Morning News Digest: April 30, 2013

B4K jumps feet first into JC mayor’s race with ad backing Fulop


An advocate of teacher tenure and schools reform, Better Education for New Jersey’s Kids, Inc. has intensified efforts this week in support of Downtown Jersey City Councilman Steven Fulop in the Jersey City mayor’s race.




Zimmer presses Bhalla candidacy in LD33

HIGHLANDS – Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer appealed to the Hudson County Democratic Organization (HCDO) to throw its support behind Councilman Ravi Bhalla, who’s running for the Assembly in the 33rd District.





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Beach, Greenstein introduce campaign finance reform bill

TRENTON – Two senators introduced a campaign transparency bill Monday.

State Street Wire Staff



Bills passed in Assembly: Health exchange, distracted driving, more


TRENTON – The Assembly passed a number of bills today, including ones involving a public awareness campaign for Health Care Exchanges, developmental center locations, distracted driving laws, and more.

Bill Mooney-State Street Wire



Initial HUD payout, critical milestone

Six months after Sandy, many residents and business owners along New Jersey’s coast are still struggling to rebuild, but help is finally on the way.

The $1.83 billion in federal grant money that Gov. Chris Christie and HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan announced Monday is long overdue for people like Gert Sofman, owner of Gert’s Snacks and Spices, a combination ice cream shop and health food store in Highlands, New Jersey.

Scott Gurian- NJ Spotlight



Building the future: New Jersey colleges get $1.3 B for construction projects

The grants range from $101,060 for technology upgrades to classrooms at Rowan University, to $86.3 million to transform a New Jersey Institute of Technology building into a hub for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Mike Frassinelli – Star Ledger


‘Good Samaritan’ drug overdose bills advances in NJ along unusual path


Months after Governor Christie vetoed similar legislation, the state Senate passed a “Good Samaritan” bill Monday that offers immunity for people who call for help after a drug overdose.

The Assembly is expected to pass it Monday afternoon. If Christie signs the bill, overdose victims and the people who call for help could not be arrested or charged with minor drug offenses, like possessing or being under the influence of a controlled substance.


Michael Linhorst- The Record



County police official take over public safety in Camden

CAMDEN — Chief Scott Thomson was the last remaining person still wearing a Camden city police uniform Monday.

Jason Laday – South Jersey Times



Christie vows to probe Sandy hauler’s bill as Democrats cry foul

As he hailed the arrival of the first massive wave of federal Sandy aid in New Jersey, Governor Christie pledged to look into whether the state’s hand-picked debris removal firm profited from inflated bills.

Shawn Boburg and Melissa Hayes-The Record



Guns take center stage in Trenton as Senate panel hears gun control measures

— Family members of four Newtown shooting victims are coming to Trenton today in an attempt to break an impasse between the Senate and Assembly over a bill that would toughen the limit on ammunition magazines, gun control advocates said Monday.


Matt Friedman-Star Ledger



NJ pols not likely to face up to fiscal crisis

New Jersey faces a major long-term fiscal crisis that it should deal with now, but don’t look for political leaders from either party to even talk about the problem seriously until at least 2017, political scientists agree.

“There’s the reality of the numbers and the reality of the political situation,” said Ben Dworkin, director of Rider University’s Rebovich Institute for New Jersey Politics. “The numbers are daunting. Even after the recent reforms, we are still talking about tens of billions of dollars needed for pension and retiree health benefits.”

Mark Magyar-NJ Spotlight

NJ horsemen file sports betting brief in appeals court

A federal ban that prevents New Jersey from offering sports betting at the state’s casinos and racetracks “violates the liberty” of the thoroughbred horsemen to offer such gambling, the horsemen said in a brief filed in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday.

John Brennan- The Record



Bill would help speed emergency transfers between hospitals

Assemblywoman Nancy F. Munoz believes that her husband might still be alive if he didn’t have to wait some two hours for a transfer from one hospital to another.

The bill she is sponsoring A-792 would put a procedure in place to help eliminate that delay. It comes up for a vote today before the full Assembly

Andrew Kitchenman – NJ Spotlight



Editorial: NJ poll showing waning confidence among residents is bound the rebound

Garden State native and troubadour John Gorka puts it mildly in a song about his roots.

Trenton Times



There might be an increase in the Earned Income Tax Credit

We had a lively little terrier when my children were young, and they loved to dangle treats over his head just to see how high he could jump. It was a game the kids and the dog enjoyed because all knew he’d get that treat eventually.

Joan Quigley – Jersey Journal


  Morning News Digest: April 30, 2013