Morning News Digest: September 17, 2010

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Hoboken counsel resigns, Weiner Lesniak snags interim job

Not cut for the political theater of Hoboken, Corporation Counsel Michael Kates dropped his letter of resignation on Mayor Dawn Zimmer’s desk last week.  (Carroll, PolitickerNJ)



Trenton council prez endorses Sipprelle

TRENTON – The craggy former beat cop and rosy-cheeked ex-Wall Street go-getter stood together at a podium an hour ago, as Trenton Council President George Muschal endorsed Republican Scott Sipprelle for Congress in the 12th District.  (Pizarro, PolitckerNJ)



Christie vetoes DRPA free rides

Gov. Christie on Thursday widened his war on free rides by employees of government authorities, banning such trips at the Delaware River Port Authority and five other agencies.  (Nussbaum, The Phuladelphia Inquirer)



Obama names Christie to advisory trade panel

Gov. Chris Christie was among 30 people appointed Wednesday by President Barack Obama as a member of the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations.  (Gannet State House Bureau)


Dems want results from gov’s priviatization task force

TRENTON — Show us the savings.

That was the mantra of Democrats during the Assembly Transportation Committee’s hearing on Gov. Chris Christie’s privatization task force and its recommendations to outsource work, such as motor-vehicle inspections, NJ Transit bus routes and toll collections.  (Higgs, Asbury Park Press)



NJ Assembly probes ‘pay-to-play’ fees at schools

TRENTON — Pay-to-participate was the hot topic before the Assembly Education Committee Thursday, as educators and education advocates appeared before the panel to discuss the effect of activity fees on student programs and busing.  (Bradshaw, NJ Press Media)–pay-to-participate–student-fees-at-schools



High court refuses to Point Beach Mayor’s recall election appeal

POINT PLEASANT BEACH — The state Supreme Court has refused to hear a last-minute appeal from Mayor Vincent R. Barrella to stop his Nov. 2 recall election from going forward.  (Larsen, Asbury Park Press)



Judiciary: Vacation time for judges’ secretaries now capped

TRENTON — Vacation time for judges’ secretaries has now been capped at the same levels as other state employees, the state judiciary’s top administrator announced Thursday, after attention was drawn to a state audit that found some secretaries were being granted time off in amounts the auditors deemed unreasonable.  (Symons, State House Bureau)–Vacation-time-for-judges–secretaries-now-capped




From the Back Room


Peace in Hudson

Tonight’s fundraiser for State Sen. Sandra Cunningham represents a burying of the hatchet between two Hudson County power brokers.  (Isherwood, PolitickerNJ)






Doblin: Another showdown between Christie and Sweeney

UNLESS YOU HAVE been living in a cave awaiting the second coming of Plato, you’ve heard New Jersey’s public employees’ pension fund is underfunded by $46 billion. You may have heard this summer that the Securities and Exchange Commission charged New Jersey with securities fraud because it misrepresented the liabilities of the fund to potential investors. (Doblin, The Record)



Raiders of the lost ARC

When Governor Christie halted forward momentum on the ARC tunnel he expressed concerns about possible cost overruns. But there might have been something more going on here.  (Fink, NJN)



NJ near the end of the line for school aid

When money is being doled out, the place to be is at the front of the line, with your palm outstretched.  (Star-Ledger Editorial Board)

  Morning News Digest: September 17, 2010