Morning News Digest: Feb. 28, 2013

Pascrell says Christie is ‘throwing partisan punches on sequester

U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-N.J.) accused Gov. Chris Christie Wednesday of “throwing partisan punches” when the governor said that is sequestration occurs that it’s the president’s fault.




Municipal aid figures released

The administration released state aid figures today, detailing how the governor will dole out $1.37 billion to the state’s municipalities.

Darryl R.



Latino Leadership Alliance PAC to endorse Christie

The Latino Leadership Alliance PAC is set to endorse Gov. Chris Christie tomorrow in New Brunswick.

Max Pizarro –




In LD2, Whelan v. Balles intensifies as Dem senator kicks off his campaign


NORTHFIELD – Having watched their candidate survive arguably the most tortured campaign of the 2011 season, the allies of state Sen. Jim Whelan (D-2), Atlantic City, feel the weathered Atlantic City brand name deserves an easier jog around the track this time.




Online gambling dominance race pits NJ., Nevada

ATLANTIC CITY — Nevada and New Jersey once had the country to themselves when it came to casino gambling. Now, with the sudden advent of Internet gambling, those states are expected to slug it out again for dominance of the fledgling U.S. online betting market.

Wayne Parry-Associated Press



Christie: Atlantic City government is one of the most ‘God-awful, wasteful’ in U.S.

ATLANTIC CITY — Gov. Chris Christie fired another salvo today in his longstanding war of words with the mayor of Atlantic City.

Christie renewed his attacks on Mayor Lorenzo Langford, saying the city has one of the nation’s worst-run, “most God-awful, wasteful governments in America.”

Associated Press


Christie renews verbal war with Langford, mayor fires back

Gov. Chris Christie didn’t miss an opportunity to blast Atlantic City Mayor Lorenzo Langford while at a town hall meeting Wednesday in Morris County — and Langford fired back, saying governor always “puts his foot in his mouth.”

Christie was talking about reforming terminal-leave payment and how people call these payouts for municipal employees’ unused sick and vacation time “boat checks” because they’re big enough to purchase a boat. Christie has sought to tighten these payouts.

Anjalee Lemlani and Steven Lemongello- Press of Atlantic City



Looming federal budget cuts mean little pain for some, a lot for others

Amid all the gloomy predictions tied to big federal spending cuts that kick in tomorrow, life won’t immediately change for a vast majority of New Jerseyans. And for a segment of the population, it likely won’t change much in the long run, state and federal officials say.

Steve Strunsky and Mark Mueller-Star-Ledger



Christie budget taps NJ Clean Energy fund

TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie plans to tap New Jersey’s clean energy fund of $152 million to help balance next year’s budget.

Angela Delli Santi – Associated Press





Former U.S. Sen. Scott to hold fundraiser for Christie

Former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown and other top Massachusetts Republicans are hosting a fundraiser for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

The $3,800-per-person dinner is being held Friday evening at the Boston home of Christopher and Jean Egan.

Associated Press



Charter school reform, on back burner, starts to heat up again

Talk of revising the state’s charter-school law is picking up again, with one major player now saying that he plans to have a bill ready by spring or early summer.

State Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan (D-Middlesex), chairman of the Assembly’s education committee, said this week that he has sent the broad outline of a bill to the Office of Legislative Services. Provisions include adding organizations able to approve new schools and tightening accountability for existing ones.


John Mooney- NJ Spotlight



Experts: Online gaming will bring more players to A.C.


Experts say the online gaming law Gov. Chris Christie signed Tuesday will not compete directly with the Atlantic City casinos, but will


Melinda Caliendo- NJBiz






Doubt cast on Christie’s call to revive tax cut promise


Governor Christie is trying to browbeat Democrats back to the bargaining table to pass an income tax cut.

In his budget address and again at a town hall Wednesday in Montville, Christie issued a threat — he’ll thrash Democrats on the campaign trail this fall if they refuse to work out a compromise – See more at:


Charles Stile – The Record Morning News Digest: Feb. 28, 2013