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)



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)



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)



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)



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)



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)



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)



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)



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)



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)



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)



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)



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)



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)



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)



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)



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)



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)



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)



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)






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)



Rockaway Twp. should drop this fight

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




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  Morning News Digest: December 8, 2010