Morning News Digest: Jan. 15, 2013

Wisniewski looks forward to Wednesday talk with chairs

He hears the party primal screams out there and says he believes they’re misplaced.

(Max Pizarro;




Meeting her in Middlesex, DiVencenzo ‘building relationship’ with Buono

As their arch-enemy keeps his name circulating as gubernatorial timber, two familiar Democratic Party faces from Essex County showed up in Middlesex this afternoon for a private meeting with state Sen. Barbara Buono (D-18), Metuchen.

(Max Pizarro;



Source: James running for East Orange council seat

Chris James, chief of staff for Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver (D-34), is running for an East Orange council seat on the organization ticket, according to an Essex County source.

(Max Pizarro;



Some state Dems tie of the ‘Booker show’

State Democrats are growing increasingly agitated over Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s handling of his U.S. Senate bid, several sources said Monday.

(Darryl Isherwood;



In clash for 2014 elders’ support, Baraka emerges from head-to-head with Rice

Newark African American leaders opposed to Mayor Cory Booker this weekend selected the candidate they want to support to succeed Booker.

(Max Pizarro;



Monmouth Dems to formally back Buono for governor

Sources tell that Monmouth County Democratic Chairman Vin Gopal will join over 75 municipal chairs and elected officials from within the county this week to endorse state Sen. Barbara Buono (D-18) for governor.

(Max Pizarro;



Christie talks guns from shoreline, as Lautenberg calls for high capacity mags ban

BRADLEY BEACH – Democrats have been using the issue of gun control to try to pry Gov. Chris Christie away from the Jersey Shore.

(Max Pizarro;



Walker to launch mayoral campaign tomorrow

First reported on that he was getting in the Jersey City mayor’s race, ex-Seton Hall basketball player Jerry Walker will formally announce the start of his campaign tomorrow at noon in Journal Square.

(Max Pizarro;



In LD 20, Cryan will run again for Assembly

Assemblyman Joe Cryan (D-20) will run again this year for the Assembly on a ticket with state Sen. Ray Lesniak (D-20 ) and Assemblywoman Annette Quijano (D-20).

(Max Pizarro;



From State Street Wire


Christie signs four bills

Gov. Chris Christie today took action on the following bills:

(State Street Wire staff)



Milam: Ad campaign needed to boost Shore in wake of Sandy

TRENTON – Assemblyman Matthew Milam, (D-1), Cape May, hopes there is enough bipartisan support for a bill (A3630) he’s a sponsor of to fund a $20 million advertising campaign that would help remind potential visitors the Jersey Shore is open for business.

(Minhaj Hassan; State Street Wire)



Resolution opposing school funding reduction for at-risk students passes committee

The Senate budget committee today passed a resolution opposing portions of a new school funding plan that reduces funding for at-risk students.

(Darryl Isherwood; State Street Wire)


Senate passes project labor agreement bill

TRENTON – The Senate convened a brief session Monday to pass a bill that proponents say would expand the scope of public labor agreements to include more public works projects.

(Matthew Arco; State Street Wire)




Cemetery-related bills advance; so-called ‘welfare’ bill held

TRENTON – The Senate Commerce Committee released several bills regarding cemeteries.

(Bill Mooney;



Prieto rips administration for avoiding lottery privatization questions

TRENTON – The chairman of the Assembly Budget Committee expressed his frustration Monday at the administration’s refusal to participate in hearings on Gov. Chris Christie’s proposal to privatize portions of the New Jersey State Lottery.

(Matthew Arco; State Street Wire)



From the Back Room

A source told that the Edison Democratic Committee will put its support behind Councilman Tom Lankey this year instead of incumbent Mayor Toni Ricigliano, who’s running for a second four-year term.

(Max Pizarro;




Conservatives: $50B Sandy aid package is bloated, loaded with earmarks

WASHINGTON — Conservatives and watchdog groups are mounting a “not-so-fast” campaign against a $50.7 billion Superstorm Sandy aid package that Northeastern governors and lawmakers hope to push through the House this coming week.

(Associated Press)



Codey to visit Washington D.C. to seek money for possible run for NJ governor

TRENTON — State Sen. Richard Codey plans to travel to Washington next week to seek financial support from national labor groups and Democratic organizations for a potential run for governor, The Star-Ledger has learned.

(Jarrett Renshaw; The Star-Ledger)



Democrats criticize Christie administration for giving Sandy contract to Florida firm

TRENTON — Top Senate Democrats criticized the Christie administration today for awarding a $100 million no-bid contract to a politically connected debris-removal firm from Florida that they said provided too few local jobs.

(Jarrett Renshaw; The Star-Ledger)


NJ bill to give buses to Atlantic City free ride on toll roads advances

TRENTON — For private transit companies, it would be like passing “Go.”

(Matt Friedman: The Star-Ledger)



NJ court deciding on environmental waivers

TRENTON, N.J. — A New Jersey appeals court took arguments Monday on a case that asks whether the state Department of Environmental Protection should be looking out for the interests of business as well as the environment.

(The Record)




Stile: Christie’s videos blurring boundaries of official and political

New Jersey’s first music video governor is in nearly every frame of a new taxpayer-funded salute to Sandy-battered survivors — and himself.

(Charles Stile; The Record)

Morning News Digest: Jan. 15, 2013