Morning News Digest: Jan. 16, 2013

Northeast officials hail on ‘long–awaited relief’

New Jersey officials welcomed news Tuesday evening of the U.S. House of Representatives approving a $50.7 billion Superstorm Sandy aid package.

 (Matthew Arco;


FY13 first half revenues lag projections $425M

TRENTON – Revenues for the first six months of fiscal year 2013 lag about $425 million, or about 4.1 percent off projections, the Treasury Department reported.

(State Street Wire Staff)



Sarlo weighs in on revenue shortfall

TRENTON – The chairman of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee criticized Gov. Chris Christie Tuesday in the wake of the most recent revenue figures.

(Matthew Arco;


IN Jersey City, Fulop has $830K COH

Ward E Councilman Steven Fulop has so far raised more than $1.2 million in his campaign for mayor of Jersey City, and has more than $830,000 cash on hand compared to incumbent Mayor Jerrry Healy’s $350,000 COH.

(Max Pizarro;


Congress debates Sandy relief

Federal lawmakers from the tri-state area took to the floor of Congress Tuesday to urge their colleagues to act immediately on federal disaster aid following Superstorm Sandy.

(Matthew Arco;



LD 21 rundown: Kean, Bramnick put together tickets, and point toward statewide shots

This year, GOP legislative leadership from LD 21 will vie for more than just bragging rights over who assembled the best 2013 tickets.

(Max Pizarro;


Olympic star Carl Lewis says discrimination by Cherry Hill restaurant was motivator for Senate run

Two Olympic gold medalists from Willingboro, including track and field legend Carl Lewis, say they were refused service at a Cherry Hill restaurant because of their race, an incident Lewis said was a major motivator for his 2011 state Senate bid.

(Darryl Isherwood;



Latest from State Street Wire

Numerous gun laws in pipeline in wake of shootings

TRENTON – The recent spate of gun violence – the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and a shooting last week at a California High School – has led to a variety of proposed laws.

(Minhaj Hassan;


Coutinho bill seeks to streamline tax incentive programs

TRENTON – A state lawmaker introduced a bill to streamline and improve job-creation in post-Sandy New Jersey.

(State Street Wire staff)


From the Back Room

Alagia to Buono: ‘Congrats’

Demonstrating newfound admiration for state Sen. Barbara Buono (D-18), presumably motivated by irritation at longtime same county political foe, state Sen. Dick Codey (D-27), Phil Alagia this afternoon tweeted congrats to Buono for receiving the backing of the Monmouth County Democratic Committee.

(Max Pizarro;


EDA in 2012: $591M in project financing

TRENTON – Preliminary estimates show that in 2012, the Economic Development Authority provided $591 million in financing to 222 projects statewide, CEO Michelle Brown said Tuesday.

(Minhaj Hassan; State Street Wire)


Continental wins approval for $40M bond for Newark hangar

TRENTON – The Economic Development Authority on Tuesday approved a $40 million bond for Continental Airlines to build a new facility.

(Minhaj Hassan;


House approves $50.6B in superstorm Sandy aid

WASHINGTON — The approval late Tuesday of a $50.6 billion Sandy aid package in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives raised hopes among its supporters that federal money would begin flowing into storm-battered New Jersey within months.

(Shawn Boburg and Anthony Campisi; The Record)


Garrett only member of NJ delegation to back bid requiring spending cuts to balance Sandy aid

Rep. Scott Garrett, R-Wantage, was the only member of New Jersey’s congressional delegation to attempt to force the federal government to pay for recovery spending through other budget cuts, a vote part of Tuesday’s $50 billion package for superstorm Sandy relief.

(Anthony Campisi; The Record)


100 and counting: Gov. Christie has used town hall events to build his brand

MANAHAWKIN — Gov. Chris Christie was riding high. He had just turned 50, delivered the keynote address at his party’s convention and was about to go back on the national campaign trail for Mitt Romney and other GOP candidates.

(Jenna Portnoy; The Star-Ledger)



Morris County to stop paying prosecutor after Christie’s chosen successor installed to replace him

Morris County officials said Tuesday that they will stop sending paychecks to the county prosecutor, Robert Bianchi, after paying him $12,643 over the past month while he was effectively without a job.

(Abbott Koloff; The Record)


Codey: Christie slow to implement law allowing judges to demand mentally ill undergo treatment

TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie has been slow to implement a law giving judges authority to order severely mentally ill people to undergo outpatient treatment, despite the governor’s call to improve the mental health system following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, State Sen. Richard Codey (D-Essex) said today.

(Susan K. Livio; the Star-Ledger)


Bag that bill: NJ voters oppose law charging shoppers for plastic grocery bags

TRENTON — New Jersey voters oppose a bill that would charge shoppers five cents for each plastic grocery bag they use, according to a poll released this morning.

(Matt Friedman: the Star-Ledger)


Law firm forms group to handle post-Sandy challenges

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, attorneys across the state have been guiding their clients through Federal Emergency Management Agency applications, insurance claims and other forms of superstorm-related relief. But to address every possible challenge impeding a business from fully recovering, Duane Morris LLP has formed an interdisciplinary practice group centered on post-Sandy economic and community development.

(Katie Eder; NJBiz)


U.S. ordered delay in arrest of Menendez intern

Federal immigration agents were prepared to arrest an illegal immigrant and registered sex offender days before the November elections, but they were ordered by Washington to hold off after officials warned of “significant interest” from Congress and news organizations because the suspect was a volunteer intern for Sen. Robert Menendez, New Jersey Democrat, according to internal agency documents provided to Congress.

(Alicia Caldwell; Associated Press)

  Morning News Digest: Jan. 16, 2013