Morning News Digest: June 8, 2010

Lance calls into WOR radio show following Larsen interview

It’s in the stare down phase in the 7th Congressional District. Moments after challenger David Larsen chatted with Steve Malzberg on WOR radio, U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-Lebanon) called the show and engaged the talk show host. “Malzman said Leonard declined to appear on the show with Larsen,” said Lance spokesman Todd Mitchell. “We were never asked, so Leonard tried to get on. They offered the 5:05 p.m. slot.” (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)

Stack’s statement on rejecting HCDO chairmanship

State Sen. and Union City Mayor Brian P. Stack moments ago issued a formal statement on his decision not to pursue the chairmanship of the Hudson County Democratic Organization (HCDO). “While I would have enjoyed certain aspects of leading the organization, such as addressing the concerns of constituents throughout the County, to take on such a role at this current point in time would interfere with my mission of working to advance the quality of life for the residents of Union City and the 33rd Legislative District,” said Stack. (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)

Nightmare in Elizabeth’s First Ward as Grova digs in against Padilla

The ground game turned another bend of ugliness in Elizabeth on Sunday morning in the First Ward, where opposing sides clashed and police responded to a call of men wielding knives. “My opposition has become very negative in this campaign,” Councilman Manny Grova (pictured) told “I’ve never run in a campaign like this.” But allies of Grova’s opponent – Diego Padilla – say it was the councilman’s men with the knives. (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ) 

A day before primary election, Runyan settling into politics 

The campaign trail contained its moments of would-be trauma for Jon Runyan of Medford. The political neophyte went to a Tea party event at one point and a woman went up to him and demanded that he repudiate a photo of two gay men. Used to saving his sense of outrage for the professional football field, the former Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman declined. (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ) 

FDU poll: Most voters unaware elections being held Tuesday 

If a poll released today is any indication, turnout for tomorrow’s primary elections will be low. A Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll of 555 New Jersey registered voters released this morning found just 14 percent of them identified this month as the next time they’ll have an opportunity to vote for office holders. (Friedman, The Record) 

Ingle: Why your property taxes are high No. 678

A DataUniverse analysis of school administrators’ pay shows that 91 of them make more than $200,000 a year. And that’s eight times the number that made that much just five years ago. The analysis showed that 9,061 administrators and supervisors were paid a total of $1.1 billion and that’s up 13 percent from five years ago. The governor is paid $175,000 a year. (Ingle, Gannett) 

Stile: Christie’s edict won’t shut ticket pipeline

 The politically connected box office at the Meadowlands has been slammed shut for good, Governor Christie’s administration declared last Friday. Hackdom will now have to stand on line like everybody else for coveted tickets for The Boss or Bono or Bon Jovi or just about any other act that gridlocks South Bergen on a Saturday night. (Stile, The Record)!/?ref=home

Morning News Digest: June 8, 2010