Morning News Digest: September 21, 2010

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For Donovan, crossovers and allegations of politics on county time

As tornado watches flashed on TV screens, supporters mingled in Rutherford last week to open Bergen County Clerk Kathe Donovan’s campaign headquarters. 

Donovan is preparing for a face off against Democratic incumbent County Executive Dennis McNerney and the might of the Bergen County Democratic Organization (BCDO).

(Carroll, PolitickerNJ)



McNerney on Ferriero, BCIA, muskrats, and feathers in his cap

Bergen County Executive Dennis McNerney is ready. Exuding confidence, McNerney sat down with PolitickerNJ on Tuesday night, discussing controvertible issues like Overpeck Park, the BCIA, and the bygone days of party boss Joe Ferriero.  (Carroll, PolitickerNJ)



NJ Statehouse confrontations highlight increasing tension between Christie, Democrats

TRENTON — After months of largely having his way with the Legislature, Gov. Chris Christie Monday found himself in the unusual position of having to compromise.  (Friedman and Margolin, Statehouse Bureau)



Race to the Top deal:  NJ Gov. Chris Christie will release docs, Senate will postpone vote

TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie has agreed to release documents related to the botched Race to the Top grant in exchange for the Senate postponing a vote on granting subpoena powers to the panel charged with probing the failed grant.  (Statehouse Bureau)



NJ school officials are cautious of spending federal funds

TRENTON — School districts across the state today learned how much they would get from $268 million in new federal funding to save education jobs — but several superintendents said they did not expect to go on a hiring spree.  (Star-Ledger Staff)



Gov. Christie’s approval ratings dip a bit in wake of lost education money

The state’s failed bid to secure $400 million in federal education funds might have cooled Gov. Chris Christie’s rising approval rating but wasn’t enough to reverse the goodwill garnered by his push for property tax reform, a new poll found.  (Schnaars, Daily Record) 



NJ family- planning funding still vetoed

TRENTON – An effort by Democrats to restore $7.5 million in state funding to family-planning health centers came to a halt Monday after Senate Democrats failed to persuade any of their Republican colleagues to cross Gov. Christie on the issue.  (Lu, The Philadelphia Inquirer)



NJ Gov. Chris Christie may have plans for Hudson Tunnel funds

TRENTON — NJ Transit Executive Director James Weinstein said the Christie administration is considering using up to $2 billion in state funds earmarked for the $8.7 billion Second Hudson River Tunnel project to reauthorize the state Transportation Trust Fund, which runs out of money next year.  (Higgs, Daily Record) 



School board accused of paying for field against wishes of Berkeley Heights voters

BERKELEY HEIGHTS — In 2005, Berkeley Heights voters rejected a referendum to build a new turf field for the local high school. Now, the state education department accuses the school board of trying to make an end run around voters by funneling public money to an independent nonprofit to pay for the field.  (de Vries, The Star-Ledger)



Five candidates agree to disagree

The five candidates vying to represent the 1st Congressional District offered an array of proposals on Monday for turning the economy around, creating jobs, and supporting allies in the Mideast. 

(Roh, Courier Post)



From the Back Room


Goodwin in your living room

State Sen. Tom Goodwin (R-Hamilton), in a dogfight to defend his seat from Democratic Assemblywoman Linda Greenstein (D-Palinsboro), is up with his first ad of the campaign.  (Isherwood, PolitckerNJ)





Public pension giveaway should be top target for probe by legislature

It was perhaps the most reckless political giveaway in New Jersey political history. You’re paying for it and your grandchildren will probably pay for it, too.  (Stile, The Record)



Crazy talk: Democrats can capitalize on Republican extremes

For Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway, running for the U.S. Senate against a tea paarty superstar, the mission is simple: “Rand Paul is crazy,” he says, “and we have to beat him back.”  (Star-Ledger Editorial Board)



Transit tunnel plan belongs underground

The mass transit tunnel increasing capacity between New York and New Jersey looks great on paper.

Unless that paper is from the project blueprints. Or an accountant’s ledger.  (NJBIZ Staff) Morning News Digest: September 21, 2010