Morning Digest: Jan. 9, 2013

2012 speech longer on substance than 2013 version

Today’s State of the State address was a far different speech than the one the governor gave one year ago.

While the speech delivered by the governor today was long on past accomplishments, new programs were conspicuously absent from the address. Isherwood, PolitickerNJ


Hermansen running in LD 39

Former Bergen County Freeholder Rob Hermansen will pursue the 39th Legislative District seat currently occupied by Assemblyman Robert Schroeder, he told Pizarro, PolitickerNJ


Buono: Not enough being done to put New Jerseyans back to work

TRENTON – Sen. Barbara Buono says she sees eye to eye with Gov. Chris Christie when it comes to some aspects of the recovery effort from Superstorm Sandy, however she differs greatly on how she would lead the state. Arco, PolitickerNJ



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Bergen’s Baby Ad competing for award

Bergen County Democratic Party operative Adam Silverstein’s 2012 “Baby Ad” is in the running for a Campaigns and Elections Magazine Reed Award in the local, county or judicial candidate television ad category. PolitickerNJ

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Business leaders like what they hear from Christie

Business leaders who listened closely to Governor Christie‘s State of the State address Tuesday heard a clear commitment to a new phase of business tax cuts next year. Record


Third suit filed in Paulsboro derailment

Fifty-two Paulsboro residents filed a lawsuit against Conrail and its parent companies Tuesday, seeking compensation, punitive damages, and medical surveillance after a train derailment Nov. 30 released thousands of gallons of toxic vinyl chloride into the atmosphere. Inquirer


Cuomo pushing for wider curbs on gun access

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, pushing New York to become the first state to enact major new gun laws in the wake of themassacre in Newtown, Conn., plans on Wednesday to propose one of the country’s most restrictive bans on assault weapons. N.Y. Times


Frontier Airlines expanding at Trenton-Mercer Airport

Frontier Airlines will expand its low-fare service at Trenton-Mercer Airport (TTN) in Ewing with the addition of five nonstop destinations launching in April, said David Siegel, president and chief executive officer. Home News Tribune


Man sues over pot-brownie

SOMERVILLE — A man who claimed he was duped into eating a brownie laced with marijuana is suing a New Jersey country club and some of its members. Camden Courier Post


Atlantic County sheriff considers run for state Senate

Atlantic County’s Republican sheriff is preparing for a state Senate run, according to a recent state filing. Atlantic City Press


No cause yet of fire at Beverly councilman’s home

BEVERLY — The investigation into the cause of Monday’s two-alarm fire at Councilman Luis Crespo’s home continued Tuesday, but authorities said the day ended without a determination on whether the incident was suspicious or accidental. Burlington County Times


Birthers now target chief justice

The birther movement is now targeting Chief Justice John Roberts for impeachment if he swears in President Barack Obama for a second term later this month. Huffington Post


Why Obama is picking fights

Barack Obama is looking for a few good fights.

Obama, the same president who campaigned twice on breaking the cycle of conflict in Washington, sees the utility — even the necessity — of rattling Republican cages as he plunges into a succession of upcoming battles over the nomination of Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense, the debt ceiling, $1 trillion in automatic budget cuts, immigration reform and gun control. Politico


Barnegat Bay cleanup set to begin

As some towns continue to pick up piles of debris on the streets in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy’s wrath, work is set to begin this week on removing sunken boats, houses, cars and other items swept into Barnegat Bay, Gov. Chris Christie announced today. NJ.Com


Healy aide suing Jersey City School District over emails

A political operative working with Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy’s re-election campaign is suing the city’s school district, alleging it violated state law by not handing over emails between school board members and Healy’s foe in May’s city election, Ward E Councilman Steve Fulop.  Jersey Journal



Christie uses bipartisanship as strategy

Governor Christie issued a concise warning to any Democratic foes who might try to exploit superstorm Sandy’s recovery for political gain: Don’t go there.

“You see, some things are above politics. Sandy was and is one of those things,” Christie said during what could be described as his State of Sandy address to a joint session of the Legislature on Tuesday. Stile, Record


Christie speech a victory lap, but state has real problems

No Democrat seems capable of captivating the state the way Gov. Chris Christie does.

The fiery governor was at it again Tuesday, pledging a real New Jersey comeback in his State of the State speech, this time from the wreckage of Hurricane Sandy. Star-Ledger


Morning Digest: Jan. 9, 2013