Morning Digest: April 19, 2013

Rutgers agrees to pay Rice $475,000

Rutgers University agreed to pay former head basketball coach Mike Rice a $475,000 settlement, according to a separation agreement released by the university. Politicker


Buono goes back to Montclair to collect AFT endorsement

MONTCLAIR – Bill Bathgate stood among the public sector union throng that welcomed Montclair University alumnus Barbara Buono back to school. Politicker


Van Drew lauded by Christie for tax cut support

LONG BRANCH – Democratic state Sen. Jeff Van Drew got a shout-out from Republican Gov. Chris Christie Thursday. Politicker


Latest from the Back Room

Legal eagle?

Incumbent state Sen. Joe Kyrillos is being challenged by Union Beach’s Leigh-Ann Bellew, a self-described strong fiscal and social conservative who appears ready to pounce on the GOP lawmaker who she’s dubbed in an interview as a “liberal Republican.” Politicker


Latest from State Street Wire

Barchi says Rutgers’ three campuses will be treated equally

TRENTON – Rutgers University President Robert Barchi said Thursday he will “absolutely” have budgetary information regarding the merger costs at Rutgers University as it seeks to create a health sciences college. State Street Wire

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One Boston Marathon bombing suspect dead

WATERTOWN, Mass. (AP) — One of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing is dead after the killing of a university officer and a shootout with police, and a massive manhunt is underway for the other, authorities said early Friday.  Associated Press


Bombing suspects may have come from abroad

The two suspects in the Boston marathon bombing may have “international ties” and overseas military training, NBC is reporting Friday morning. Politico


Mount Laurel honored as billboard-free zone

Mount Laurel Township, long synonymous with landmark court cases mandating affordable housing, can also lay claim as a town that pushed back against billboards. Inquirer


Christie jobs record attacked

Governor Chris Christie, who toppled Democrat Jon Corzine in 2009 as voters grew weary of the state’s economic slump, may be on the wrong end of the same issue as he seeks a second term in November. Bloomberg


N.J. waives permit process for post-Sandy urban waterfront repairs

To simplify and speed the recovery process for North Jersey residents whose homes and businesses were damaged by superstorm Sandy, the Christie administration this week waived the normal permit process for rebuilding in urban waterfront areas — a step it had already taken for Jersey Shore property owners earlier this year. Record


Princeton police chief to retire following misconduct allegations

Princeton Police Chief David Dudeck has “medical conditions that require him to take a leave of absence,” and will be placed on sick leave until an Oct. 1, 2013 retirement date, according to a severance package approved by the Princeton council tonight. Trenton Times


Suspect denies mailing ricin letter to Obama

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man charged with sendingricin-laced letters to the president and other officials was described Thursday as a good father, a quiet neighbor and an entertainer who impersonated Elvis at parties. Other accounts show a man who spiraled into emotional turmoil trying to get attention for his claims of uncovering a conspiracy to sell body parts on the black market. Associated Press


Clinton disappointed in gun measure failure

Former President Bill Clinton says he’s disappointed the Senate fell short of the votes needed to expand background checks for gun purchases. Townsquare News Network


Gang of Eight rolls dice on immigration

Members of the Senate’s Gang of Eight tout their immigration plan as a tough but fair path to citizenship that includes settling up with the tax man.

It’s not amnesty, they argue. There is a price for entry. Politico



East Orange mayoral candidates take aim at each other

The unspoken words at tonight’s mayoral debate in East Orange said a lot. Star-Ledger



Booker donated to senator who voted against gun bill

The only contribution Newark Mayor Cory Booker made from his political action committee during the first quarter of 2013 was to Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), one of four Democrats to vote against gun-control legislation that would have required universal background checks. Star-Ledger




We are in a battle for the common good

I hear it over and over again both during my conversations on the road, and as I skim the headlines each day, that we are in a battle for the common good. Wallis, Huffington Post


Distracted driving message hits South Jersey roads

It’s a powerful message:

“Keep Nikki in mind,” said Mike Kellenyi on the first anniversary of his daughter’s death. “If you take your eyes off the road for one second, you know what happens now.” South Jersey Times Morning Digest: April 19, 2013