Morning News Digest: October 19, 2010

Follow PolitickerNJ on Twitter and Facebook 



Holt and Sipprelle engage in final live debate before NJN showdown

EAST BRUNSWICK – U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-Hopewell Twp.) and his 12th District Republican challenger Scott Sipprelle clashed tonight in an hour-long debate at Temple Israel in which the two men staked out starkly opposing views.  (Pizaro, PolitickerNJ)



Sick leave cap passes assembly committee

A bill that would cap the amount of sick leave an employee can accrue and be paid upon retirement passed the assembly budget committee today.  (Isherwood, PolitickerNJ)



Gov. Christie expresses concern over cable dispute

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie weighed in Monday on the increasingly bitter cable television dispute that prevented three million homes in New Jersey and New York from seeing both the Giants football game and the second game of the National League baseball playoffs on Sunday.  (Carter, The New York Times)



Glading not giving up against Andrews in New Jersey First District race

According to pollsters, history is likely to repeat itself next month in New Jersey’s First District, where U.S. Rep. Robert E. Andrews is expected to cruise to victory over his Republican challenger, Dale Glading.  (Osborne, The Philadelphia Inquirer)



Adler, Runyan discuss job creation, U.S. wars—and donkeys

PLEASANTVILLE — The two major-party candidates in the race for House of Representatives in the 3rd District — incumbent Democrat John Adler and Republican Jon Runyan — individually met with The Press of Atlantic City’s editorial board to field questions on important issues as well as squeeze in some shots at each other.  (Spahr, Press of Atlantic City)



Rivals not the only ones excited to see the Nets

NEWARK — Take a sports team with the worst record and worst attendance in its league. Move it to a new town with a rough reputation. Make it clear in advance that the franchise will stay just a couple of years before relocating again.  (Pérez-Peña, The New York Times)



Challenger is different breed of Democrat

Democrats picked a different kind of candidate when they nominated Tod Theise to challenge five-term Rep. Scott Garrett in November.

He’s only been a Democrat for two years, and was once a top aide to a Republican busted for corruption.  (Jackson, The Record)



Campaign issues between Rep. John Adler, ex-Eagle Jon Runyan heat up 3rd Congressional District race

TRENTON — Fake tea party candidates. Late property tax payments. Donkeys.

They’re all campaign issues in the hotly contested race in the 3rd Congressional District, where New Jersey Republicans have their best shot at defeating a sitting Democrat this year.  (Friedman, The Star-Ledger)



N.J. Assembly consider affordable housing reform bill

TRENTON — The state Assembly today introduced its long-awaited version of a bill to abolish the Council on Affordable Housing and revamp affordable housing rules in New Jersey.  (Livio, The Star-Ledger)



GOP House leaders seek to avoid mistakes of ‘94

PORTLAND, Ore.—Republicans on the campaign trail are bashing the president and his agenda and some are vowing to shut down Washington if they don’t get their way. Behind the scenes, key party members are talking a different game.  (Bendavid, The Wall Street Journal)



Democrats’ grip on the South continues to slip

JONESBORO, Ark. — The Southern white Democrat, long on the endangered list, is at risk of being pushed one step closer to extinction.  (Zeleny, The New York Times)



The politics of the ARC tunnel

Governor Chris Christie’s decision to call a halt to the Access to the Region’s Core (ARC) tunnel shocked many New Jerseyans, who have come to expect issues like transportation infrastructure to garner bipartisan support.  (Magyar, NJ Spotlight)



Christie: If others help pay, tunnel may be built

TRENTON – Gov. Christie said he would consider restarting a stalled New Jersey-New York rail tunnel if someone else helped pick up the tab. Otherwise, he said, he’s comfortable walking away from the $9 billion project.  (Deli Santi, The Philadelphia Inquirer)



Charter backers want more action from Christie

Charter-school advocates in New Jersey are keeping a close eye on Gov. Chris Christie this year, saying he has been a vocal cheerleader but his administration has been slow to implement changes to help their movement gain ground.  (Fleisher, The Wall Street Journal)



From the Back Room



National Research poll shows Pallone barely ahead of Little: 44-43%

Gov. Chris Christie campaigned with Tea Party-endorsed 6th District challenger Anna Little last night in Piscataway and intends to campaign again with her later this week. Christie has some inside intel on the race from his favorite pollster.  (Editor, PolitickerNJ)



ICYMI: Christie and the NJEA

Lost in the furor over ousted education chief Bret Schundler’s testimony that Gov. Chris Christie was more interested in continuing his war with the New Jersey Education Association than he was in winning $400 million in federal education money was the NJEA’s own position on the grant.  (Editor, PolitickerNJ)






Tea’s not the only thing getting thrown overboard this year

The term “tea party” has been tossed around so much recently that people forget it describes an actual event.

In the 1770s, the British government imposed on the Colonies a sort of cap-and-trade system for tea. The colonists were permitted to buy tea only from one company.  (Mulshine, The Star-Ledger)



This time let’s get it right on affordable housing

EARLIER this month, a state appellate court found that the Council on Affordable Housing had allowed municipalities to exclude New Jersey’s working families, seniors and people with special needs. The court required new rules that would build on the state’s experience in the Eighties and Nineties.  (Kevin D. Walsh, guest columnist for The Record) Morning News Digest: October 19, 2010