Morning News Digest: November 23, 2010

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Kyrillos and Scutari war on floor of Senate

Senate Judiciary Chair Nick Scutari (D-Linden) and state Sen. Joe Kyrillos (R-Middletown) clashed on the floor of the senate this afternoon on the subject of boards and commission appointments.  (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)



Assembly passes Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights

A3466, the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act, was passed today, and its Senate companion bill will be heard soon.  (Carroll, PolitickerNJ)



Assembly recap

The Assembly today passed a legislative veto of Gov. Chris Christie’s medical marijuana regulations, accusing the administration of ignoring the law’s intent.  (Carroll, PolitickerNJ)



Christie’s approval rating survives his budget cuts, poll says

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie still wins approval from almost half of the state’s voters even as he cuts budgets, according to a Fairleigh Dickinson University poll.  (Dopp, Bloomberg)



Christie shows support for subway plan

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said he would consider putting state money toward a no. 7 subway extension, a proposal he described as a “much better idea” than the $8.7 billion train tunnel project he canceled last month.  (Fleisher, The Wall Street Journal)



Christie administration advances school-aid arguments

With the latest Abbott v. Burke court proceedings still in limbo, the Christie administration further laid out its upcoming legal argument by saying that additional federal and even philanthropic money to the state-run Newark school district should be counted in helping offset its state-aid cuts.  (Mooney, NJ Spotlight)



NJ assembly passes bill to expand women’s health funding

Proposals to expand funding and eligibility for family-planning clinics in New Jersey were passed Monday by the Assembly, in party-line results that fell at least seven votes short of what would be needed to overcome a veto.  (Symons, Home News Tribune)



Controversial energy bill clears Senate

New Jersey took a step toward encouraging new power plant construction yesterday, with the Senate passing a controversial bill that guarantees developers receive ratepayer subsidies to help get a project built.  (Johnson, NJ Spotlight)



Legislature OKs bills allowing smaller Atlantic City casinos

The state Legislature unanimously passed a bill Monday that could grow Atlantic City’s gaming economy by allowing smaller casinos.  (Clark, Press of Atlantic City)



NJ senator wants to turn Meadowlands into ‘racino’

In New Jersey’s North vs. South fight for control of the gaming industry, state lawmakers called a time-out that lasted long enough Monday to advance a number of bills designed to help the struggling casinos and racetracks.  (Jordan, Daily Record)–racino-



NJ Senate withdraws vote on medical pot rules

Pressure is mounting on Gov. Chris Christie’s administration to take
a do-over in drawing up rules for a medical pot program.  (Jordan, Daily Record)



Hackettstown, NJ: Gov. Chris Christie criticizes gum vote in his Mendham hometown

Gov. Chris Christie criticized his usual targets — Democrats in the state Legislature and the teachers union — while throwing in a rebuke of his hometown school district during a town hall meeting Monday.  (Jennings, Daily Record)



Parsippany school board sues N.J. after superintendent contract is rejected

The Parsippany Board of Education has filed a lawsuit demanding that its superintendent be granted a contract extension Gov. Chris Christie has called “the definition of greed and arrogance.”  (Horowitz, The Star-Ledger)



Assemblywomen Stender welcomes food donations

Assemblywoman Linda Stender welcomes local residents to join the fight against hunger by donating nonperishable foods to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey this holiday season.  (Staff, Home News Tribune)



N.J. Gov. Chris Christie to attend comedian Jimmy Fallon’s show

While they’ve traded one-liners on Twitter, Gov. Christie will meet face-to-face with late-night comedian Jimmy Fallon live on his show early Wednesday morning.  (Gibson, The Star-Ledger)



From the Back Room



CIA politics

The League of Municipalities last week gave Freehold Twp. Mayor Anthony Ammiano a chance to reunite with his roots: fellow Newark North Warders Joe DiVincenzo and Phil Alagia, the county executive and his chief of staff respectively.  (Staff, PolitickerNJ)






A cry from an unlikely corner on dual jobs

Joe DiVincenzo, the Democratic Essex County executive, was annoyed with my pesky questions. It was time for him to take control of the conversation.  (Stile, The Record)



Medicinal pot not working as planned

New Jersey is having a devil of a time trying to provide very sick people with the comfort medical marijuana can provide, and that is a shame. As long as the debate ensues, those who need the drug are not going to get it.  (Snowflack, Daily Record)



Let a jury decide if the TSA went off the track

The news conference yesterday at the Trenton train station was planned every bit as well as the program that Janet Napolitano had to defend after her presentation.  (Mulshine, The Star-Leder)



Christie: New Jersey’s image is changing

Gov. Christie says in his travels he’s starting to see a change in the way New Jersey is seen. He says people thank him for being tough and not giving in and that the state is leading the nation in making difficult decisions.  (Ingle, Asbury Park Press)





  Morning News Digest: November 23, 2010