Morning News Digest: December 8, 2010

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District 36 stand-off: Nutley wants Ryan and Bergen wants Bergen

It was a district going in opposite directions tonight on separate sides of the county line.   (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)

http://www.politickernj.com/43345/district-36-stand-nutley-wants-ryan-and-bergen-wants-bergen

 

 

NJEA outlines visions for education reform

New Jersey Education Association President Barbara Keshishian Tuesday outlined the teachers union’s vision for education reform, a proposal that includes tweaks to tenure, collective bargaining and teacher concessions, long controversial topics in the education community.  (Isherwood, PolitickerNJ)

http://www.politickernj.com/43328/njea-outlines-visions-education-reform

 

 

Christie stunned by NJEA reform claims

Readying to answer questions after singing a athlete concussion bill at the new Meadowlands Stadium today, Gov. Chris Christie, surrounded by some former NFL players, joked, “Any of my difficult questions I will (defer) to (former N.Y Giants lineman) Bart Oates.”  (Carroll, PolitickerNJ)

http://www.politickernj.com/43329/christie-stunned-njeas-reform-claims

 

 

Chris Christie pay cap irks some in GOP

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has used his feisty, prosecutorial persona to become the darling of the national GOP, but his campaign to limit schools chiefs’ pay has irritated some Republicans in the state.  (Fleisher, The Wall Street Journal)

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703296604576005651036403420.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

 

 

Neighboring states can help inform New Jersey’s tenure debates

As New Jersey enters the hot zone this week in debating the merits — and demerits — of teacher tenure, an interesting fact unites two nearby states for which this debate is almost old hat.  (Mooney, NJ Spotlight)

http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/10/1207/2243/

 

 

Lautenberg says he might oppose tax cut compromise

Sen. Frank Lautenberg said Tuesday he might oppose the tax compromise framework that President Obama unveiled Monday night because it includes tax breaks for the wealthy.  (Jackson, The Record)

http://www.northjersey.com/news/politics/120710_Lautenberg_says_he_might_oppose_tax_cut_compromise.html

 

 

NJ taxpayers, businesses hit hard by unfair valuations

Inaccurate property records that fuel New Jersey’s nearly $25 billion property tax juggernaut cost landowners an estimated $1.6 billion in additional taxes every year.  (Schnaars, Asbury Park Press)

http://www.app.com/article/20101208/NEWS/312070005/NJ-taxpayers-businesses-hit-hard-by-unfair-valuations

 

 

Pilot programs are taking aim at inequalities

State legislators are experimenting with ways to make property assessments fair to all taxpayers.  (Schnaars, Asbury Park Press)

http://www.app.com/article/20101208/NEWS/312070004/Pilot-programs-are-taking-aim-at-inequalities

 

 

New Jersey Assembly committee pairs racing, casino bills

An Assembly committee will take up a slate of bills designed to revive the Atlantic City casino industry and horse racing in New Jersey on Thursday.  (Fletcher, Press of Atlantic City)

http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/breaking/article_60f2c5a6-0275-11e0-910e-001cc4c03286.html

 

 

New NJ law aims to protect student athletes

New Jersey took action Tuesday aimed at protecting student athletes from brain injuries, as the problem gains attention among both professionals and amateurs.  (The Associated Press)

http://online.wsj.com/article/AP676ace8873c94ce8acc37c4e2e4f5081.html

 

 

Levin says Cooper position a good fit

Susan Bass Levin does not have to work in Camden.

At 58, the former Cherry Hill mayor and attorney by training could have leveraged her many high-profile political connections for a comfortable private-sector position.  (Roh, Courier-Post)

http://www.courierpostonline.com/article/20101208/NEWS01/12080338/Levin-says-Cooper-position-a-good-fit

 

 

Scientists offer NJ gov climate change message

Three scientists who specialize in climate change delivered a message to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday: Global warming is real, it’s caused mostly by people and it has already increased the frequency of severe weather in the Garden State.  (Delli Santi, Businessweek)

http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D9JVAVLG1.htm

 

 

N.J. Senate panel to consider bill ending statute of limitations for sex abuse lawsuits

When a 26-year-old man known as “R.L.” sued his former stepfather for allegedly sexually abusing him when he was 10 years old, he had to fight all the way to the state Supreme Court just to get the case heard.  (Friedman, The Record)

http://www.northjersey.com/news/crime_courts/111508139_Senate_panel_to_weigh_sex_victims__case.html

 

 

Port Authority’s new budget hold line on tolls

Motorists won’t face higher tolls at Port Authority bridges and tunnels in the coming year. However, they may find it frustrating entering the Lincoln Tunnel in New Jersey.  (The Associated Press)

http://online.wsj.com/article/AP0e8ef33d538943a6b7d6408db74df118.html

 

 

Late Dunellen council president’s son named to vacant seat

Mark Bieniek said he has some big shoes to fill.

The son of late Council President Frank Bieniek was sworn in Monday night to take his father’s seat until the next election in November 2011, when voters will decide who serves the next full three-year term.  (Grant, Home News Tribune)

http://www.mycentraljersey.com/article/20101207/NEWS/12070357/1098/POLITICS

 

 

Anti-poverty advocates hope state is listening

New Jersey Legal Services president Melville D. Miller Jr. felt the effects of Governor Christie’s austere budget firsthand.  (Friedman, The Record)

http://www.northjersey.com/news/politics/111508364_Anti-poverty_advocates_hope_state_is_listening.html

 

 

New law targets K-9 cop killers

Two South Jersey legislators want a mandatory five-year jail term for anyone convicted of killing a police dog.  (Walsh, Courier-Post)

http://www.courierpostonline.com/article/20101208/NEWS01/12080337/New-law-targets-K-9-cop-killers

 

 

Pennsylvania and New Jersey will share in Bank of America payout

Bank of America Corp. has agreed to pay $137 million in restitution, interest and other penalties to hundreds of U.S. counties, towns, school districts, train, bus and airport systems, and other local-government entities it ripped off with bid-rigging by the bank’s employees and bond consultants in the late 1990s and early 2000s.  (DiStefano, The Philadelphia Inquirer)

http://www.philly.com/inquirer/columnists/joseph-distefano/20101208_PhillyDeals__Pennsylvania_and_New_Jersey_will_share_in_Bank_of_America_payout.html#ixzz17W7USOkP

 

 

From the Back Room

 

 

Legislature set to undertake jobs bills

The Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee will meet at 1 p.m. tomorrow to begin consideration of the “Back to Work NJ” job creation and economic development initiative, according to the Senate Majority Office.  (Staff, PolitickerNJ)

http://www.politickernj.com/back_room/legislature-set-undertake-jobs-bills

 

 

Davis due before grand jury

Sources say the half brother of Trenton Mayor Tony Mack is scheduled to appear before a grand jury on Friday.  (Staff, PolitickerNJ)

http://www.politickernj.com/back_room/davis-due-grandy-jury

 

 

Opinion

 

 

Christie reinforces image we have of selves

What is it about Chris Christie that attracts so many people nationally? A part of it is growing frustration with government fueled by a lingering deep recession that makes some question what happened to the country they knew.  (Ingle, Daily Record)

http://www.dailyrecord.com/article/B3/20101208/OPINION0503/12080334/1093/OPINION/Christie+reinforces+image+we+have+of+selves

 

 

Rockaway Twp. should drop this fight

Personalities should mean nothing when it comes to how government treats its citizens.  (Snowflack, Daily Record)

http://www.dailyrecord.com/article/20101208/COLUMNISTS01/101207059/1099/COLUMNISTS/-Rockaway-Twp.-should-drop-this-fight

 

 

 

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