Morning News Digest: October 29, 2012

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The eye of the storm is still hundreds of miles away, but already New Jersey is feeling the effects of Sandy. (G0ldberg, The Star Ledger)

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2012/10/nj_prepares_to_feel_impact_of.html

 

Mass transit shut down in N.J., N.Y. as Hurricane Sandy closes in

New Jersey and New York suspended mass transit in advance of the storm, creating an eerily empty feeling in some of the world’s busiest hubs.

Gov. Chris Christie announced Sunday that NJ Transit would be completely shut down as of 2 a.m. this morning. (Goldberg, The Star Ledger)

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2012/10/mass_transit_shut_down_in_nj_n.html#incart_maj-story-1

 

Hurricane Sandy: N.J. county by county evacuations, flooding, closings on Monday

Here’s a look at the evacuations, road closures and other storm-related news being reported throughout New Jersey as the state braces for Hurricane Sandy.

NOTE: This post will be updated continuously throughout the day. Keep checking back as news develops around the state.

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2012/10/hurricane_sandy_nj_county_by_c_1.html#incart_river_default

 

Obama, Romney scrap campaign events to focus on response to Hurricane Sandy

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has spent months trying to balance his re-election bid with running the government.

Now, just when his campaign needs him the most, with little more than a week before the election, his official job is beckoning. (Associared Press)

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2012/10/obama_romney_scrap_campaign_ev.html#incart_river_default

 

Obama signs emergency declaration for NJ ahead of Hurricane Sandy 

President Barack Obama has signed an emergency declaration for New Jersey.

The declaration will allow the state to request federal funding and other assistance for actions taken in advance of the massive storm, which is expected to make landfall in New Jersey Monday night. (Associated Press)

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2012/10/obama_signs_emergency_declarat.html#incart_river_default

 

Sandy picks up speed heading toward Jersey Shore

At 8 a.m., Sandy’s maximum winds remained at 85 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm has picked up speed and was moving north-northwest at about 20 mph as it lay about 265 miles southeast of Atlantic City and 310 miles south-southeast of New York City.

The center predicts areas of Raritan Bay and New York Harbor could rise as much as 11 feet above normal.

The bridges and tunnels linking New York and New Jersey remain open, but that could change at any moment. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is monitoring weather conditions. (Staff, Asbury Park Press)

http://www.app.com/viewart/20121029/NJNEWS/310290013/Sandy-picks-up-speed-heading-toward-Jersey-Shore?odyssey=mod|defcon|text|Frontpage

 

Storm surge expected to be highest recorded

A dangerous storm surge is expected to slam the Jersey Shore today, producing deadly, record-level, tides that will cause major coastal flooding and structural damage, meteorologists predict.

Storm tides could reach 12 to 15 feet in the Raritan Bay and 10 to 12 feet along the Atlantic Coast and Delaware Bay, according to the National Weather Service. Tide levels will be moderate this morning with the extremely dangerous tides hitting the shore in the evening, said Dean Iovino, a meteorologist for the weather service in Mount Holly. (Terry, Asbury Park Press)

http://www.app.com/article/20121028/NJNEWS/310280110/Storm-surge-expected-highest-recorded?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|Frontpage|s

 

NY-NJ bridges, tunnels open

Bridges and tunnels that link New York and New Jersey are open. But that could change.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will be closely monitoring wind and flood conditions on Monday. (Associated Press)

http://www.app.com/viewart/20121029/NJNEWS10/310290017/NY-NJ-bridges-tunnels-open?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|Frontpage|p

 

Storm expected to clobber South Jersey and trap those who haven’t fled islands yet

High winds, heavy rain and potentially record-breaking coastal flooding are expected Monday as a rare storm spawned from Hurricane Sandy continues to make its way across South Jersey, likely making landfall late Monday night or early Tuesday.

Forecasters from the National Weather Service and private forecasting services say they have never seen a storm such as Sandy in modern meteorological history; and that the damage from the storm, which will affect almost a third of the nation, could be catastrophic along the Jersey Shore, which is expected to sustain the most damage. (Watson, Press of Atlantic City)

http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/press/new_jersey/storm-expected-to-clobber-south-jersey-and-trap-those-who/article_a171241c-216b-11e2-a386-0019bb2963f4.html

 

Sandy bears down, NJ braces for worst

Strong winds picked up Monday morning, causing power outages throughout the state hours before Hurricane Sandy was due to land ashore.

Shortly before midnight, President Barack Obama signed an emergency declaration for New Jersey, which allows the state to request federal funding and other assistance for action taken in advance of the storm. (Alvarado, The Record)

http://www.northjersey.com/weather/Sandy_bears_down_NJ_braces_for_the_worst.html

 

Hurricane Sandy: 5 political questions

The presidential campaigns are publicly hitting pause on East Coast electioneering as Hurricane Sandy spirals toward Atlantic beaches, but privately political professionals are starting to assess important questions about how it might affect next week’s elections up and down the ballot.

For obvious reasons — namely that they don’t want to appear to make political hay out of a life-and-death act of nature — campaign officials won’t touch the prospective political aftermath of a storm that has yet to hit. (Allen, Politico)

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1012/82987.html?hp=t1

Monmouth Dems rally for Obama, but it’s Booker who steals the show

ASBURY PARK – Power boss George Norcross III at least a year ago started telling people that if Newark Mayor Cory Booker entered the gubernatorial contest he would “clear the field.”

In the developing Democratic Party jockeying for governor 2013 that now engulfs every event ostensibly organized for another purpose, Booker hit the requisite rock star poses in front of a dazzled Monmouth County audience. (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)

http://www.politickernj.com/60709/monmouth-dems-rally-obama-its-booker-who-steals-show

 

And the tie goes too…

A scenario making the rounds with just over a week to go before the country chooses its next president is the potential for an Electoral College tie.

With the two candidates neck and neck, there is at least a slight possibility that each man could end up with 269 Electoral votes, putting each one short of the required 270.

According to the website 270towin.com, there are 32 potential scenarios that would result in a tie.

So what happens if neither candidate can pull off 270? (Isherwood, Politickernj)

http://www.politickernj.com/60705/tie-goes

Menendez says his blue collar roots keep him connected to concerns of Middle Class

One of Robert Menendez’s closest friends explains the U.S. senator this way. No matter how far from home he gets, a part of him still lives in a hardscrabble Union City tenement.

“If you ask Bob what the price of milk and bread is, he’ll tell you. He shops himself and watches every penny,” said Donald Scarinci, a well-connected political lawyer who has been close to Menendez since they were teenagers. (Renshaw, The Star Ledger)

http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2012/10/sen_menendez_says_his_blue_col.html#incart_river

Morning News Digest: October 29, 2012