Morning News Digest: October 8, 2010


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Christie kills ARC

TRENTON – Saying it will cost $11 to more than $14 billion – not $8.7 billion as advertised – and that the state cannot afford it, Gov. Chris Christie just killed the Access to the Region’s Core (ARC) tunnel project.  (Isherwood, PolitickerNJ)



Money laundering and “investing in death,” Dwek twisting on the stand

NEWARK – Forget indicted Ridgefield Mayor Anthony Suarez, his attorney has turned the spotlight of truth and justice back on F.B.I. informant Solomon Dwek today.  (Carroll, PolitickerNJ)



N.J. Gov. Christie’s decision to end tunnel project likely to enhance national image as cost cutter

TRENTON — For Gov. Chris Christie, killing the biggest public works project in the country may have been the easiest political decision of his first year in office.  (Margolin, The Star-Ledger)



Gov. Chris Christie vetoes bill calling for 6-month review of Kaleigh’s Law decals

Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday vetoed a bill that required a six-month study of Kyleigh’s Law by the state attorney general, saying his administration already is tracking the impact of the law’s controversial decal requirement.  (Roman, Daily Record)



Adler asks Runyan to disavow group

Rep. John Adler, D-N.J., said this week his Republican challenger has ties to a political group that he contends would dismantle Social Security and Medicare.  (Larsen, Asbury Park Press)



Gov. Christie signs State Mental Health Evaluation Task Force bill into law

TRENTON — Governor Chris Christie has signed the mental health task force bill.

The bill that would establish the State Mental Health Evaluation Task Force to evaluate the plan by the Department of Human Services whether or not to close Hagedorn Psychiatric Hospital in Lebanon Township was signed into law today by Governor Chris Christie.  (O’Brien, Courier News)



12th District congressional candidates to hold 3 debates

CENTRAL JERSEY — Congressional challenger Scott Sipprelle and Representative Rush Holt, D-12th Dist., have scheduled three debates this month to share their views and policy positions with potential voters.  (Staff Report, Courier News)



Republican Garcia raising more cash than democratic foe in Passaic County Sheriff’s race

Republican Felix Garcia has pulled ahead in the money race for Passaic County sheriff, and has raised nearly twice as much campaigning cash as his late-starting opponent, Clifton police Lt. Richard Berdnik.  (Cowen, The Record)



From the Back Room



Courier-Post: DeStefano is a mole

The Courier-Post reports that the campaign of U.S. Rep. John Adler (D-Cherry Hill) recruited Tea Party candidate Peter DeStefano to drain votes from Republican challenger Jon Runyan.  (Editor, PolitickerNJ)



In the back of the room

TRENTON – Organizational bedlam is an oxymoron but it comes close to describing the duress of Essex Democrats last week.  (Editor, PolitickerNJ)






Ohio, beware

Last week, my home-state governor, Chris Christie, paid a visit to Ohio to stump for Republican gubernatorial candidate John Kasich. By all indications, Kasich is eager to hitch his wagon to Gov. Christie’s star.  (Barbara Buono, guest columnist for PolitickerNJ)



Waiting for Superman, finding Clark Kent

CHILDREN in failing public schools shouldn’t have to wait for Superman. That’s the message in Davis Guggenheim’s documentary “Waiting for Superman.” I would also add my own admonition: They should blame Canada.  (Doblin, The Record)



Even in Bergen, you have the internet

As expected, the Democrats’ latest political theater presentation — on the Race to the Top grant lost because former Education Commissioner Bret Schundler screwed it up — produced little of note but was good for a few laughs.  (Ingle, Asbury Park Press) Morning News Digest: October 8, 2010