Morning News Digest: Dec. 28, 2012

Lisa Jackson has not talked to state party chair about a possible run for governor

TRENTON – If the departing administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency harbors any plans to run for higher office in the Garden State, any intentions are not known at the moment by the New Jersey Democratic State Committee.

(Matthew Arco;



Wisniewski: Pascrell would make a formidable gubernatorial candidate

State Democratic Party Chairman John Wisniewski makes it clear he’s not endorsing U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-9), but he does believe Pascrell matches up well against Gov. Chris Christie.

(Max Pizarro;



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Treasurer will not appear at Senate hearing

TRENTON – The State Treasurer will not be testifying next week on Fiscal Year 2013 revenues during a Senate budget hearing, a state spokesman said.

(Matthew Arco; State Street Wire)



Senate budget panel wants to hear from state treasurer and OLS

TRENTON – The chairman of the Senate budget panel has invited the State Treasurer and another budget official to appear before the committee next week.

(Matthew Arco; State Street Wire)

From the Back Room

Source: Jackson will not run for governor

A source close to recently resigned EPA chief Lisa Jackson said Jackson has no intent to run for governor.



Billions at stake if East Coast ports shut down

In just a few days, a walkout by thousands of dock workers could bring commerce to a near standstill at every major port from Boston to Houston, potentially delivering a big blow to retailers and manufacturers still struggling to find their footing in a weak economy.

More than 14,000 longshoremen are threatening to go on strike Sunday — a wide-ranging work stoppage that would immediately close cargo ports on the East Coast and the Gulf of Mexico to container ships.

(Associated Press)





Nor’Easter shows Jersey Shore’s vulnerability as new storm looms

It has become an all too familiar sight along the New Jersey shore — breached dunes, flood waters pouring into streets and homes and the grave look on residents’ and business owners’ faces left to wonder when it will end.

(Stephen Stirling and Eugene Paik; The Star-Ledger)




Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, 78, dies

WASHINGTON — Retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, the New Jersey native who topped an illustrious military career by commanding the U.S.-led international coalition that drove Saddam Hussein’s forces out of Kuwait in 1991 but kept a low public profile in controversies over the second Gulf War against Iraq, died today. He was 78.

(Associated Press)




Legal costs for Highlands too much for one Hunterdon County town

HAMPTON — Borough Council says it’s too expensive to continue to fight a lawsuit first filed more than 30 years ago.

(Lillian Schupe; Hunterdon County Democrat)




Sandy aid bill stuck in Washington limbo

Even as supporters confidently predicted the Senate on Friday would pass a $60.4 billion disaster-aid bill primarily for superstorm Sandy recovery, there was no indication the House would even take it up before the congressional term ends — let alone pass it.

(Herb Jackson; The Record)

Retiring EPA administrator could find job in politics, Princeton in her future

Lisa Jackson’s resignation as head of the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday ramped up speculation that she might return to New Jersey to either run for statewide office or return to her alma mater, Princeton University, which is in the midst of a presidential search.

(Patricia Alex; The Record)



Hackensack officials won’t say why violations at house were not pursued

Multiple housing-code violations were discovered more than two years ago in a Hackensack house owned by politically connected lawyers, but the city never issued any summonses or demanded that the deficiencies be corrected.

(Jeff Pillets and Hannan Adely; The Record)

Obama invites congressional leaders to fiscal cliff talk

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will meet with congressional leaders at the White House on Friday in search of a compromise to avoid a year-end “fiscal cliff” of across-the-board tax increases and deep spending cuts.

(David Espo; Associated Press)


Sandy relief fund bill headed by state’s First Lady will release $1 M

A private non-profit run by Governor Christie’s wife to aid superstorm Sandy victims will release $1 million in grants to non-profit organizations and volunteer groups aiding the state’s recovery effort.

(Melissa Hayes; The Record)


Rutgers, Pearson partner for global course offerings

Though Rutgers University has offered online courses to students enrolled at its three campuses for more than a decade, a new public-private partnership with educational technology company Pearson Inc. will enable the university to provide degrees entirely through online programs and extend its reach outside of New Jersey.


(Katie Eder; NJBiz)


NHI sells New Jersey facility for $23 million

National Health Investors, Inc. (NHI) announced today it has sold its 148-bed, Edison, New Jersey senior living campus for $23 million to its current tenant, Sunrise Senior Living, pursuant to a purchase option between the parties. Billed revenue to NHI during 2012 was approximately $1.4 million.

(Business Wire)


Morning News Digest: Dec. 28, 2012