Morning News Digest: September 15, 2010

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Runyan accuses Adler of lying in attack mailer


BERKELEY TWP. – Looking ticked and vaguely cleated in a senior citizens’ community this afternoon, 3rd Congressional District challenger Jon Runyan accused U.S. Rep. John Adler (D-Cherry Hill) of lying about his positions on Medicare and Social Security in a districtwide Democratic State Committee mailer.  (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)




Passiac County Democrats Call for Federal probe Speziale job


Passaic County Democrats on Tuesday called for a criminal investigation to determine whether Republicans arranged a job for Jerry Speziale with the Port Authority Police Department to induce him into dropping out of the sheriff’s race.  (Cohen, The Record)




Bergen County Exec McNerney defends finance agency at senior picnic


Senior citizens gathered Tuesday for food and politics at the annual Bergen County Senior Picnic in Paramus, where the county’s funding agency was the hottest topic not on a grill.  (Gartland, Bergan Record)




Christie proposes pension overhaul


Governor Christie on Tuesday outlined a series of cuts to public workers’ pension and benefits he said are needed to keep the massive retirement system solvent, while unions said the plan was unfair and even illegal.  (Fleisher, State House Bureau)




Sen. Jeff Van Drew seeks “elite force” to patrol Atlantic City tourism district


A southern New Jersey Democrat wants to see Atlantic City’s entertainment area made safer by an “elite force” of state and local police officers who would patrol the city’s tourism district and protect visitors from crime.  (Fletcher, State House Bureau)




Lakewood GOP picks Akerman to replace Singer on local ticket


LAKEWOOD — Albert “Isaac” Akerman, a loan officer who was the Independent candidate for Township Committee, will switch to the Republican ticket after the party picked him late this evening to replace incumbent Robert W. Singer on the ballot for the November election, party officials said.  (Patberg, Asbury Park Press)




Essex towns get grants for green projects


MONTCLAIR — Environmentally friendly innovations like wind-powered turbines and electric car charging stations are coming soon to municipalities around Essex County thanks to grants from the Sustainable Jersey program.  (Appelbaum, The Star-Ledgar)




New Jersey politicians strike back-room deal with Port Authority for Bayonne Bridge, WTC funding


New Jersey pols struck a $1 billion back-room deal with the Port Authority as their price for supporting a breakthrough pact to restore the World Trade Center, it was revealed Tuesday.  (Feiden, Daily News)




Chuck Schumer ups fundraising ante


Sen. Chuck Schumer has given $2 million to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and top Senate Democrats are leaning hard on their colleagues to cough up more as the embattled majority looks to save vulnerable incumbents.  (Bresnahan and Raju, Politico)




From the Back Room


Somewhere north of the 3rd District


Gov. Chris Christie joined 3rd Congressional District candidate Jon Runyan in Whippany for a fundraiser at the Birchwood Manor tonight.  (Isherwood, PolitickerNJ)




Palin wins! (and O’Donnell too)



The Associated Press is reporting that U.S. Senate Candidate Christine O’Donnell has pulled off an upset to win the Republican nomination in Delaware.  (Isherwood, PolitickerNJ)






Big deal backers have themselves in a hole


Somebody in the federal government noticed “Corzine’s Big Dig,” the train tunnel from Xanadu to Macy’s basement, is on tap to be $1 billion over budget, so the project is on hold for 30 days. That $1 billion likely is just the start of costly overruns.  (Ingle, Asbury Park Press)




Sanity in Trenton: A tighter cap on sick time payouts


To all the abused taxpayers who bang their heads against walls when public workers retire with enough money in unused sick time to buy a yacht, relief is on the way. Not enough, but some.  (Star-Ledgar Editorial Board)



Appointments for local people


The governor Monday nominated scores of individuals for appointment and reappointment to various state college board of trustees. Some are local notables.  (Snowflack, Daily Record) Morning News Digest: September 15, 2010