Morning News Digest: October 21, 2010


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Former A.G. Cary Edwards dies

Former Attorney General W. Cary Edwards has died.

Edwards, who was the chairman of the State Commission of Investigation, had waged a long term battle with cancer. He was 66.  (Isherwood, PolitickerNJ)



Bergen exec candidates duke at blockbuster Record debate

PARAMUS – With a handful of tussles under their belts, County Executive Dennis McNerney (D) and County Clerk Kathe Donovan (R) still saved the best performances for last.  (Carroll, PolitickerNJ)



Holt reminds voters he opposes the Iraq war, and voted to force admin. to provide Afghan exit strategy

WEST WINDSOR – U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-Hopewell Twp.) wants the U.S. out of Iraq and Afghanistan.

“It’s very apparent that it’s a lot easier to get into a war than out of a war,” Holt told the crowd here at the municipal building in an event sponsored by the Village Grand Civic Association and the West Windsor Senior Citizens.  (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)



Voter registration up slightly

TRENTON — Slightly more New Jerseyans are registered to vote with the Nov. 2 election less than two weeks away.

The state Elections Division says more than 5.27 million residents have registered. That’s up from 5.22 million in 2009 when residents elected Republican Chris Christie as governor.  (The Associated Press)



Lautenberg: ARC enhances town/NYC commute

Montclair has more train stations — six — than any other New Jersey municipality. Throughout its history, many townspeople have commuted via train to Newark, Hoboken and New York City.  (Porter, The Record)



Greenstein, Goodwin debate in 14th District

WEST WINDSOR — In their first public debate, the two 14th District state Senate candidates went toe-to-toe yesterday on issues ranging from jobs and the economy to pension reform and women’s health care.  (Duffy, The Times of Trenton)



As Third District race heats up, Rep. John Adler keeps his cool

U.S. Rep. John Adler wasn’t breaking a sweat.
News outlets on both sides of the Delaware River were hunting for the freshman Democrat on a hot October Friday, demanding to know if he had set up a sham candidate to siphon votes from his Republican rival in New Jersey’s Third Congressional District race.  (Burton, The Philadelphia Inquirer)



Pascrell seeks eighth term

U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. is running for his eighth term in the Eighth Congressional District, having first took office in 1997.  (Grant, Nutley Sun)



Democrats face power struggle

Democrats in the Senate are bracing for a November wipeout that could take down two of their leaders, significantly diminish their majority and leave the caucus without a clear strategy on how to advance any sort of agenda through a narrowly divided chamber.  (Raju, Politico)



Poll points to huge GOP gains

WASHINGTON — All signs point to huge Republican victories in two weeks, with the GOP now leading Democrats on virtually every measure in an Associated Press-GfK poll of people likely to vote in the first major elections of Barack Obama’s presidency.  (Sidoti, The Record)



Key Senate battles tighten

Key Senate races are tightening as candidates on both sides make unexpected gains, suggesting that the final days in the battle for control of the chamber could be as volatile as any in recent memory.  (Bendavid, The Wall Street Journal)



Luster of political bluster

The latest wave of midterm fundraising reports offers up a definitive answer to the age-old Beltway question of why politics can’t be a calmer, neater affair: It pays to go over the top. Way over the top.  (Burns, Politico)



N.A.A.C.P. report raises concerns about racism within Tea Party groups

The nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization released a report Wednesday declaring that the Tea Party is “permeated with concerns about race,” an assessment that is likely to reignite a feud between the two groups.  (Zernike, The New York Times)



From the Back Room



DiVincenzo to legislators: get cracking on guv’s toolkit

Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo support Governor Chris Christie’s “tool kit” legislation package to provide counties and municipalities more control over costs.  (Editor, PolitickerNJ)



Christie heads back to Ocean

Gov. Chris Christie will rally the troops on Sunday evening in Toms River with 3rd Congressional District Republican candidate Jon Runyan.  (Editor, PolitickerNJ)






The voters can’t afford Christie’s affordable- housing plan

The first really big round of applause Chris Christie got in what has turned out to be a meteoric rise followed a statement he made about an issue that is again in the news, the state’s affordable-housing bureaucracy.   (Mulshine, The Star-Ledger)



Christie for president should not happen

A guy from California writes that Gov. Chris Christie embodies the “Tea Party spirit” with his “straightforward, no nonsense action and speech.” He adds, “Please consider injecting yourself for consideration in 2012.”  (Snowflack, Daily Record)



Who dropped the ball? Unions? Corzine?

State workers are facing some hard times and a pension fund leaning over the edge. So, what are the public unions upset about?  The day after Thanksgiving. Gov. Jon S. Corzine allowed the unions to trade Lincoln’s Birthday for that day in a Memorandum of Agreement signed in June 2009.  (Ingle, Asbury Park Press)



Jewish vote veers right—at times

For decades, conservative Jews have been wondering when the traditionally Democratic Jewish voter would make the same migration as other ethnic groups and start voting Republican. At the same time, liberal Jews have been explaining the variety of historical and religious reasons why such a switch would never take place.  (Troy, Politico)



G.O.P. odds of House majority now 3-in-4

The latest FiveThirtyEight projection for the House of Representatives shows little overall change from our previous update, released this weekend, but the Republican position has improved slightly. They are now given a 75 percent chance of winning the House on Nov. 2, up from 73 percent previously. During an average simulation run, the Republicans finished with a total of 228 seats (up from 227): this would reflect a net gain of 49 seats from their current position.  (Silver, The New York Times) Morning News Digest: October 21, 2010