Morning Digest: March 27, 2013

Mercer GOP nominates Inverso in 14th

Mercer County Republicans tonight nominated former state Sen. Peter Inverso as their candidate for senate in the 14th Legislative District, according to two sources who were on a call with county committee members Tuesday evening. Politicker


National pipefitters endorse Christie

The national pipefitters union has joined its statewide counterpart in endorsing Gov. Chris Christie for re-election. Politicker


McGreevey adamant about second chances

UNION – The HBO documentary that chronicles the troubled political career of former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey, as well as his success working with women behind bars, is about second chances. Politicker

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Three would-be Camden superintendents meet public

Principals, teachers, parents, and community members came out by the dozens Tuesday to meet the three current candidates for Camden school superintendent, a post whose next occupant is now to be appointed by Gov. Christie after a state takeover of the district. Inquirer


Runyan wants medal for Alice Paul

George Washington got one. So did Andrew Jackson, the Wright Brothers, Charles Lindbergh, Thomas Edison, Winston Churchill, and Neil Armstrong.

But 161 years would pass before the Congress of the United States awarded its Gold Medal to a woman. Inquirer


State urges patience on new report cards

Many North Jersey superintendents have expressed concern that drafts of a new version of the state’s school report cards, to be released soon, contained a number of errors. Record


Clogged sewer line at new courthouse

Plagued by post construction problems, the new Mercer County Criminal Courthouse had one more complication on Friday when a clog formed in a sewer line, causing toilets in the first floor bathrooms to overflow, and sending water into nearby offices. Trenton Times


Revel saw early signs of trouble in construction costs

A series of missteps that helped nudge Revel toward bankruptcy emerged as early as last spring just as executives were raising their flute glasses in a sunrise toast commemorating the megaresort’s opening, officials said in court documents Monday. Atlantic City Press


Dog-sniffing cases weighed

Drug-sniffing police dogs have their place, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled. And it’s not on a suspect’s front porch. Bloomberg


Momentum gone on gun control

President Barack Obama said Newtown changed everything.

But it didn’t change Washington. Politico


CIA director faces quandary over clandestine service appointment

As John Brennan moved into the CIA director’s office this month, another high-level transition was taking place down the hall. Huffington Post


N.J. stays on sidelines as pact fights carbon pollution

RGGI appears to be alive and well in efforts to cut carbon pollution from power plants, despite the loss of founding member New Jersey. Home News Tribune


Petraeus apologizes for affair

David Petraeus, who became one of the most decorated and respected military figures of his generation but who retired after an admitted extramarital affair, gave the keynote address on Tuesday night at the University of Southern California’s annual dinner for veterans and ROTC students at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. NBC NEWS—LA-Nearly-Five-Months-After-Sex-Scandal-David-Petraeus-Apologizes-For-Affair-That-Prompted-Resignation-200171131.html


Solar panelists decry flagging political support

New Jersey’s solar industry weathered Hurricane Sandy in relatively good shape, but renewable energy advocates say the hard work has just begun. NJBiz


Singer Dionne Warwick files for bankruptcy

Dionne Warwick, the singer and actress who was a regular at the top of the Billboard chart for four decades, owes more than $10 million in back taxes and has only $10 left at the end of each month after paying expenses, according to a petition filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New Jersey last week. Star-Ledger


Jersey City council candidate withdraws

Due to professional obligations, Ward C Candidate Imtiaz Syed has announced today that he will no longer be running for office. Jersey City Independent




State takeover of Camden schools  a necessitiy

The Camden school district spends more than $22,000 per student, and more than half of them drop out.

Its central office is the most bloated in the state when measured against the student population. Star-Ledger


McGreevey’s second act

FOR FORMER Gov. Jim McGreevey, an Irish prince, the story was supposed to end with him in the Oval Office. Fitzgerald, Inquirer



Morning Digest: March 27, 2013