Democrats have reached an agreement on a property tax cap bill, but Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver has reportedly not yet signed on. Democratic sources said Oliver wanted to vet the deal with her caucus before agreeing. (Isherwood, PolitickerNJ) 

http://www.politickernj.com/deal-reached-between-senate-and-governor

Budget Committee Democrats want Schundler, who’s unavailable

Trying to nail down a statutory cap at the request of Gov. Chris Christie, the Assembly Budget Committee today heard from Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Lori Grifa, but Democratic legislators wanted Department of Education Commissioner Bret Schundler, who wasn’t available. “He’s on furlough,” explained Christie Press Secretary Michael Drewniak. (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ) 

http://www.politickernj.com/greenwald-meets-demand-demand-assembly-budget-session-convenes 

From The Back Room…

APP:Runyan No Mathlete 

Third District Congressional candidate Republican Jon Runyan thought he had his bell rung for the last tijme when he retired from professional football. But unfortunately for the first-time candidate, the Asbury Park Press threw a chop block on the former offensive lineman earlier this week. In an Editorial on Runyan’s “Eight Point Plan to Lower Taxes,” the Press savaged the candidate, accusing him of pandering to voters and possessing “stunningly naive” views on Social Security. (Isherwood, PolitickerNJ) 

http://www.politickernj.com/back_room/apprunyan-no-mathlete 

And the Award Goes To… 

With the budget season coming to an end and the holiday weekend approaching, we at PolitickerNJ thought it would be nice to give some of our hardworking legislators their due. Without further ado, here are our Budget Awards. (Isherwood, PolitickerNJ)

http://www.politickernj.com/back_room/and-award-goes

Deal reached on tax cap in NJ

Republican Gov. Chris Christie and Democratic state Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney announced this afternoon that they had reached an agreement on a property tax cap that would limit increases to 2 percent a year, with several exemptions. Christie and Sweeney hailed it as a key bipartisan breakthrough toward reining in what voters have said in polls for years is their top concern. Democratic Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver, however, has not formally signed on to the deal, though Christie said he had spoken with her and was “optimistic” that she would ultimately agree.
(Method, Gannett) 

http://www.mycentraljersey.com/article/20100704/STATE/100703011/1098/POLITICS 

Trenton in accord on 2% tax cap

 New Jersey property-tax increases will be capped at 2 percent, Gov. Christie announced Saturday after he and legislative leaders spent the day working out a bipartisan compromise. It was not known if the agreement would win the crucial support of Assembly Democrats, however, after Speaker Sheila Oliver (D., Essex) did not join the announcement. (Rao, Inquirer) 

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/new_jersey/20100704_N_J__Legislature_in_accord_on_2_percent_tax-hike_limit.html

It’s always the same show in Trenton

 Gov. Chris Christie and Democratic lawmakers have some honest — and understandable — differences of opinion on how to establish a lower cap on property-tax growth and what types of exceptions any such plan should include. It’s an issue that deserves comprehensive debate and a responsible decision. So why — again — does the entire process have to degenerate into a level of discourse better suited to a playground sandbox? (Gannett) 

http://www.mycentraljersey.com/article/20100703/OPINION01/7030311/It-s-always-the-same-show-in-Trenton 

Christie finally gets to make his point

 It’s probably a coincidence that the day Gov. Chris Christie ordered the Legislature into special session, the State Police SWAT team was showing off its wares to Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno in the Statehouse parking lot. Still, it fit the mood inside the building. The governor’s plan was to summon the Legislature for a joint session to hear him explain why his proposed constitutional amendment for a 2.5 percent annual cap on property taxes with almost no exceptions was better than the competing proposal from Senate President Stephen Sweeney, D-Gloucester, for a 2.9 percent cap with numerous exceptions not backed by the constitution. (Gannett) 

http://www.mycentraljersey.com/article/20100704/999999999/7040313/Christie-finally-gets-to-make-his-point 

Women fight cut to family planning 

Female Democratic legislators on Friday demanded that Governor Christie restore a $7.5 million grant supporting family planning clinics. The women urged Christie to sign a bill to restore the grant shared by 58 family planning clinics in the state. The clinics provided 136,000 uninsured people with health screenings and birth control last year. (Livio, The Record) 

http://www.northjersey.com/news/state/politics/97719969_Women_fight_cut_to_family_planning.html 

Ingle: Behind the scenes, lots of unhappy campers in Trenton

 It’s probably a coincidence the day Gov. Christie ordered the Legislature into special session the State Police SWAT team was showing off its wares to Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno in the Statehouse parking lot. Still, it fit the mood inside the building. The governor’s plan was to summon the Legislature for a joint session to hear him explain why his proposed constitutional amendment for a 2.5 percent annual cap on property taxes with almost no exceptions was better than the competing proposal from Senate President Steve Sweeney for a 2.9 percent cap not backed by the constitution with numerous exceptions. (Ingle, Gannett) 

http://www.app.com/article/20100704/OPINION05/7040318/1093/Behind-the-scenes-lots-of-unhappy-campers-in-Trenton

Morning News Digest: July 5, 2010