Morning News Digest – April 11, 2013 presented by the Center for American Women and Politics

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Public Lecture by Melody Barnes, Former Assistant to President Barack Obama
The Center for American Women and Politics presents Melody Barnes, Former Assistant to President Barack Obama and Chair of the White House Domestic Policy Council, as this year’s Senator Wynona Lipman Lecturer in Women’s Political Leadership. Barnes will speak on Tuesday, April 16 at 7:00 pm at the Kirkpatrick Chapel, Rutgers University, New Brunswick. The event is open to the public, free of charge. For more details and to RSVP, click here.

Beside Buono, Codey criticizes DiVencenzo over ticket remark

WEST ORANGE – State Sen. Dick Codey (D-27) trashed old foe Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo today as he stood at a podium beside Democratic gubernatorial candidate state Sen. Barbara Buono (D-18).

DiVincenzo welcomed Gov. Chris Christie to West Orange this morning to open a new sea lion tank, and in the lead-up the county executive told the Star-Ledger that if Buono wanted to attend the event she could purchase a ticket.



Buono pans Christie violence task force study

WEST ORANGE – The original visual was supposed to be gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono talking about a real issue – gun violence – against the backdrop of Gov. Chris Christie cozying up to Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo and the new sea lions at the Turtle Back Zoo.



Labor, Dem lawmakers decry Civil Service changes as cronyism

TRENTON – Labor groups and lawmakers told hearing officers of the Civil Service Commission Wednesday afternoon that proposed changes to regulations that would give managers more influence in determining who receives raises and promotions is too subjective.

Minhaj Hassan –


AG releases task force report

The state Attorney general today released the report of the safety task force created by the governor in the wake of the Newtown, CT, school shootings.

The 83 page report from the NJ Safe Task Force offers a series of 50 recommendations for curbing gun violence in the state.  The recommendations focus on several key areas including gun control, urban violence, mental illness, substance abuse, gun violence, violence in the media and school security.



Latest from State Street Wire


Job bands streamline process…CSC says

TRENTON – Unions and Democratic lawmakers have branded the Civil Service Commission’s plan to have “job bands” as in invitation to patronage, nepotism, and cronyism.

However, the CSC views it as a way of filling vacant positions fast and having a wider pool of candidates available for “appointing authorities” to choose from.

Minhaj Hassan – State Street Wire



From the Back Room


Booker hosts fundraiser for Healy

Newark Mayor Cory Booker tonight hosted an intimate dinner fundraiser for Jersey City Mayor Jerry Healy at the Spanish Tavern in Newark.

“I know the best man will win,” declared Booker with Healy in the room.

Healy is running for a third term. 

PolitickerNJ staff


Rutgers officials praised Pernetti for response to Rice video

The day after Rutgers University suspended its basketball coach last December for manhandling and verbally assaulting his players, athletic director Tim Pernetti sat in a closed-door meeting, being praised by top campus officials.

According to confidential minutes of the meeting obtained by The Star-Ledger, Pernetti told them he was willing to give coach Mike Rice a second chance instead of firing him because he thought he could change — a decision that would later come back to haunt the state university.

Pernetti, according to the minutes, said “if he did not think Coach Rice could rectify his behavior, he would not be giving him this chance.”

Ted Sherman and Kelly Heyboer-The Star Ledger


New Jersey spent $18,047 per pupil in public schools last year

New Jersey districts spent an average of $18,047 per pupil in 2011-12, up 4 percent from the year before, the state said Wednesday.

Leslie Brody and David Sheingold


NJ preparing to distribute $500M to Sandy-damaged businesses

New Jersey’s top economic development agency will be ready “in days” to offer a grant program for businesses hurt by superstorm Sandy once the federal government approves the state’s plan to distribute the first $1.8 billion in federal aid.

John Reitmeyer – The Record


Tight budget may make it tough to master health benefit exchange

While hundreds of thousands of New Jersey residents will be required to purchase health insurance by January 1 under the federal healthcare law, there will be limited funds available to help them compare policies and sort through options.

Andrew Kitchenman-NJ Spotlight


NJ school chief takes issue with peer group rankings

TRENTON — The state shook up the New Jersey education world Wednesday.

Jeanette Rundquist and Jessica Calefati- The Star Ledger

Christie silent on Rutgers counsel

Two days ago, Governor Christie issued a predictably harsh verdict on Mike Rice, the disgraced Rutgers men’s basketball coach. Rice’s conduct was shocking and “reprehensible,” he said. He even called him an “animal.”

Charles Stile- The Record


Obama moves to the middle infuriating his own party

The surest sign that President Obama is on the right track with his latest budget is that old-school Democrats are squealing in pain.

Star Ledger editorial






Morning News Digest – April 11, 2013 presented by the Center for American Women and Politics