Morning News Digest: December 3, 2010

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Menendez says he’s prepared to move tax cut ceiling to $1 million

Hours after the U.S. Congress passed an extension of the Bush tax cuts for income earners making under $250,000, U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-Hoboken) said he would fight for the same goal in the senate, but acknowledged it will be tough.  (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)



Guv coming for ‘poster boy’ Seitz

Last night the Parsippany Board of Education thumbed their nose at Gov. Chris Christie by reaffirming a contract for school district Superintendent Lee Seitz, who Christie called the poster boy for greed and arrogance in education.  (Carroll, PolitickerNJ)



Election fallout in Paterson

Authorities arrested a Paterson city councilman Thursday who appeared to eke out a miracle win in May after 49 mail-in ballots were discovered.  (Fleisher, The Wall Street Journal)



Christie: NJN to remain on air

Gov. Chris Christie says he expects New Jersey Network will remain on the air after Jan. 1, when the current state subsidy for the network ends.  (McGlone and Margolin, The Star-Ledger)



Vote on tax cuts reflects party line

New Jersey’s House delegation on Thursday voted along party lines for a permanent tax cut targeting the middle class.  (Roh, Courier-Post)



Council OKs massive layoff plan

Impassioned pleas, screaming tirades and simple appeals for common sense weren’t enough Thursday to dissuade the City Council from approving a layoff plan that would leave half the cash-strapped city’s unionized workers without a job.  (Murray, The Courier-Post)



NJ Gov Chris Christie to hold town hall meeting in Parsippany

Gov. Chris Christie is expected to address the controversial Parsippany schools superintendent contract when he’s in town today for an open town hall meeting to promote his reform agenda, a governor’s office spokesman said.  (Remally, The Daily Record)



Outcome of Gloucester County freeholder race unchanged by recount

The outcome of the Gloucester County freeholder race was unchanged by a recount that required checking all paper ballots and voting machines, officials announced Thursday.  (Hefler, The Philadelphia Inquirer)



Gov OKs hiring law firm to fight $271M refund

Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday authorized the hiring of a law firm to fight having to pay back $271 million in federal money spent on a canceled rail tunnel to New York City, even as U.S. officials pointed to a law that requires reimbursement.  (Method, Asbury Park Press)



New Jersey’s troubled transportation outlook

New Jersey’s transportation policy has never been in a greater state of flux or confusion, and it will be many months, if not years, before a comprehensive transportation funding and construction plan is put into place, experts agree.  (Magyar, NJ Spotlight)



14th District race cost total of $1.7M

Candidates in the 14th District special election didn’t skimp on spending this election season.  (Duffy, The Times)



Bayonne Assemblyman Jason O’Donnell reports spending $123,717 to beat three rivals in November election – $6.31 per vote

State Assemblyman Jason O’Donnell, D-Bayonne, trounced the competition Nov. 2, both at the polls and at the bank.  (Hack, Jersey Journal)



Christie targets second superintendent in salary battle

Another New Jersey school district has been ordered to void its superintendent’s contract in Gov. Chris Christie’s attempt to impose salary caps on the school system.  (Fleisher, The Wall Street Journal)



School officials testify salary caps for superintendents will be costly

Capping superintendent salaries based solely on enrollment is a shortsighted process that could actually cost school districts more money, speakers told state Department of Education officials at a public hearing Thursday on proposed salary caps.  (D’Amico, Press of Atlantic City)



Delany vows to make his voice heard

Many municipal office holders move up to the legislature vowing to tackle unfunded mandates.  (Roh, Courier-Post)



From the Back Room



Altman pleads guilty

Moshe “Michael” Altman, a Union City, New Jersey-based real estate developer, pleaded guilty today to offenses related to his arranging a $20,000 cash bribe to a Jersey City public official and laundering money he thought was criminally obtained, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced today.  (Staff, PolitickerNJ)



Former Paterson mayor is new Jackson BA

The Jackson Council last night appointed former Paterson Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres as the town business administrator.  (Staff, PolitickerNJ)






Silence not golden in Parsippany

Frank Neglia was riled up.

A self-proclaimed quiet member of the Parsippany Board of Education, Neglia acted as if he “had enough” at the end of the board’s sometimes stormy Wednesday night meeting.  (Snowflack, Daily Record)



Turn off the dark

I must confess the situation at NJN continues to both frighten and fascinate me. On the one hand, I feel like I am in an episode of  “Tyler Perry Presents: The End of My Career,” on the other hand the Reporter in me is riveted by what might happen next.  (Fink, NJN)



Bury the eyesore, already

The State Joint Management Commission has voted, 5-2, to close the awful-looking Petty’s Run Dig  between the Statehouse and The Barracks museum.  (Ingle, Asbury Park Press)


Morning News Digest: December 3, 2010