Morning News Digest: August 25, 2010

The ravages of Linden: Armstead and Dems face uphill healing challenges in bid to beat Gerbounka

The local Democratic Party organization wanted Mayor Richard Gerbounka gone, but a bloody primary has weakened their ability to stifle a fearsome foe.  (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)


Update: Nine dual office holders left

With the news that state Sen. President Stephen Sweeney (D-West Deptford) has announced his pending resignation from the Gloucester County Freeholder board, the list of 19 dual office-holding legislators grandfathered in on Feb. 1, 2008 is dwindling. (Carroll, PolitickerNJ)


Error on ‘Race to the Top’ application costs N.J. $400M in federal funds

After making a high-profile bid for hundreds of millions of dollars in federal education reform money, New Jersey fell three points short of receiving “Race to the Top” funding, in part because of an error by the Christie administration in the state’s application, records obtained by The Star-Ledger show. (Staff, The Star Ledger)


Rep. Holt: Economy, security would benefit from alternative energy

Small-business owners, looking for breathing room in a sluggish economy, can capitalize on government incentives designed to help them make their buildings more energy efficient, officials said Monday. (Diamond, APP)


Devils may see a future with shot on Boardwalk in Atlantic City

New Jersey Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello took a tour of Boardwalk Hall in April as the National Hockey League team considered expanding its reach into the southern New Jersey market – digging into what is traditionally Philadelphia Flyers territory. (Lulgjuraj, Press of Atlantic city)


GOP Should Follow Christie Playbook

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie may not be running for president in 2012, but he’s articulated an economic vision that’s well-positioned to gain momentum with whoever emerges as President Obama’s Republican challenger in two years. (Kraushaar, National Journal)


N.Y. man gets 18 months for role in corruption case

A Brooklyn man who admitted he laundered cash for government witness Solomon Dwek was sentenced by a federal judge Thursday to serve 18 months in prison. (Mikle, APP)


Poll finds 78 percent of parents want New Jersey to spend more on education

A poll of the parents of New Jersey high school students said education was the top state budget priority and one that is underfunded. (Staff, Press of Atlantic City)


Gov. Christie vetoes bill giving N.J. businesses bordering eligible areas access to low-interest loans

Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a bill Monday that would have extended the reach of a state financing authority, giving businesses in towns bordering already-eligible areas access to low-interest loans. (Fleisher, The Star Ledger)


From the Back Room

Christie helps raise nearly 200k for Cape May GOP

Gov. Chris Christie visited the Court House Diner in Middle Township on Monday, where he and Township Committeeman Dan Lockwood talked to local residents, according to the Cape May County Regular Republican Organization.


Adler v. Runyan II

U.S. Rep. John Adler (D-Cherry Hill) and Republican challenger Jon Runyan will square off for the second time this week when they tape the Larry Kane show in Philadelphia at 1 p.m. on Thursday.





ON JUNE 14, a bill was introduced in the New Jersey Assembly to dissolve Teterboro and whack up its land and property tax ratables among four neighboring towns. It was as radical a piece of legislation as Trenton has ever considered. (Ahearn, The Record)


Betcha he signs this one

On the way to Gov. Christie’s desk is a bill to eliminate more than 40 inactive and outdated boards and commissions. (Ingle, APP)


Cooperation needed to fix A.C.’s troubles

We predicted last month that Gov. Chris Christie’s plan for the state to take over Atlantic City’s casino district was likely to run into some roadblocks, and that’s what is happening.


Morris County ‘judge’ still waiting

It soon will be four months since Anne M. Patterson of Mendham Township was nominated to a seat on the New Jersey Supreme Court. (Snowflack, Daily Record) Morning News Digest: August 25, 2010