Morning News Digest: March 1, 2013

In LD 39, Schepisi and Auth emerge victorious from NERO

A contest for two seats, Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi and Old Tappan GOP Chair Bob Auth won tonight’s NERO convention in Bergen.




Donohue and Greco: LD1 “prime pickup’ territory for GOP

Republicans responded swiftly in the aftermath of state Sen. Jeff Van Drew’s (D-1) announcement that Army Sgt. Robert Andrejczak would be replacing Assemblyman Matt Milam (D-1) on the LD 1 ticket this year.

Max Pizarro-



Van Drew swaps in war vet Andrezejcak for departing Assemblyman Milam

VINELAND – State Sen. Jeff Van Drew (D-1) promised an historic change to his ticket, and did, as he introduced Iraq War Army veteran and Purple Heart/Bronze Star recipient Sgt. Robert Andrezejcak of Middle Township as the replacement for Assemblyman Matt Milam (D-1), who’s retiring.



Latest from State Street Wire


DOT says there’s no alternative to closing down Pulaski Skyway lanes to move project

UNION CITY – New Jersey Transportation Department officials told the Assembly Transportation Committee Thursday they reviewed various alternatives to rehabilitate the Pulaski Skyway without shutting down the lanes, but none seemed practical and all would have resulted in more time and extra costs.

Minhaj Hassan-State Street Wire



Support for Pulaski Skyway replacement project

JERSEY CITY – The project currently in planning stages to modernize the Pulaski Skyway generally received support from legislators, who are aware of its substandard condition.

However, concerns were raised about the additional traffic that will most likely be diverted to other major roadways, which also are in anything but pristine condition.

The Pulaski Skyway, a 3.5 mile corridor serving traffic from Route 1 and 9 to New York City, serves some 67,000 motorists each day, with 3,500 alone during peak a.m. hours. The goal is to rehabilitate the bridge within a two-year time span by shutting down the northbound lanes fro the first nine months and the southbound lanes the following 15 months. Throughout this period, all traffic will be flowing south. No northbound traffic will be allowed.

Minhaj Hassan-State Street Wire



Sandy cleanup funds went to ex-convict, records show

A convicted felon with an unregistered trucking company got $250,000 to haul Sandy storm debris under a taxpayer-funded contract, records show.


The Jersey Shore and other sections of N.J. sustained more than $29 billion in damage from superstorm Sandy last October.

The state agency that regulates solid waste transporters — and is charged with keeping criminals out of the industry — said it has no record of the hauler, which used another firm’s paperwork to access restricted dump sites, officials said

Shawn Boburg-The Record



Christie courts Hispanics as Buono is poised to receive state workers union endorsement

NEW BRUNSWICK — Gov. Chris Christie accepted the endorsement of a Hispanic organization in New Brunswick on Thursday in his bid for a second term, and took the opportunity to chide the Republican Party for not doing enough to appeal to Latino voters.

Matt Friedman – The Star-Ledger



Charter schools in Jersey City, Atlantic City and Hammonton set to close


The state Department of Education will close charter schools in Jersey City, Atlantic City and Hammonton at the end of the academic year because of low test scores and problems with the schools’ leadership, state education officials said tonight.


Jessica Calefati- The Star Ledger




Sports betting in NJ on hold after loss in court

TRENTON — New Jersey has been dealt another setback in its efforts to allow sports betting.

The Associated Press



House GOP accepts expansion of domestic violence protections to gays


Jim Abrams-Associated Press

WASHINGTON — After months of resisting an expansion of the Violence Against Women Act, House Republicans raised the white flag Thursday on extending domestic violence protections to gays, lesbians and transsexuals.




No NJ school district will have state aid cut next year; 40 districts will get increase of $1

TRENTON — For the first time in four years, no public school district will see its state aid cut by the Christie administration, according to statistics released Thursday by the state Department of Education.

Jessica Calefiti- The Star-Ledger



NJ: Sued Sandy charity must freeze donations

The operators of a purported Sandy relief charity based in Bergen County are temporarily barred from soliciting contributions and must put the $631,000 raised thus far into an escrow account, under an agreement with the state Attorney General’s office.

Harvy Lipman-The Record


Rutgers wants at least $425 million in state funding for renovation, construction projects

Rutgers University is asking the state to fund most of the $634 million in renovation and construction projects that are on the drawing board for all three of its campuses, and has not ruled out passing part of the cost along to students.

Rutgers’ governing board approved the projects – including new science buildings in Piscataway, Newark and Camden — on Thursday, but university officials said they need state funds to proceed.

Patricia Alex- The Record

Morning News Digest: March 1, 2013