Morning News Digest: November 16, 2010

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Over the past 10 presidential cycles (1972-2008), what is the total number of electoral votes that New Jersey has awarded to Republican presidential candidates?

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PolitickerNJ’s 2010 Power List

Inside these pages you’ll find PolitickerNJ’s 2010 Power List of the 100 most politically influential people in the state.  (Isherwood, PolitickerNJ)



Senate education committee passes anti-bullying bill

The “Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights” emerged from the Senate Education Committee this morning, and is expected to be approved by the Assembly Education Committee later today.  (Staff, PolitickerNJ)



Breaking: Money missing from LoBiondo campaign account

Several hundred thousand dollars are missing from the campaign account of U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo, a source familiar with the matter told PolitickerNJ.  (Isherwood, PolitickerNJ)



Christie chides legislators for failing to consider property-tax measures

Gov. Christie mocked the Legislature at a town-hall meeting Monday in Gloucester County, saying that with only 36 days left until they break for the holidays, lawmakers had yet to take up the most significant bills in his property-tax package.  (Lu, The Philadelphia Inquirer)



New Jersey mayors to focus on cost-cutting at League of Municipalities convention in Atlantic City

Nearly 20,000 mayors, state officials, administrators and court personnel from across the state are expected to visit Atlantic City this week — hoping to find ways to reduce spending in their cities and towns, about 75 days before a 2 percent property-tax cap goes into effect.  (Good, Press of Atlantic City)



Atlantic City overhaul clears a hurdle

TRENTON – The regulation of Atlantic City’s 11 casinos, the marketing of its tourism attractions, and the deployment of resort police forces would face sweeping changes under legislation approved Monday by the New Jersey Senate’s gaming committee.  (Rao, The Philadelphia Inquirer)



NJ Gov. Chris Christie administration suspends superintendent contract as Lee Seitz pact voided

Parsippany Superintendent Lee Seitz’s controversial contract extension was rescinded without explanation Monday after Gov. Chris Christie publicly rebuked both Seitz and the Board of Education for dodging impending pay cap regulations.  (Jennings, Daily Record)–Lee-Seitz-pact-voided



Christie brings reform spiel to Wash. Twp.

WASHINGTON TWP. — In the latest of more than a dozen town hall meetings held since midsummer, Gov. Chris Christie took his road show to Gloucester County on Monday, pushing a message of reform that takes aim at teachers, school administrators and pensions and benefits for public employees.  (Murray, Courier-Post)



School bus ads approved by panel

TRENTON — A bill to allow school districts to sell ads on the sides of school buses passed the Senate Education Committee Monday.  (State Bureau, Gannett)



NJ Senate committee passes stiffer penalty bill for talking on cell phone while driving

TRENTON — A bill that would strengthen penalties against those who use cell phones while driving was passed by a Senate committee Monday.  (Statehouse Bureau, Home News Tribune)



State commission calls for end of horse racing at Meadowlands Racetrack

TRENTON – The commission that recommended Gov. Chris Christie commit to investing in Atlantic City’s gaming and distance the state from its foundering horse-racing industry issued a supplement to its report Monday calling for New Jersey’s racing to be consolidated to one venue.  (Clark, Press of Atlantic City)



Gov. Christie advise Monmouth Park handle “double-duty”

TRENTON — Monmouth Park, the state-owned track that has served as a longtime home of thoroughbred horse racing, would begin doing double-duty by also hosting harness racing meets beginning in 2011 under a plan urged by policy advisers to Gov. Chris Christie.  (Jordan, Home News Tribune)



Bill would subsidize new power plants, lock ratepayers into long-term contracts

Worried new power plants will not be built in New Jersey without some subsidy, a legislative committee yesterday approved a bill to promote new natural gas-fired plants by locking consumers into long-term contracts at prices probably above what ratepayers in other states are paying.  (Johnson, NJ Spotlight)






Christie can be a bit sloppy with scapegoats

Governor Christie has built the most formidable stable of scapegoats and political piñatas in New Jersey history.  (Stile, The Record)



Maybe now Seitz will pack his bags

Parsippany Schools Superintendent LeRoy Seitz had better not be spending the money he thought he had coming in a hurried-up five-year contract extension.  (Ingle, Asbury Park Press)



To cut costs, Gov. Christie’s toolbox just a start

More than 80,800 fans were at the New Meadowlands Stadium Sunday to watch the Giants play the Dallas Cowboys. The number of fans in that stadium exceeded the population of all but nine of New Jersey’s 566 municipalities.  (Former Assembly Speaker Joseph Roberts Jr., guest columnist for The Star-Ledger)



Women will see scanner plan doesn’t get off the ground

Here’s an intriguing scenario: Imagine someone putting his or her hand on the private parts of some woman.  (Mulshine, The Star-Ledger)



Survival guide for the class of 2010

Sixteen years ago this week, I packed a rental truck and moved to Washington to start an incredible chapter in my life as the congressman from Florida’s 1st District. It is still hard to believe that I was lucky enough to begin that job as a 30-year-old who had never even set foot in a congressional office before I was sworn in.  (Scarborough, Politico)



Morning News Digest: November 16, 2010