Morning Digest: March 26, 2013

Poll shows strong support for Christie as governor, not as much for president

New Jersey voters want Chris Christie as the top politician in the state, but they are not so sure they want him running the country.

Those are the findings of the latest Quinnipiac University poll released today. PolitickerNJ

State FOP backs Buono

The New Jersey State Fraternal Order of Police today threw its support to Democratic gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono. PolitickerNJ


DiVincenzo honors Christie counsel as Irishman of Year

The unabashed love continues between powerful Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo and Republican Gov. Chris Christie. PolitickerNJ


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Amended distracted driving bill returns to Senate

TRENTON – Whether it’s meant as a money-maker to beef up local and state revenues or to improve driving safety, New Jersey is far from alone in initiating legislation to increase fines for talking or texting on cell phones while driving. State Street Wire

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Another senator backs same-sex marriage

Sen. Mark Begich, (D-Alaska) has said little publicly about his views on marriage equality. Until now. Huffington Post


Can gay marriage survive Supreme Court defeat?

The tide might be turning in favor of gay marriage, but that doesn’t mean the Supreme Court will be swept up in it. Politico


Revel formally files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

AC Revel Inc., owner of the struggling Revel casino in Atlantic City, formally filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Camden Monday, as expected. The company filed at 10:20 p.m. Inquirer


Graphic emails between Cryan and lobbyist spur probe

The release of scores of kinky emails written by a powerful New Jersey Democrat to a lobbyist has sparked an investigation by prosecutors in Sussex County, according to reports. Inquirer


Christie blames Congress for post-Sandy delays

TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie says New Jerseyans preparing to rebuild after Superstorm Sandy are enduring delays now because Congress took more than 90 days to approve a massive aid package for the tri-state region. Record


Englewood school board race heats up

A meet-and-greet event for three school board candidates running together turned into a question-and-answer session about how the district treats students, parents and residents. Record


Boehner declaring no debt crisis revealed in lending data

The bear market in bonds is being delayed by Americans socking away money at 50 times the rate at which they take on debt to buy houses, cars and other items. Bloomberg


Mayor Bloomberg on his ideal successor

The first act of last weekend’s annual Inner Circle show featured a spoof of Back To The Future with Mayor Michael Bloomberg traveling back in time in an attempt to find a famous historical figure worthy of serving as his successor. At hispress conference this afternoonannouncing the LINK initiative to connect low-income New Yorkers with job opportunities, Politicker asked Mayor Bloomberg which historical figure he would choose if he could indeed travel back in time to pick someone to follow him in City Hall. Mayor Bloomberg declined to answer the question. PolitickerNY


Business as usual for Menendez amid investigations

WASHINGTON — Beyond the investigations, it’s business as usual for Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez.

The new Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman presides over hearings on North Korea and counterterrorism, travels to Afghanistan and Pakistan and meets privately with foreign ministers and ambassadors. Asbury Park Press


For Camden schools, takeover may not mean change

CAMDEN — Gov. Christie came to Camden Monday to announce the state’s takeover of the Camden school district will bring true reform.

But how that change plays out depends on whom you ask. Camden Courier-Post


Prior takeovers had limited success

TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie’s takeover of Camden schools marks the fourth time the state has taken over a large urban school system. South Jersey Press Media


Barnes says Edison chief not to blame in internal affairs legislation matter

EDISON — The recently passed Assembly bill authorizing the state Attorney General’s Office to take over the internal affairs bureau of the Edison Police Division is not a reflection of Chief Thomas Bryan, said Assemblyman Peter Barnes III, author of the legislation. Home News Tribune



Turner recalls effort to end death penalty in N.J.

Five years ago, when then-Gov. Jon Corzine’s signature made New Jersey the first state since the 1960s to abolish the death penalty legislatively, supporters of the repeal predicted that it would encourage similar actions elsewhere in the nation. Amick, Trenton Times


N.J. gets poor marks in emergency preparedness

New Jersey flunks in the category of emergency preparedness and response, according to a recent report. Yet experiences make us feel we’ve coped pretty darn well with the things nature throws at us. After all, lately we’ve dealt with severe flu outbreaks, whooping cough, West Nile Virus, blizzards, hurricanes, and Superstorm Sandy. Quigley, Jersey Journal


N.J. should move forward with dyslexia training

State lawmakers have an opportunity to make sure all public school students have an equal opportunity. Trenton Times


Morning Digest: March 26, 2013