Morning News Digest: September 27, 2010

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Winners and Losers: Week of Sept. 20

This was a big week in both Trenton and abroad as Democrats continued their quest to slow Gov. Chris Christie’s assault.  Christie himself had a huge week despite his absence from the statehouse and continued to show himself to be as savvy a politician as has been seen in Trenton.  Corruption arrests made headlines again and the race for Bergen Executive got ever more interesting.  (Editor, PolitickerNJ)



Booker: how money will be spent to depend on community involvement

NEWARK – A day after the two men appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show to accept a $100 million challenge grant for public schools, Gov. Chris Christie and Mayor Cory Booker reconnoitered here to assure Newark residents and leaders that distribution of the cash would hinge on community involvement.  (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)



NJ bill targets dating violence

TRENTON – New Jersey school districts may soon have to incorporate age-appropriate dating-violence education into their middle and high school curriculums. (Shipkowski, Associate Press)



N.J. gaming summit to quiz governor’s key advisor

State Democratic legislators will get the chance at the last of three gaming summits this week to finally question Jon Hanson, the head of a governor’s advisory commission that proposed bold plans to promote Atlantic City tourism but also called for an end to racetrack subsidies.  (Fletcher, Statehouse Bureau)



Justices to take up issue of DUI

Who is legally responsible when an intoxicated motorist is injured in a traffic accident? Is it the drunken driver? Or is it whoever served him the booze?

That is a question the New Jersey Supreme Court will take up in an appeal that some observers say will have a broad impact on insurance costs, small businesses that serve alcohol, and deterrence of drunken driving.  (Hopkins, Asbury Park Press)



N.J. senator pushes law allowing residents to carry handguns

TRENTON — A lawmaker wants to make it easier for New Jersey residents to carry handguns, and he thinks the state can make some money in the process.  (Friedman, Statehouse Bureau)



NJ Gov. Christie’s no nonsense style appeals throughout nation

SPRINGFIELD, PA. — The line at the banquet hall in Pennsylvania stretched from a reception table, backed up through a magnificent foyer and continued out sets of double doors.  (Jordan, Statehouse Bureau)



State Democrats upset by Jon Runyan’s donkey

The moment the fall legislative session opened in Trenton in September, the whiff of November campaign politics was in the air.  (Fletcher, Statehouse Bureau)



Newark Mayor Cory Booker says he might run for a third term

NEWARK — Newark Mayor Cory Booker now says he might run for a third term after all.  (Associated Press)



Middlesex Co. Democrats use of county resources raises questions

EAST BRUNSWICK — Top Middlesex County Democrats, including Freeholder Director Christopher Rafano, used county employees and cars to make a political advertisement that has Republican opponents in the November elections fuming.  (Baldwin, Asbury Park Press)



From the Back room



Sweeny focuses on redistricting

Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-West Deptford) heads to Rhode Island this weekend for a conference on redistricting.  (Editor, PolitickerNJ)






Christie appointments questioned

Jackson Mayor Mike Reina was named by the Christie administration to a $78,000 job in the Department of Transportation, although the DOT says the department is in a hiring freeze.  (Ingle, Asbury Park Press)



It’s not the FBI, it’s opportunity knocking

I LIKE CITIES. I’ve worked in or near major cities all my life: New York, Detroit, Los Angeles and Chicago. Some of those places were glamorous and gritty, some just gritty. The remnants of Detroit’s former glory were a tantalizing tug at the imagination of what was and what is.  (Doblin, The Record)



On immigration, Christie needs a common sense path to common sense

If Chris Christie really does intend to present himself as some sort of conservative leader on the national scene, he’s got a lot of ‘splainin’ to do about his position on illegal immigration.  (Mulshine, The Star-Ledger)



GOP poll finds anti-incumbent sentiment in North Jersey

An internal Republican Party poll shows Kathleen Donovan, the Republican candidate for Bergen County executive, holding a 13-point lead over incumbent Democrat Dennis McNerney.  (Stile, The Record)



Public support is integral to Newark schools reform

NEWARK — Shavar Jeffries is one of those miracles you can point to when people ask if the American Dream is still alive.  (Moran, The Star-Ledger)


  Morning News Digest: September 27, 2010