Morning News Digest: April 7, 2011

Morning News Digest: April 7, 2011


By Missy Rebovich

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Passaic County Dems select Pou for senate, Sumter and Winberly for 35th District Assembly seats

Leaders of the Passaic County Democratic Committee tonight chose Nellie Pou for senate and Shavonda Sumter and Benjie Wimberly to run for two seats in the 35th Legislative District, a Democratic Party stronghold that just refortified with redistricting, slicing out Republican Hawthorne along with the district’s longtime top of the totem senate sachem.  (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)



‘Too soon’: Celebrating the prolific life of former U.S. Rep. John Adler

They came Wednesday to honor the memory of John Herbert Adler, a New Jersey exemplar, a self-made man of Horatio Alger levels, a man of law, a family man, and a man of the people.  (Carroll, PolitickerNJ)



Chris Christie says government shutdown a ‘failure of everybody’

Chris Christie says a government shutdown would be “a failure of everybody, including the president,” and he’s calling on President Barack Obama to usher both sides toward a deal.  (Haberman, Politico)



Christie to detail teacher evaluations plans today

Gov. Chris Christie, who has clashed with the public teachers union since shortly after entering the 2009 race for governor, will lay out new details on his teacher evaluation and tenure reform proposals in a speech today, according to two administration officials.  (The Associated Press)



Gov. Chris Christie to hold town hall meeting at Cape May airport next week

Gov. Chris Christie will visit Cape May County on Tuesday for his second town hall-meeting in southern New Jersey in a two-week span.  (Bogdan, Press of Atlantic City)



Maryland governor, in N.J. for Democratic dinner, critical of Christie

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley had biting words for Governor Christie on Wednesday.

“Chris Christie is no Andrew Cuomo,” O’Malley said at a press conference Wednesday, responding to the New Jersey governor’s penchant for comparing himself to the New York Democrat. “I think Chris Christie would like to compare himself to Andrew Cuomo.”  (Gibson, The Record)



Tough-guy Christie a softy with 5-year-old wannabes

Gov. Christie bantered Wednesday with two 5-year-olds at one of the more unusual – and adorable – Statehouse “news conferences” that Trenton has seen.  (Katz, The Philadelphia Inquirer)



Pay-to-play laws prompt drop in campaign donations

Political contributions from government contractors have declined nearly 40 percent in the five years since state law began requiring “pay-to-play” donations to be identified in annual reports.  (Symons, Gannett)|head



NJ Dems rally behind O’Malley at fundraiser

The party’s annual Jefferson Jackson Dinner at the Heldrich Hotel was attended by more than 400 party loyalists, with officials saying they expected to raise about $200,000.  (Jordan, Gannett)|head



Medicaid overhaul talks set for Friday

Hospital and health care professionals from southern New Jersey and across the state will meet with officials to discuss a proposed Medicaid overhaul Friday, three days after they told Trenton lawmakers they were struggling to understand how the state aims to save $540 million without cutting off patients’ access to primary or long-term care.  (Fletcher, Press of Atlantic City)



Shutdown could affect thousands in New Jersey

A government shutdown could affect more than 1,700 Monmouth County residents living in public housing, and may mean furloughs for many of the 28,000 federal employees in New Jersey, officials said Wednesday.  (Bowman, Gannett)



N.J. Assemblywoman Joan Quigley announces she won’t seek re-election after redistricting

Assemblywoman Joan Quigley (D-Hudson), who was shifted out the 32nd District she has represented for 16 years by her own party in the redistricting process, announced Wednesday that she will not seek re-election.  (Hester, NJ Newsroom)



Freeholder chairman to run for state Senate

Bergen County Freeholder Chairman John Driscoll said Wednesday that he intends to run for state Senate in the recently reconfigured 38th Legislative District.  (Gartland, The Record)



GOP blasts Cappelli over unpaid property taxes

Republicans have fired an opening shot in this year’s Camden County freeholder race, pointing to a hefty bill for unpaid taxes they say is owed by Democratic incumbent Louis Cappelli Jr.  (Mathur Desai, Gannett)|head



Anti-bullying regulations caught up in red tap review

Gov. Chris Christie on Monday announced the latest review of state regulations for public schools, creating a red tape task force to determine if those rules are causing unintended distress and racking up unintended costs.  (Mooney, NJ Spotlight)



Atlantic County GOP freeholders kill homeless task force plan

The Atlantic County Board of Chosen Freeholders reversed itself Tuesday in voting 6-3 to reject the creation of a Homeless Trust Fund and Homeless Task Force designed to advise the county on homeless housing and other issues.  (Lemongello, Press of Atlantic City)



Is the SDA getting back into the real estate business?

Some of the properties were condemned, others bought for market prices five or six years ago. That was before the bottom dropped out of both the real estate market and the Schools Development Authority (SDA) itself.  (Mooney, NJ Spotlight)



Local UEZ office could be forced to closed soon

The governor’s call to end to the Urban Enterprise Zone program in 2012 could impact local businesses as early as this summer.  (Funderburk, Gannet)



State issues first permits for offshore wind farm

The first company to file an application to build an offshore wind farm off the coast of Atlantic City is also the earliest to win crucial environmental permits from the state.  (Johnson, NJ Spotlight)



Camden to use $500,000 grant on cameras, technology for cops

City officials will use a $500,000 grant to expand a camera surveillance system now under construction and to buy other technologies for the police department.  (Mast, Gannett)



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A think-tank tries to assess ‘peace’ levels in N.J.

New Jersey has the highest number of police officers per capita in the country, a new report found.  (Hassan, State Street Wire)



State officials discuss nuclear emergency preparedness in N.J.

Because New Jersey generates more than half of its electrical needs from nuclear energy, a joint Assembly committee Wednesday examined the state’s level of emergency preparedness in the wake of the devastating earthquake, tsunami and nuclear power plant damage in Japan.  (Mooney, State Street Wire)



$5.7 million in federal grants to 17 N.J. towns for crime-fighting technologies

Attorney General Paula T. Dow Wednesday announced that the Division of Criminal Justice is awarding $5.7 million in federal grants to 17 New Jersey cities that are facing high levels of violent crime.  (Staff, State Street Wire)



Donations from public contractors down, pay to play loopholes still exist

Donations from contractors with public contracts totaled $9.4 million in 2010, a 13 percent dropoff from the previous year, according to figures released by the state Wednesday.  (Isherwood, PolitickerNJ)



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NJ Delegation honors John Adler on House floor

The New Jersey Congressional delegation last night honored former U.S. Rep. John Adler on the floor of the House of Representatives tonight.  (Isherwood, PolitickerNJ)



Menendez begins fundraising push

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez looks to have begun fundraising in earnest for his 2012 reelection bid, reportedly pulling in $1,553,987 in the first quarter.  (Isherwood, PolitickerNJ)






Why the NJEA keeps losing support

After Gov. Christie appeared with Diane Sawyer on ABC’s evening news show, NJEA President Barbara Keshishian moved quickly to show why the teachers’ union keeps losing public support.  (Ingle, Gannett)



Christie calls unions “political thugs” on ABC

Gov. Christie will call the teachers’ union “political thugs” in an interview to air tonight with Diane Sawyer on ABC News and Nightline.  (Katz, The Philadelphia Inquirer)



O’Malley’s one-liners on Christie’s turf

Democratic Governors Association chairman Martin O’Malley took his roadshow to New Jersey, where he tested some new one-liners and jabbed at his favorite Republican foil, Gov. Chris Christie.  (Catanese, Politico)


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Morning News Digest: April 7, 2011