Morning News Digest: March 23, 2011

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Morning News Digest: March 23, 2011


By Missy Rebovich

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Minority coalition set to issue redistricting map

A coalition of minority groups is set to issue its vision of the state’s legislative map, in hopes that it could sway the state’s redistricting commission to provide more opportunities for minority representation.  (Isherwood, PolitickerNJ)



District 39 pits veteran Cadrinale against Cino in GOP Primary

A former admirer of state Sen. Gerald Cardinale (R-39) of Demarest is running against the veteran GOP incumbent in a Republican Primary, and there’s history here between the two men that fast appears to be turning more bitter by the hour.   (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)



Governor’s Conference on Tourism begins today

The annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism begins 3 p.m. today at Trump Marina Hotel Casino.

The three-day conference, which will include a keynote speech by Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno 9:30 a.m. Thursday, will focus on the state’s priorities when it comes to tourism and the hospitality industries as well as legislation, new ideas, ecotourism and more.  (Press of Atlantic City)



2012 GOP hopefuls meet with popular NJ gov

In office just over a year, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has become quite the hot commodity to Republican presidential hopefuls.  (DeFalco, The Associated Press)



Judge is critical of cuts in aid for New Jersey schools

New Jersey’s cuts in school financing violate the State Constitution’s mandate to provide “a thorough and efficient” education system and hit poor districts especially hard, a judge reported to the State Supreme Court on Tuesday.  (Pérez-Peña, The New York Times)



Abbott fact finding: Christie cuts hurt at-risk kids

The opening line of a state judge’s latest opinion in the Abbott v. Burke school equity case may have said it all.  (Mooney, NJ Spotlight)



Christie meets with teachers

Gov. Chris Christie met with a group of Willingboro teachers and school administrators Tuesday afternoon, but don’t look for any highlights of their conversation on YouTube or the evening news.  (Levinsky, Burlington County Times)



NJ governor to discuss combining police forces

Gov. Chris Christie and state Sen. President Stephen Sweeney will speak with elected officials from Camden County about the benefits of consolidating local police and fire departments.  (The Associated Press)



CWA to Christie: Let’s negotiate on health benefits

Representatives of the Communications Workers of America accused Gov. Chris Christie of “talking out of both sides of his mouth” when it comes to his support for public workers’ right to collectively bargain.  (Racz, Gannett)



Christie: N.J. gas stations will remain full-service

New Jersey motorists won’t have to pump their own gas anytime soon.

Gov. Chris Christie told a caller on Millennium Radio’s “Ask the Governor” program today that he won’t support legislation for self-service gasoline because most residents don’t want it.  (The Associated Press)



N.J. takes a step up on access to records

Online government transparency in New Jersey jumped threefold since Governor Christie took office last year thanks to one new website, a liberal good-government group says.  (Reitmeyer, The Record)



Battle over Planned Parenthood

U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg and other Planned Parenthood supporters urged Congress to continue federal funding for the organization at a spirited rally in Englewood where abortion foes tried to shout down several speakers.  (Layton, The Record)



U.S. Sen. Menendez speaking at Rider University defends U.S.’s role in Libya

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez defended the United States’ role in Libya today to a group of college students and other guests at Rider University.  (Friedman, The Star-Ledger)



Lawmakers praise clinic’s treatment model

More than 300 people call the Northgate II complex in North Camden home. The halls of the low-income housing high rise at the foot of the Ben Franklin Bridge are often alive with banter of residents.  (Murray, Courier-Post)



N.J. lawmaker, union criticize security at collective bargaining meetings at Statehouse

A security decision by State Police to turn union members away from the Statehouse hours before the Senate went into session on Monday was criticized as unfair today by a key lawmaker and public employee unions.  (Gibson, The Star-Ledger)



Sen. Turner wants New Jersey voters to decide in Millionaire’s Tax should be reinstated

A resolution that would allow voters to decide whether to restore a higher tax rate on actual New Jersey millionaires has been introduced in the state Senate by Sen. Shirley Turner (D-Mercer).  (Hester, New Jersey Newsroom)



NJ medical marijuana program takes huge step forward

Its rules are not yet finalized, and perhaps still subject to being overturned by the state Legislature, but New Jersey’s medicinal marijuana program took a significant step this week with the approval of six treatment centers.  (Symons, Asbury Park Press)|head



Borough counters air ambulance bill for more than $400,000

Faced with a $400,000-plus airborne ambulance bill, the borough has fired off a response to a lawsuit, arguing that Angel Jet Services took advantage of an emotional situation when it offered to fly the police chief home from an Idaho cancer treatment center.  (Lawrence, The Record)



Adler recovering from heart surgery

The family of former U.S. Rep. John Adler is hopeful about his recovery following emergency heart surgery, longtime friend Rep. Rob Andrews, D-N.J., said Tuesday.  (Roh, Courier-Post)



Reality star’s husband steps down from New Jersey agency

The husband of one of the one of the stars of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” reality show has decided not to fight Gov. Chris Christie.  (The Associated Press)



Atlantic City officials bypass the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority in asking for Bader Field bids

The city is once again looking for a developer for Bader Field, but local officials have no plans to discuss the decision with the state agency that controls development at the site.  (Clark, Press of Atlantic City)



Bill if 17 more Parsippany cops retire: $3M

An additional 17 veteran police officers are eligible to retire by year’s end, and they have stockpiled $3 million in unused sick, vacation and personal time, according to information provided by the township.  (Jennings, Daily Record)



Parsippany school budget rejected by state over superintendent contract

Executive County Superintendent Kathleen Serafino has rejected the school board’s proposed budget, citing its ongoing refusal to rescind Superintendent Lee Seitz’s disputed contract extension.  (Jennings, Daily Record)|head



Chester merger off for now because of lack of money

The on-again, off-again efforts of Chester Township and the borough to merge into one municipality are off again.  (Ash, Daily Record)|head



Democrats announce Union County freeholder candidates

Union County Freeholders Angel G. Estrada and Christopher Hudak along with newcomer Vernell Wright will run for freeholder in the June primary on the Union County Regular Democratic Organization ticket.  (Staff, Gannett)



City budget gets OK from Trenton

Camden City Council’s amended budget has received advanced approval from Trenton and will be introduced at a special council meeting Thursday.  (Murray, Courier-Post)



Divorcing Medford councilwoman ousted in residency dispute

Residents booed as the Medford Township Council ousted the only woman on the governing body for moving out of town while embroiled in a nasty divorce.  (Hefler, The Philadelphia Inquirer)



From the Back Room



Seven (actually eight) Days in Mayhem

Notice to the general public: you may experience a front porch onslaught from a lot of people you don’t know – and likely don’t want to know – desperately seeking your approval in the early days of April.  (Staff, PolitickerNJ)



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Waste management financial disclosure bill raises issues of transparency

The Senate gave final passage to S2295 Monday, an under-the-radar bill that takes a bite out of strict disclosure regulations set up for the waste management industry in the 1980s.  (Carroll, State Street Wire)



Education Law Center: Judge’s ruling an important step toward full schools funding

The Education Law Center urged the proper funding of schools be implemented in light of the special master finding today that the state underfunded the aid formula.  (Staff, State Street Wire)



Front office responds to school funding ruling

Press Secretary Michael Drewniak, speaking for Gov. Chris Christie, responded this afternoon to  special master Superior Court Judge Peter Doyle’s ruling regarding the state school funding formula.  (Carroll, State Street Wire)



Kyrillos on sick leave reform points to Jersey City; Fulop agrees and points back to Trenton

Sen. Joe Kyrillos, (R-13), of Middletown, wants action on sick leave reform following Jersey City’s $9 million bond request for payouts.  (Carroll, State Street Wire)


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