Morning News Digest: August 6, 2010

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Adler big fan of franking

Third District U.S. Rep. John Adler (D-Cherry Hill) spent more than $62,000 of taxpayer money in the first quarter of this year to send informational mailers to his constituents. That number put him fifth among all 435 members of the House of Representatives for the quarter, according to statistics from the House chief administrative officer. (Isherwood, PolitickerNJ)

Cammarano: The meteoric fall of a would-be Hudson star

NEWARK – The frosty phrase that slid around the courtroom today was “collateral consequences,” a legal term that doesn’t nearly capture the intense personal fallout that it indicates.

Due to report for a two-year prison sentence on September 20, just last year Peter Cammarano, 32 years old, was basking in a mayoral victory, emerging from an intense battle royale in the working class-meets-upper class Hudson River city. (Carroll, PolitickerNJ)

With $1.2 million, Codey has biggest war chest among senators

TRENTON – Dethroned last year as senate president, state Sen. Richard Codey (D-Roseland) still has the most money in his state senate coffers filed last month with the state Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC). Moreover, at least two staunch Codey allies appear to be armed up in anticipation of re-election dogfights. (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)

Senate confirms Elena Kagan as 112th Supreme Court justice, fourth woman

WASHINGTON — The Senate has confirmed Elena Kagan as the 112th justice and fourth woman to serve on the Supreme Court. (AP, The Record)

N.J. court: Nazi-naming parents shouldn’t get kids

TRENTON — A New Jersey couple who gave their children Nazi-inspired names should not regain custody of them, a state appeals court ruled Thursday, citing the parents’ own disabilities and the risk of serious injury to their children. (AP, The Record)

Destitute former Hoboken mayor remorseful before sentencing on federal corruption charges

Former Hoboken Mayor Peter Cammarano III was remorseful as he stood before U.S. District Judge Jose Linares awaiting his sentence on federal corruption charges today. (Conte, The Jersey Journal)

New Jersey Lawmaker Links Higher State Payments to Christie Overhaul Plan

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will have to raise payments into the state’s pension system if he wants to win lawmakers’ approval of his proposal to overhaul the plan, the top Democrat on the Assembly Budget panel said. (Dopp, Bloomberg)

Poll: NJ voters oppose state’s planned role in A.C.

New Jersey voters are opposed by a wide margin to the Christie administration’s plan to run a special casino and tourism district, a poll released today says. (Inquirer, Staff)

Summit on future of gambling in Atlantic City kicks off Friday

A summit on the future of gaming in the state starts Friday morning, with Democratic lawmakers hoping to push counterproposals to Gov. Chris Christie’s vision for Atlantic City and beyond. (Fletcher, Press of Atlantic City)

Corzine at the helm, MF Global back in black

NEW YORK, Aug 5 (Reuters) – MF Global Holdings Ltd (MF.N) reported better-than-expected quarterly earnings on Thursday, returning to profitability in the brokerage’s first full quarter under new CEO Jon Corzine. (Spicer, Reuters)

Crunch Hits Open-Space Funds

Financial woes hammering state and local governments in New York and New Jersey are forcing them to scale back efforts to buy choice pieces of farmland and open space for preservation. (De Avila, WSJ)

Developers to Pass Xanadu Project On to Creditors

A group led by Colony Capital is expected to give up the $2 billion Xanadu project in New Jersey to its creditors in the collapse of one of the most high-profile retail developments of the real-estate boom, according to people familiar with the matter. (Pruitt, Wei, WSJ)

Second library removes gay book

A gay-themed book, which was pulled from a local high school’s library after a resident objected to its content, has also been yanked from Burlington County’s library system. (Walsh, Courier Post)

DRPA offers list of reforms

CAMDEN Guidelines for the widespread reform of the Delaware River Port Authority requested last month by the governors of Pennsylvania and New Jersey are on their way to the respective leaders. (Murray, Gloucester County Times)

Some administrators face school pay freeze

A state appeals court ruling this week on regulations put in place by the Corzine administration aimed at reining in excessive compensation to school administrators does not affect proposed regulations with the same goal announced last month by Gov. Chris Christie. (Rothschild, Courier Post)

From the Back Room

Senate approves fed funding for teachers and now Lautenberg leans on U.S. House.

U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-Cliffside Park) tomorrow plans to join educators at Paramus High School, where he will urge members of the House of Representatives to provide $268 million in federal funding to help rehire or keep employed 3,900 New Jersey teachers dumped as a consequence of the Gov. Chris Christie cuts.


Doblin: Cosby lives, women’s health funding RIP

According to Democratic state Sen. Loretta Weinberg, D-Teaneck, and Assemblywoman Linda Stender, D-Union, reports of the death of a veto override to restore $7.5 million in the state budget to fund women’s family planning centers have been exaggerated. They say think Bill Cosby. I say rest in peace. (Doblin, The Record)

Ask not for whom the bridge tolls; ask why

Back in the dark days of the national 55-mph speed limit, a certain “C.W. McCall” released a hit song called “Convoy.” The song chronicles the adventures of a trucker with a CB radio who starts out in Los Angeles and builds a convoy of truckers being chased by the “bears,” i.e. police. (Mulshine, The Star Ledger)

Another one bites the dust

Peter J. Cammarano III, who once was a promising young attorney and Hoboken mayor, is on his way to the Big House. (Ingle, Asbury Park Press)

Morning News Digest: August 6, 2010