Morning News Digest: March 22, 2011



Morning News Digest: March 21, 2011


By Missy Rebovich

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BREAKING: Cricco and Manzo resign from NJDWSC

North Jersey District Water Supply Commissioner Michael T. Cricco has submitted his letter of resignation to the commissioners, and so has Commissioner Al Manzo.  (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)



Sources: Smith has no plans to toss Stack

Hudson County political insiders are watching that localized firefight in West New York to see if it goes global, or least, if it goes Hudson.   (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)



Christie’s conservative stance on hot button issues carries risk in NJ

When Chris Christie stood outside the State­house without a top coat on a frigid January day to let a group of protesters rallying against legalized abortion know that he stood with them, he was speaking in New Jersey, but observers wondered if his message was meant to travel farther than State Street.  (Jordan, Gannett)|head



Christie gets bill to allow Ocean County, towns to collect fees for watershed planning

A bill that would permit Ocean County and local governments to collect development fees for watershed planning passed the state Senate Monday in a 21-15 vote along party lines.  (Staff, Asbury Park Press)



Senate Republicans call on Democrats to act on Christie’s cost-cutting proposals

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R-Union) and Sen. Diane Allen (R-Burlington) Monday called on the upper house’s Democratic majority to set a date for completion of Gov. Chris Christie’s property tax relief toolkit.  (Hester, New Jersey Newsroom)



Six N.J. nonprofit agencies to produce, sell medical marijuana

Webster “Dan” Todd Jr., brother of New Jersey’s first female governor, Christie Whitman, is now a pioneer in his own right: he sits on the board of one of the first legally-sanctioned medical marijuana providers in the Garden State.  (Livio, The Star-Ledger)



N.J. Senate stalls action on bill to deregulate telecommunications industry

The battle over a bill to deregulate New Jersey’s telecommunications industry pitted some of the state’s biggest lobbyists against each other — and they pulled out all the stops.  (Friedman, The Star-Ledger)



Senate approves bill to ban jobless bias

A bill that would prohibit businesses from stating or suggesting in help-wanted ads that unemployed people should not apply for the jobs offered has been passed again by the state Senate after being adjusted to comply with a conditional veto by Gov. Chris Christie.  (New Jersey Press Media)



New Jersey state senators approve changes to bill allowing solar farms on Pinelands landfills

State lawmakers who passed a bill allowing solar farms to be built on landfills in the Pinelands voted Monday to accommodate Gov. Chris Christie’s proposed changes to the plan.  (Fletcher, Press of Atlantic City)



Barnegat Bay pollution prevention bill passes state Senate over objections from Senators Connors and Van Drew

State lawmakers passed a bill to push Ocean County planning authorities to prevent stormwater pollution in Barnegat Bay despite last-ditch objections by legislators from the 9th district and nearby beach communities.  (Fletcher, Press of Atlantic City)



N.J. Senate OKs Michael Ferguson for sports authority post

Former Rep. Michael Ferguson, R-Westfield, had to wait 12 months to receive a hearing from the state Senate on his nomination to the board of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority.  (Brennan, The Record)



Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno to discuss New Jersey tourism at Atlantic City forum

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno will visit Atlantic City this week to outline her priorities for the state’s tourism and hospitality industries.  (Fletcher, Press of Atlantic City)



Murdered girl’s father urges tough N.J. predator law

The father of a Florida rape and murder victim, whose death led 44 states to enact stricter sex-offender laws, was in New Jersey on Monday to encourage passage of a law imposing mandatory minimum sentences on child predators and anyone convicted of aiding them.  (Delli Santi, The Associated Press)



Revel signs pacts with three unions

Revel Entertainment Group has signed contracts with three unions for operations and maintenance once its mega-casino opens next year in Atlantic City.  (Courier-Post)



Loosened N.J. phone controls hits snag

A proposal to deregulate traditional landlines and cable television in New Jersey has run into opposition, from seniors worried about rates going up to towns concerned about losing money from franchise fees.  (Fleisher, The Wall Street Journal)



N.J. drug courts should be model for other states, reports say

States should seek alternatives to drug courts for addicts, but if they can’t, they should use New Jersey’s program as model, according to two reports released today by watchdog groups.  (Spoto, The Star-Ledger)



Delaware River and Bay’s Authority proposed operating budget does not rely on raising tolls at Delaware Memorial

The Delaware River and Bay Authority approved a $78.9 million operating budget for 2011 that does not rely on a toll increase on the Delaware Memorial Bridge.  (Degener, Press of Atlantic City)



Pa., N.J. must resolve austerity, transportation needs

Will I-95 be the region’s next toll road?

Will a commuter rail line from Camden to Gloucester County actually be built?  (Nussbaum, The Philadelphia Inquirer)



State to take tougher look at graduation and dropout rates

As New Jersey continues to revamp what is required of students to graduate, high schools this summer will face more stringent calculations on exactly what are their graduation and drop out rates.  (Mooney, NJ Spotlight)



NJ fertilizer law presents challenge of educating amateur landscapers, yard handymen

When homeowners and lawn care professionals start wheeling equipment around this spring, they need to be mindful of New Jersey’s new law on fertilizer use.  (Moore, Asbury Park Press)



Fay ousted from Medford council

Victoria Fay lost her seat on township council Monday night, ousted by four members who said she had violated residency requirements.  (Walsh, Courier-Post)



From the Back Room

Essex Dems to fill Gonzalez seat at March 29th special convention

The Essex County Democratic Committee will meet on March 29th to select a successor to Essex County Freeholder Sammy Gonzalez, according to County Chairman Phil Thigpen.   (Staff, PolitickerNJ)






It’s a reversal of fortunes as Atlantic City hopes to grow

As smart businesspeople understand, economic crises, bubbles or meltdowns have at least two sides. The crisis in the residential housing market is illustrative. For every family that lost a home, there is a potential homeowner or investor willing to buy at a discounted price and improve the investment. The same is true in business.  (Posner, NJBIZ)



The real lesson of Barack H. Obama Elementary School

It’s a good thing Barack Obama will be gone before Chris Christie gets to replace him.

I’m not talking about the president. I’m talking about the school.  (Mulshine, The Star-Ledger)



Former Rep. John Adler recovering from emergency heart surgery

Former U.S. Rep. John Adler, a longtime New Jersey state senator and councilman in Cherry Hill, is recovering from emergency heart surgery, the Courier-Post has confirmed.  (Roh, Courier-Post)




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Morning News Digest: March 22, 2011