Morning News Digest: November 11, 2010

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The hitchhiker’s guide to the toolkit

In the beginning, the tax code was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move.  (Carroll, PolitickerNJ)



Donovan rolls out transitional team

Bergen County Executive-elect Kathe Donovan today announced the appointment of 22 members to her Transition Committee. Donovan said that the bi-partisan Committee “reflects decades if not centuries of government experience as well as Bergen County’s rich diversity.  (Staff, PolitickerNJ)



Gov. Christie talks layoffs, reform at Clifton town hall

CLIFTON — Gov. Christie on Wednesday continued his full-court press to force the state Legislature into moving on his proposals to hold the line on property taxes, reform education and cut pension expenses.  (Method, Home News Tribune)



Gov. Christie backs off plans for 1,200 N.J. employee layoffs

TRENTON — State workers may not face layoffs in January after all — and they may be able to take Black Friday off even though Gov. Chris Christie wants them to work.  (Friedman, The Star-Ledger)



Poll finds support for state worker cuts

TRENTON, N.J. — A new poll finds widespread support for state worker layoffs, furloughs and wage freezes to combat New Jersey’s fiscal woes.  (The Associated Press)



Poll: Voters say New Jersey not spending enough on schools

NEW BRUNSWICK — Education in New Jersey is not funded adequately, according to a majority of respondents in a Rutgers-Eagleton Poll released Wednesday.  (Statehouse Bureau, NJ Press Media)–Voters-say-New-Jersey-not-spending-enough-on-schools



Christie names 3 to Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority

Gov. Chris Christie has nominated three Monmouth County residents to serve on the newly formed Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority.  (Bowman, Asbury Park Press)



Holt criticizes Justice Dept. over CIA tape decision

Rep. Rush Holt, D-Hopewell Township, yesterday criticized the U.S. Department of Justice’s decision not to file charges over the destruction of CIA videotapes depicting harsh interrogations of terrorism suspects.  (Fair, The Times)



Christie ‘skeptical’ on man’s role in global warming

Scientists and environmental advocates reacted with anger and incredulity Wednesday to remarks by Gov. Christie expressing doubt that humans are causing climate change.  (Conaboy, The Philadelphia Inquirer)



Now Gov. Christie’s fighting NJEA over crayons

The ongoing war between New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and the state’s largest teachers union rages on with no end in sight. New Jersey Education President Barbara Keshishian labeled Gov. Chris Christie “irresponsible and out of control” following his comments about the union to students in Trenton last Friday.  (Holt, New Jersey Newsroom)



Experts: Shared services offer relief

With state aid being slashed and many boroughs scrambling to deal with rising costs in a tough recession, shared services might be the answer.  (Wassel, The Record)



NJ Transit questions FTA bill for tunnel cash

NEWARK, N.J. — NJ Transit isn’t ready to cut a $271 million check to repay the federal government for the scrapped Hudson River rail tunnel, the agency’s executive director said Wednesday, two days after receiving a bill.  (The Associated Press)






Veteran’s Day a day of remembrance

As we go about our daily lives, we must always remember that brave young men and women are sacrificing their lives and defending our freedom in far off places.  (Assemblyman Jack Conners, guest columnist for PolitickerNJ)



Christie has toned down the rhetoric on salary cap

“Put up or shut up,” Governor Christie likes to say. It’s one of his favorite, swaggering Jersey Guy maxims he shares with fellow Republicans.  (Stile, The Record)



NJEA has a problem with the truth

Gov. Christie, speaking with kids in Trenton at a boys and girls club, said what a lot of other New Jersey residents think about most districts closing schools so the teachers’ union can convene at the Shore for an annual conference.  (Ingle, Asbury Park Press)


  Morning News Digest: November 11, 2010