Morning News Digest: June 16, 2010

Mack trounces Segura in Trenton mayor’s race Tony Mack, a former Mercer County Freeholder, tonight defeated At-Large Councilman Manuel “Manny”

Mack trounces Segura in Trenton mayor’s race

Tony Mack, a former Mercer County Freeholder, tonight defeated At-Large Councilman Manuel “Manny” Segura by an unofficial vote count of 62.24 to 37.52% in the runoff for mayor of Trenton. According to the Mercer County Clerk, Mack earned 7,257 to 4,375 votes for Mack. (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)

Sweeney: Senate prepared for override vote on millionaire’s tax

Regarding potential votes Monday in the Senate to override the Governor’s vetoes of legislation to reinstate the millionaire’s tax and dedicate the $637 million in revenues to senior citizens, Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-West Deptford) today said in a statement, “The Senate will be prepared to immediately take up an override of the Governor’s vetoes should the Assembly’s votes succeed. “It is my sincere hope that my Republican colleagues will put the very real needs of their constituents before the political wants of the Governor and support an override of his misguided vetoes. On Monday, we will know if the Republicans’ mantra of ‘shared sacrifice’ is one they actually aspire to live up to.” (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)

Unofficial results in Newark’s Central Ward: Sharif beats Bell by 25 votes

Darrin Sharif, son of veteran political operative Carl Sharif, tonight defeated incumbent Central Ward Councilman Charles Bell by 25 votes. Unofficial machine totals with 32 of 32 Central Ward districts reporting show Sharif with 2,328 and Bell with 2,308 votes. The challenger grew his lead by five votes after a tally of absentee ballots, according to the Essex County Clerk. (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)

Showdown over millionaire’s tax set as Dems try to override Gov Chris Christie’s veto

A final showdown between Gov. Chris Christie and Democrats in the Legislature over raising income taxes on the rich is set for next week. Dems set to vote to try to override the governor’s veto of the millionaire’s tax early next week. Top Democrats said they will try Monday to override Christie’s veto of the so-called millionaires tax so they can fund property tax rebates for the state’s seniors and disabled residents. But with no apparent Republican support, the majority Democratic Party does not have enough members to reach the two-thirds needed for an override. (Fleisher/Friedman, The Record)

Diane Gooch will not seek recount in 6th District Republican congressional primary

Weekly newspaper publisher Diane Gooch today said she will not seek a recount of the 6th District congressional primary results and conceded defeat to Highlands Mayor Anna Little, who won the Republican nomination by a mere 84 votes. “Having carefully reviewed the final count for the CD6 Republican primary, I have decided against asking for a recount. I am grateful for the experience I have gained in running and for all of the wonderful new friends I have made along the way,” Gooch said in a prepared statement. (Friedman, The Record)

Housing, environmental advocates say affordable housing bill will polarize towns

Denied an opportunity to speak before a Senate committee earlier this month, housing and environmental advocates took their own testimony on a controversial affordable-housing bill today. Representatives from various groups said at a press conference in the Statehouse Annex they worry the legislation will further polarize towns into rich and poor, result in lawsuits rather than affordable housing being built and give developers the power the state Council on Affordable Housing now holds. The bill (S1) would abolish COAH, whose decisions on how many units of housing each town should provide have spawned numerous lawsuits. (Ackerman, The Record)

Christie’s school-aid freeze was legal, court says

Gov. Christie acted within his authority when he froze $475 million in state aid to schools to close a $2.2 billion budget deficit, a state appellate court ruled Monday. The Perth Amboy Board of Education lost more than $15 million as a result of Christie’s order to withhold state funding for the remainder of the current fiscal year, which ends June 30. Christie directed the state to withhold an amount equal to the “excess surplus” for each school district. (Lu, Philadelphia Inquirer)

Bill to unseal some adoption records advances in N.J. Assembly

For most of her adult life, Judy Foster couldn’t answer the question “Do you have children?” without feeling a lump in the pit of her stomach. That’s because Foster, who says she was date-raped, surrendered her infant daughter for adoption in 1961. The father wanted to get married, but Foster, who was 19, didn’t want a family that began with a violent act. She prayed to God for help and eventually gave her baby up. (Lu, Philadelphia Inquirer)

Stile: Democrats will yield to Christie’s freight train

Democrats ruling the Legislature don’t want any budget fight with Governor Christie that shuts down state government. The reason is very simple – they’ll lose. There is no way they can beat Republican Governor Christie in a prime-time siege. They know it. Christie will be center stage on the dais of the Assembly, presiding over a “special” session of the Legislature demanding an end to the crisis. (Stile, The Record) Morning News Digest: June 16, 2010