Morning News Digest: October 1, 2010

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Buono subpoena request passes

TRENTON – Senator Barbara Buono’s push to secure subpoena power for the Legislative Oversight Committee in its investigation of the administration’s Race to the Top application has passed in the senate.  (Isherwood, PolitickerNJ)



Senate passes 5 tool kit bills

The senate today passed five bills from the governor’s “tool kit” of measures designed to aid municipalities in staying underneath the two percent property tax cap passed last summer.  (Isherwood, PolitickerNJ)



Port Authority Chairman Nominated

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday nominated as chairman of the Port Authority David Samson, a prominent attorney who for years had as a client World Trade Center developer Larry Silverstein, the bi-state agency’s most high profile tenant and frequent adversary.  (Brown, The Wall Street Journal)



Christie airs plan to ease charter-school creation

Gov. Christie outlined a proposal to improve and expand school choice in New Jersey at a town-hall meeting in Hoboken on Thursday, urging lawmakers to overhaul state law to allow charter schools to be established more easily.  (Lu, The Philadelphia Inquirer)



Menendez upbeat on polls

Democrats face “historical headwinds” in this year’s election, but polls are improving for many Senate candidates as more voters focus on which party will fight for them, Sen. Bob Menendez said Thursday.  (Jackson, The Record)



New poll finds Adler, Runyan in statistical dead heat

A third independent poll this week has said the race between freshman Democratic U.S. Rep. John Adler and Republican Jon Runyan is close. Adler finished with 42 percent to Runyan’s 39 percent in the latest poll. A third-party candidate, Peter DeStefano, running with the tag line “NJ Tea Party,” took 4 percent. Adler and Runyan are in a statistical dead heat because the poll’s margin of error is plus or minus 4.9 percentage points.  (Burton, The Philadelphia Inquireer)



Money problems grow for small towns like Washington Township as state pays less for preserved land

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP – Mayor Dudley Lewis traces his ancestry back to the founding of this southeastern Burlington County community in the solitude of the Pine Barrens.  (Procida, Press of Atlantic City)



New Jersey towns race to ace efficiency test needed for state funds

Still reeling from deep state aid cuts, New Jersey municipalities are anxiously completing a written test of their management efficiency that will determine whether they receive all the funds owed them.  (Hefler, The Philadelphia Inquirere)


President Obama comments on NJ Sen, Menendez immigration reform bill

WASHINGTON — Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey has introduced a broad immigration reform bill that would put the nation’s approximately 11 million illegal immigrants on a path toward citizenship and enact other sweeping reforms.  (Chebium, Gannett)



N.J. Assembly approves extension of town master plan requirement to 10 years

TRENTON — New Jersey municipalities would be allowed 10 years between reviews of their master plans under a bill approved by the Assembly today.  (Murray, The Star-Ledger)



From the Back Room



Homebuyer tax credit veto override fails in Assembly

An Assembly Majority motion to override Gov. Chris Christie’s veto of the homebuyer tax credit (1678) did not receive the necessary supermajority to pass this afternoon.  (Editor, PolitickerNJ)






From Sparta’s cliffs to the George Washing bridge

THERE IS A MYTH that the ancient Greeks of Sparta threw their weaker children off cliffs. In the 21st century we are more civilized. We taunt them until they willingly jump.  (Doblin, The Record)



School districts could use a savior

The mayor of Newark is bursting with pride and presumptions about education these days. He has an excuse.  (Kelly, The Record)



Morning News Digest: October 1, 2010