Morning News Digest: March 25, 2010

Tea Party supports Murphy for race

Conservative Justin Murphy has won the endorsement of the Burlington County Tea Party over presumptive GOP nominee Jon Runyan for the 3rd Congressional District seat. Of the 45 Tea Party members who screened Murphy, Runyan and Ocean County business owner Joseph Rullo over the weekend, 40 tapped Murphy. William Haney, head of the Tea Party, said Monday he was determined to deliver a competitive primary to registered Republicans this June. (Roh, Courier-News)

Christie takes teacher salary freezes, benefit contributions push to Ramsey

Governor Christie blasted the  state teachers union at a town hall forum  Wednesday, challenging it to accept a  yearlong salary freeze and employee  contributions to health benefits. The union’s resistance to givebacks is  motivated by self-interest, not out of  concern for students, the governor asserted. (Ax, The Record)

Stile: Christie’s plan to repeal blue laws looks dead

Governor Christie predicted Wednesday that his plan to repeal Bergen County’s blue-law ban on Sunday shopping will probably be ditched.  Christie’s comments before a group of mostly Republican supporters in Ramsey aimed to quell a political firestorm that erupted minutes after he unveiled his draconian $29.3 billion budget plan on March 16. Democrats instantly pounced on the repeal proposal, saying it would disrupt the rhythm and quality of life in Bergen with increased traffic and crime. (Stile, The Record)

Proposed pay freeze would affect school employees statewide

Every local school employee in New Jersey — from superintendents to cafeteria workers — would have to take a pay freeze in order to save nearly enough money to stave off catastrophic budget cuts, state Education Commissioner Bret Schundler said today. (Method, Asbury Park Press)

Morning News Digest: March 25, 2010