Morning News Digest: Dec. 18, 2012

FDU Poll: Christie leads Rubio among registered voters

Among likely 2016 Republican presidential candidates, a new national poll from Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind finds that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is most favored among registered voters.

Fifty-five percent of registered voters who have heard of Governor Christie view him favorably, with Marco Rubio of Florida (46%) and Bobby Jindal of Louisiana (45%) not too far behind.


Laborers set to endorse Christie

A source close to Ray Pocino, International Vice President of Laborers Intentational Union of North America said the union is set to endorse Gov. Chris Christie in his reelection bid.

The endorsement is scheduled for noon tomorrow at the Local 472 Training Facility in Cliffwood, according to two sources.

Christie and Pocino have grown close during Christie’s tenure in office and last week Christie appeared at the laborers’ Christmas Party and earlier in the year served as the keynote speaker at the labor group’s regional conference

(Darryl Isherwood;



Latest from State Street Wire

Assembly passes numerous bills

TRENTON – An Assembly voting session that began with a moment of silence for the Connecticut shooting victims proceeded in a relatively quiet, almost somber, fashion.

Even what debate occurred seemed to proceed in quieter tones than some previous sessions.

The chamber passed numerous bills, including the Democrats’ jobs bills that in some cases drew GOP floor opposition.

(Bill Mooney; State Street Wire)

Bill to reenroll FamilyCare recipients released by committee

The Senate Budget Committee released a bill that would allow people who fell out of the FamilyCare program to be re-enrolled and that their eligiblity be treated in a fair and equitable manner by the Department of Human Services (DHS).

Specifically, the bill, S1758, states that for the purposes of determining income eligibility for parents or caretakers in the FamilyCare Program, the state Human Services Department shall not establish any limits on the amount of unearned income a parent or caretaker may receive, if a parent or caretaker’s gross family income is within the income eligibility limits of the program, and shall treat all sources of income, both earned and unearned income, in the same manner.

(Minhaj Hassan; State Street Wire)



Rices bond together in opposition to Booker

The Rices went on an anti-Booker tirade tonight at a fundraiser for Newark West Ward Councilman Ronald C. Rice – a likely 2014 candidate for mayor.

(Max Pizarro)

From the Back Room

Robert Lucianin:1955-2012

The City of Passaic today is mourning the loss of Robert J. Lucianin, son of retired city policeman and retired business administrator Kenneth Lucianin and his wife Joanne.

(Max Pizarro;



Security tight as N.J kids return to school in wake of Connecticut shooting

Police patrolled the parking lots around schools in Bridgewater and Raritan this morning as children returned to class, three days after the mass shooting that killed 20 children and six educators at an elementary school in Connecticut.


(Jeannette Rundquist; Star Ledger)



Christie the favorite among 2016 Republican candidates

TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie is the most favored among likely candidates for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, according to a new poll.

Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind poll of 814 registered voters found 55 percent who have heard of Christie view him favorably, while U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) garnered 46 percent favorability and Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana with 45 percent support.

(Jenna Portnoy; Star Ledger)



Enough is enough; N.J. politicians call for gun safety measures following Conn. Shooting

More and more, the impact of mass shootings transcends state lines. More and more. it seems someone knows someone who lost a loved one or knows someone who knows someone.


(Steve Strunsky; Star Ledger)




Small business survey will help determine best post-Sandy plan


Small-business owners have a chance to voice their concerns and ideas to the state that could help them get the assistance they need after Hurricane Sandy.


(Melinda Caliendo; NJBiz)’s-small-business-survey-will-help-determine-best-plan-for-Sandy-relief



Officials warn Sandy victims of mold and asbestos


As residents and business owners start to rebuild after Hurricane Sandy, state and federal officials are trying to get one message out loud and clear: Beware of hidden health hazards.


(MaryAnn Spotto; The Star Ledger)



Republicans cite ‘questionable’ spending as Senate begins debate on $60B Sandy relief package

The debate over a $60.4 billion federal Sandy relief package began in earnest on Monday with Senate Republican leaders arguing that the bill includes “questionable” spending and officials from the hardest-hit states urging quick action.

(Shawn Boberg; The Record)



Brenden Byrne not sure Cory Booker a good fit for N.J. governor

NEWARK — A former Democratic governor of New Jersey isn’t sure fellow Democrat Cory Booker, Newark’s mayor, is a good fit for the job of governor.

(Associated Press)


Court-merger bill passes N.J. Assembly

Legislation that could make it easier for municipalities to share courts with neighboring towns passed the Assembly unanimously on Monday.

(Michael Linhorst; The Record)



Christie reappoints two Superior Court judges in Bergen County

Governor Christie has nominated two Bergen County Superior Court judges for reappointment.

(Melissa Hayes; The Record)

  Morning News Digest: Dec. 18, 2012