Morning News Digest: September 30, 2010

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Sarlo, others grill Hanson

OCEANPORT – In his critique of the Hanson Report, State Sen. Jim Whelan (D -Atlantic City) said it was too broad in scope. Several of its topics could have generated stand alone reports, he said.  (Carroll, PolitickerNJ)



Sweeny to Hanson: Why so informal with important issues?

OCEANPORT – Questioning why such important decisions were taken up by such an informal commission, State Sen. President Steve Sweeney (D-West Deptford) told Jon Hanson, “I don’t think you as a developer would jump into (an investment like Xanadu) based on a decision (made so informally).”  (Carroll, PolitickerNJ)



Despite lead in polls, Adler may have a difficult fight with Runyan right up to Election Day

The second independent poll in a week says that although freshman Democratic U.S. Rep. John Adler is ahead of Republican challenger Jon Runyan, the hard-fought Third District race has the potential to be close all the way to the end.  (Burton, The Philadelphia Inquirer)



NJ among states in poor fiscal health, report finds

Troubled state budgets may be steering the nation into its next financial crisis — and New Jersey is leading the pack, according to a new report by influential financial analyst Meredith Whitney.  (Kwoh, The Star-Ledger)



Christie’s a rising star: GOP candidates eager for Christie to campaign

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, Asbury Park Press)



Gov. Christie interviews candidates for N.J. education commissioner

TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie will select a permanent commissioner of education in the next month and has already interviewed candidates for the job, he said tonight on NJ 101.5’s Ask the Governor radio program.  (Calefati, The Star-Ledger)



N.J. lawmaker to propose bill allowing property tax hike larger than 2 percent cap

TRENTON — Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Cryan (D-Union) will announce legislation Thursday proposing towns be allowed to temporarily exclude the cost of public safety personnel under a new law capping annual property tax collection increases at 2 percent.  (Megerian, The Star-Ledger)



Q&A with North Jersey Congressional candidates: Climate change and what to do about it

This is the latest in a weekly series in which the major-party candidates in three North Jersey districts discuss issues that Congress has faced and will face. Excerpts of their responses are below.  (Jackson, The Record)



From the Back Room



Oprah’s couch to Hoboken

Both Gov. Chris Christie and Newark Mayor Cory Booker will be in Hoboken tomorrow, so the question is: Where will Mark Zuckerberg be?  (Carroll, PolitickerNJ)






No quick exit for freeholder Murray

Jim Murray has been a Morris County freeholder for almost three years now, but he still hasn’t learned how to be a politician. That’s refreshing.  (Snowflack, Daily News)



Christie: No frustration detected

Gov. Christie began his monthly “Ask The Governor” show on 101.5 FM radio by denying that people were turning off to his reform efforts. “The response I am getting … is that people are really exciting and anxious … that we are pushing forward really bold proposals.”   (Ingle, Asbury Park Press)



A stealth move to privatize land use permits

The Christie administration appears to be moving quietly behind the scenes to take the next step in privatizing the Department of Environmental Protection, without filling the public or the Legislature in on the plan. Environmental advocates who’ve learned about this plan are understandably alarmed.  (Michael Cantania, guest columnist for The Star-Ledger)



Will Christie still want to borrow billions without voter approval…

… after he reads this report rating New Jersey as tied for No.2 among states that could default on debt?  (Mulshine, The Star-Ledger) Morning News Digest: September 30, 2010