Morning News Digest: December 29, 2010

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Donovan lawsuit could undo Bergen PAC bonding

Bergen County Executive-elect Kathe Donovan has filed a lawsuit alleging the county Board of Freeholders held an illegal meeting to pass a $2.6 million bond ordinance.  (Carroll, PolitickerNJ)



Booker makes sure to avoid Carlin snowstorm debacle

When it comes to winter storms, Newark Mayor Cory Booker evidently ain’t no Leo P. Carlin.  (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)



Acting Gov. Sweeney is favored in public eye while Gov. Christie, Lt. Gov. Guadagno face criticism

Senate President Stephen Sweeney thought he’d be acting governor only once.

That was back in January, when outgoing Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine was on vacation, leaving the Gloucester County Democrat to take the reins for a few uneventful days before Gov. Chris Christie was sworn in to office along with Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, the first person in that new role.  (Friedman, The Star-Ledger)



Quit freeholder job? Sweeney won’t say

Whether you address him as acting governor, Senate president or Gloucester County freeholder-director this week, Stephen M. Sweeney wants New Jersey to know he’s said all he’s going to say about his multiple public offices.  (Roh, Courier-Post)



Lawmaker: Governor, lieutenant shouldn’t both be absent from NJ

Though the technology exists for Gov. Chris Christie to take a break from his Florida vacation and make executive decisions from the Sunshine State, the New Jersey Constitution doesn’t permit that to happen, a restriction that a political analyst said makes sense.  (Jordan, Asbury Park Press)



Lawmakers distressed by double absence

A former acting governor and a lawmaker who sponsored the constitutional amendment creating the office of lieutenant governor are among those criticizing New Jersey’s top two executives for being out of state at the same time.  (Delli Santi for The Associated Press)



Acting Gov. Sweeney directs Christie aides to apply for federal disaster aid

Acting Gov. Stephen M. Sweeney Tuesday directed Gov. Chris Christie’s top aides to apply to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for disaster aid to cover damages and costs stemming from the Sunday blizzard.  (Hester, New Jersey Newsroom)



Blizzard blasts Northeastern politicians

There’s nothing like a bitter winter storm to put Northeastern pols in the hot seat. And this week’s massive snowfall across much of New England and the northern Mid-Atlantic region seems to have done the trick.  (Burns, Politico)



Guadagno’s focus: Increasing economic development in NJ

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno meets with leaders from different state agencies, all of whom have a hand in economic development, every Friday afternoon, and to hear her tell it, there is a method to her madness.  (Diamond, Daily Record)–Increasing-economic-development-in-NJ-



New laws may not be on the books for very long

A host of new laws will take effect around the country on Jan. 1, but some may not be on the books for long.

The laws will kick in just as newly elected lawmakers start work. And if Republican majorities succeed in repealing some statutes, the result may be some sudden U-turns.  (Baur for The Associated Press)



New Jersey wants new operator of NJN by end of spring

State officials who met with Richard Stockton College representatives last week to hear their proposal to take over the New Jersey Network told the college they hope to have a new operator by March, officials at the meeting said.  (Fletcher, Press of Atlantic City)



N.J. gets $8.8M award for child health coverage

New Jersey will get nearly $8.8 in federal “performance bonus” money for its efforts to enroll more children in government health insurance programs.  (The Associated Press)



Audit to look at DRPA’s spending

A “forensic” audit of $715 million that the Delaware River Port Authority spent on economic development projects from 1992 to date is expected to be completed during 2011.  (Barna, The Gloucester County Times)






Will Gov. Christie risk career by spending billions on new Abbott schools?

Governor Chris Christie has received high praise for his “60 Minutes” appearance more than a week ago. He was blunt and unapologetic. He diagnosed the issues correctly. New Jersey is broke. The state cannot afford to fund a new tunnel under the Hudson River.  (Sabrin, New Jersey Newsroom)



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  Morning News Digest: December 29, 2010