Morning News Digest; Dec. 19, 2012

Bermudez victorious in Vineland mayor’s election Businessman Ruben Bermudez has defeated incumbent Mayor Robert Romano in the Vineland mayor’s special

Bermudez victorious in Vineland mayor’s election

Businessman Ruben Bermudez has defeated incumbent Mayor Robert Romano in the Vineland mayor’s special runoff election.

(Max Pizarro;



Somerset Dems back Buono for governor

The Somerset County Democratic Organization tonight endorsed state Sen. Barbara Buono (D-18), Metuchen, for governor.

(Max Pizarro;


Judge delays immediate ruling on whether lawsuit over sports betting can proceed

TRENTON – Professional sports leagues suing the state over New Jersey’s push to legalize gambling will learn Friday whether their lawsuit can move forward.

(Matthew Arco; Street Wire)


‘We’re going to win big,’ Christie revels in Laborers endorsement

CLIFFWOOD – Sending a message on the eve of the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Gov. Chris Christie immersed himself in a sea of orange LIUNA love this afternoon at the side of Laborers leader Ray Pocino.

(Max Pizarro;


Latest from State Street Wire


Bills to increase transparency await Senate votes

TRENTON – Two bills intended to provide greater public access to agencies that typically are not subject to such laws – as well as make it easier to obtain records – are up for a vote Thursday in the Senate.

(Minhaj Hassan; State Street Wire)


Legal sports betting argued in N.J. argued in federal court

TRENTON – Professional sports leagues pushed back in federal court Tuesday against Gov. Chris Christie and the state of New Jersey.

(Matthew Arco; State Street Wire)


From the Back Room


Boardwalk Empire judge re-nominated

Superior Court Judge Nelson C. Johnson, author of ‘Boardwalk Empire,’ which became the basis for the HBO series, was re-nominated yesterday to his spot on the court.

(Darryl R. Isherwood;


Threat of longshoremen’s strike could impact Port of New York and N.J.

The threat of a longshoremen’s strike this year once again looms over ports from Maine to Texas, after contract talks that had already been extended 90 days broke down once again today.

(Steve Strunsky; The Star-Ledger)


Boehner’s backup tax plan shakes up fiscal cliff’s negotiations

House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) veered off the bipartisan course he had been charting toward a broad tax-and-entitlement deal with President Obama and instead Tuesday pushed a GOP package to extend tax cuts for income up to $1 million.

(Paul Kane and Lori Montgomery; Washington Post)


Sandy may have impacted how N.J. residents travel for the holidays, survey says

Superstorm Sandy may have had a slight impact on how New Jerseyans are traveling this holiday season, according to the findings of a AAA New Jersey travel survey.

(Karen Rouse; The Record)


N.Y. top court extends Sept. 11 benefits in 3 NYPD cases

Albany, N.Y. — New York’s highest court on Thursday upheld claims for enhanced disability and death benefits initially denied for three police officers who claimed their cancers resulted or worsened from rescue, recovery and cleanup work at the World Trade Center after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

(Associated Press)


N.J. supermarket trade group against proposed disposable bag fee

A Trenton-based trade group that represents New Jersey supermarkets and food suppliers opposes the proposed 5-cent fee on paper and plastic grocery bags that advanced in the state Senate Monday, claiming it would be a burden on consumers.

(Mary Diduch; The Record)



Federal gov’t should pay for New Jersey, New York’s Sandy rebuilding, poll shows

TRENTON – Most voters think the federal government should foot the bill for New Jersey and New York to rebuild after Hurricane Sandy, according to a Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll released today.

(Matt Friedman; The Star-Ledger)


Investors shun gun makers in wake of Connecticut school shooting

MINNEAPOLIS – Investors shunned some of the nation’s largest gun makers Tuesday in the aftermath of the Connecticut school shooting, including making plans to sell the company that manufactures the Bushmaster semi-automatic rifle used in the bloody attack.

(Associated Press)


Gov. Christie to hold town-hall in Sandy-battered Belmar

BELMAR – Gov. Chris Christie will hold a town hall meeting on Thursday in Belmar, one of many Monmouth County municipalities slammed by Hurricane Sandy.

(Mark Bonamo/



Salon workers: Adam Lanza never spoke, made no eye contact

NEWTOWN, Conn. — As a teenager, Adam Lanza would come in for a haircut about every six weeks without speaking or looking at anyone and always accompanied by his mother, said stylists at a salon in the town where Lanza gunned down 27 people last week, including his mother, before killing himself.

(David Klepper; Associated Press)



Congressional backing grows for gun control debate


WASHINGTON — Congressional gun rights supporters showed an increased willingness Tuesday to consider new legislation to control firearms in the aftermath of the Connecticut school shootings — provided it also addresses mental health issues and the impact of violent video games.

(Larry Margasak; Associated Press)





Doblin: The slaughter of the lambs of Newtown

IT IS December and across America, little children dress as angels in Christmas pageants. They giggle. Fidget. Parents beam waiting to hug their child and tell him or her that there never was such an angel before.

(Alfred Doblin; the Record)



Morning News Digest; Dec. 19, 2012