Morning News Digest: November 26, 2010

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Weinberg to block Highlands appointment

State Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Teaneck) blasted Gov. Chris Christie over his nominations to the State Highlands Council today, claiming the governor ignored state law in his selection process.  (Carroll, PolitickerNJ)



Union County flare-up: Dems go after beaten GOP candidates over post election remarks

It wasn’t enough for Union County Democrats to bury the GOP in countywide races earlier this month. Now they want an apology, too – for what they cite as insensitive remarks made by unsuccessful Republican candidates.  (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)



N.J. GOP: We also have job plans

Democratic leaders to announce a job creation package, Republicans joined the call for more state action to help the private sector.  (Gibson, The Times)



New Jersey legislative leaders put focus on jobs

Legislative leaders said Wednesday that they would spend the rest of the year considering proposals to keep and create jobs in New Jersey, where the unemployment rate is 9.2 percent.  (Rao, The Philadelphia Inquirer)



Christie grants Camden $69 million in special aid, but little to avert layoffs

Gov. Christie decided Wednesday to give far more special state aid to Camden than to any other cash-strapped municipality – $69 million – but largely rejected a plea for millions more to avoid layoffs.  (Katz, The Philadelphia Inquirer)



State’s pension gap looms large

State leaders began to debate again this week how much money they should put into New Jersey’s beleaguered pension system.  (Method, Gannett)



Menendez urges passage of bill on fee disclosures

With arriving holiday travelers as a backdrop at Newark Liberty International Airport on Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., called for passage of his Clean Airfares bill, before Congress adjourns next month, to tell fliers up front what the total cost of an airline ticket is, including fees.  (Higgs, Gannett)



Educator named to gov’s task force

Ross Danis passed the test on the first question.

Former state Education Commissioner Bret Schundler asked Danis: Do you think it’s possible to have 50 percent of a teacher’s evaluation based on student outcomes?  (Bruno, Asbury Park Press)



Christie: Medical pot rules are a must

Gov. Chris Christie said he’ll fight to prevent his administration’s proposed medical marijuana regulations from going up in smoke, despite pressure from state lawmakers to make changes. (Jordan, Gannett)



Unexpected airport provision in casino-district bill prompts speculation

A Democrat-authored bill to overhaul Atlantic City’s tourism industry is filled with major proposals that could change the face of the city and its operation.  (Clark, Press of Atlantic City)



State workers’ paid day off marks union victory over Christie

Going to work today?

For many state employees, today may mean staying home, enjoying turkey leftovers in pajamas — and a full day’s pay.

(Fletcher, Press of Atlantic City)



From the Back Room



Report: Lautenberg’s son eyes state legislative seat in Colorado

A Colorado newspaper is reporting that Vail realtor Josh Lautenberg, son of U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-Cliffside Park), wants to replace state Rep. Christine Scanlan, D-Dillon, who is stepping down to take a position with Gov.-elect John Hickenlooper.  (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)






Plenty of turkeys to go around this year

On any other day, a lousy idea, decision, strategy or program might be described as a “dog.”  (Stile, The Record)



Democrats found a way to top Christie

New Jersey Democrats may have happened on to something to cause Gov. Christie to stop complaining about they do nothing but work on secondary legislation while ignoring the big stuff like his tool-kit to help towns hold down property tax hikes.  (Ingle, Asbury Park Press)


  Morning News Digest: November 26, 2010