Morning News Digest: November 10, 2010

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Sweeney’s ‘diversion’ aside, Christie entertains Ocean County faithful with crackdowns, politics, and not being Corzine

TOMS RIVER – Gov. Chris Christie called state Sen. President Steve Sweeney’s eleventh-hour campaign for shared services as a “diversion” from addressing the governor’s legislation toolkit for mayors.  (Carroll, PolitickerNJ)



Lautenberg statement on ARC bill

U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg released the following statement on the recent bill from federal transportation officials for $271 million to cover the cost of the ARC tunnel, which was killed by the governor last month.  (Isherwood, PolitickerNJ)



Christie retains strong backing

He killed a major tunnel project that had been in the works for 20 years. He slashed or eliminated popular property tax rebates and deeply cut state aid to local school districts and towns. And he made public school teachers his enemy No. 1.  (Fleisher, The Wall Street Journal)



Christie hits a rough patch

In a town-hall meeting in Toms River, N.J., on Tuesday, Gov. Christie played to a receptive crowd, describing his proposals to cut government spending and reform the state’s education system.  (Lu and Urgo, The Philadelphia Inquirer)



N.J. Lt. Gov.: Rising star Christie a draw for business

Governor Christie’s rising national profile can help attract businesses to New Jersey, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno told a group of Hispanic business people in Hasbrouck Heights Tuesday.  (Lynn, The Record)



NJEA President calls Christie ‘irresponsible’ after he blamed teachers for lack of school supplies

TRENTON — The public battle between the state’s chief executive and its largest teachers union rolled on today with New Jersey Education President Barbara Keshishian labeling Gov. Chris Christie “irresponsible and out of control” following his comments about the union to students in Trenton last Friday.  (Calefati, The Star- Ledger)



N.J. Gov. Christie calls Parsippany Superintendent Lee Seitz’ contract ‘definition of greed and arrogance’

PARSIPPANY — The school board approved a 5-year contract extension for Superintendent Lee Seitz on Tuesday night, just hours after Gov. Chris Christie slammed Seitz at a town hall meeting in Berkeley for seeking a salary well above Christie’s proposed superintendent salary cap.  (Jennings, Daily Record)–greed–slam



A.C. councilman fights charges of ballot fraud

MAYS LANDING — Already having beaten the government once on voter fraud charges, Atlantic City Councilman Marty Small set out Tuesday to try to do it again. (Parry, The Associated Press)



Most N.J. voters are fine with plan to scrap ARC Hudson River tunnel, poll says

TRENTON — A new poll finds a majority of New Jersey voters agree with Gov. Chris Christie’s decision to stop construction of a new rail tunnel into Manhattan.  (The Associated Press)



Bill would bar employment discrimination based on credit report

TRENTON — Most employers would be barred from hiring based on an individual’s credit history or financial status under a bill being considered by the state Senate, Sen. Shirley Turner said.  (Rinde, The Times)



Ailing rental project seeking $18M state bailout

New Jersey’s former Community Affairs commissioner quietly awarded a $20 million grant to a privately owned low-income housing project, setting up a financial crisis whose only remedy may be a taxpayer lifeline.  (Young, The Record)



New GOP class revives old idea

When the massive Republican class of 2010 is sworn into office and officially delivers the House majority to the GOP, Democrats can take consolation in this fact: roughly half of the new freshmen say they won’t remain in Washington for long.  (Isenstadt, Politico)



Democratic strategists say damage control prevented more election losses

WASHINGTON — As bad as election night was for House Democrats, top party strategists say it could have been far worse.  (Hulse, The New York Times)



From the Back Room



ARC aftermath for Christie

The Associated Press reports that NJ Transit owes the federal government $271 million for the ditched Access to the Region’s Core (ARC) tunnel.  (Staff, PolitickerNJ)


Inspector General: Christie lodged in luxury on taxpayer dime

Below is a reprint of a portion of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General report on U.S. Attorney travel that exceeded the government lodging rate.  (Staff, PolitickerNJ)






Is New Jersey in violation of IRS rules?

TRENTON — Since 1954 there have been lobbyists in the New Jersey state pension system, and Assemblyman Paul Moriarty wants to kick them out — a “no-brainer” bit of reform, as he sees it. Isn’t that a good thing?  (Ingle, Daily Record)



Christie report card not so bad

With a couple of months to go before Gov. Christie ends his first year in office, the Quinnipiac University Poll is out with a report card. Not bad. “His first year in office has been mainly a success, 52 percent of voters say, while 35 percent say it’s been mainly a failure.  (Ingle, Asbury Park Press)



Essex connection rises again

Is it take 3, or take 4 now on women’s health funding? I have sorta lost count. Christie knocked $7.5 million for women’s health funding outta the budget, and Dems ( particularly women legislators ) have been trying to get it restored ever since. They have gotten no help from their women counter-parts in the Republican caucus.  (Fink, NJN)



Northeastern GOP’s death was exaggerated

Following washout losses in the 2006 and 2008 elections, many analysts channeled Mark Twain in declaring Republicans “permanently dead” in the Northeast. (Greenbaum, The Philadelphia Inquirer)

  Morning News Digest: November 10, 2010