Morning News Digest: April 26, 2011



Morning News Digest: April 26, 2011


By Missy Rebovich

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Eagleton: new map may slow progress of women in state legislature

Assessing the impact of redistricting on the legislative map, Eagleton Institute’s Center for American Women and Politics today bemoaned what its experts see as a missed opportunity to capitalize on and expand current numbers of women serving in the Legislature.  (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)



In LD 27, Eames runs as proud Tea Partier in GOP primary

Proudly embracing the slogan “Tea Party Republican,” former associations executive William Eames is challenging in a Republican Primary to run for the state Senate in Legislative District 27.   (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)



N.J. Senate Judiciary Committee to consider Gov. Christie’s nominees Thursday

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday is scheduled to consider 19 of Gov. Chris Christie’s nominees, including the new health commissioner and two members of the Sports and Exposition Authority.  (Friedman, The Star-Ledger)



Carl Lewis says Christie tried to dissuade him

Gov. Christie tried to talk Olympic medalist Carl Lewis out of running for the New Jersey Senate hours before he announced his candidacy, Lewis said Monday.  (Burton, The Philadelphia Inquirer)



Democrat leaves 7th Legislative District Race 

The leader of a Burlington County Democratic challenge on Monday said the decision to drop out of the primary would not end his battle against so-called machine politics.  (Roh, Gannett)



Sharpton, national union leaders to rally in N.J.

The Rev. Al Sharpton and national union leaders have scheduled events around the state to draw attention to the hardships facing New Jersey’s working families.  (The Associated Press)|topnews|text|State



Group calls on Frelinghuysen to hold the line on spending in rally near his office

Steve Lonegan called on Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen to hold the line on spending as his conservative group, Americans for Prosperity, began a three-week van tour of the area with a rally in front of the congressman’s office.  (Koloff, Gannett)



Southern New Jersey lawmakers want quick action on study of state purchases

Lawmakers from the 1st District called Monday for action on their proposal to require a review of how the state buys goods and services.  (Fletcher, Press of Atlantic City)



N.J. pensions still among worst-funded in country

New Jersey’s pensions system remains one of the most underfunded in the country, according to a new national report that says the U.S. faces a $1.26 trillion long-term funding gap for state-run government retiree benefits.  (Method, Gannett)



Report: N.J. spent approximately .7 million on 317 child neglect and abuse lawsuits

The horrific discovery of little Faheem Williams’ mummified remains in the Newark basement of a relative’s home prompted a $1 Billion overhaul of New Jersey’s Department of Youth and Family Services in 2003, but eight years later, the state is paying for mistakes of its past.  (Cruz, New Jersey Newsroom)



State comptroller reviews community college chief’s pay

The state Comptroller’s Office is in the early phases of a review of all community college presidents’ pay in the state, office spokesman Pete McAleer said Monday. There are 19 community colleges in New Jersey. The state Comptroller’s Office is in the early phases of a review of all community college presidents’ pay in the state, office spokesman Pete McAleer said Monday. There are 19 community colleges in New Jersey.  (Bradshaw, Gannett)



For N.J. school budget votes, tempers and tax rises ease

Little drama. Limited tax increases. Fewer draconian cuts.

Despite the imposition of a cap this year that limits the increase in property tax collections to 2 percent, school districts in New Jersey are heading into budget elections on Wednesday largely free of the anger and turmoil of last year’s budget season.  (Hu, The New York Times)



Atlantic City looks to Las Vegas, other cities for revival tips

More people will soon want to live, work and play in Atlantic City if the Tourism District launched last week fulfills the high hopes held by some  (Previti, Press of Atlantic City)



Power suppliers press ahead with new plants, despite federal agency

It appears that New Jersey’s efforts to develop new power plants may not be dead after all. 

At least two of the three power suppliers that have signed contracts with the state to build new gas-fired electricity-generating stations said yesterday they plan to move forward with their projects, despite a ruling by a federal agency that many assumed would stymie progress.  (Johnson, NJ Spotlight)



McGreevey not being ordained

Former Gov. Jim McGreevey, who resigned in 2004 after declaring himself “a gay American” and admitting he had an extramarital affair with a male staffer, has had his pursuit of the Episcopal priesthood put on hold indefinitely.  (Delli Santi, The Associated Press)



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‘Tool-kit’ bills not posted for Senate voting session

None of the remaining “tool-kit” reform bills proposed by Gov. Chris Christie made it to the Senate agenda for Thursday’s session.  (Hassan, State Street Wire)



N.J. League of Municipalities, Fair Share Housing Center records access case got to Supreme Court

A dispute over whether the N.J. League of Municipalities is subject to the state’s Open Public Records Act is headed for arguments before the state’s highest court.  (Hassan, State Street Wire)



Bill to extend jobless benefits signed into law

Legislation to allow extended unemployment benefits to laid-off workers has been signed into law.  (Staff, State Street Wire)



Judiciary to consider O’Dowd as Health Dept. commissioner, major board appointments Thursday

The Senate Judiciary Committee will interview  several candidates for high-ranking positions on Thursday, including the acting commissioner of the Department of Health and Senior Services.  (Carroll,m PolitickerNJ)



From the Back Room 



Jones v. Torres II

Samuel Torres, brother of former Paterson mayor Joey Torres, will run in the June primary against the Passaic County Democratic Organization’s ticket, consisting of former Mayor Jeff Jones campaign manager Shavonda Sumter and Councilman Benjie Wimberly.  (Staff, PolitickerNJ)





State ordered to improve private-school students’ voter education

A state appeals court today directed the state Department of Education to finally adopt rules that implement a 1985 state law requiring schools to distribute voter registration materials and civic instruction to students.  (Symons, Gannett)




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Morning News Digest: April 26, 2011