Morning News Digest: August 30, 2010

Follow PolitickerNJ on Twitter and Facebook Winners and losers: Week of August 23 The news that state Commissioner of Education Bret Schundler was

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Winners and losers: Week of August 23

The news that state Commissioner of Education Bret Schundler was clearing out his desk jumped him to the top of the list today obviously, but the former Mayor of Jersey City-turned Chris Christie foil wasn’t the only loser this week. Find out who else hit the canvas – and who managed to stay off of it. (Editor, PolitickerNJ)


Schundler replacement named

Gov. Chris Christie has named Assistant Education Commissioner Rochelle Hendricks to replace ousted commissioner Bret Schundler on an interim basis. (Isherwood, PolitickerNJ)


CNN headed to the 6th

Word out of the Anna Little for Congress camp is that CNN’s Soledad O’Brien is headed to New Jersey Monday to cover the 6th District congressional race. O’Brien is set to interview at 10:30 a.m. and according to an email blast to supporters, Little’s camp is hoping to show O’Brien that “Anna’s Army is everywhere.” (Isherwood, PolitickerNJ)


Clifton‘s Berdnik brings FBI training experience

Richard Berdnik has lived in Clifton all of his life. His father worked at Hoffmann-La Roche, the pharmaceutical company on Route 3 that is one of the go-to companies when you’re looking for a local job. Unless you want to be a cop. (Bergen Record)


Jersey City business administrator under fire for keeping finance director job in Orange

Unemployment might be a problem for a large chunk of the population right now, but not for Jersey City Business Administrator John “Jack” Kelly as Journal staff writer Melissa Hayes tells it in a story to be published in tomorrow’s Jersey Journal. (Jersey Journal)


Raritan Borough Administrator given discretion to destroy anonymous letters

RARITAN — After debating the merits of whether to discard anonymous letters received at the Municipal Building without reviewing them first, Borough Council members decided instead that Administrator Dan Jaxel be given the discretion to either destroy the letters or take action on them. (Mustac, Messenger-Gazette)


From the Back Room

Place your bets

New Jersey picked up the support of lawmakers on the left coast Friday as the California state senate approved a measure in support of overturning the federal ban on sports betting in most states. (Editor, PolitickerNJ)


Hopefully he brings his homework

Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver and Senate Majority Leader Barbara Buono have both said they will invite ousted Education Commissioner Bret Schundler to their respective dog-pile hearings on the Race to the Top grant gaffe. (Editor, PolitickerNJ)



A hearing makes sense now

Relationships are built on trust, that’s academic. When Gov. Christie said Wednesday that errors in the Race to the Top application were corrected verbally in Washington by the N.J. delegation led by Education Commissioner Bret Schundler I believed the governor and I think he believed what he was saying was true. The video of the event shows otherwise. When Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver and Assembly Education Committee Chairman Patrick Diegnan said there would be a hearing on what went wrong it sounded then like more of the partisan political bickering we have way too much of around here and I called them out for it. They didn’t know about the video at the time any more than the rest of us.  (Ingle, Asbury Park Press)


NJ skipped Race to the Top application training; Gov. Chris Christie says no to Glenn Beck show

Given the fiasco surrounding New Jersey’s bungled Race to the Top application, perhaps the state should have gotten a tutor. Free help was available, but The Auditor has learned New Jersey was one of a handful of states that cut class and did not attend a U.S. Department of Education workshop last spring to guide states on filling out their second-round applications. (The Auditor, Star-Ledger)


Schundler’s exit: Embarassing episode of incompetence and division in the Christie administration

It is clear that Education Commissioner Bret Schundler had to go, given the rift between him and the governor. But it is far from clear that Schundler was the party at fault. In fact, he makes a plausible argument that he did nothing wrong at all. (Star-Ledger Editorial Board)


Garrett: Race to the Top gaffe is a teachable moment

ON TUESDAY, the U.S. Department of Education announced the 10 finalists for the “Race to the Top” initiative. Enacted shortly after President Obama took office, this program allows states to apply for federal education funding after they implement educational reforms in line with the goals of the Obama Administration. (Rep. Scott Garrett, The Record) Morning News Digest: August 30, 2010