Morning News Digest: August 26, 2010

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Race to the Top: “First public misstep”

As news that New Jersey lost out on $400 million in federal school aid due to a clerical error, Democrats and union members began to pile on the freshman governor who until now had seemed all but invincible. (Isherwood, PolitickerNJ)


Amid turmoil, Currie and Dems bank on buttoned down cop

The face of former undersheriff Republican Felix Garcia smiles down on Paterson from Diego Rivera-sized billboards at two key downtown intersections in a play for Latino love as stunned Democrats struggle to pull together a countywide ticket. (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)


Freeholders call for restoration of tax credit for NJ filmmakers

Bergen County Freeholder and former Rutherford Mayor Bernadette McPherson put forward a resolution this month urging the governor to restore a tax incentive that aims at drawing television and filmmakers into the Garden State. (Staff, Bergen Record)


Congressional challenger from Chatham says calls to debate U.S. Rep. Frelinghuysen are falling on deaf ears

MORRISTOWN — With a portable podium and 20 supporters in tow, Douglas Herbert, Democratic candidate for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives from New Jersey’s 11th District, today challenged incumbent U.S. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-Morris) to debate before the Nov. 2 election. (Lockwood, Star-Ledger)


Congressional Candidates’ Views on Clean Energy, Climate Change: NJ-03

Today we’re looking at New Jersey’s 3rd Congressional District, stretching from the Philadelphia suburbs in the west, across the undeveloped Pine Barrens (the country’s first National Reserve) to the Jersey Shore. (Taylor-Miesle, Huffington Post)


East Brunswick raises taxes to cover homeowners’ refunds

EAST BRUNSWICK — East Brunswick residents trying to scrape together extra cash by appealing the assessed value of their homes may actually see more money leave their pockets. A record number of East Brunswick homeowners appealed the assessed values of their homes this year, according to finance director L. Mason Neely. (Lee, Star-Ledger)


Governor’s veto blocks UEZ funds for Hoboken, Weehawken

Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a bill yesterday that would have allowed municipalities such as Hoboken and Weehawken to qualify for state financing only offered to certain urban communities. (Hayes, Jersey Journal)


From the Back Room

Beck v. DuPont?

There is increasing Monmouth County buzz around Councilman Mike DuPont of Red Bank as a 2011 Democratic Party candidate for state senate against Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-Red Bank). (Editor, PolitickerNJ)


Schundler reaches out to Duncan

After a day of political firefighting between legislators and the gov’s office, state Education Commissioner Bret Schundler asked U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan for $75 million in unallocated Race to The Top funds. (Editor, PolitickerNJ)


Race to Top aftermath proves Christie’s power, says Bramnick

The criticism peppering Gov. Chris Christie in the aftermath of yesterday’s announcement proves how strong he is, argues Assembly Minority Conference Leader Jon Bramnick (R-Westfield). (Editor, PolitickerNJ)



Christie: Just belly up to the bar

Not long after Gov. Christie said in a press conference his patience is running out with the Delaware River Port Authority, the DRPA’s board made changes. Contractors must now disclose political donations and it won’t donate cash to charity. (Ingle, Asbury Park Press)


Christie trying to have it both ways

Don’t be shocked if Governor Christie is spotted commiserating with rising golf star Dustin Johnson at the practice range at The Barclays tournament in Paramus later this week. They have a lot to talk about. (Stile, The Record)


You can’t spin your way out of this race

A few hours ago, I saw a press release by state Sen. Thomas H. Kean blaming the Obama Administration for a mistake the Christie Administration made on its application for federal money under the Race to the Top program. The state lost out on about $400 million because of the error. In my mind, I gave Kean credit for creativity. (Snowflack, Daily Record)


Chris Christie’s Unique Appeal

Until this latest video, I don’t think I had a good example of Chris Christie’s unique appeal. This incident supplies it: what’s impressive about Christie is not that he is a capable attacker, but that he is an equally capable at the art of political deflection, one which most Republicans fail at, and miserably so. (Domenech, New-Ledger) Morning News Digest: August 26, 2010