Morning News Digest: November 15, 2010

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Webber names redistricting team members

Heading into a redistricting year, players for both teams now stand on the giant chess board in the attack position since New Jersey Republican State Committee Chairman Jay Webber moments ago announced the GOP members of the 2011 Legislative Apportionment Commission.  (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)

http://www.politickernj.com/42947/webber-names-redistricting-team-members

 

 

Redistricting and the politics of reform

Congressional redistricting in New Jersey 10 years ago was a game of “Mutual Assured Survival,” as Democrats and Republicans on the state’s Congressional Redistricting Commission reached a bipartisan agreement designed to protect incumbents and thus promote the state’s seniority in Washington in the decade that followed.  (Scarinci and Magyar for PolitickerNJ)

http://www.politickernj.com/42952/redistricting-and-politics-reform

 

 

N.J. local officials to attend League of Municipalities convention in Atlantic City

ATLANTIC CITY — Thousands of local officials will converge on Atlantic City for the League of Municipalities convention Tuesday with a new sense of urgency: They must figure out how to run their towns while keeping property tax growth below a 2-percent cap that goes into effect next year.  (Friedman, The Star-Ledger)

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2010/11/nj_local_officials_to_attend_l.html

 

 

League of Municipalities bristles at state pension reform plan

TRENTON — The New Jersey State League of Municipalities says the state should remove all union officials from its public pension system if it cuts off those in government lobbying organizations.  (Schoonejongen, Daily Record)

http://www.dailyrecord.com/article/20101115/COMMUNITIES/311150020/1005/NEWS01/League-of-Municipalities-bristles-at-state-pension-reform-plan

 

 

N.J. local officials to discuss more efficient, effective municipal government at convention

ATLANTIC CITY — The annual convention for the New Jersey League of Municipalities begins this week, with local elected officials from all over the state gathering in Atlantic City to discuss making municipal government more efficient and effective.  (Reitmeyer, The Star-Ledger)

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2010/11/nj_local_officials_to_discuss.html

 

 

NJ Legislature holds anti-bullying bill hearings today

For Steven Goldstein, the journey surrounding the formation of New Jersey’s proposed anti-bullying bill of rights was personal.

As a gay youth growing up in New York, he was subject to nearly nonstop torment during his school years.  (Schoonejongen, Daily Record)

http://www.dailyrecord.com/article/20101115/COMMUNITIES/101114035/1005/NEWS01/Garden-State-Equality-rallies-support-for-anti-bullying-bill-hearings-today

 

 

Towns pay twice to be heard in Trenton

The annual convention for the New Jersey League of Municipalities begins this week, with local elected officials from all over the state gathering in Atlantic City to discuss making municipal government more efficient and effective.  (Reitmeyer, The Record)

http://www.northjersey.com/news/politics/108085279_Towns_pay_twice_to_be_heard_in_Trenton.html

 

 

Atlantic City tourism bills indicate a hard fight ahead

The politically charged process of creating a state-run casino-tourism district in Atlantic City is expected to move into high gear this week with a state Senate committee scheduled to consider a plan by Democrats this afternoon.  (Fletcher, Asbury Park Press)

http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/top_three/article_6dfba8b6-f056-11df-9079-001cc4c002e0.html

 

 

More NJ teachers break $50,000 in starting pay

The benchmark that started it all came in 1987, when then-Gov. Thomas Kean signed into law New Jersey’s first minimum teachers salary at $18,500.  (Mooney, NJ Spotlight)

http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/10/1114/2120/

 

 

Selling tickets the New Jersey way

TRENTON, N.J—In a fluorescent-lit hotel meeting room in Trenton this summer, the owner of the New Jersey Devils sat on a low, slightly stained stage and smiled out at a crowded room of fans. (Hollander, The Wall Street Journal)

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704393604575614843246013802.html?mod=googlenews_wsj#articleTabsarticle

 

 

FAA aims to alter airspace

As the Federal Aviation Administration moves forward with its decades-in-the-making plan to redraw the highways in the skies over the New York area, activists are howling about what they say will be the increased noise that will result.  (Grossman, The Wall Street Journal)

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704393604575614990785117792.html?KEYWORDS=jersey

 

 

Asian-Americans live well in the Garden State

Asian-Americans in New Jersey live longer, earn more and are better educated than other residents of the Garden State.  (Fleisher, The Wall Street Journal)

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704393604575614890084115682.html

 

 

Can class of 2010 resist Washington?

The freshman class of 2010 was elected with a clear mandate from voters: Don’t be wooed by the ways of Washington.  (Cogan, Politico)
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1110/45112.html#ixzz15LYtq89V

 

 

From the Back Room

 

 

Must read: WSJ on Pelosi

Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi tells National Public Radio she’s not to blame for the catastrophe that was Election Day.  (Staff, PolitickerNJ)

http://www.politickernj.com/back_room/must-read-wsj-pelosi

 

 

Dems brush back Joe D on redistricting

The most recent redistricting ramp-up meeting for the Democratic team was one member short, and without a key insider.  (Carroll, PolitickerNJ)

http://www.politickernj.com/back_room/dems-brush-back-joe-d-redistricting

 

 

Opinion

 

 

Christie: We’ll have what he’s having

GOVERNOR CHRISTIE met with The Record’s editorial board last week. What a difference a year makes. Since Election Day 2009, Christie has emerged as a national figure, discussed as a viable presidential candidate.  (Doblin, The Record)

http://www.northjersey.com/columnists/doblin/doblin_111510.html

 

 

Reform promises growth, despite weak office sector

Recent government layoffs in New Jersey totaling more than 31,000 public employees erased early-year gains in the private sector, turning overall employment negative.  (Oram, NJBIZ)

http://www.njbiz.com/opinion/84557-corner-office-sjeff-oram

 

 

Levin got hers on the first day possible

State government has one more career politician off the payroll but gone does not mean forgotten in New Jersey. The Bergen Record reports career Democrat politician Susan Bass Levin will collect more than $5,300 monthly after resigning from her part-time government job on the first day she qualified for a state pension.  (Ingle, Asbury Park Press)

http://blogs.app.com/politicspatrol/2010/11/15/she-got-hers/

 

 

Crunch time for climate change

Gov. Chris Christie recently said he is not sure if global warming is actually caused by people, adding that “more science” is needed to convince him. A number of Christie’s critics jumped on those remarks, accusing the governor of pandering to the extreme right-wing of his party in order to promote a future bid for the presidency.  (Catania, NJ Spotlight)

http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/10/1114/2004/

 

 

In case you missed it

 

 

Adler facing unclear future

It’s been nearly two weeks since freshman congressman John Adler fell to political novice Jon Runyan, and the hive mentality that overtook his re-election campaign in its final days still appears to be in effect.  (Roh, Courier-Post)

http://www.courierpostonline.com/article/20101114/NEWS01/11140340/Adler-facing-unclear-future

 

 

Christie skipping League of Municipalities convention next week in Atlantic City

Thousands of New Jersey government officials will be in Atlantic City beginning Tuesday for the annual four-day New Jersey State League of Municipalities Convention but Gov. Chris Christie will not be one of them.  (Hester, New Jersey Newsroom)

http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/christie-skipping-league-of-municipalities-convention-next-week-in-atlantic-city

 

 

Rep. Scott Garret rakes in Wall St. cash

Twelve donors tied to one of the nation’s biggest hedge funds contributed more than $150,000 to a political committee in Georgia controlled by Rep. Scott Garrett, the North Jersey Republican likely to have increased power over financial regulations next year.  (Jackson, The Record)

http://www.northjersey.com/news/state/politics/107870629_Garrett_rakes_in_Wall_St__cash.html

 

 

People and Power: Democrats’ plan shows rift between Christie, Sweeney on Atlantic City

Atlantic City’s future as a successful tourist resort was meant to be secure by next July.

A package of legislation was meant to be passed this year, in time to set up a state-run district within the city by the summer. (Fletcher, Press of Atlantic City)

http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/press/new_jersey/article_7f3389f7-3dfa-5bce-b82e-6773fd15a607.html

 

 

Jon Runyan, heading to Congress, plans to focus on reducing spending

Jon Runyan got to know the radio preset buttons on his GMC Yukon pretty well as he trekked 25,000 miles back and forth across the sprawling Third Congressional District he will represent in Washington come January.  (Burton, The Philadelphia Inquirer)

http://www.philly.com/inquirer/front_page/20101113_Jon_Runyan__heading_to_Congress__plans_to_focus_on_reducing_spending.html#ixzz15JHZzLkQ

 

 

Should Trenton take more risks on investments?

The trading desk in Trenton that manages New Jersey’s $70.2 billion pension fund consists of a handful of old computers, a couple of televisions and an adding machine.  (Method, Asbury Park Press)

http://www.app.com/article/20101114/NEWS03/11140351/Should-state-take-more-risks-on-investments-

 

 

NJ group scrutinizes union officials’ ties to public pension system

TRENTON — The New Jersey State League of Municipalities says the state should remove all union officials from its public pension system if it cuts off those in government lobbying organizations.  (Symons, Asbury Park Press)

http://www.app.com/article/20101112/NEWS03/101112119/NJ-group-scrutinizes-union-officials-ties-to-public-pension-system

 

 

Anti-bullying bill has broad bipartisan support

For Steven Goldstein, the journey surrounding the formation of New Jersey’s proposed anti-bullying bill of rights was personal.  (Schoonejongen, Daily Record)

http://www.dailyrecord.com/article/20101113/UPDATES01/101112104/Anti-bullying-bill-has-broad-bipartisan-support

 

 

Audit: 95 percent of New Jersey’s federal weatherization money unspent, program plagued by mismanagement

RENTON — Nearly 95 percent of the $119 million in federal stimulus money sent to New Jersey last year to help low-income residents make their homes more energy efficient remains unspent, according to an audit that shows the program has been plagued by mismanagement since it started.  (DeFalco for The Assicated Press)

http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/press/new_jersey/article_c05b7ff2-ee5b-11df-9115-001cc4c03286.html

 

 

Some towns just aren’t building

Five days a week, Steve Dasher leaves his home in Northeast Philadelphia for a two-hour bus ride to his sales job at the Cherry Hill Car Wash on Route 70.  (Rao, The Philadelphia Inquirer)

http://www.philly.com/inquirer/local/nj/20101114_Some_towns_just_aren_t_building_.html#ixzz15LbphuQQ

 

 

You can only have one poster boy, Governor

You’ve got to hand it to Chris Christie. Our governor sure knows how to rouse the so-called common man.

Who knew he was such a populist? Rather than rail against corporations, the banks and Wall Street like the populists of old, the governor is aiming his ire at education bureaucrats.  (Snowflack, Daily Record)

http://www.dailyrecord.com/article/20101114/COLUMNISTS01/101112037/1005/NEWS01/COLUMNIST++You+can+only+have+one+poster+boy++governor

 

 

Democrats, public at odds over Christie’s first year

Poll after poll and an ear to the ground show the state’s Democrats are in a rubber raft traveling up stream against popular opinion. Headed nowhere fast, their first reaction is to blame Gov. Christie for their missing oars.  (Ingle, Daily Record)

http://www.dailyrecord.com/article/20101114/OPINION03/101112097/1096/OPINION/Democrats++public+at+odds+over+Christie+s+first+year

 

 

Plenty of public employees can retire under age 50

A lot of people are under the false impression that it is only police and fire employees that can retire while still in their 40s here in New Jersey.  (Mulshine, The Star-Ledger)

http://blog.nj.com/njv_paul_mulshine/2010/11/plenty_of_public_employees_can.html

 

 

Bergen Republicans jockey for position in new regime

The Republican Restoration in Bergen County will officially take place in January, but the behind-the-scenes scramble for top jobs in the new regime is well under way.  (Stile, The Record)

http://www.northjersey.com/news/opinions/political_stile/107870244_Bergen_GOP_jockeying_for_positions_in_new_regime.html

 

 

Gov. Chris Christie takes a sharp right on climate

Gov. YouTube was at a town hall meeting the other day when someone asked him if it was true that human beings helped cause global warming.  (Moran, The Star-Ledger)

http://blog.nj.com/njv_tom_moran/2010/11/gov_chris_christie_takes_a_sha.html

 

 

 

Morning News Digest: November 15, 2010