Morning Digest: April 16, 2013

In Jersey City, fear of unknown vs. muck of Dwek

JERSEY CITY – The heavy artillery just started in the mayor’s contest.

It was quiet for a while.

When incumbent Mayor Jerry Healy received the endorsement of President Barack Obama, Team Fulop became especially quiet. Politicker


Labor leaders quiet on PLA veto

Labor leaders today remained mum on the governor’s veto of a bill that would have allowed governing bodies to require union labor on certain public works projects. Politicker


From the Back Room

Humane Society: Lesniak brings home the bacon

The Humane Society Legislative Fund, a national organization, has announced it is endorsing Senator Raymond Lesniak (D-20) for re-election because of his “strong leadership on animal welfare issues.”  Politicker


Latest from State Street Wire

Sierra Club blasts ‘fake’ farmers bill as fake reform

TRENTON – The New Jersey Sierra Club  once again criticized the so-called fake farmers bill that Gov. Chris Christie signed into law. State Street Wire

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Boston seeks answers in deadly blasts

BOSTON — Two powerful bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday afternoon, killing three people, including an 8-year-old child, and injuring more than 100, as one of this city’s most cherished rites of spring was transformed from a scene of cheers and sweaty triumph to one of screams and carnage. N.Y. Times


N.J. doctor at finish line: We’re going to have casualties

A New Jersey doctor who was at the Boston Marathon to help treat fatigued runners suddenly turned into a first responder when a pair of blasts went off near the finish line, sending scores of injured people into his medical tent.  NBC New  York


Survivors feared worst as smoke cleared

Jill Spiegel ran for cover as smoke filled the street, and then she saw a second explosion — right where she believed her husband would have been running had he been on his usual pace during Monday’s Boston Marathon. Record


Hudson County law authorities on high alert

As a result of yesterday’s explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, local law enforcement agencies are on heightened alert. Jersey Journal


Runners from Shore: We’re lucky to be alive

Area runners participating in Monday’s Boston Marathon know they were lucky to have missed the terrorist attack that injured 141 and killed three people, including an 8-year-old, near the finish line. Asbury Park Press


Mayor Redd shakes up Camden school board

As the Camden Board of Education prepares to transition into its new advisory role, it will also be introducing some new faces. Inquirer


Two N.J. congressmen seek to ease flow of flood insurance

BRIGANTINE, N.J. – With their backs up against the Brigantine seawall, two Jersey Shore congressmen advocated Monday for a less-drastic series of hikes to flood-insurance premiums than Congress mandated before Sandy. Inquirer


Bipartisan group of senators to unveil immigration bill

A small bipartisan group of senators this week will unveil an agreement to reshape immigration in the United States by increasing border security, clearing a backlog of applications and creating a process to let 11 million people here illegally stay and eventually bid for citizenship. Record


Trenton mayor holds first town hall in almost a year

Mayor Tony Mack held his first town hall meeting in almost a year tonight, answering questions from residents on street repairs and recreation opportunities for young adults and announcing city officials are busy drafting a new policing plan as summer nears and shootings increase. Trenton Times


Sequester hits small businesses hardest

Republicans who supported the fall of sequestration’s ax said a little pain would go a long way in cutting government fat — like the big defense contracts that grow year over year, they said. Politico


Senators may further water down gun bill

WASHINGTON — With legislation to expand the background check system for gun sales on the skids, the senators behind the compromise are contemplating additional changes. Huffington Post


Most agree in poll Rutgers’ coach had to go

There’s little argument about the fate of Rutgers’ former basketball coach Mike Rice: he had to go. Asbury Park Press



Obama’s second term already looks like a failure

President Barack Obama’s second term has so far been a story of high liberal hopes and scant liberal achievements. Ponnuru, Bloomberg


Christie tax cut call puts Dems on spot

It was easy for New Jersey Democrats to walk out of their deal with Governor Christie over an “income tax credit” last year. Stile, Record Morning Digest: April 16, 2013