Morning News Digest: May 25, 2010

Facing three Tea Partiers, Lance campaign front-ends Christie’s support

 An establishment Republican congressman facing Tea Party challengers is specifically burnishing support from Gov. Chris Christie as evidence that he has a strong conservative Republican on his side. Facing no fewer than three Tea Party-affiliated conservatives as he runs for his second term as the 7th Congressional District incumbent, U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-Lebanon) turned to Christie for official fortification at a fundraising rally two Fridays ago at the Warren Somerset Hills Hotel.
 (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ) 

Dems launch website to counter recall 

Menendez partisans Hitting back against a Tea Party group that’s trying to use the court system to recall U.S. Rep. Bob Menendez (D-Hoboken), the Democratic State Committee launched a website to “recall reality.” The website went up a day before the New Jersey Supreme Court hears oral arguments on the lawsuit filed by RecallNJ and RoseAnn Salanitri, head of the Sussex County Tea Party. (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ) 

State Dems create web page against group trying to recall U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez 

The state Democratic Party is going on the offensive against a tea party group that’s trying to recall U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), saying its leaders hail from the “extreme right wing.” The New Jersey Democratic State Committee has created a web page detailing controversial statements, political stances and affiliations of leaders of the group, Recall NJ. One of its top members questioned whether Obama was born in the United States. (Friedman, The Record) 

N.J. Gov. Chris Christie says State House rally had ‘absolutely no effect’ on him

 Governor Christie today shrugged off Saturday’s record-breaking State House protest, saying it had “absolutely no effect on me.” The Republican governor said he hoped the 30,000 to 35,000 protesters “had a good time, and I hope that it helped to spur Trenton’s economy.” (Heininger, The Record) 

Tea Party candidate challenges Congressman Frelinghuysen

 The 11th Congressional District, which starts in Raritan Borough and extends northward to Morris, Sussex and Passaic counties, is so reliably Republican, that the more important election of the year is the GOP primary on June 8. Whoever wins the GOP nomination in the primary is an overwhelming favorite to win a two-year seat in the House of Representatives in the November general election. (Deak, Gannett) 

Ingle: Why the pension system is in trouble No. 6 

Even after Gov. Corzine signed a bill barring attorneys and others working for government under professional-services contracts from state pension rolls, the practice continued. So state officials are investigating how they got credits in a pension system growing closer to collapse every day. Andy Pratt of the Treasury told The Record the lawyers continued their private practice but he declined to name them. (Ingle, Gannett) Morning News Digest: May 25, 2010