Morning Digest: March 6, 2013

Buono on MSNBC in first national interview

Running for governor, state Sen. Barbara Buono (D-18) appeared tonight On the Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell in her first national television interview. Politicker


Booker reaches back to 2006 for State of the City speech

NEWARK – Newark Mayor Cory Booker has delivered his State of the City speeches in sections.  Politicker


Ethics complaint against Sacco dismissed due to timeliness

The Joint Commission on Ethical Standards decided Tuesday to dismiss a complaint against State Sen. Nick Sacco due to timeliness. Politicker


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Coalition: Accelerate schools projects

TRENTON – A coalition of groups calling for speeding up school construction projects made its point again at the Joint Committee of Public Schools hearing on Tuesday. State Street Wire

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Menendez focuses on Israel, but controversy creeps in

Sen. Bob Menendez had just gotten several standing ovations Tuesday from a crowd of more than 1,000 for a speech expressing the United States’ unqualified commitment to Israel’s security and opposition to a nuclear-armed Iran. Record


N.J. increasing test for students

New Jersey students will spend eight or nine hours on annual state tests starting in the 2014-15 school year – roughly three more hours per year than current tests require, according to guidance released by the state on Tuesday. Record


Dominican judge wants Menendez in court

A judge in the Dominican Republic called on Tuesday for Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey to appear in court in a legal battle as charges and countercharges flew over the veracity of allegations that the senator had patronized prostitutes in that country. N.Y. Times


Public funding slide drives up state college tuition

State and local funding for public universities and colleges fell 7 percent to $81.2 billion in 2012 from a year earlier, driving up a measure of tuition to record levels, according to an annual survey. Bloomberg


Paulsboro residents want air monitors

More than three months after a freight-train derailment over the Mantua Creek spewed toxic vinyl chloride into the atmosphere, a Paulsboro citizens group submitted a petition to the Borough Council on Tuesday evening asking it to consider installing at least four air-quality monitors around town, to be paid for by Conrail and local industry. Inquirer


Trenton Marriott wants $295,000 from city or hotel goes dark

Even as the new management firm for the city-owned hotel unveiled its five-year projections and strategies for improving occupancy rates and profits, council was reminded that the Trenton Marriott’s current financial problems still loom large. Trenton Times


N.J. commuters rank third for longest haul

If it seems like your commute is getting longer, New Jersey, it’s not in your mind. Asbury Park Press|newswell|text|Frontpage|s


White House recalibrates sequester message

President Barack Obama hopes to spark a pitchfork revolt against Republicans over sequester-induced budget cuts — but many Democrats fret that he’s undermined that effort with an early strategy marred by hype, poor planning and muddled messaging. Politico


Venezuelan interim president to rule until elections following Chavez’ death

CARACAS, Venezuela — Some in anguish, some in fear, Venezuelans raced for home and stocked up on food and water Tuesday after the government announced the death of President Hugo Chavez, the larger-than-life firebrand socialist who led the nation for 14 years. Huffington Post


In N.J., competitive hiring market for those with right skills

The unemployed are finding jobs quicker than they were just a year ago, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, with the average time spent job hunting while out of work spent is at 16 weeks, down significantly from the 20.8 week average in 2012. NJ Biz


Fulop outlines campaign for modernizing Jersey City

A modern city should be more transparent, accountable, and better able to communicate with the public at large, according to Ward E Councilman Steve Fulop, who today laid out his vision for “modernizing” the city. Jersey City Independent


Pa. casinos show signs of slots slowdown

Pennsylvania’s once red-hot slots market has fallen into a slump amid some of the same challenges that grip the struggling Atlantic City casino industry. Atlantic City Press



Special needs children should have equal opportunity

IN THE Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson famously stated that “All Men Are Created Equal.” Pruzansky, Record



Morning Digest: March 6, 2013