Morning News Digest: September 28, 2010

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Assembly committee moves local mandate bill

A group of bills making their way through the legislature seek to aid townships in dealing with mandates from the state that many municipal officials say cost them thousands or more each year.  (Carroll, PolitickerNJ)



Former State Sen. Wayne Bryant indicted, former DeCotiis attorney indicted over Encap deal

Former State Sen. Wayne Bryant, who is currently serving time for corruption, was indicted again this afternoon alongside Attorney Eric D. Wisler.  (Iwsherwood, PolitickerNJ)



NJ Assembly advances Christie’s property tax reform measures

TRENTON — An Assembly committee Monday advanced four bills designed to chip away at property taxes, including a proposal sought by Gov. Chris Christie that could expand the use of a potentially powerful state Council on Local Mandates.  (Symons, Daily Record)



Sen. Lautenbery says Gov. Christie refuses to let NJ transit, U.S. officials meet on Hudson tunnel project

TRENTON — When it comes to the planned multibillion-dollar commuter rail tunnel under the Hudson River, Gov. Chris Christie isn’t doing much to build bridges, U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg says.  (Frassinelli, The Star-Ledger)



Christie poised to unveil education reforms today

TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie is scheduled to announce a series of proposed educational reforms today at a town hall meeting in Old Bridge.  (Method, Daily Record)



Economy, jobs are key issues in NJ’s closest congressional race

WASHINGTON — Unemployment in New Jersey’s 3rd District stands at nearly 10 percent, but the candidates in that race – the closest congressional contest in the state – seem to be paying less attention to the issue than the voters.  (Chebium and Theobald, Asbury Park Press)



Assembly panel approves bill allowing N.J. towns to wait 10 years before updating local development plans

TRENTON — Legislation allowing New Jersey towns to wait 10 years before re-examining their local master plans that guide development and growth within their communities moved ahead today.  (Murray, The Star-Ledger)



Sen. backs daily limits on pollution in the bay

Legislators looking for ways to save Barnegat Bay could ask federal and state regulators to wheel up one of their biggest regulatory guns and establish a limit for nutrient pollution in the bay.  (Moore, Asbury Park Press)



GOP-led symposium touts imperiled N.J. horseracing

UPPER FREEHOLD — Arriving guests were greeted by tandems of broodmares and their foals frolicking on pastures of the 900-acre Perretti Farms, reminding them of the racing industry’s tie-in to open space and farmland preservation.  (Jordan, Asbury Park Press)






Mental health law debate no place for politics

Many of New Jersey’s students who have just returned to school are studying civics, and over the course of the school year they will learn that a cornerstone of American democracy is the rule of law.  (Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, guest columnist for PolitickerNJ)



Ten Hours To Cinci

When we first learned that Governor Christie will be stumping for GOP candidates nationwide, we realized NJN needs to cover it in some fashion. Flying to California and renting equipment was a bit – um, cost prohibitive…so when we saw that Christie would be in Cincinnati this week for Ohio Gubernatorial candidate John Kasich we decided to make the trip.  (Fink, NJN)



GOP learns a key issue isn’t voters’ top concern

Bergen County Republicans are not likely to pander to voters who believe purging political corruption is the top issue facing county government.  (Stile, The Record)


  Morning News Digest: September 28, 2010