Morning News Digest: December 22, 2010

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New Jersey to lose one Congressional seat

The Census Bureau has just announced that New Jersey’s representation to the U.S. House of Representatives will drop from 13 to 12, based on its official 2010 population.  (Isherwood, PolitickerNJ)



NcNerney chief on pay raises: They were owed

Outgoing Bergen County Executive Dennis McNerney is blazing a lame duck trail of woe for the incoming Republicans.  (Carroll, PolitickerNJ)



Sarlo and DiVincenzo speak out quorum to net Ryan vacant 36th District seat; Kasparian a no-show

Tense, tense. And potentially embarrassing. 

That was the atmosphere that pervaded the Landmark tonight punctuated by more than a few growls of “Sarlo,” spoken through gritted teeth early just before the state senator sailed in off Highway 17 with scarf and buoyant step.  (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)



Census cuts state’s clout

Political leaders and analysts debated Tuesday how much clout New Jersey will really lose in Washington and which incumbents would have to face each other after the state loses a seat in the House of Representatives in 2012.  (Jackson, The Record)



Given new Census data, Hudson County congressional seat likely to be affected by redistricting

New Jersey will lose one of its 13 congressional seats, new Census data for 2010 released today shows and it’s up to a bi-partisan congressional commission to decide whose district will be on the chopping block.  (Hack, The Jersey Journal)



New York and New Jersey lose Congressional seats

New York will lose 2 of its 29 seats in the House, while New Jersey will lose 1 of its 13 seats, because of population shifts reported by the Census Bureau on Tuesday.  (Hernandez, The New York Times)



UPDATE: Christie, Lautenberg exchange heated words over 9/11 bill

After getting criticized for defending fellow Republicans over the delay of legislation to provide health benefits to 9/11 rescue workers, Governor Christie later said he supports the bill.  (Gibson, The Record)



N.J. public pensions, benefits on agenda for January

Round two in the state government’s battle with public-worker pensions and benefits will begin in January, Gov. Chris Christie said Tuesday evening on a New Jersey radio show.  (Fleisher, The Wall Street Journal)



Christie signs law on arbitration

Gov. Christie signed a bill Tuesday that caps increases to police and firefighter pay awarded through arbitration, a measure he called the most important of the proposals in his so-called tool kit to help towns control costs.  (Porter, The Philadelphia Inquirer)



NJ focuses on redrawing the state’s 40 legislative districts

Tuesday’s announcement of New Jersey’s official population provides the first nugget of data two state commissions will need as they re-balance the state’s congressional and legislative districts.  (Statehouse Bureau, NJ Press Media)



NJ gets 2 week extension on $271M tunnel tab

The U.S. Transportation Department has granted New Jersey an extension of just over two weeks to pay back the $271 million it owes for a scrapped rail tunnel to New York City.  (Delli Santi for The Associated Press)–271M-tunnel-tab



‘Uneventful’ school referendum on tap

With a $30 million school referendum just a month away, district and township officials have been taking a low-key approach as they prepare for one of the district’s most important votes in recent years.  (Gavin, The Record)



Christie opposes horse racing subsidy, but may sign bill anyway

Governor Christie said Tuesday that he still opposes any outside subsidy for state horse racing purses — but he did not rule out signing a bill next month that includes a provision for purse subsidies.  (Brennan, The Record)



Newark asks a $100 million question to its citizens

Workers and volunteers armed with pocket warmers are wrapping up an ambitious canvassing plan this week: knock on every door of this downtrodden city to ask citizens how they would go about fixing the city’s schools.  (Martinez, The Wall Street Journal)



No agreement reached on jobs talk in Camden

Talks Tuesday between city officials and unions representing Camden’s firefighters and police officers failed to reach an agreement to save hundreds of public safety jobs; however, union representatives made overtures that could keep some of their members working.  (Murray, Courier-Post)



$15.6M in Burlco bonds sold

The Burlington County government sold $15.6 million in Recovery Zone Bonds on Tuesday that are expected to save more than a million dollars in borrowing interest for public projects.  (Comegno, Courier-Post)



From the Back Room



Electoral math

Before the dust had even begin to settle on the Census Bureau’s announcement that New Jersey will lose a congressional seat pundits had already begin speculating on the changing Electoral College.  (Isherwood, PolitickerNJ)



LoBiondo appointed to Intelligence Committee

U.S. Rep. Frank Lobiondo (R-2nd) has been appointed to the House Intelligence Committee.  (Isherwood, PolitickerNJ)






In the end, 12 is not much different than 13

It’s now official.  New Jersey will have only 12 Congressional seats starting with the 2012 election.  (Murray, PolitickerNJ)



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