Morning News Digest: March 11th

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Van Drew, Andrzejczak tap Land, a Vietnam vet, to be LD1 running mate

VINELAND — Prepared for all-out war with their Republican challengers in a South Jersey battleground district expected to be one of the bloodiest of the 2015 electoral season, first legislative district representatives state Senator Jeff Van Drew (D-1) and Assemblyman Bob Andrzejczak (D-1) unveiled the latest member of their team here in Rose ballroom of the Hampton Inn tonight.

Bruce Land, a 64 year old veteran of the Vietnam war, local community sports coach and retired captain with the New Jersey Department of Corrections, is the candidate that will join Andrzejczak — on a slate without Van Drew — as he heads into a November dogfight. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)

Van Drew, Andrzejczak tap Land, a Vietnam vet, to be LD1 running mate | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

Sweeney on Christie’s labor policy: it’s a distraction from the economy

NEWARK – With the specter of union-busting Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s rising popularity casting a shadow over potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates, one of New Jersey’s most prominent Democrats questioned the labor negotiating tactics of the state’s Republican governor, who might also run for the White House. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)

Sweeney on Christie’s labor policy: it’s a distraction from the economy | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

With establishment backing, Chiavaralloti officially jumps into LD31 race

With what appears to be the full backing of Hudson County’s Democratic establishment — including, first and foremost, Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis — Nicholas Chiaravalloti officially kicked-off his campaign today, meeting with community leaders in Bayonne and Jersey City. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)

With establishment backing, Chiavaralloti officially jumps into LD31 race | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

Questions over One Newark plan, NJ School Performance Reports arise at committee hearing

TRENTON — Legislators and education officials spent Tuesday morning thrashing an embattled Schools Superintendent Cami Anderson and a controversial One Newark school reorganization plan during a hearing of the Joint Committee on Public Schools. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)

Questions over One Newark plan, NJ School Performance Reports arise at committee hearing | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

Christie, at town hall meeting in Somerville, calls Exxon pollution deal “a good settlement”

SOMERVILLE – At the 130th town hall meeting held during his administration, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie momentarily deviated from discussing his $33.8 billion state budget proposal to talk about a situation that involves another set of numbers: the state’s proposed settlement with Exxon Mobil regarding pollution at several New Jersey sites. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)

Christie, at town hall meeting in Somerville, calls Exxon pollution deal “a good settlement” | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

Affordable housing advocates rejoice after COAH ruling

A Supreme Court ruling today tasking trial judges across the state to determine on a case-by-case basis how many homes that towns should make available to low- and moderate-income residents is being heralded as a clear victory by affordable housing advocates. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)

Affordable housing advocates rejoice after COAH ruling | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

Christie’s 2016 New Jersey Budget Benefits From Obamacare

(Bloomberg) — New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a second-term Republican who has called President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul a “failed federal program,” is benefiting from it in his. (Dopp/Bloomberg)

http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-03-10/christie-s-2016-new-jersey-budget-to-benefit-from-obamacare

 

 

New Jersey Homeowners Still Rebuilding After Superstorm Sandy

As the one-year anniversary of superstorm Sandy neared in the fall of 2013, meetings inside the New Jersey Statehouse turned tense.

Some aides to Gov. Chris Christie were concerned that few houses damaged by the storm were being rebuilt. The officials were flooded with stories of computer errors, lost paperwork, inadequate staffing and problems with contractors. They were also struggling to navigate the federal bureaucracy. (Dawsey and Haddon/Wall Street Journal)

http://www.wsj.com/articles/new-jersey-homeowners-still-rebuilding-after-superstorm-sandy-1426012709

 

 

ATM skimmer guilty in New Jersey of large-scale scheme

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Federal jurors in New Jersey have convicted a Chicago man for his role in what prosecutors say was large-scale ATM skimming scheme.

Prosecutors say 28-year-old Dinu Horvat installed card-reading devices and hidden cameras on ATMs throughout New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Florida and other states. Prosecutors say the stolen information was used to create fake ATM accounts that cost banks at least $5 million and affected thousands of bank customers. (Associated Press)

http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/ap/new_jersey/atm-skimmer-guilty-in-new-jersey-of-large-scale-scheme/article_915ebd2b-3ab8-5c5b-b839-9a319b985eb7.html

 

 

Menendez wants an investigation into DOJ leak

U.S. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) says he wants an investigation into the leak last week that federal prosecutors are preparing to smack him with criminal corruption charges.

“All I can say is leaks are in violation of the law,” Menendez told Politico on Tuesday as he continues to face scrutiny over the news. “And I hope there is an investigation as to however, whomever is conducting such leaks.” (Brush/PolitickerNJ)

Menendez wants an investigation into DOJ leak | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

 

Weinberg sues NJSEA for documents related to Izod Center closure

TRENTON – State Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-37) yesterday filed a complaint in Superior Court in Bergen County seeking to require the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority (NJSEA)  to turn over records related to the authority’s “hurried and legally noncompliant decision” to close the Izod Center. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)

Weinberg sues NJSEA for documents related to Izod Center closure | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

Showdown at the Statehouse

t was an awkward encounter at the Statehouse on Monday when Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) ran into former U.S. Ambassador to Germany Phil Murphy.

Both Democrats are fledgling candidates for governor in 2017. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)

Showdown at the Statehouse | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

Morning News Digest: March 11th