Morning News Digest: November 17, 2010

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Against backdrop of legislation, Lesniak’s dockfront war with commission intensifies

As state Sen. Ray Lesniak (D-Elizabeth) continues his legislative efforts to dismantle a flabbergasted Waterfront Commission, that entity’s executive director and general counsel locked horns hard with the senator today in response to a request by the senator for the pay stubs of former Acting Commissioner Barry Evenchick.  (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)



Live: League of Municipalities kicks off

ATLANTIC CITY – The convention of town councils, mayors, vendors, policy and parties, is underway at the annual League of Municipalities convention in Atlantic City.  (Carroll, PolitickerNJ)



N.J. Senate president pushes for shared services before League of Municipalities

Senate President Stephen Sweeney’s war on “home rule” got a mixed reception from mayors gathered at the League of Municipalities convention Tuesday in Atlantic City.  (Friedman, The Record)



U.S. probe of ex-aide to N.J. lawmaker LoBiondo

Federal investigators are reviewing campaign-finance reports for U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo after discovering inconsistent reporting by a former treasurer, authorities said Tuesday.  (Boyer and Burton, The Philadelphia Inquirer)



New Jersey Network workers receive layoff notices

Employees at New Jersey Network received 45-day layoff notices Tuesday as the public television and radio network prepares to move off the government payroll.  (DeFalco, Bloomberg)



Camden County’s $6million in land deals with Democratic donor

Over the last 21/2 years, the Camden County freeholder board has spent more than $6 million to buy land from companies owned in part by a prominent Democratic Party contributor.  (Osborne, The Philadelphia Inquirer)



NJ governor won’t appeal Black Friday paid holiday decision

The Christie administration says it will not appeal a recent ruling granting state workers a paid holiday on the day after Thanksgiving.  (The Associated Press)



Audit adds to New Jersey school district chaos

Confusion reigned Tuesday among school districts around the state.

Some had completed contract negotiations with their superintendents that exceeded Gov. Chris Christie’s salary cap prior to its implementation next year.  (Huisman and Goldberg, The Star-Ledger)



“Parent trigger” could restructure or shut down schools

New Jersey parents with children in low-performing schools could see vast new powers to overhaul those schools, under legislation now being prepared by the Senate Republican leader, Sen. Joseph Kyrillos.  (Mooney, NJ Spotlight)



NJ school district fights Christie’s pay freeze

The New Jersey school district singled out by Gov. Chris Christie for its “greed and arrogance” is fighting back.  (Fleisher, The Wall Street Journal)



Has Governor left himself open for a legal challenge of superintendent caps?

It would seem a move itching for a lawsuit.

Gov. Chris Christie’s plan to cut hundreds of school superintendents’ salaries by as much as a third has been implemented essentially by fiat.  (Mooney, NJ Spotlight)



N.J. GOP tries cashing in on Christie’s popularity

New Jersey Republicans are cashing in on their biggest star: Gov. Christie.  (Delli Santi, The Philadelphia Inquirer)



Take the No. 7 to Secaucus? That’s a plan.

Ever since Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey killed an expensive plan for a new commuter rail tunnel to Manhattan, the Bloomberg administration has been working on an alternative: run the No. 7 subway train under the Hudson River.  (Bagli and Confessore, The New York Times)



NJ: “Dizzying array of impact statements”

A good-government think tank has given New Jersey low marks on its economic regulatory climate.  (Roh, Asbury Park Press)



Senator and congressman help get visas for Kenyan relatives to travel for Jersey City burials on Friday of woman and two children slain in Minnesota

Two of New Jersey’s federal representatives have helped secure visas for Kenyan family members of the woman and her children who were murdered in Minnesota. (Conte, The Jersey Journal)



Langford: Senate Democrats’ plan for Atlantic City a takeover

Mayor Lorenzo Langford denounced plans by Senate Democrats to greatly expand the powers of the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, calling it an attempt at an outright state takeover of Atlantic City.  (Wittkowski and Clark, Press of Atlantic City)



Tunnel decision has ripple effects

A McDonald’s restaurant used to stand on Tonnelle Avenue in North Bergen, but New Jersey Transit tore down the golden arches to help prepare the New Jersey side for the $8.7 billion rail tunnel to Midtown Manhattan.  (Miller, The Wall Street Journal)



From the Back Room


NJN employees get their “pink slips”

NJN employees have received layoff notices effective January 1.  (Isherwood, PolitickerNJ)



Lonegan and Larsen

NJ Jersey Chapter Chief Steve Lonegan joined fellow Americans for Prosperity sympathizers for a rally at the U.S. Capitol yesterday.  (Staff, PolitickerNJ)





League wants union officials out of state pension

Most agree lobbying groups should not be in the state pension and health-benefits system. One such lobbying organization, the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, fires back the same goes for union officials; they should be out too.  (Ingle, Asbury Park Press)



Seitz’ contract saga plays on and on

Not so fast with that new contract for Lee Seitz, the superintendent of schools, in Parsippany.  (Snowflack, Daily Record)—Seitz–contract-saga-plays-on-and-on-



Got you in my Seitz

Dr. LeRoy Seitz, The Parsippany-Troy Hills Schools Superintendent who Governor Christie singled out last week as “the new poster boy for all that’s wrong with a public school system that is being dictated by greed” is suddenly in the middle of a ‘point-counterpoint’ reminiscent of the Schundler fiasco.  (Fink, NJN)



  Morning News Digest: November 17, 2010