Morning News Digest: June 7, 2010

Seventh District straits: Lance fights back against Larsen attacks

Stung by eight negative pieces of mail – most of his which highlight his aye vote on Cap and Trade – and leery of an anti-incumbent environment, the Lance Campaign has maintained steady return fire for two weeks against fed-up challenger David Larsen of Tewksbury.  U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance’s (R-Lebanon) lone cable television buy is a positive reintroduction of the freshman congressman. (Pizarro, PoiltickerNJ) 

Sources: Smith will be the next HCDO chairman

Sources say key Democratic Party power brokers have agreed that Bayonne Mayor Mark Smith is the least offensive option to succeed Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy as chairman of the embattled Hudson County Democratic Organization (HCDO). Smith hasn’t said publicly that he wants the job. (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)

Seeking inroads in county government, Midddlesex GOP sees opportunity with Gooch

This was Monmouth, but Middlesex was on the invites. In spades.The crowd packed into the rooms upstairs at the Dubliner and did a Friday before the big Tuesday rally for 6th Congressional District GOP establishment candidate Diane Gooch. (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)

Lawmaker accused of trying to aid developer


A housing advocate on Thursday said state Sen. Raymond Lesniak is trying to divert money meant to build homes for the poor to a pet project on his street in Elizabeth. An angry Lesniak defended the project and called the advocate, Kevin Walsh, associate director of the Fair Share Housing Center, “a stupid imbecile.” (Ackermann, The Record)

Primary sets the stage for a tough fall election

In a mere 14 hours Tuesday, voters will make quick work of a sleepy primary and set New Jersey up for one of the nation’s most exciting congressional races. Republicans will try to push back the weakening Democratic wave that swept President Obama into office two years ago. Freshman Rep. John Adler, the first Democrat since the 1860s to win the district that spans Ocean and Burlington Counties, plus Cherry Hill in Camden County, will try to hold on in that changing tide. (Burton, Inquirer)


Parties hash out N.J. budget deal


Despite Governor Christie’s painful budget cuts and months of partisan battles over his plan, an agreement is taking shape between Democratic and Republican lawmakers that would avert a shutdown of state government and save a handful of popular programs scheduled for elimination. (Heininger/Fleisher, The Record)

Padilla relinquishes Bergen freeholder seat


Tomas Padilla ended his tenure on the Bergen County Freeholder Board on Friday after seven years as a member. He decided to resign as a freeholder after being tapped as the Hackensack Police Department’s officer-in-charge. His appointment to that job came after Police Chief Ken Zisa was stripped of his duties following misconduct allegations. “I’m proud of the work I’ve done,” Padilla said. (Gartland, The Record)

Clinton Township Republicans accuse Hunterdon GOP of violating voter rights


A former mayor and elected officials here have written to county officials claiming that the county Republican Committee selections on Tuesday’s primary ballot violate the rights of township voters. (O’Brien, Gannett)

Rahway’s mayoral race tops Democratic primary


Following Mayor James Kennedy’s decision not to seek re-election this year, the city on Tuesday will have its first Democratic mayoral primary in 20 years. Freeholder Rick Proctor, who works as the city’s director of health and human services, is running against Renee Thrash, a former Rahway Housing Authority chairwoman, in Tuesday’s mayoral primary. (Russell, Gannett)

Liberal media bias? You decide


Polls have consistently shown that large majorities of Americans, generally by greater than 2-to-1 ratios, believe the media tilts to the left. Does it? Media observers weigh in. The threat by teachers last month to protest the appearance of radio personality Big Joe Henry of 101.5 at an awards show for student achievement in the performing arts was a response to what they perceived as egregious media bias by New Jersey’s most-listened-to radio station. (Bergmann, Gannett)

8 vie for 2 Glouco GOP spots

The Gloucester County Republican Party has splintered into four factions – a rarity – in the primary race for two seats on the Democratic-controlled Board of Chosen Freeholders.That’s one more slate than last year, when infighting broke the party into two rival groups and a third, conservative faction aligned with gubernatorial candidate Steve Lonegan. (Hefler, Inquirer)


Stile: Was Super Bowl snub Christie’s way of getting even?


The New York Jets owner and head coach were there. So were their New York Giants counterparts. But Republican East Rutherford Mayor Jim Cassella was not at the high-profile press gala in his own back yard at the stadium in the Meadowlands to celebrate and discuss the historic selection of it for the 2014 Super Bowl. (Stile, The Record)

Ingle: More opposition to Christie’s SCI misstep

The Senate Democrats seem determined to keep the State Commission of Investigation in the budget and independent of the Governor’s Office. A Republican in the Assembly has joined the movement. Allison Littell McHose has keen insight into the watchdog group  since her father, Sen. Robert Littell, backed the creation of the SCI 41 years ago to be a fact-finding agency and to be independent of the Governor’s Office by design. (Ingle, Gannett)

  Morning News Digest: June 7, 2010