Morning Digest: Feb. 13, 2013

Obama wants minimum wage hike, vote on gun reform Delivering his State of the Union tonight, President Barack Obama addressed

Obama wants minimum wage hike, vote on gun reform

Delivering his State of the Union tonight, President Barack Obama addressed a joint session of Congress that included New Jersey elected officials, among them embattled U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ); General Ray Odierno and Justice Anton Scalia, both natives of New Jersey. Politicker


Runyan not impressed with speech

U.S. Rep. Jon Runyan (R-3) tonight was not impressed with President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech. Politicker


Grossman plans to attend as many GOP county screenings as possible

At one point during his 2009 Republican Primary run, movement conservative Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan confessed to that he didn’t know why he was bothering to go after the support of county committees obviously pre-arranged to back Lonegan’s rival, Chris Christie. Politicker


DiVincenzo invites Christie to State of County address

Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo has invited Gov. Chris Christie to next week’s scheduled state of the county address and Christie plans to be there. Politicker


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$125M in bonds to help build charter schools

TRENTON – The state treasurer has given the green light to some $125 million in qualified school construction bonds to help build more charter schools throughout the state. State Street Wire

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Aggressive speech, aggressive message

The speech President Barack Obama delivered in his State of the Union address Tuesday night was aggressive—but not nearly as aggressive as the message he was sending to Congress between the lines of what he said. Politico


On immigration: ‘Let’s get this done’

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Tuesday called on Congress to send him an immigration reform bill “in the next few months,” upping the pressure on Senate and House members to find a compromise. Huffington Post


Sandy cleanup firm sent $50,000 to GOP group backing Christie

Days after Governor Christie’s administration gave a Florida business a multi-million dollar contract to clean up after superstorm Sandy — a contract that bypassed normal competitive bidding procedures — the company contributed $50,000 to a Republican organization that played a crucial role in the governor’s 2009 run for office. Record


Passaic Valley Regional principal may be allowed to carry gun on job

The Passaic Valley Regional School Board is one step closer to allowing its high school principal, a retired police officer, to carry a handgun on the job. Record


Protest frames Camden police plan as civil rights issue

Framing the impending elimination of the police department in predominantly minority Camden, and its replacement with a Camden County-run force, as a “civil rights struggle,” the NAACP pledged Tuesday to fight the plan. Inquirer


Challenged at 89, Lautenberg won’t go gently

WASHINGTON — As he approached his 89th birthday this year, Senator Frank R. Lautenberg of New Jersey was finally considering retirement, an option he had tried a decade earlier and hated so much that he jumped at the chance to return to political life. N.Y. Times


Buono cited for not wearing seat belt

New Jersey Senator Barbara Buono, the presumptive Democratic opponent of Governor Chris Christie, was cited for not wearing a seatbelt during a car accident last night that left her with a cut on her forehead. Bloomberg


N.J. will hear MGM plea to keep half of Borgata

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey casino regulators will hear from MGM Resorts on Wednesday as the company tries to get back into the Atlantic City casino market. Associated Press



Change fire district voting date

Fire district voting in many places in New Jersey is a last bastion of balloting that escapes the eyes of higher authorities. South Jersey Times



Super Bowl on Saturday? NFL considering it

Only in New Jersey could they play a Super Bowl on a Saturday. That’s what the NFL is thinking.

The winter storm that we experienced over the weekend is causing the NFL to worry about whether something like that cold happen when their “Big Game” comes to the Garden State in 2014. In fact the NFL is already developing contingency plans like delaying the game several days or moving the game to Saturday according to the Sports Business Journal. They are already not going to bring their NFL Experience, which is their interactive amusement park. Trevelise, 101.5FM


Comptroller strong choice for Sandy oversight

It used to be said that if the late, great Mike Wallace turned up at the door, the jig was up. The “60 Minutes” newsman had his quarry cornered and primed for an expose on national television. Trenton Times


Obama’s new agenda could shape his legacy

President Barack Obama had a simple message for Republicans in Congress: Do it my way. Associated Press


  Morning Digest: Feb. 13, 2013