Morning News Digest: September 16, 2010

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Mason testing Hoboken waters?

A poll reportedly in the field in Hoboken today has Councilwoman Beth Mason’s fingerprints all over it, according to one critic who received the poll call.

Tony Soares, a backer of Mayor Dawn Zimmer and Mason opponent, recounted the poll questions that were posed to him this morning with precision, including caller ID proof.  (Carroll, PolitckerNJ)



Garcia puts his head down amid post-Speziale spill over, as Berdnik gears up for faceoff

HAWTHORNE – The GOP sheriff’s campaign of Felix Garcia raised between $15,000 and $20,000 last night at a 300-person sushi bar event in Totowa, according to Garcia campaign spokesman George Cole, but Democrats are still eyeballing another considerably bigger stack of unspent campaign cash.  (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)



President Obama to attend fundraiser in Cresskill

CRESSKILL — President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit New Jersey next month.  (Associated Press)



Tax credits suggested to revive blighted N.J. strip malls

In one strip mall after another along the Burlington County section of Route 130, motorists are pulling into parking lots to find pizza places and furniture stores shuttered, with lease signs posted on their windows.  (Osborne, The Philadelphia Inquirer)



Crowds, wagering up, but Monmouth in red

A well-received 50-date summer “super meet” that produced triple-digit increases in wagering and double-digit growth in weekend attendance, won’t keep Monmouth Park out of the red in 2010, state officials said Wednesday.  (Brennan, Bergen Record)



NJ government workers rush to retirement

With Governor Chris Christie proposing dramatic reforms for the public pension system, far more New Jersey government workers are filing retirement papers.  (Gregory, WHYY)



Q&A with North Jersey Congressional candidates: Job creation

This is the second in a weekly series in which the major-party candidates in three North Jersey districts discuss issues that Congress has faced and will face.  (Jackson, Bergen Record)



Governor nixes deal to sell 15 prison acres to Woodbridge

TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie has vetoed a bill that would have allowed Woodbridge to buy 15.5 acres of land from East Jersey State Prison for $1. The township planned to use the property for affordable and special-needs housing.  (Lee, The Star-Ledgar)



U.S. attorney details Vas’ scheme to “flip” property to fund campaign

NEWARK — The corruption case against former Perth Amboy mayor Joseph Vas and his onetime aide Melvin Ramos began to unfold Wednesday with the government detailing how a property “flip” was allegedly used to fund a congressional campaign.  (Serrano, Asbury Park Press)



NJ lawmakers consider selling ad space on school buses

TRENTON — Yellow may no longer be the predominate color of school buses in New Jersey.

The Assembly Education Committee will consider a measure today allowing ads on the outside of the buses. (Associated Press)



Audit finds NJ judges’ secretaries granted excessive vacation time

TRENTON — A recent audit of the state’s judiciary found some judges’ secretaries are being granted excessive vacation time, including one who got nearly 12 weeks of vacation in 2007.  (Symons, State House Bureau)



NJ may delay law allowing families to seek involuntary outpatient commitment of mentally ill

TRENTON — Lawmakers today will consider a plan to delay a law that would allow families to seek involuntary commitment of the mentally ill to outpatient treatment.  (Associated Press)




From the Back Room


Adler responds…

The outrageous statement made by Jon Runyan’s campaign today regarding photography of his property, demonstrates that he is using this incident for political gain.  (Isherwood, PolitickerNJ)



Coming soon:  Power List 2010

It’s that time again.  We at PolitickerNJ are readying our 2010 Power List – our vision of the 100 most influential people in New Jersey politics. (PolitickerNJ)






State Government: A Crisis in Management

Since his first day in office, Governor Christie has repeatedly attacked the compensation of public sector employees.  Like a well trained sniper, Governor Christie has successfully picked off individuals with “egregious” and “bloated” salaries.  Through these actions, Governor Christie has drawn a line in the sand relative to public employee compensation……nobody in state government should earn more than its Chief Executive Officer.  (Lisa Ginther, guest columnist, PolitckerNJ)



Christie turns on the charm

Democrats hold most of the 120 seats in the Legislature, but Governor Christie controls another coveted 24 seats of power — his luxury suite at the New Meadowlands Stadium.  (Stile, Bergen Record)



Christie should cap and trade that RINO rhetoric

I’m talking about the interval between Chris Christie’s announcement of a nationwide swing to promote Republican candidates and the wholesale rejection of his first big endorsement.  (Mulshine, The Star-Ledgar)

  Morning News Digest: September 16, 2010