Morning News Digest: Aug. 1, 2013



Morning News Digest: Aug 1, 2013



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News 12 Debate: Lonegan versus Eck; little to disagree on in U.S. Senate GOP Primary


Republican U.S. Senate candidates Steve Lonegan and Alieta Eck amiably tried to get to each other’s right tonight in a TV debate with Luke Margolis of News 12.


They both wanted more scrutiny of Hurricane Sandy funding, and would have resisted voting for the $60 million funding. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)



Arango responds to criticism over Silva comment


After getting lambasted all day by Democrats, Hudson County GOP Chairman Jose Arango issued a statement in response. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)



Cavalcade of Democratic women leaders denounce Arango’s Silva comments


When he gave his views this morning, Hudson County Republican Party Chairman Jose Arango opened the floodgates of women rushing to the aid of Democratic LG candidate Milly Silva.


Among those legislators denouncing Arango’s comments were Speaker Sheila Oliver (D-34), Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-37), and Assemblywoman Marlene Caride (D-36). (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)



Monmouth Poll: less than half of country believes Obama wants to help middle class


Today’s Monmouth University Poll finds that President Barack Obama commands limited credibility with the middle class. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)



Buono calls on Christie to demand Arango’s resignation


Democratic gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono issued the following statement in response to comments Hudson County Republican Chairman Jose Arango made earlier today to on Buono’s choice of Milly SIlva to serve as her running mate.


“Jose Arango’s wildly sexist statements are an insult to accomplished women everywhere who deserve to be treated with dignity and respect,” Buono said. “Milly Silva has worked since the age of 14 to lift herself out of poverty and risen to become an executive overseeing thousands of workers and multi-million dollar contracts. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)



Wallace to head the Joint Legislative Committee on Ethical Standards


Former New Jersey Supreme Court Justice John Wallace Jr. is set to head the Legislature’s ethics committee, Senate President Steve Sweeney announced Wednesday.


Wallace will fill the position that was most recently held by Rutgers Professor Alan Rosenthal, an expert on state government who died earlier this month due to his battle with cancer. Wallace was nominated to the Supreme Court in 2003 and found himself in the center of a controversy when Gov. Chris Christie chose not to re-appoint him in 2010. (Arco/PolitickerNJ)



Down to the River: Newly Minted Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop Plans Big 


On the day of his inauguration earlier this month, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop was interviewed about his plans to transform his city.


With bravado, the smooth-talking new Democratic mayor declared on WNYC’s airwaves that he wanted to make Jersey City the best midsized city in the country. The city is in the midst of an impressive and ongoing renaissance, and Mr. Fulop said his vision was to entice young urban professionals priced out of Manhattan to cross the Hudson in lieu of settling in Brooklyn and Queens.


But the pitch almost seemed to fall on deaf ears as host Brian Lehrer supplied his Big Apple listeners with a geography lesson. (Mandell/Observer)



Christie dismisses Paul’s invitation to bury hatchet over beers


U.S. Sen. Rand Paul wants to call a truce over beers with Gov. Chris Christie, but the governor said tonight he isn’t having it.


The senator from Kentucky today invited Christie to “patch things up,” after the Republicans — both possible contenders for the White House in 2016 — went at it in a dispute over national security and federal disaster aid that has dominated political discourse for days. (Portnoy/Star-Ledger)



Rand Paul says he and Christie should share a beer to ‘kiss and makeup’


U.S. Sen. Rand Paul says it’s time for he and Gov. Chris Christie to sit down, share a beer, and put an end to their recent feud.


The popular Republicans — and possible 2016 presidential candidates — have been embroiled in a spat the last week over national security and government spending. (Johnson/Star-Ledger)



Christie must deny gun sales to terrorism suspects, ban certain weapons, advocates say


The 60-inch sniper rifle is longer than the folding table on which it sits, a massive 35 pounds of matte black chrome propped up by removable front legs. Next to it lie three 4-inch-long, .50 caliber bullets. Together, they are capable of taking down a small aircraft.


And you can buy one right now if you live in New Jersey — even if you’re on the federal terrorist watch list. (Wright-Piersanti/Star-Ledger)



Christie accepts Democratic endorsements at Secaucus diner stop


Gov. Chris Christie today accepted the endorsement of six members of the Secaucus town council and the mayor, all but one of whom are registered Democrats.


Mayor Michael Gonnelli said he supported the Republican governor for his leadership during superstorm Sandy and for signing Legislation reducing the town’s contribution to the Meadowlands tax-sharing program. The one-time fix will save taxpayers millions, he said. (Portnoy/Star-Ledger)



Republican hopefuls in N.J. race for U.S. Senate highlight political, professional expertise


In their only debate before the primary, the two candidates seeking a Republican primary nomination to the U.S. Senate on Wednesday extolled their conservative bona fides, but they drew few distinctions between themselves.


 “I don’t think there’s any difference in what we believe in,” said Steve Lonegan, the former Bogota mayor who is running against Somerset physician Alieta Eck. (Linhorst/The Record)



Christie downplays rivalry, but says he’s not in a hurry to meet Rand Paul for a beer


If libertarian firebrand Rand Paul expects Governor Christie to have a beer with him to resolve their ongoing rivalry anytime soon, he may be disappointed.


Christie was asked about his dispute with Sen. Paul, R-Ky., during his monthly radio show tonight, specifically about Paul’s offer today to settle their problems over a beer. (Reitmeyer/The Record)



Rutgers-Camden blazes trails in nursing education


When Rutgers-Camden opened its School of Nursing two years ago, it decided to focus on the future: what nursing would look like and what it would need.


That meant jettisoning plans for a master’s degree program that could be completed in a year or 18 months, offered at other nursing schools, and instead developing a doctoral program that would take twice that long. (Lai/Inquirer)



Officials probe syringes that washed ashore at N.J. beach

Authorities are investigating how dozens of syringes washed ashore at a New Jersey beach.


The 36 syringes were found Friday at Island Beach State Park in Ocean County. Officials combed the beach through Monday, looking for any additional syringes and trying to determine how they got there. (Babay/



The best place for solar energy is… New Jersey?

New Jersey probably isn’t the first place to come to mind when you think of solar energy, but a study published earlier this month in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences says that the best places for renewable energy are those that will get the most out of it. (O’Shea/



Is Christie being transparent with Sandy money?

After criticism over the way he awarded federally-funded reconstruction contracts after Sandy, Gov. Christie last February issued an executive order creating a “Sandy transparency” web site.


The site, manned by the state comptroller’s office, was intended to list “all approved state contracts for the allocation and expenditure of federal reconstruction resources.” (Katz/Inquirer)



NJ Rep. Holt wants to bring science into politics 


It was more scholarly panel than rally at the most publicized event so far in U.S. Rep. Rush Holt’s campaign for a Senate seat.


The event Tuesday was called Geek Out, the guest stars mostly scientists who talked about their work and Holt’s beliefs. And the theme for the event — and Holt’s entire campaign — was how more scientific thinking could help politicians make better policy. (AP)



Poll: Half want more conservative party


Nearly two-thirds of Republicans want their party to change its direction, and more than half say they want the party to become more conservative, according to a new poll. (Politico)



Sweeney Takes Christie to Court Over Controversial Rutgers Appointment 


State Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester) is once again getting involved in Rutgers University. This time he’s squaring off with Gov. Chris Christie over his appointment of Martin Perez to the reconstituted Board of Governors.


Yesterday, Sweeney announced that he had filed suit challenging Christie’s appointment. (Nurin/NJSpotlight)



From the Back Room



Darcy leaves Buono campaign


Sean Darcy, who signed on early to the gubernatorial campaign of state Sen. Barbara Buono as a general consultant, has left the campaign effective Tuesday.


Darcy is headed to work for an independent expenditure group, sources said. (Isherwood/PolitickerNJ)



Rand Paul seeks to defuse public battle with Christie


Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) says he’s “more than happy” to call a truce with Gov. Chris Christie following an escalating public feud between the two Republican lawmakers who some suggest could be potential rivals for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016.


According to a Real Clear Politics report, Paul made the statement on a New Hampshire radio program Wednesday morning. (PolitickerNJ)






Threat of rising sea levels shows need for clean energy 


The Asbury Park Press series, “Road to Recovery,” continually reminds us of the painful aftermath of superstorm Sandy.


We’re still recovering and now yet another report comes out, this time from the National Academy of Sciences, warning us of the threat of rising sea levels, and that our state is among the most vulnerable (“Study: Rising sea levels threaten nation,” July 30).


The report relates the rise in sea levels to heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels. (APP)