Morning News Digest: July 20, 2010

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DeStefano denies he’s working for Adler, but finds no love among Tea Partiers

Asked bluntly if he’s a plant for the Adler campaign, self-professed independent Tea Party candidate Peter DeStefano gapes in response. (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)

Christie Celebrates 6 Months

Gov. Chris Christie celebrated six months in office Monday with a party in Lacey Township. (Isherwood, PolitickerNJ)

Potosnak formally launches 7th CD general election campaign this week

Seventh Congressional District candidate Ed Potosnak intends to formally launch his general election campaign at a local business in North Plainfield on Wednesday afternoon. (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)

Kyrillos’ toolkit bill would cap unused sick leave at $15,000

State Sen. Joe Kyrillos (R-Middletown) was at the Statehouse this morning presenting testimony in favor of his toolkit property tax reform bill, S-2173, which would set a uniform limit on the cash payment for public employees’ unused sick and vacation leave. (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)

DeCicco mulls 2011 challenge to Madden

The tall frame of a newcomer in photo ops dominated by Gov. Chris Christie has given rise to a steady Trenton rumor that Assemblyman Domenick DeCicco (R-Sewell) is getting revved up to take a 2011 shot at state Sen. Fred Madden (D-Gloucester). (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)

‘You ain’t seen nothing yet,’ Christie says at rally

Pounding a favorite theme of defying expectations, Governor Christie promised bolder steps ahead during a rally Monday night marking his six-month anniversary in office. “It’s our time not to let up,” Christie told a jubilant crowd of more than 200 crammed inside a community center in Ocean County. “I did not come here for failure. I came here for success.” (Heininger,

Gov. Chris Christie rallies Republicans at event in Lacey

With his signature affixed to this year’s state budget and last week’s poll results giving him high marks for his cutting costs, Gov. Chris Christie made a stop in Forked River Monday night to meet some party supporters. “I love you, Ocean County,” Christie said, and the crowd responded back in kind. (Vosseller, Asbury Park Press)

New Jersey Towns May Be Strained by Christie’s 2% Tax Cap, Moody’s Says

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s new 2 percent cap on property-tax increases is “credit negative” for the local governments that rely on the levy, Moody’s Investors Service said in a report. (Dopp, Bloomberg)

NJ Senate panel tackles property tax measures

With the New Jersey Legislature being pressed to endorse measures that will help municipalities control costs, a Senate panel on Monday considered bills allowing local governments to furlough police and firefighters and post legal notices online instead of in newspapers. (Delli Santi, Associated Press)

Advocates decry New Jersey changes in AIDS, HIV assistance

Effective Aug. 1, nearly 1,000 New Jersey residents with AIDS and HIV will be dropped from a state program that helps pay for their lifesaving medications. A measure in the New Jersey budget signed by Gov. Christie last month slashed the annual income permitted for enrollees in the AIDS Drug Assistance Program, saving the state an estimated $7.4 million. (Conaboy, Philadelphia Inquirer)

N.J. towns could take income tax refunds from homeowners late on property taxes

Democratic state senators are mounting a challenge to a bill that would garnish income tax refunds from homeowners delinquent on their property taxes, questioning whether it adequately protects child support payments and saying it would punish the unemployed. (Fleisher,

Sen. Loretta Weinberg calling health commissioner, treasurer before committee over women’s health clinic funding

Two lawmakers continue to press Governor Christie to restore $7.5 million in women’s health clinic funds in New Jersey. Sen. Loretta Weinberg has called Christie’s health commissioner and treasurer to appear before her Senate Health Committee on Monday. They’ll discuss state funds for 58 family planning centers that Christie cut from the budget on July 1. (Associated Press)

Tea Party tees off on DeStefano

A Tea Party group Monday formally denounced a third-party candidate in the 3rd Congressional District as “a shill.” The tri-county West Jersey Tea Party said Peter DeStefano, who is running on the NJ Tea Party line this fall, was not representative of the movement. (Roh, Courier Post)

Gay marriage to be in spotlight today

Supporters and opponents of gay marriage in New Jersey hope to shake up an otherwise sleepy day in Trenton. The National Organization for Marriage — a Princeton-based anti-gay rights group — is bringing its “Summer for Marriage Tour” to the state today. (Roh, Courier Post)

Sussex County man joins Obama to urge restoration of unemployment benefits

President Obama used a North Jersey man’s 20-month job search to assail Republicans who have repeatedly blocked votes on extending unemployment benefits as the Senate tries again today to pass the long-stalled measure. (Jackson, The Record)


From the Back Room…

Super Salaries

Advocates of tax and public salaries reforms will shed few tears over Gov. Chris Christie’s recent proposal to cap school superintendents’ salaries. Many have broken the $200,000 mark and an elite few have salaries approaching $300,000. (Isherwood, PolitickerNJ)



That’s not the way to ‘Reform Jersey Now’

Team Christie is telling donors of the deep-pocketed variety that it’s safe again to come outside with their checkbooks. Don’t worry about those meddlesome landmark pay-to-play laws designed to curtail the corrosive power of campaign cash — can’t touch you, they say. A convenient, safe way around all those legal land mines has been designed for you. (Stiles, The Record)

Ingle: An attempt to keep government in the dark?

One prominent environmental group thinks an attempt to place legal ads only on the Internet is really an attempt to keep government business away from taxpayers. (Ingle, Gannett)

NJ Gov. Chris Christie Releases Video Of His Accomplishments So Far, But Why…

When Sarah Palin released her “Mama Grizzlies” ad a week and a half ago, pundits were buzzing about how much it looked like a presidential campaign ad. Well, today, another star of the GOP released a polished looking YouTube video, y’know, just because. This time the video is from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and it’s entitled “How Do You Like New Jersey Now?” (Bershad, Mediaite) Morning News Digest: July 20, 2010