Morning News Digest: June 9, 2011

Morning News Digest: Thursday, June 09, 2011 By Missy Rebovich Try State Street Wire, Follow PolitickerNJ on Twitter and Facebook.

Morning News Digest: Thursday, June 09, 2011

By Missy Rebovich

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Wasserman Schultz huddles in NJ tonight with Kempner, other Obama backers

Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the new chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), tonight sat in the East Rutherford office of fundraiser Michael Kempner with him and other powerful, mostly deep pocket Democrats.  (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)



Sipprelle rolls out Lincoln Club and announces support for Kanka and two Middlesex GOP candidates

When they landed him as a candidate, the long ravaged Middlesex County Republican Party was overjoyed at the prospect of having a Princeton venture capitalist in their midst who wasn’t bashful about self-funding and seemed equally agreeable to staying involved and writing the occasional check when it counted.  (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)



Lautenberg wants FCC eyes on NJN deal

U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) wants the Federal Communications Commission to examine the transaction announced this week between the state of New Jersey and WNET regarding the future of the New Jersey Network (NJN).   (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)



The push to privatize

A year after announcing a major effort to privatize about 40 government services in order to save $210 million, the Christie administration is finishing up details on its two most significant deals to date: the transfer of operations of New Jersey Network (NJN) to outside management and the private leasing of the state’s two racetracks.  (O’Dea, NJ Spotlight)



Assembly to hold hearing on NJN deal

Lawmakers begin hearings today examining the state’s deal with WNET that puts the New York public television station in charge of a rebranded New Jersey Network.  (Symons, Gannett)|head



Christie, Sweeney agree on benefits

New Jersey’s Republican governor and Democratic state Senate president reached a deal Wednesday on legislation that would make public employees pay more for pension and health benefits, but Assembly Democrats refused to go along, leaving the bill’s prospects in doubt.  (Delli Santi and DeFalco, The Associated Press)



Democrats rebel against benefits plan

An agreement on how to solve the state’s looming $120 billion pension and health benefit crisis stalled Wednesday after Democratic members of the Assembly and Senate rebelled against the plan.  (Method, Gannett)|head



Pension deals elusive in both N.J. and N.Y.

A sweeping deal to cut pensions and health-care benefits for hundreds of thousands of New Jersey public workers was teetering Wednesday, as rank-and-file Assembly Democrats refused to go along with an agreement struck between top legislative Democrats and Gov. Chris Christie.  (Fleisher and Gershman, The Wall Street Journal)



Coalition criticizes Medicaid cuts in N.J.

A coalition of health care and nursing home advocates Wednesday denounced Gov. Chris Christie’s proposed slashing of $140 million in Medicaid funding for nursing homes.  (Cooney, Gannett)



Gov. Christie to unveil public-private school partnership plan

Gov. Chris Christie will announce legislation Thursday to create public-private partnerships to run some schools in New Jersey, three people with knowledge of the plan said tonight.  (Megerian, The Star-Ledger)



Waiting a little longer for long-awaited tenure reform bill

The tenure reform bill from state Sen. Teresa Ruiz (D-Essex) was much anticipated and long awaited, a proposal from a leading figure in the Democratic-led legislature that actually had a decent shot at passing.  (Mooney, NJ Spotlight)



N.J. schools lead nation in graduation rates but state officials not satisfied

New Jersey high schools are doing something right and the state’s 87 percent graduation rate is proof of that.

According to a Diplomas Count 2011 press release issued Tuesday, New Jersey graduation rates are the highest in the nation. The report indicated that from 1998 to 2008, the nation’s graduation rate increased by six percent on average  (Cruz, New Jersey Newsroom)



Energy Master Plan favors increasing and extending NJ’s natural gas pipeline

In New Jersey, there are more than 1,500 miles of interstate transmission pipelines crisscrossing much of the state, buried under densely populated cities, traversing largely rural areas, and, in one case, snaking through more than a dozen state and federal parks and wildlife management areas.  (Johnson, NJ Spotlight)



Andrews predicts deal on deficit

Rep. Rob Andrews, D-N.J., predicted Wednesday a fractured Congress would arrive at a deficit-reduction agreement in time to avert seizures in the world markets.  (Roh, Gannett)



N.J. comptroller report finds Edgewater government’s practices cost taxpayers unnecessary expenses

Poor government contract management practices by Edgewater Borough led to a string of unnecessary expenses for taxpayers, according to a report released Wednesday by the Office of the State Comptroller.  (Hester, New Jersey Newsroom)



DRPA tables vote on study of salaries

The Delaware River Port Authority board took no action on a previously planned move to accept bids on a $1.2 million study to determine how much in salaries and benefits current employees should be compensated.  (Gannett)



Next tax bill will include how much money goes toward library

When taxpayers open their third quarter tax bill, they’ll see just how much of their taxes go toward the public library in their community.  (Anderson, South Bergenite)



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Sweeney/Christie health benefits-pension reform details meet some Assembly opposition

Although they  have not received confirmation of support from the lower chamber, Gov. Chris Christie and state Sen. President Steve Sweeney (D-3), of West Deptford, have come to an agreement on pension and health care reform.  (Carroll, State Street Wire)



PBA wants health care, pension issues resolved at bargaining table

New Jersey State PBA President Anthony Wieners emphasized today that his organization believes collective bargaining is the way to reach accord on health care issues, not through legislative means.  (Staff, State Street Wire)



NJEA harshly criticizes Sweeney/Christie pension/health benefits deal

NJEA President Barbara Keshishian hammered at the administration and the Senate president over the pension and health benefit proposal released today.  (Staff, State Street Wire)



Assembly speaker: Caucus support for pension/health benefits deal not there yet

Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver (D-Essex/Passaic) released the following statement on Wednesday concerning the health benefits/pension deal ironed out by Sen. President Steve Sweeney and Gov. Christie.  (Staff, State Street Wire)



From the Back Room



A must read from the Political Insider

Jersey Journal Political Insider Augie Torres delivered his usual must-read take on yesterday’s Hudson County Democratic Primaries, underlining state Sen. Brian P. Stack’s (D-33) “monster numbers.”  (Staff, PolitickerNJ)




The appearance of CoryPac, Inc. as a recently filed federal political action committee has the political establishment in a stir this week with questions about the statewide political future of Newark Mayor Cory Booker.  (Staff, PolitickerNJ)






The Assembly punts on reform

Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver (D-Essex), faced yesterday with an excruciating political choice, decided to punt on pension and health reforms for now.  (Moran, The Star-Ledger)



NJN deal is good for the Guv, but is it good for New Jersey?

Steve Adubato Jr. began his career in politics. He won a seat in the state Legislature at the tender age of 26. He later parlayed that into a career in communications, a field in which he does everything from write a column for this newspaper to head up a nonprofit television production company known as Caucus Educational Corp.  (Mulshine, The Star-Ledger)



The governor’s flight plan

After Gov. Chris Christie took what became the most famous helicopter ride since Richard Nixon vacated the White House for San Clemente, the critics have been on a tear, even many in his own party.  (Phalon, The Record)



NJEA lost more than election

The primary election was boring, lots of unchallenged candidates chosen by party bosses, or incumbents, the usual. But the dynamics of the 20th District are worth reviewing. In  that one the NJEA tried to defeat veteran lawmaker Sen. Ray Lesniak, who, by the way, has been a strong supporter of the NJEA.  (Ingle, Gannett)

  Morning News Digest: June 9, 2011