Morning Digest: March 25, 2013

HBO McGreevey documentary airs this week

Former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey was back in the spotlight earlier this week. PolitickerNJ

http://www.politickernj.com/64225/hbo-documentary-chronicling-mcgreeveys-fail-grace-airs-week

 

Burlco GOP to finalize LD7 ticket

The Burlington County GOP Committee is poised tomorrow night to screen and pick Anthony Ogozalek and Jeff Benaz to run for the Assembly in the 7th Legislative District. PolitickerNJ

http://www.politickernj.com/64224/sources-burlington-gop-finalize-ld-7-ticket-monday-night

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State to take over Camden schools

TRENTON – Gov. Christie plans to announce Monday that he is taking the extraordinary step of putting the educational and fiscal management of the Camden School District under state control, The Inquirer has learned. Inquirer

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/new_jersey/20130324_Christie_to_announce_state_takeover_of_Camden_schools.html

 

Firms battle EPA plan for Passaic River cleanup

It was January when the letters started showing up at the Environmental Protection Agency’s regional office in Manhattan. Star-Ledger

http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/03/passaic_river_cleanup_epa_plan.html

 

Gay marriage shift cash opportunity for GOP

Republican fundraisers say the changing views of gay marriage in their party could unlock big money from GOP donors in places like New York, California and Florida — where some Republicans have kept their checkbooks closed over what they saw as misplaced priorities, at best, or intolerance, at worst, at the highest ranks of the party.Politico

http://www.politico.com/story/2013/03/republicans-gay-marriage-89265.html?hp=f2

 

Paul Ryan’s disappearing act

He seems to have fallen entirely off the radar of early state Republicans. Democrats bring up his name with more zeal than his own party. And his footprint at CPAC was so faint that his being an afterthought was itself an afterthought. Politico

http://www.politico.com/story/2013/03/paul-ryan-disappearing-act-89267.html?hp=t1

 

Focus on aviation related careers in S. Jersey

New Jersey officials are urging colleges to steer more young workers into aviation-related careers, such as the high-tech jobs that are expected at the NextGen Aviation Research and Technology Park. Atlantic City Press

http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/breaking/focus-on-aviation-related-careers-growing-in-south-jersey/article_663333be-9492-11e2-9b53-001a4bcf887a.html

 

Study finds lead contamination in Jersey City schools’ sinks, fountains

Nearly 200 water fountains and sinks in Jersey City public schools contained lead contamination above federal environmental standards during recent testing, according to a report unearthed by a Jersey City parent. Jersey Journal

http://www.nj.com/jjournal-news/index.ssf/2013/03/175_jersey_city_public_school.html

 

Mid-Jersey Chamber offering trip to Cuba

Known for sponsoring corporate events all over Central Jersey, the MidJersey Chamber of Commerce will offer a major change of scenery this September when it sponsors a trip to Havana, Cuba. Trenton Times

http://www.nj.com/mercer/index.ssf/2013/03/midjersey_chamber_of_commerce_1.html

 

Calif. Widens probe into ‘dark money’ and Koch Brothers group

WASHINGTON — California officials have widened an investigation into the source of $11 million that was mysteriously funnelled by a few nonprofit groups in 2012 to sway two ballot measures in the state, The Huffington Post has learned. Huffington Post

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/24/california-dark-money_n_2943688.html

 

Lottery adviser worked for firms bidding to take over games

When the Christie administration wanted a consultant to study whether the state’s $2.7 billion lottery should be turned over to a private operator, it chose an Australian conglomerate whose client list includes firms that specialize in such takeovers. Bergen Record

http://www.northjersey.com/arts_entertainment/atlantic_city_gaming/NJs_lottery_adviser_worked_for_firms_bidding_to_take_games_over.html

 

As GOP shifts to right, Garrett moves even further

Two years ago House Republican leaders stepped in during a tense vote to prevent an alternative budget plan crafted by Rep. Scott Garrett from passing. It was too bold for them to defend politically. Bergen Record

http://www.northjersey.com/news/national/national_politics/As_House_GOP_shifts_to_the_right_NJs_Garrett_shifts_even_further.html

 

Burlco congressmen rank as moderates

Capitol Hill may be deeply divided by political partisanship and ideology, but Burlington County’s three representatives rank among the most moderate members of Congress, according to a 2012 voting analysis by the National Journal. Burlington County Times

http://www.phillyburbs.com/news/local/burlington_county_times_news/burlington-county-congressmen-rank-as-moderates/article_0a5f79a4-d8b3-5d0b-a5ad-644fc0824b76.html

 

Spectra slapped with $70,000 fine for work in Bayonne

A construction company installing a portion of the controversial Spectra natural gas pipeline in Bayonne has been fined $70,000 by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Jersey Journal

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2013/03/spectra_pipeline_contractors_s.html

 

With COAH future cloudy, towns shelve affordable housing plans

Municipalities say they are frozen in place when it comes to affordable housing. NJ Spotlight

http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/13/03/25/with-future-of-coah-still-cloudy-many-towns-shelve-plans-to-build-affordable-housing/

 

Opinion

Christie may not need united GOP in Bergen

Weeks after winning the governor’s race in 2009, Chris Christie issued a blunt warning to the warring factions of Bergen County Republicans: Knock it off. Stile, Bergen Record

http://www.northjersey.com/news/politics/bergen_politics/199730221_Stile__Christie_may_not_need_a_united_GOP_in_Bergen_not_need_GOP_to_make_nice_in_Bergen.html

 

Conversion therapy ban? Mind-numbing N.J. has to pass a law on this sham

New Jersey lawmakers have backed a bill that would ban licensed counselors from practicing “conversion therapy” on those under 18 as a means to changing their sexual orientation. NJ.Com

http://www.nj.com/times-opinion/index.ssf/2013/03/editorial_gay_conversion_thera.html#incart_river_default

Morning Digest: March 25, 2013