Morning News Digest: September 13, 2010

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Winners and Losers: Week of Sept. 6th

When Aristotle tutored Alexander in the Nicomachean Ethics all those years ago, he had a certain credibility as the devoted pupil of Plato. Whether or not the Democratic Legislature will sit there and wonderously absorb the teachings of Republican Gov. Chris Christie on ethics reform is another story. (Editor, PolitickerNJ)


Argument over slots at tracks dominates second Democratic gambling summit

EAST RUTHERFORD — Democrats kicked off their second “gaming summit” yesterday with a message: It would not be a fight between the northern and southern regions of the state, but a forum for ideas on how to save New Jersey’s struggling horse racing industry. (Friedman, Statehouse Bureau)


Gov. Christie signs bill allowing N.J. residents to send children to public schools in other towns

TRENTON — Parents dissatisfied with the quality of their local public schools can now send their children to classrooms beyond district boundaries — in some cases at taxpayer expense. (Calefati, Star-Ledger)


Assembly To Hold Hearings On Impact Of Budget Cuts

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) ― Seven New Jersey Assembly panels have hearings scheduled Monday to discuss how the recently enacted state budget is affecting residents and businesses. But whether the sessions are needed remains the subject of sharp partisan debate. (Shipkowski, AP)


N.J. halts new work on $8.7B N.Y.-N.J. tunnel project due to budget issues

New Jersey is temporarily shutting down all new work and suspending additional contract bids on an $8.7 billion railway tunnel to New York because federal officials say the project may go as much as a billion dollars over budget — money New Jersey doesn’t have. (Sherman, Star-Ledger)


Gov. Chris Christie signs order to eliminate 60 boards, commissions

TRENTON — In 2002, when New Jersey’s motor vehicle agency was “in crisis,” the state created a commission to help overhaul an agency plagued by poor customer service and poor security. (Fleisher, Statehouse Bureau)



Plug plug on ‘basement’ tunnel permanently

New Jersey is suspending temporarily its Big Dig project — the train tunnel from Xanadu to Macy’s basement. Some genius just figured out we’re short on cash and since New York won’t contribute, it’s up to New Jersey, the Port Authority (that means New Jersey pays twice) and the feds.  (Ingle, Asbury Park Press)


Musical law enforcers; Angry tweeting; Unconventional Dems

It’s time for one of The Auditor’s favorite games: Musical law enforcers.

In the latest installment, Gov. Chris Christie has decided not to reappoint Monmouth County Prosecutor Luis Valentin to the post he has held since July 2005. Valentin, a 44-year-old Democrat, worked for Christie in the U.S. Attorney’s Office until tapped by then-Gov. Richard Codey as an antidote to the upheaval in the Monmouth prosecutor’s office in 2005. (The Auditor, Star-Ledger)


Doblin: Welcome to the Reformation, Jersey style

IT MAY BE the biggest reformation since Martin Luther nailed a lot of stuff to a church door. Last week, Governor Christie launched “Rethink. Reform. Rebuild New Jersey.” (Doblin, The Record)


Revitalizing Atlantic City benefits the entire state

Gov. Chris Christie’s advisory commission’s report on how to improve the economic environment in Atlantic City is thoughtful and balanced. The commission’s recommendations focus on how New Jersey can expand both its tourism and its economy. This is a goal everyone can and should support, because the entire state will benefit. (Jim Florio, guest columnist, Star-Ledger)


Tom Moran: Christie’s success in N.J. will shape his political future

In Washington, Republicans gathered Wednesday to watch a glossy 20-minute film that paints Chris Christie as a modern Ronald Reagan, a guy who can show the party the path back to power. (Moran, Star-Ledger) Morning News Digest: September 13, 2010