Morning News Digest: June 3, 2011

Morning News Digest: Friday, June 03, 2011

By Missy Rebovich

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Governor to reimburse for helicopter use; documents trips

The governor’s office confirmed this afternoon it will reimburse the public for the helicopter ride to see his son play in a high school baseball game.  (Staff, PolitickerNJ)



Langford statement re. LD2 senate candidacy sparks new conflagration between Whelan and Polistina

In his interview this morning with Harry Hurley, Atlantic City Mayor Lorenzo Langford said he will file petitions and then decide in September whether or not he will challenge state Sen. Jim Whelan (D-2) as an independent, musings that sparked renewed friction between Whelan and his Republican challenger, Assemblyman Vince Polistina (R-2).  (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)



Christie files nominations

Governor Chris Christie today filed the following nominations with the State Senate. The Governor’s nominations are subject to the advice and consent of the State Senate.  (Staff, State Street Wire)



Christie’s party helps repay New Jersey for two copter trips

New Jersey Republicans and Chris Christie said they reimbursed $3,383.79 to taxpayers for the governor’s use of a police helicopter to travel to two baseball games that included his son.  (Young and Dopp, Bloomberg)



Gov. Christie calls Assemblywoman Vainieri Huttle a ‘jerk’ for criticizing his use of State Police copter

Gov. Chris Christie Thursday criticized Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) for criticizing him for using a State Police helicopter to fly from Trenton to Montvale Tuesday to watch his son Andrew play in a high school playoff baseball game. Vainieri Huttle charged the governor wasted taxpayers dollars flying to the game where he then stayed until the 5th inning before flying off to a political meeting in Princeton.  (Hester, New Jersey Newsroom)



Among helicopter hubbub, Christie signs a potentially lifesaving bill

Gov. Chris Christie made little pretense about what brought the media horde to a routine bill-signing yesterday. And he didn’t seem to mind a bit.  (Mooney, NJ Spotlight)



Gov. Christie vetoes New Jersey Educational Facilities Authority appointment

Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday vetoed a portion of the minutes of the May 24 meeting of the New Jersey Educational Facilities Authority in which the board approved a new deputy director.  (Hester, New Jersey Newsroom)



Gov. Christie to appear at Camden graduation

Gov. Chris Christie is expected to attend the graduation ceremony for a school that’s not exactly a school.  (The Associated Press)



Senate Democrats still looking for budget priorities

Senate Democrats wrapped up a 90-minute private session Thursday on the proposed state budget without identifying any of the funding priorities they’ll pursue in upcoming deliberations with the Republican governor.  (Delli Santi, The Associated Press)|topnews|text|State



N.J. Senate panel approves combined primary election

A state Senate committee has advanced a bill to move New Jersey’s presidential primary election back to June.  (The Associated Press)



Sen. Weinberg asks Hoboken mayor to urge Christie to restore funding for women’s clinics

In an effort to reinstate funding for women’s health centers, state Sen. Loretta Weinberg, D-Bergen, has asked Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer to urge her friend Gov. Chris Christie to restore funding for the facilities.  (Musat, The Jersey Journal)



State runs out of money to remediate contaminated waste sites

With the state running out of money to clean up contaminated waste sites, industry advocates and environmentalists yesterday urged lawmakers to supplement those efforts with an additional $10 million appropriation in next year’s budget.  (Johnson, NJ Spotlight)



Hundreds gather to protest NJ beach access rules

New Jersey might redo its proposed beach access rules to more clearly spell out the public’s right to reach the beach, a top environmental official said Thursday as several in a crowd of hundreds gathered at a public hearing likened the proposal to segregation-era racial politics.  (Parry, The Associated Press)



N.J. lawmakers, union officials ask Christie to reconsider NJN management transfer plan

Even before the deal is complete, opposition is mounting against the state’s plan to sign a management agreement with Channel 13 WNET to operate New Jersey’s public television network.  (McGlone, The Star-Ledger)



Incumbent Sandra Cunningham faces businessman Bruce Alston for Democratic nod

Next Tuesday’s primary election races in the 31st Legislative District features a contest between the incumbent Democrat, state Sen. Sandra B. Cunningham, and Jersey City businessman Bruce D. Alston.  (McDonald, The Jersey Journal)



Newark mayor to announce anti-crime initiatives

Newark’s mayor is scheduled to announce anti-crime initiatives aimed at lessening the violence that plagued the city last year.  (The Associated Press)



Donald Trump out of race, but not his money

Whether or not Donald Trump is in the 2012 political mix, chances are his money will be.

Trump continues to toy with the 2012 spotlight, but there’s a less visible role in which he stands to make a serious impact: as a major donor to candidates at all levels.  (Ball and McCalmont)



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Quijano wants hearing held into Christie’s helicopter use

A Democratic lawmaker wants a hearing held as a result of Gov. Christie’s use of a state police helicopter to attend his son’s high school baseball game.  (Staff, State Street Wire)



Sacco joins Sarlo, Van Drew as Democratic opponents of RGGI

Following Gov. Chris Christie’s announcement last week that he intends to take the state out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, state Sen. Nicholas Sacco, (D-32), of North Bergen, has signed on as a sponsor for legislative repeal.  (Carrollm State Street Wire)



Conservation easement measure heard in committee

The Senate Environment and Energy Committee took testimony on a resolution Thursday for a constitutional amendment that would require the Legislature to enact laws providing for reduced property taxes for privately-held land permanently preserved as open space.  (Mooney, State Street Wire)



Environmental project loan proposals released by committee

The Senate Environment and Energy Committee released a package of bills Thursday dealing with environmental project loans.  (Mooney, State Street Wire)






Parenting choices and the governor

Chris Christie doesn’t do gray. He does black and he does white.

The in-between stuff, that’s not his territory. This is what state voters liked about him when they chose him as governor a year and a half ago. They knew exactly what they were getting.  (Lowry, The Record)



Governor Christie’s not-so-wild ride

On Tuesday, Governor Christie took the most widely publicized short sojourn since Ginger, the Howells, the professor and Mary Ann decided to board the S.S. Minnow.  (Doblin, The Record)



Assessing the collateral damage from CopterGate

Gov. Chris Christie and the New Jersey Republican Committee have reimbursed the state $3,170 for the cost of two trips on a police helicopter to watch his son play baseball and one trip to Drumthwacket for a dinner with Iowa Republican heavyhitters.  (Roh, Gannett)



A guide to the GOP 2012 beefs

Sarah Palin says it’s a total coincidence that she’s hosting a clambake in New Hampshire on the very same day Mitt Romney is barbecueing it up in the state as he formally announces he’s running for president. Even if she’s telling the truth, it’s likely Palin doesn’t feel all that bad about it. Last summer, their aides engaged in what Politico’s Andy Barr called “possibly the first inter-staff dust-up of the 2012 presidential race,” when Romneyland charged that Palin was not “a serious human being” and who got into trouble if her debate answers were “more than 15 seconds long.”  (Reeve, National Journal)

  Morning News Digest: June 3, 2011