Morning News Digest: November 24, 2010

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Mercer GOP set for no confidence vote on chairman

Prominent Mercer County Republicans have lost confidence in Chairman Roy Wesley, sources say, and are poised to hand the chairman a letter to that effect signed by more than a dozen members of the party.  (Isherwood, PolitickerNJ)



DiGaetano starts 36th District comeback facing GOP connective tissue challenges

A fundraiser at the Brownstone in Paterson last night yielded handfuls of supporters intent on re-electing former Assembly Majority Leader Paul DiGaetano to public office, this time to the state senate.   (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)



Breaking: Decheine arrested on charges of sexual solicitation of a minor

U.S. Rep. Steve Rothman (D-9) is reporting that he terminated long time Chief of Staff Bob Decheine after Decheine was arrested last week on charges of sexual solicitation of a minor.  (Isherwood, PolitickerNJ)



New Jersey Democrats offer compromise on pay cap

Police and firefighters in New Jersey who can’t agree on contracts with their towns would be limited to an average 2% pay raise under a compromise put forward by state Democratic lawmakers.  (Fleisher, The Wall Street Journal)



Christie attack on pay enrages N.J. republican towns ‘bullied’ by governor

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s proposal to cap school-superintendent salaries will affect many of the affluent suburban communities that helped the first-term Republican oust Democrat Jon Corzine last year.  (Dopp and McNichol, Bloomberg)



N.J. Democrats, Gov. Christie spar over tool kit compromise

After months of being pounded by Gov. Chris Christie for not taking up his proposed “tool kit” to curtail property taxes, the state’s top two Democrats made the governor an offer: a compromise on arbitration reform.  (Friedman and Gibson, The Star-Ledger)



Christie, legislative leaders argue over property-tax proposals

Gov. Christie and Democratic legislative leaders butted heads again Tuesday over proposals to curb the state’s rising property taxes, with the governor accusing legislators of stalling on critical bills while the Democrats said they had made substantial progress.  (Lu and Rao)



Gov. Christie hopes President Obama will work with GOP to find success

Governor Chris Christie called on President Obama Tuesday to compromise with Republicans over education reform and healthcare as way to find success in the second half of his presidential term.  (Method, Asbury Park Press)



Gov. Chris Christie wants major changes at CRDA before he supports allowing agency to run Atlantic City tourism district

Gov. Chris Christie confirmed Tuesday that he is open to having the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority run a new tourism district within Atlantic City, but he said the agency must be expanded and transformed first.  (Fletcher, Press of Atlantic City)



N.J. lawmakers spar over No. 7

The idea of extending the No. 7 subway line across the Hudson River is barely more than a memo passed around among members of the Bloomberg administration, but it has already caused bitter barbs between two of New Jersey’s top politicians.  (Fleisher, The Wall Street Journal)



Upbeat Christie presses agenda

Riding high on a successful election year for his party and his brand, Gov. Chris Christie paused Tuesday to discuss the economy and domestic issues.  (Roh, Courier-Post)



Highlands Council nominees draw some criticism

Gov. Chris Christie’s new slate of nominees to the New Jersey Highlands Council faces opposition from environmentalists, who say most of them oppose protecting the region and that the council’s new political and geographic makeup would violate state law.  (O’Dea, Daily Record)



N.J. high court to consider conflict over mayor-police job

The New Jersey Supreme Court is expected to consider whether someone can simultaneously serve as a police officer and mayor in the same municipality.  (The Associated Press)



N.J. district faulted in probe of bullying

There’s probable cause that a school board failed to stop the bullying of a student over his perceived sexual orientation, the state’s Civil Rights Division said Tuesday, one day after New Jersey lawmakers passed what advocates said was the nation’s toughest anti-bullying bill.  (The Associated Press)



Assembly says OK to VA hospital in southern New Jersey

A bill to investigate the merits of a Veterans Administration hospital cleared the state General Assembly on Monday.  (Staff, Press of Atlantic City)



NJ Assemblyman vows study of special education

Assemblyman David P. Rible, R-Monmouth, announced Tuesday that he will draft legislation to examine the special-education system in New Jersey.  (Staff, Home News Tribune)



Parsippany school board votes to back schools superintendent contract

The Parsippany Board of Education voted tonight not to rescind the contract of district superintendent LeRoy Seitz, in defiance of a directive from Morris County schools superintendent Kathleen Serafino. The sharply divided board voted 4-4 — with one abstention — not to rescind Seitz’s contract.  (Huisman, The Star-Ledger)



Agency fails to secure $25M to pay revenue bond

Representatives of the Pollution Control Financing Authority of Camden County went to Trenton Tuesday in search of $25 million to avoid default on a revenue bond, but came back $23 million short.  (Stilwell, Courier-Post)



New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie rolls eyes at prospect of Sarah Palin presidency

Faced with the prospect of a President Sarah Palin, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the Republican party’s darling from another coast, shook his head and rolled his eyes.  (Fleisher, The Wall Street Journal)



From the Back Room



BCDO underground

Swept on Election Day, the Bergen County Democratic Organization (BCDO) now turns to Chairman Michael Kasparian and wonders whether to let him write off the loss as the product of the national environment, or to write off Kasparian as a well-meaning businessman who simply has no business in politics.  (Staff, PolitickerNJ)



Workers strike on Carlyle Towers

The 17 residential workers that maintain Carlyle Towers, where U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-Cliffside Park) lives, are on the second day of a two day strike to protest management’s treatment of workers.  (Staff, PolitickerNJ)






Iceberg, dead ahead

In the late 1960′s Governor Richard Hughes decided to do something once and for all about the media blackout in New Jersey. With Philly and New York paying scant attention to New Jersey issues and politics, Hughes helped create what is today New Jersey Network.  (Fink, NJN)



A failure to communicate?

At a news conference Tuesday to announce that arbitration reform legislation was going to be amended, a reporter asked Speaker Sheila Oliver whether Gov. Christie had been informed about it.  (Ingle, Asbury Park Press)


  Morning News Digest: November 24, 2010