Morning News Digest: December 31, 2010

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2010 Year in Review

With 2010 nearly in the books, we at PolitickerNJ are pleased to present our 2010 Year in Review.  It’s been a year of change both in Trenton and at PolitickerNJ, and we’ve enjoyed bringing you the most comprehensive coverage available of all things political.  (Isherwood, PolitickerNJ)



Dems to governor: ‘Get them off the payroll”

Senate Majority Leader Barbara Buono (D-Metuchen) and Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Cryan (D-Union Twp.) want the state to scrap contracts with Reform Jersey Now donors.   (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)



Inside the Bergen PAC lawsuit

In a few days, Kathe Donovan will be on both ends of a lawsuit she filed this week seeking to negate a $2.6 million bandstand bailout.  (Carroll, PolitickerNJ)



Gov. Christie’s first year: Property tax reform still a hot topic

Dolores Galli, like lots of her fellow New Jerseyans, says the state’s most pressing problem is its sky-high property taxes.  (Symons, Asbury Park Press)



Gov. Christie took pension, health benefits system to task

Judging simply by dollar figures involved, the state’s woefully underfunded pension and health benefits system appeared to be the largest looming issue heading into 2010.  (Method, Asbury Park Press)



Mayors pile snow blame on N.J.

Deep budget cuts are partly to blame for the slow cleanup following the blizzard that blanketed the Garden State this week, some municipal leaders said Thursday.  (DeFalco, The Philadelphia Inquirer)



N.J. pension funds performed worse than stated, audit finds

The director of the state Division of Investment Thursday restating its annualized performance numbers for fiscal years 2008-09 and 2009-10.  (Hester, New Jersey Newsroom)



NJ lawmakers want changes to hearsay exception

Lawmakers took a step Thursday toward invalidating a proposed state Supreme Court rule that would permit intimidated witnesses to provide testimony from outside the courtroom in all criminal cases.  (Symons, Home News Tribune)



Atlantic City mayor slams state’s plan for tourism district

Mayor Lorenzo Langford railed against state lawmakers and the Christie administration Thursday as leaving local officials “out of the loop” as they plan a new tourism district in the cash-strapped resort.  (Conaboy, The Philadelphia Inquirer)



Menendez plans to reach out to SC Republicans on immigration

New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez plans to reach out to a South Carolina Republican to craft a bipartisan immigration reform bill in the next Congress.
But it’s not clear that Sen. Lindsey Graham will want to work with the top-ranking Hispanic Democrat on Capitol Hill.  (Chebium, Daily Record)



Weinberg calls on company taking over Xanadu project to provide details on deal

The company that agreed to take over the Meadowlands Xanadu complex last week should release more information about the deal brokered by the Christie administration to resuscitate the beleaguered shopping and entertainment project, state Sen. Loretta Weinberg, D-Teaneck, said this week.  (Fallon, The Record)



Piscataway’s Scott to make history as new Middlesex County sheriff

Millie Scott is about to make history.

The Perth Amboy native and longtime Piscataway resident will take the oath of office on Jan. 1 as Middlesex County’s next sheriff, the first black woman to hold that post on a permanent basis in New Jersey history.  (Grant, Home News Tribune)



Paterson councilwoman will not have to forfeit position after conviction

A Paterson city councilwoman who confronted a police officer after he stopped another motorist in the northern New Jersey community has been convicted on two charges.  (The Associated Press)



Longtime sheriff departs after 30 years in post

Retiring Middlesex County Sheriff Joseph Spicuzzo was looking back on his career.

“I am,” he said with obvious pride, “the longest-serving sheriff since 1683 in Middlesex County.”  (Baldwin, Home News Tribune)



Weathering the storms of voter discontent

Long is the list of elected officials who, unbowed by terrorist threats, sex scandals, mobsters, pandemics, school system meltdowns, transit strikes or random acts of corruption, found themselves doomed by precipitation.  (Steinhauer, The New York Times)




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  Morning News Digest: December 31, 2010