Morning News Digest: September 29, 2010

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Christie: Six ways to fix schools

OLD BRIDGE – Gov. Chris Christie hates teachers, bad teachers.

“Your performance was awful, but we don’t look at that,” Christie said, lampooning New Jersey’s teacher tenure system.  (Carroll, PolitickerNJ)



Tea Party sues feds over health care

The Jersey Shore Tea Party along with Ocean County Citizens For Freedom, the Colts Neck Tea Party and several individuals have filed a 15 count lawsuit in NJ Federal Court against members of the Obama Administration over the sweeping health care legislation signed into law in March.  (Isherwood, PolitickerNJ)



Two U.S. House members seek independent oversight of DRPA

Two area congressmen have introduced legislation to compel the Delaware River Port Authority to appoint an independent inspector general.  (Nussbaum, The Philadelphia Inquirer)



Lawmakers introduce bill on public employees with criminal convictions

TRENTON — Legislators are trying to close a loophole that makes it harder for judges to force public employees to forfeit their jobs when convicted of a crime.  (Golson, The Star-Ledger)


Horse racing plan will go to Christie

TRENTON – A plan to rescue New Jersey’s troubled horse-racing industry that includes more Internet wagering and off-track betting parlors, but does not include cutting into Atlantic City’s market by installing slot machines at the tracks, will be presented to Gov. Christie this month.  (Delli Santi, Associated Press)



Middlesex Council head leaves GOP, backs Democrats in Nov.

MIDDLESEX BOROUGH — Council President Debra DeVuyst, a lifelong Republican, has left the party, and become an Independent, while backing the Democratic council ticket in this fall’s elections. reducing the GOP’s majority on the governing body to 3-2 and leaving it unable to pass legislation without at least one vote from Democrats or DeVuyst.  (Grant, Courier News)



Holt discloses 2009 earnings

TRENTON — According to tax returns released by Rep. Rush Holt (D-Hopewell) at a statehouse press conference yesterday, the six-term congressman and his wife, a Princeton physician, earned just more than $500,000 in 2009.  (Fair, The Times)



State probe chastises NJSIAA for reckless spending

The finances of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association are again under attack.

The State Commission of Investigation will release a report today blasting the organization that governs New Jersey high school sports for reckless spending, according to The Star-Ledger.  (McGarry, Press of Atlantic City)



From the Back Room



Backed by Reid, Lesniak hits back at Harrah’s

State Sen. Ray Lesniak (D-Elizabeth) sent out an email blast today declaring victory in his standoff with Harrah’s.  (Editor, PolitickerNJ)





For public schools, new horizons

GOVERNOR CHRISTIE slashed state aid to school districts by $820 million in his first budget. But the other day he signed into law a bill that could result in aid increases.  (Ahearn, The Record)



Encap case shows Trenton’s ugly side

Strip away the plodding legalese and clutter of confusing acronyms in Monday’s federal corruption indictment and a chilling tale of two Trentons emerges.  (Stile, The Record)



How will Booker get community on board?

TRENTON — The pressure is on Newark Mayor Cory Booker, whose city will be the recipient of up to $100 million from a challenge grant provided by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to reform public education. Due to massive publicity, the nation is watching.  (Ingle, Daily Record)



New Jersey’s income tax advantage

Last week, Gov. Chris Christie told Bloomberg News he intended to make good on a campaign promise to cut the state income tax, and he would do so in the next year or two. The governor claims the state needs to cut taxes in order to be more competitive with neighboring states.  (Deborah Howlett, guest columnist for The Star-Ledger) Morning News Digest: September 29, 2010