Morning News Digest: March 17, 2010

Christie budget calls for ‘shared sacrifice’ 

Gov. Chris Christie today unveiled a $28.3 billion state budget plan that includes deep cuts in spending on property tax rebates and aid to municipalities, schools and colleges, as well as the layoffs of thousands of state workers. (Symons, Gannett)

Kyrillos: people more prepared for this than political establishment

State Sen. Joe Kyrillos (R-Middletown) headed for the War Memorial with Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno after Gov. Chris Christie’s speech. One of Christie’s closest confidantes in Trenton, Kyrillos called the governor’s address “a revolutionary speech for a revolutionary time.” (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ) 

Reductions in education and hospital aid will hurt working poor, says Spencer 

Gov. Chris Christie’s budget proposals would severely impact Newark and the working poor of her district, said Assemblywoman L. Grace Spencer (D-Newark). Suspension of the property tax rebate checks will deal a blow to seniors. Cuts to education will affect children dependant on state school aid. (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ) 

Greenstein wins Dem Party backing in Middlesex 

Assemblywoman Linda Greenstein (D-Plainsboro) tonight won the unanimous backing of the Middlesex County Democratic Committee for the 14th District Senate seat occupied yesterday by Tom Goodwin of Hamilton. Sen. Goodwin assumed the seat with the departure of former state Sen. Bill Baroni, Gov. Chris Christie’s choice to serve as deputy director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ) 

Scott defeats Polos by 81 votes in Middlesex Democratic Party showdown 

A big crowd of Middlesex County Democratic Committee members attended this convention here at the Pines Manor tonight where they narrowly elected Freeholder Mildred Scott over Freeholder M. James Polos as their 2010 candidate for sheriff. Voting lasted two hours before Middlesex County Democratic Chairman Joe Spicuzzo declared Scott the winner by eight percent: 429 votes for Scott to 348 for Polos.

Call to repeal Bergen ‘blue laws’ surprises local officials

Bergen County Democrats and Republicans were caught off-guard Tuesday, when Governor Christie proposed raising $65 million in sales tax revenue by repealing the county’s longstanding ban on Sunday business. (Gartland/Akin, The Record) 

N.J. court says Tea party bid to oust Sen. Menendez must wait

A New Jersey appeals court ruled Tuesday that a conservative tea party group should have the right to try to throw a U.S. senator out of office, but also said the group may have to wait for a final decision by a higher court before proceeding. (AP) 

N.J. Democratic lawmakers criticize Christie’s steep state aid cuts 

Democratic lawmakers responded to Governor Christie’s tough budget speech with harsh language of their own, criticizing steep cuts in state aid they say will cause a damaging ripple effect throughout New Jersey. (The Record) 

Gov. Christie calls on N.J. to embrace era of sacrifice 

Governor Christie challenged lawmakers to help him transform New Jersey government in a hard-times budget speech Tuesday that portrayed a state on the brink of fiscal ruin. (Heininger/Fleisher, The Record) 

Stile: Where was Gov. Chris Christie during weekend crisis?

Chris Christie may very well be the most visible, grab-the-problem-by-the-reins governor New Jersey has had in a long time, maybe ever. Not this weekend. (Stile, The Record)

Morning News Digest: March 17, 2010