Morning News Digest: April 6, 2011

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Morning News Digest: April 6, 2011


By Missy Rebovich

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Wiz gets the line, but Woodbridge defends Vitale with ‘no confidence’ abstention

Unblemished after the redistricting pox struck most county representations, the Middlesex Democratic contingent piled into the Pines Manor ballroom with only one unsettled agenda item at their convention: the fate of Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-19), of Sayreville, who was nearly left off of the party line tonight.  (Carroll, PolitickerNJ)



Kanka kicks off his senate bid in LD 14

Standing in the Golden Dawn Diner and surrounded by supporters, plumber/pipefitter Richard Kanka lauched his blue-collar Senate bid in the battleground 14th District today.  (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)



New Jersey wants Christie and Democrat lawmakers, poll shows

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie gets a positive job rating from more than half of the state’s voters, according to a new poll.  (Dopp, Bloomgerg)



Tim Pawlenty is latest entry into ‘Christie Primary’

Tim Pawlenty made an undisclosed stop Thursday for a powwow with one of the key players in the upcoming Republican presidential primary: He visited Drumthwacket.  (Martin, Politico) 



New Jersey gay-rights group names award for Adler

New Jersey’s largest gay rights organization is naming a new award after a politician who championed the group’s causes before his death on Monday.  (The Assoicated Press)



Christie seeks to end mandatory parole hearings

Like many state prison inmates, Stephen Perry is entitled to a parole hearing at least every three years under a law adopted last year over the angry objections of victims’ families and law enforcement officials.  (Markos, The Record)



New Jersey congressman asks U.S. to stop deporting citizens’ same-sex partners

A congressman from New Jersey is asking the federal Department of Homeland Security to stop deporting the same-sex spouses of U.S. citizens.

U.S. Rep. Rush Holt’s request Monday is the latest effort to clarify how the government should enforce the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as being only between a man and a woman.  (The Associated Press)



Christie foe to speak at fundraiser for Dems

New Jersey Democrats are fighting fire with fire.

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, a foil of Republican Gov. Chris Christie, will be the keynote speaker Wednesday at the annual Jefferson Jackson Dinner, a major fundraiser for the Democrats.  (Jordan, Gannett)|head



Former New Jersey governor helping oversee elections in Nigeria

Former New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine has traveled to Nigeria to help oversee parliamentary elections there.

Corzine spokesman Josh Zeitz tells the Star-Ledger of Newark that the former governor is there with the National Democratic Institute, a nonprofit group that promotes democracy. His contingent includes former elected officials from around the world.  (The Associated Press)



Barak Obama fundraiser at Jon Corzine home

President Barack Obama’s first New York event since he launched his reelection will be at the home of former New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine, with the former Goldman Sachs financier set to host a high-dollar, small dinner, an invitation to the event shows.  (Haberman, Politico)



New map protects old guard

Change may not be coming anytime soon to South Jersey, thanks to a new legislative map that appears to protect Democratic incumbents here.  (Roh, Gannett)



Kean to run for Assembly on ticket with Singer in 30th District

State Sen. Sean T. Kean, R-Monmouth, will run for the Assembly in a redrawn
30th Legislative District.  (Larsen, Gannett)|head



Bergen freeholder chief mulls state Senate bid

Bergen County Freeholder Chairman John Driscoll said Tuesday that that he is “seriously considering” running for a state Senate seat in the newly redrawn 38th District and will make a final decision today.  (Gartland, The Record)



New Jersey Assembly holds hearing on plan for Medicaid cuts

How to trim the billions of dollars New Jersey spends on health care for the poor, elderly, and disabled is one of the biggest challenges for Gov. Christie’s proposed $29.4 billion state budget.  (Rao, The Philadelphia Inquirer)



N.J. Democratic lawmakers urge health officials to provide details on Christie’s Medicaid overhaul plan

Democratic lawmakers warned state health officials Tuesday to provide specific details of the governor’s plan to overhaul Medicaid or it won’t be considered as part of the state budget.  (Renshaw, The Star-Ledger)



U.S. Supreme Court decision could help New Jersey’s Opportunity Scholarship Act

It didn’t get the attention of the justices’ ruling for private school vouchers in 2002, but the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision this week allowing vouchers by tax credit could have more impact on what has become the dominant approach to school choice in New Jersey and other states.  (Mooney, NJ Spotlight)



Six officials collect their paycheck, state pension

At least six county officials — Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan, Sheriff Michael Saudino and his four undersheriffs — are collecting state pensions and county salaries, pushing their annual income, in all but one case, above $200,000.  (Gartland, The Record)



Essex County executive apologizes for controversy over pension collection

After days of playing defense, Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. apologized today for the controversy surrounding his pension, which has drawn condemnation from public employee unions and the governor.  (Megerian, The Star-Ledger)



New program to match returning troops with doctors

Far too many U.S. troops return home from overseas suffering so-called “invisible wounds” like post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries that make the transition back to civilian life all the more difficult.  (Levinsky, Burlington County Times)



Sales tax break to remain in urban zones

Jay Harman’s upscale windows and doors business is a showcase for the state’s Urban Enterprise Zone program. (Shields, Gannett)



Teachers plan protest of Gov. Christie before interview with Diane Sawyer in Kearny

Teachers say they are planning a protest Wednesday morning outside a school where Gov. Chris Christie is set to be interviewed by ABC “World News” host Diane Sawyer.  (The Associated Press)



Local union rallies to save V’land care facility

Vineland Developmental Center employees plan to fight Gov. Chris Christie’s proposal to close the East Campus with a rally Thursday.  (Funderburk, Gannett)



Ocean freeholders fight Barnegat Bay bill

The Ocean County Board of Freeholders are fed up over being told what to do about Barnegat Bay.  (Larsen and Moore, Gannett)|head



Amtrak applies for $1.3 billion in funds Fla. rejected

Amtrak officials applied for $1.3 billion in federal high-speed rail funds that was rejected by Florida officials and instead will be spent on projects on the busy Northeast Corridor line, including some preliminary work on the construction of new Hudson River rail tunnels.  (Higgs, Gannett)



Nuclear Regulatory Commission: Japan is no reason to de-license Oyster Creek

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission says nothing it has learned from the Japanese nuclear disaster warrants revoking the license of the nation’s oldest nuclear power plant.  (Parry, The Associated Press)



Better cleanup planned at former chrome plant

Some 25 years ago, Ellen Wright was driving home through her neighborhood of single-family wood-frame houses here when she noticed that the streets were slick with “green water.”  (Navarro, The New York Times)



CRDA wants to fix up residential areas outside Atlantic City Tourism District

During the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority’s town hall meeting on the boundaries of the Tourism District, the area outside the district was on the minds of city residents Tuesday.  (Landau, Press of Atlantic City)



Casino Control Commission vote set for Wednesday that will change Trump Entertainment’s ownership structure

The New Jersey Casino Control Commission is set today to approve a new ownership structure that puts another New York billionaire at the head of the Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc. gaming empire.  (Wittkowski, Press of Atlantic City)



A.C. casinos allowed to cancel some jackpots

A new rule that took effect Tuesday lets Atlantic City’s casinos terminate some multi-machine slot jackpots and keep money that would have been used to pay them.  (Parry, The Associated Press)



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Velez: We’re not looking to reduce the number of people served

Human Services Commissioner Jennifer Velez said Tuesday the state is not expecting to cut the number of people enrolled in Medicaid through the $300 million global waiver the state is seeking.  (Hassan, State Street Wire)



Medicaid waiver issues worry Budget panel members

Assembly Budget and Appropriation Committee members wondered Tuesday how a $300 million Medicaid global waiver would work and how that figure was reached.  (Hassan, State Street Wire)



Kean wants ‘tool-kit’ bills posted for vote

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R-21),  Union, has requested Senate action on four pieces of property tax relief and public safety legislation.   (Staff, State Street Wire)



Medicaid cuts prompt heated exchange between Bonnie Watson Coleman, Jay Webber

A heated exchange took place Tuesday between two members of the Assembly Budget and Appropriations Committee over Medicaid and cuts to the neediest.  (Hassan, State Street Wire)



From the Back Room 



Remember this name: Marlene Caride

The 36th District allies of state Sen. Paul Sarlo (D-36) are in talks with Marlene Caride, a Cuban American prosecutor from Ridgefield, sources say.  (Staff, PolitickerNJ)



Hey, was that Bernadette McPherson outside the Elks in Passaic?

The body language of state Sen. Paul Sarlo (D-36) at the front of the room during those redistricting commission hearings indicated that the Latinos – even if they were GOP co-opts – were penetrating his consciousness with the argument that LD 36 should have an Hispanic on the ticket.  (Staff, PolitickerNJ)






The same old song

“The Democratic map, I believe, was a more conservative, less disruptive map,” Alan Rosenthal said tellingly on Sunday in justifying his choice of a new legislative map for New Jersey.

“Less disruptive.”  (Murray, PolitickerNJ)



Democrats’ plan was always the front-runner

The Democrats’ plan for redrawing the state’s 40 legislative districts favored Democrats and incumbents, and the professor who cast the deciding vote was in favor of it long before his official decision. No one should be shocked.  (Ingle, Gannett)


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Morning News Digest: April 6, 2011