Morning News Digest: March 19, 2013

Kean doubles down on LD3

CAPE MAY – Prodded on his statewide brawl with Senate President Steve Sweeeny (D-3), Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean (R-21) said he will be unrelenting in his quest to beat Sweeney.




Smith, Stack and Hudson Democrats avert war in Hudson

There will be no war in Hudson County this year, according to Hudson Democrats.

There will be one line, and state Sen. Brian P. Stack (D-33) and his team will be on that line.




At Cape May GOP Convention, Adellizi-Schmidt prevails in LD1 in quest to face Van Drew

CAPE May – On the far side of swamp lands amid rising mist in late March with the ocean slanting to southward up against the beach, Republican Susan Adelizzi-Schmidt of Upper Township won the formal backing of the Cape May Republican Party tonight at the Grand Hotel.



AP: Three women paid to allege sex with Menendez

The Associated Press is reporting that police in the Dominican Republic say all three women who alleged they were prostitutes who had sex with U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez were paid to make the allegations.


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Christie ‘Yellow Dot’ CV: Same thing can be done locally

TRENTON – In conditionally vetoing a so-called “Yellow Dot’’ program bill today, Gov. Chris Christie said that essentially a state-level program is unnecessary and the same goals can be accomplished at the local level.

State Street Wire Staff-State Street Wire


Rice wants local control returned to Newark, other urban schools

TRENTON – Sen. Ronald Rice spoke on the Senate floor today on behalf of three school systems that remain under state control and consequently, he said, are being denied true representation.

Bill Mooney-State Street Wire



Passed in Senate: Tougher child porn laws, early voting, more

TRENTON –The Senate approved bills today dealing with early voting, possible lottery privatization, child porn offenders, and more.

Bill Mooney-State Street Wire



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Buono to campaign tomorrow with Booker

Democratic gubernatorial candidate state Sen. Barbara Buono (D-18) and Newark Mayor Cory Booker will embark on a Listening Tour along Wilson Avenue and Ferry Street in Newark tomorrow.

Politicker Staff



Christie signs bill to allow synthetic marijuana

 TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie today signed a bill to ban the possession, manufacture or sale of synthetic marijuana, often referred to as “K2” or “Spice.”

The new law codifies a state regulation first enacted in 2011 and made permanent last year.

Matt Friedman – The Star Ledger



Buono has raised more than $1 million, but Christie is still ahead in money race

TRENTON — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono has surpassed the $1 million fundraising mark, though she remains far behind Gov. Chris Christie in the money race.

Jenna Portnoy-The Star Ledger


 Menendez seeks charges against those who paid three prostitutes to lie

Hours after Dominican police announced that they concluded allegations of trysts with prostitutes came from women paid to lie, Sen. Bob Menendez called on United States authorities Monday to find those behind the “smear campaign.”

Herb Jackson – The Record


 Jerseyans say Sandy victims should follow FEMA rules or return money

TRENTON —Hurricane Sandy victims who don’t rebuild their homes to meet federal requirements should relinquish their financial aid, according to a poll released today.

The PublicMind Poll from Fairleigh Dickinson University also found that among the 702 registered voters surveyed, nearly two-thirds want property owners to be required to rebuild in a way that protects their homes against “significant weather events.” Fewer than one-third say the property owners should be permitted to rebuild any way they want

Maryann Spotto-The Star Ledger


Revised hiring data point to improving jobs picture

 A federal grant program is helping unemployed New Jerseyans earn money by cleaning state parks that were damaged by Hurricane Sandy, even as the state announced increasing job creation for New Jersey.

 Mary Ann Bourbeau-NJBiz


 NJ unemployment rate remains at 9.5 percent

TRENTON — New Jersey’s unemployment rate remained at 9.5 percent in January, while the state added 2,600 new jobs, according to preliminary figures released today by the state Labor Department.

Sal Rizzo- The Star Ledger



Companies put spotlight on Sandy’s recovery

Two national businesses are putting the spotlight on Seaside Height’s recovery from superstorm Sandy.

During a ceremony Monday morning, Governor Christie applauded Home Depot for opening a one-of-a-kind showroom in the storm ravaged community, to give residents, businesses and contractors easy access to needed supplies.

Melissa Hayes-The Record



Legislative panel OKs Christie plan to refinance $1.1B in transportation debt

A legislative budget panel approved Governor Christie‘s plan to refinance up to $1.1 billion in state transportation debt Monday, a move Democrats said marks a stark reversal on borrowing policy by the Republican governor.

John Reitmeyer – The Record

Morning News Digest: March 19, 2013