Morning News Digest: September 20, 2010

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Winners and Losers: Week of Sept. 13

This week saw two separate hearings that believe it or not had nothing to do with Race to the Top or Bret Schundler and both presented fodder for our weekly column.  Campaigns provided the rest of our list as electeds and challengers began the silly season in earnest.  As always, the list is our subjective view of the week.  (Editor, PolitickerNJ)



Hudson tunnel review raises fear for project

Few elected officials have ever inherited a public works project that promised as many benefits as the proposed Hudson River commuter train tunnel is supposed to deliver to the constituents of Gov. Chris Christie.  (McGeehan, The New York Times)



NJ Senate to hold family planning override vote

TRENTON — Democrats in the New Jersey Senate will hold a longshot vote today to restore $7.5 million in funding to 58 women’s health clinics.  (Associated Press)



Washington Township, Chatham, NJ, will pay municipal employees to opt-out of health insurance

As towns try to find new ways to save money, a protocol issued by Gov. Chris Christie is outlining ways for municipalities to pay employees to opt-out of a town’s health insurance, provided they have coverage by another means.  (Roman, Daily Record)



Congressional candidate Douglas Herbert and Morris County, NJ, Democrats rally against Frelinghuysen, GOP

MORRISTOWN — Democrats facing an uphill battle in Republican-dominated Morris County rallied Sunday on the Green in support of local candidates, headlined by the challenger to longtime Republican Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen.  (Jennings, Daily Record)–GOP



Gov Christie takes to the road to promote GOP candidates nationally

TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie, whose pugnacious style and policy victories in the first half of his rookie year made him a hot commodity in the Republican Party, will take his Jersey message on the road this week as he kicks off a month-long national political tour.  (Margolin, Statehouse Bureau)



Update: Botched federal grant application subject of 2,000 page report due

TRENTON — As May turned into June, the state Department of Education engaged in a mad scramble to gather up as much support as possible and complete its doomed application for $400 million in federal grant money.  (Schoonejongen, Statehouse Bureau)



Senate Dems will subpoena top officials on “Race to the Top” error

Senate Democrats plan to invoke subpoena power to force top members of Governor Christie’s administration to testify on the state’s bungled “Race to the Top” application.  (Friedman, Statehouse Bureau)



From the Back Room


Menendez on the go

U.S. Senator Robert Menendez spent time in Essex and Passaic Counties today campaigning alongside U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-8th) for local Democrats.  (Editor, PolitckerNJ)



Mystery candidate surfaces

Peter Destefano, the 3rd District Congressional candidate and resident man of mystery is back on the campaign trail.  (Editor, PolitickerNJ)





Planned Parenthood veto should stand

Several  lawmakers have spent the entire summer criticizing Governor Christie for vetoing  $7.5 million for Planned Parenthood and family planning clinics.   These lawmakers have convinced their leadership to schedule a vote on Monday in the Senate to try to override the Governor’s veto.  (Marie Tasy, guest columnist, PolitickerNJ)



The Guv and the Prez each take a shot at free speech

Andrew McCarthy of the National Review doesn’t mention our governor by name in this peroration on the firing of NJ Transit employee Derek Fenton for exercising his constitutional right of free expression.  (Mulshine, The Star-Ledger)



Fundraiser with Obama is likely to be a ritzy affair

I think it’s safe to say that Michael Kempner and his wife, Jacqueline, will not be serving guests hamburger helper at their Cresskill home on Oct. 6 — not when the price for attending their “small dinner” is $30,400 per person.  (Stile, The Record)



Doblin: A ride through the ARC tunnel of love

I CAN SAVE Governor Christie some time. The Access to the Region’s Core — the so-called ARC tunnel — is bound to cost more than $8.7 billion. As sure as winter follows fall, as sure as a cable news crew follows a perp walk, cost overruns and construction delays follow a project of this size and scope.  (Doblin, The Record)



Lt. Gov. Guadagno is seen, but seldom heard, in public

TRENTON — New Jersey this year joined 42 states that have lieutenant governors. There is no job description that specifies Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno should stay mostly silent as her boss slugs it out with union leaders, sends a cabinet member into exile, or makes the opposition party cry uncle in budget fights.  (Jordan, Statehouse Bureau) Morning News Digest: September 20, 2010