Morning News Digest: October 13, 2010

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Realtors continue to barrage in support of Adler

The National Association of Realtors spent another $235,000 in support of U.S. Rep. John Adler this week, bringing the total spent by the outside group to more than $500,000 on behalf of the Democratic incumbent.  (Isherwood, PolitickerNJ)



Berdnik launches mail campaign as Garcia’s unconventional ground game turns heads

PATERSON – The vaporization this past summer of Jerry Speziale as a sheriff’s candidate set up a showdown between ex-Undersheriff Felix Garcia, the Republican, and Clifton cop Richard Berdnik, the Democrat, which has turned into one of the roughest campaign contests in the state.   (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)



Campaign finance reform: R.I.P.?

For four decades, advocates for stricter campaign finance rules have been on a long, slow march to make big money in politics less important and more transparent.

Now, in 2010, they are seeing the results: Never in modern political history has there been so much secret money gushing into an American election.  (Vogel, Politico)



GOP groups launch massive ad blitz

An alliance of Republican groups is launching a $50 million advertising blitz this week in a final push to help the GOP win a majority in the House, representing the biggest spending blitz ever by such groups in a congressional election campaign.  (Mullins and Yadron, The Wall Street Journal)



Adler targeted in GOP complaint

The New Jersey Republican State Committee on Tuesday filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission in Washington over possible reporting failures by the campaigns of Rep. John Adler and “NJ Tea Party” candidate Peter DeStefano.  (Roh, Courier Post)



N.J. Gov. Christie urges lawmakers to take up reform packages

EWING — Governor Christie Tuesday called on the leaders of the state Legislature to take up a series of reform packages and said they need to prove to New Jersey residents they are doing their jobs.  (Margolin, The Record)



Growing debt for towns gets little scrutiny State watchdog gives pass to ‘buy now, pay later’ deals

A New Jersey commission charged with overseeing municipal finances approved more than $7 billion in “buy now, pay later” financing for local governments in recent years, setting up taxpayers to cover increasing costs for borrowed money.  (Young, The Record)



N.J. school funding scores high marks, but does not account for Christie’s $820M budget cuts

TRENTON — New Jersey distributes a greater share of its education funding to school districts with low-income students enrolled, an effort for which the state received high marks on a national analysis of school funding systems released today by the Education Law Center.  (Calefati, The Star-Ledger)



Environmental groups worry about Christie agency decisions

Two recent decisions by state leaders have some environmental groups worried that the Christie administration is putting business interests ahead of environmental concerns.  (Lu, The Philadelphia Inquirer)



From the Back Room



Sigmund to join Global Strategy Group

Former Port Authority of New York New and Jersey public affairs chief Steve Sigmund has joined Global Strategy Group as a senior vice president and managing director.  (Isherwood, PolitickerNJ)






This 5 percent solution not the answer

The nation knows about our Shore and our crooked pols rounded up in such large numbers they have to be hauled off in buses. And now it has a view of South Jersey machine politics at its worst, thanks to the 3rd District, where career machine pol first-term Congressman John Adler is trying desperately to hold on to his seat in Congress.  (Ingle, Asbury Park Press)



For affordable housing, a court victory

AFFORDABLE HOUSING advocates, environmentalists, legislators and Governor Christie joined last week in praise of an appellate court decision. It invalidated most of the latest rules adopted by the state Council on Affordable Housing. The decision was sound, even overdue.  (Ahearn, The Record)



Lautenberg has no clue about the tunnel

This is nothing short of incredible!  Sen Frank Lautenberg has been criticizing Gov. Christie for killing the tunnel from Monstrosity by the Turnpike to Macy’s basement. He rattled on about this and that as if he knows what he is talking about.  (Ingle, Asbury Park Press) Morning News Digest: October 13, 2010