Morning News Digest: October 12, 2010


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Adler and Runyan debate in Cherry Hill; congressman doesn’t answer DeStefano question

CHERRY HILL – Dinged over the weekend with a national story fingering his campaign as the culprit in the inflation of a dummy Tea Party candidate, U.S. Rep. John Adler (D-Cherry Hill) comes out aggressively, showing every sign of wanting to create distinct and concrete contrasts with his GOP opponent, former football star Jon Runyan.  (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)



The 6th District still doesn’t resemble a warzone

The supporters of U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-Long Branch) insist his schedule is no more accelerated than a usual campaign year, but this time he’s making the rounds of nook and cranny events with that trusty self-promotional instrument always in tow: Twitter; by which Pallone alerts the world to his dutiful presence at a hot dog counter here, a chili fest there.  (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)



Poll: More voters approve NJ Gov’s fiscal approach

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – A new poll gives New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie high marks for holding the line on spending.

The Fairleigh Dickinson/PublicMind poll out Tuesday has Christie’s overall job approval rating at 51 percent.  (Associated Press, CBS New York)



Talk of Gov. Christie as presidential contender grows after latest campaign stop in Pennsylvania

WILLIAMSPORT, Pennsylvania — As a child, Gov. Chris Christie dreamed of going to the Pennsylvania town that hosts the Little League World Series. Monday, he made it there.  (Friedman, The Star-Ledger)



White House firing away at GOP

The White House seems to have settled on what one Democratic operative calls “The Spaghetti Strategy,” a throw-anything-against-the-wall approach to attacking a carefully targeted group of Republican heavies ahead of Nov. 2.  (Thrush and Vogel, Politico)




GOP sets sights on reshaping reform

An all-out assault on government-sponsored loan enterprises, increased oversight of regulatory agencies and retooling the Wall Street regulatory overhaul are on tap if the Republicans retake the House.  (Sherman, Politico)



The rise of middle-of-the-road radicals

In American politics, people tend to think of “radicals” as those on the ideological fringes of the left or right. But what happens when the radicals are smack in the middle of the political spectrum?  (Seib, The Wall Street Journal)



Christie draws admirers in Pa. swing

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. As a child, Gov. Chris Christie dreamed of going to the Pennsylvania town that hosts the Little League World Series. Monday, he made it there.  (Friedman, The Star-Ledger)



12th District foes focus on economy

NEPTUNE — The two main candidates for the 12th Congressional District seat slugged it out over economics, health care and other issues Monday.  (Bowman, Asbury Park Press) 



Incumbent Congressman Frank LoBiondo has done little campaigning and turned down invitations to debate his mostly unknown opponent

Incumbent U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo’s campaign strategy appears to be avoiding the spotlight and doing little to attract attention to the fact that he is running for re-election in the 2nd Congressional District against a challenger who is not well known.  (Fletcher, Press of Atlantic City)


From the Back Room



‘I must keep fighting, until I’m dying’

College Republicans want to scratch the name of the late Paul Robeson off the library at the Rutgers-Camden campus because he was a commie, a course of action that sounds a lot like Joe McCarthy in 21st Century New Jersey.  (Editor, PolitickerNJ)



Murray: 6th District poll stands

In a release issued to this site and others, 6th District Republican challenger Anna Little’s camp claimed that Patrick Murray of Monmouth University had backed off poll numbers that showed Democratic incumbent Frank Pallone up by 12 points.  (Isherwood, PolitickerNJ)






Expect about face on tunnel project

The guess here is that Gov. Chris Christie is going to swing around and end up supporting the planned Hudson River tunnel. The federal government will kick in some more money to make it palatable to him, which is something for which the governor can then take credit.  (Snowflack, Daily Record)



The paralysis of the state

Sometimes a local issue perfectly illuminates a larger national problem. Such is the case with the opposition of the New Jersey governor, Chris Christie, to construction of a new tunnel between his state and New York.  (Brooks, The New York Times) Morning News Digest: October 12, 2010