Morning News Digest: November 19, 2010

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Education buffs and free-market fans cringe as Christie cap zaps school chiefs

A Department of Education director read eyes down from a piece of paper and the people exercised the public airing of the grievances tonight in Union County, but at the end of the day, Gov. Chris Christie’s superintendent salary cap is coming on Feb. 7, 2011. Look out district CEOs and their chauffeurs.  (Carroll, PolitickerNJ)



Guadagno’s League speech

“As you all know and ought to be proud of, this is the largest annual gathering of public officials in the United States.  What you do over these four days – what you learn and share and the collaboration you take part in with other local elected officials has a direct and meaningful impact in your communities and on our citizens.   (Staff, PolitickerNJ)



New Jersey cities brace for pain; reforms proposed

With cuts in state subsidies and a tighter cap on property-tax increases looming, New Jersey’s 566 municipalities face an ugly year of layoffs and service cuts.  (Fleisher, The Wall Street Journal)



Gov. Christie talks reform to Clifton crowd

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie talked toolkits and demanded reform during his visit to Clifton last week where residents mostly cheered on.  (Greenberg, The Record)



Gov. Christie’s plan to cap superintendents’ pay gets chilly reception

Gov. Chris Christie’s proposal to cap the pay of school superintendents received a failing grade from those it will impact during a public hearing Thursday night at Kean University.  (Jordan, Daily Record)



Bret Schundler talks economics at New Jersey Tea Party event

Former State Education Commissioner Bret Schundler, seeking to emerge from behind the acrimonious circumstances of his firing by Gov. Chris Christie, was the guest speaker Thursday night at a Tea Party meeting.  (Jennings, Daily Record)



Christie opposes gas pipeline, citing environmental risks

The Christie Administration wants to stop federal regulators from approving construction of a pipeline that would funnel natural gas from the coast of Asbury Park to Middlesex County.  (Diamond, Asbury Park Press)



Camden County to create trust fund for homeless children

In a reversal, the Camden County freeholders voted Thursday night to create a homelessness trust fund, supported by a $3 filing fee on county documents, in an effort to provide permanent housing for the homeless.  (Katz, The Philadelphia Inquirer)



Federal anti-bullying law introduced

Two New Jersey Democrats have introduced an anti-bullying measure named after a Rutgers University freshman who committed suicide after learning his intimate encounter with another man had been broadcast live online.  (Chebium, Courier-Post)



Council opposes Assembly’s new volunteer services bill

With Council Vice President Michael Sanchelli saying it was “the worst piece of legislation ever,” the Jefferson Town Council passed a resolution strongly opposing New Jersey Assembly bill No. 2095.  (Luciano, The Record)



Port Authority curbs free toll perks

No more free tolls for Port Authority of New York and New Jersey board members and retirees.  (The Associated Press)



First lady takes fitness push to N.J.

A group of Newark schoolchildren received a pep talk on healthy eating and exercise Thursday from Michelle Obama, who assured them that she was putting her own advice into practice at the White House.  (Porter, The Philadelphia Inquirer)



After lawmakers’ convention, officials schmooze at contractor-sponsored parties

Within hours of the annual New Jersey State League of Municipalities convention’s wrapping up for the day, the suite on the 14th floor of the Trump Taj Mahal Casino had filled up with politicos enjoying hors d’oeuvres and an open bar.  (Rao, The Philadelphia Inquirer)



Gates urges school budget overhauls

Bill Gates, the founder and former chairman of Microsoft, has made education-related philanthropy a major focus since stepping down from his day-to-day role in the company in 2008.  (Dillon, The New York Times)



From the Back Room



Sweeney entertains troops at the Borgata

ATLANTIC CITY – A tormented Democratic legislature did its best to grin through the bandages Thursday night at a party thrown at the Borgata by Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-West Deptford).  (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)



Port Authority gives up EZ pass

With the Port Authority succumbing to Gov. Chris Christie’s demands, the powerful governor now presses to get the E-Z Passes out of the windshields at two other authorities.  (Carroll, PolitickerNJ)






From Jets to Mets on the No. 7

Some are calling it ARC-lite. It’s not. It’s ARC-right.

Last month, Governor Christie killed the Access to the Region’s Core project, the so-called ARC tunnel.  (Doblin, The Record)



Here’s skinny on day after T-Day

A week from today will be the day after Thanksgiving and some state employees will have the day off with pay. The reporting on this has been all across the board. So many of you have written asking questions about that, I want to set the record straight.  (Ingle, Asbury Park Press)


  Morning News Digest: November 19, 2010