Morning Digest: March 5, 2013

Washington Post blockbuster: Menendez story made up

The Washington Post is reporting that one of the prostitutes who claimed she had sex with U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez was paid to make the false claim. Politicker


Treasury: Pension gap not a surprise

TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie’s administration says it’s not shocked the gap between the state’s public employee pension system and what it owes to retired workers has increased by $5.46 billion. Politicker


Cape May GOP set to decide on candidates

The Cape May County Regular Republican Organization announced today that it will be conducting a convention to choose endorsed candidates for Governor, State Legislature and State Committee on March 18 at the Grand Hotel in Cape May.  Politicker


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Early voting measure advances

TRENTON – The Senate Budget Committee released a bill dealing with early voting.

S2364 requires availability of early voting for certain elections.  It passed 8-5 along party lines. State Street Wire

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GOP sniping over 2012 still going strong

Four months after taking an electoral pounding, Republicans can’t agree on what went wrong in 2012 — let alone on a path to recovery. Politico


Obama tries ‘common sense’ approach to sequester

WASHINGTON, March 4 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama, unable to persuade Republicans to accept higher taxes, is attempting to cobble together what he calls a “common-sense caucus” among lawmakers to help resolve U.S. budget woes and push his legislative agenda. Reuters


Booker says he won’t officially announce for Senate until after November

Newark Mayor Cory Booker says he won’t make an official announcement about the U.S. Senate race until after the gubernatorial election in November. 101.5 FM


Obama, Congress take wait and blame approach

President Barack Obama and lawmakers in Congress are taking a wait-and-blame approach as automatic, across-the-board spending cuts begin to trickle through the federal government — cuts that weren’t intended to take effect. Bloomberg


Teaneck schools consider outsourcing lunchroom, classroom aides

TEANECK – The district is considering cutting two administrative positions, outsourcing lunchroom aides and classroom aides with less than three years of experience and eliminating courtesy busing for students who live less than 1.3 miles from school. Record


Cabinet picks could take on climate policy

WASHINGTON — President Obama on Monday named two people to his cabinet who will be charged with making good on his threat to use the powers of the executive branch to tackle climate change and energy policy if Congress does not act quickly. N.Y. Times


Bloomberg doesn’t like billionaire’s list

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is now the 13th richest person in the world, according toForbes magazine’s latest rankings, up from his 20th place position last year. Nevertheless, despite his reported $5 billion increase in net worth–totaling $26 billion–Mr. Bloomberg doesn’t seem overly enthused with his official standing in the list. PolitickerNY


American Gaming Assoc. opposes PokerStars’ purchase of Atlantic Club

PokerStars’ alleged use of deceit, trickery and other illegal tactics should bar the online poker company from operating in Atlantic City, the nation’s leading casino trade association told regulators in a brief filed Monday. Atlantic City Press


Court to hear arguments on voting machine security

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey appeals court is scheduled to hear arguments about the security of voting machines used in the state. Associated Press


Senate Comm. set to vote on Obama’s CIA pick

The Senate Intelligence Committee is scheduled to vote on President Barack Obama’s pick to lead the CIA after weeks of wrangling with the White House over access to top-secret information about the use of lethal drone strikes against terror suspects and the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya. NBC New York


Booker aims to hire 50 new police officers

In the wake of massive layoffs in 2010 and allegations of rampant police misconduct, Newark Mayor Cory Booker said today he would hire 50 new police officers and seek to create a civilian review board for the first time in the city’s modern history. Star-Ledger


Healy fundraiser host takes blame for invitation

An invitation to a fund-raiser for Mayor Jerramiah Healy that urged donors to skirt pay-to-play laws was the fault of a “clerical error,” according to Rudy Garcia, one of the hosts of the event. Jersey City Independent


S. Jersey schools open door for disabled students to compete

On the football field, Myles Matthews is as tough as they come — a hard-nosed linebacker capable of playing sideline to sideline. Camden Courier-Post



Revised revenue figures vindication for Rosen

David Rosen maintained his familiar poker face as he listened quietly last week when the state treasurer formally admitted what most in the State House had long concluded:Governor Christie‘s pie-in-the-sky revenue estimates had crashed back to earth. Stile, Record



Insurance broker in Hamilton scandal gets slap on wrist

The long-running drama that has involved several politicians, mesmerized others, and disgusted Hamilton residents yielded another twist of the tawdry tale last week. Trenton Times

Morning Digest: March 5, 2013