Morning Digest: March 4, 2013

Yudin will give LD39 line to Schepisi, Auth

Bergen County GOP Chairman Bob Yudin celebrated districtwide convention wins by LD 39 candidates Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi and Old Tappan Republican Committee Chair Bob Auth, the second in three days. Politicker


Facing criticism, Dems to redo Andrezejcak nomination

State Sen. Jeff Van Drew (D-1) said Democrats intend to redo the nominating process to replace Assemblyman Matt Milam (D-1) on the ticket this year. . Politicker


Christie school funding formula mixed bag for Abbott districts

Gov. Chris Christie’s plan to increase state aid to public schools by more than $97 million means that for the first time in four years, no district will see a drop in aid. State Street Wire

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Romney lets Christie off the hook

Losing presidential candidate Mitt Romney officially let Gov. Christie off the hook today for causing him to lose to President Obama. Inquirer


Report reveals shaky state of N.J. infrastructure

To understand how badly broken New Jersey’s infrastructure is, just take a look at its system for delivering drinking water to its eight million residents. N.J. Spotlight


Budgets have more North Jersey towns considering shared services

Faced with stringent budget cuts and rising health care and pension costs, a growing number of towns, including Mahwah and Allendale, are on the verge of turning longtime public services over to the private sector. Record


Princeton may ban smoking in public places

PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) — Another New Jersey community is considering a plan to ban smoking in public areas.

Princeton’s Board of Health is scheduled to vote March 19 on a proposal that would ban smoking on municipal property, town-owned public parks and outside pools. First-time violators would face $250 fines. Associated Press



Menendez bill could have benefited donor

WASHINGTON — Sen. Robert Menendez sponsored legislation with incentives for natural gas vehicle conversions that would benefit the biggest political donor to his re-election, the same eye doctor whose private jet Menendez used for two personal trips to the Dominican Republic, an Associated Press investigation found. Associated Press


Some homeowners seek buyouts of flooded properties

Floodwaters have inundated Fran O’Connor’s low-lying Sayreville home three times in the past three years, with devastating results. Camden Courier-Post


Three scenarios for sequester

The era of austerity may have arrived.

President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans are dug in on the sequester, and there are no signs of a quick fix to the $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts that both sides say they disdain. Politico


Baby born with HIV functionally cured

WASHINGTON — A baby born with the virus that causes AIDS appears to have been cured, scientists announced Sunday, describing the case of a child from Mississippi who’s now 2 1/2 and has been off medication for about a year with no signs of infection. Huffington Post


South Jersey beach replenishment projects more important after Sandy

Several beaches in Ocean, Atlantic and Cape May counties will benefit this year from a series of beach replenishment projects overseen by the  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Atlantic City Press


N.J. builders start 2013 strong

2013 started strong for New Jersey homebuilders as they bounce back from the recession and Hurricane Sandy. 101.5 FM




N.J. police should have stun guns now

Might a stun gun have saved Kevin McGlyn’s life?

We’ll never know, because the cops he encountered last Saturday apparently didn’t use one. When the agitated 51-year-old stood in the parking lot of his South River apartment complex, brandishing a knife and threatening two men, he was fatally shot by police.  Star-Ledger


Iowa pundit doesn’t fault Christie on Medicaid

Several political analysts say Governor Christie’s decision to accept an expansion of Medicaid will come back to haunt him in Republican primaries and caucuses if he decides to run for president in 2016.

Steffen Schmidt, a longtime political analyst in Iowa, is not one of them. Stile, Record


Trenton deserves steady reimbursement rate for tax-exempt property

There may be some relief in sight for Trenton homeowners who had been expecting double-digit increases on their property tax bills. Trenton Times

  Morning Digest: March 4, 2013