Morning News Digest – April 9, 2013

Webster appears secure for June ballot placement

The Democratic State Committee this evening withdrew its challenge to the petition signatures of gubernatorial candidate Troy Webster.

Max Pizarro-PolitickerNJ.com

 

http://www.politickernj.com/64534/webster-appears-secure-june-ballot-placement

 

Still fighting, Johnson not optimistic about chances of staying on ballot

It’s not looking good for the gubernatorial candidacy of former Glen Ridge Mayor Carl Bergmanson.

Max Pizarro-PolitickerNJ.com

 

http://www.politickernj.com/64533/still-fighting-bergmanson-not-optimistic-about-chances-staying-ballot

 

 

Friends show Cryan love at packed fundraiser

Friends and political backers of Assemblyman Joe Cryan (D-20) showered the lawmaker with fundraising love Monday evening at the Blackthorn Restaurant and Irish Pub.

Max Pizarro – PolitickerNJ.com

 

http://www.politickernj.com/64532/friends-show-cryan-love-packed-fundraiser

 

 

Barchi did not commit ‘a fireable offense’

 

TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie vehemently defended Rutgers University President Robert Barchi, saying he took action by firing men’s basketball coach Mike Rice as soon as the controversial video became public, causing an avalanche of media attention.

Minhaj Hassan-PolitickerNJ.com

 

http://www.politickernj.com/64521/barchi-did-not-commit-fireable-offense-christie-says

 

 

 

Revenue outlook: Partisan differences continue

TRENTON – The Senate Budget Committee hearing Monday with Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff followed up along the partisan lines set down last week during his appearance before the Assembly budget panel.

Bill Mooney-State Street Wire

 

http://www.politickernj.com/64527/revenue-outlook-partisan-differences-continue

 

 

Rosen says OLS did not pick a fight w. Christie Administration

TRENTON – The chairman of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee came to the defense of the Office of Legislative Services’ budget and finance officer Monday. 

Matthew Arco-State Street Wire

 

http://www.politickernj.com/64511/rosen-says-ols-didnt-pick-fight-christie-administration

 

Campaign money helps feed DiVencenzo

 

NEWARK — Joseph DiVincenzo appears to campaign on his stomach.

 

Ted Sherman – The Star Ledger

 

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2013/04/campaign_money_helps_feed_divi.html#incart_m-rpt-1

 

 

Coalition of union affiliates endorses Buono

TRENTON — Barbara Buono, Democratic candidate for governor, tonight picked up the endorsement of the New Jersey State Industrial Union Council, a group of affiliates from the state’s public sector unions.

Jenna Portnoy – The Star-Ledger

 

http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/04/union_group_endorses_buono_for.html#incart_special-report

 

 

Obama kicks off last gun control push

President Barack Obama’s gone from ambitious arguments for sweeping gun control to trying to stop a filibuster.

Reid Epstein – Politico

 

http://www.politico.com/story/2013/04/obama-kicks-off-last-gun-control-push-89783.html

 

Chris Christie stands by Rutgers president, saying it’s time to move on

TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie today stood by Rutgers University President Robert Barchi in the wake of a scandal that has already claimed the jobs of the school’s basketball coach and athletic director.

Brent Johnson and Jenna Portnoy- the Star Ledger

 

http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/04/chris_christie_rutgers_mike_ri.html#incart_river

 

Rutgers leader put on spot at raucous crowd demands answers

The Rutgers coaching uproar entered its second week Monday, with the university president facing his vocal — and sometimes heckling — critics at a packed public meeting, Governor Christie standing firmly by him and the school promising an independent review of all of its sports practice videos for any evidence of bullying.

Patricia Alex, Melissa Hayes, and Michael Linhorst – the Record

 

http://www.northjersey.com/news/education/_Rutgers_to_commision_independent_review_of_.html

 

 

Christie’s education budget: Reading between the lines

Now comes the grunt work on Gov. Chris Christie’s proposed fiscal 2014 budget, as the state Legislature begins its department-by-department reviews of the $32.8 billion spending plan — starting this week with education.

John Mooney- NJ Spotlight

 

http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/13/04/08/christie-s-education-budget-reading-between-the-line-items/

 

 

School districts to pay more for school construction projects

TRENTON — Hundreds of school districts will pay more in debt service on construction projects for the budget year beginning July 1, state Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff said today.

Jarrett Renshaw-Star-Ledger

 

http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/04/less_state_aid_as_school_distr.html

 

Rutgers could begin rebuilding reputation with investigation

 

Today’s announcement that Rutgers University will commission an independent adviser to investigate the way the school handled the firing of the men’s basketball head coach, Mike Rice, could be the first step in rebuilding the school’s reputation, according to one sports law expert.

 

Melinda Caliendo – NJBIZ

 

http://www.njbiz.com/article/20130408/NJBIZ01/130409829/Expert:-Rutgers-could-begin-rebuilding-reputation-with-investigation

 

 

Opinion

 

Christie lends helping hand in hoops scandal

 

Governor Christie stressed Monday that he doesn’t micromanage the internal affairs of Rutgers University.

 

Charles Stile- The Record

 

http://www.northjersey.com/news/education/Christie_lends_a_helping_hand_in_hoops_scandal.html

 

Kelly: Pressed for answers drops the ball

Every crisis reaches a potential turning point.

Mike Kelly- The Record

 

http://www.northjersey.com/columnists/kelly/Pressed_for_answers_Barchi_drops_the_ball.html

 

Morning News Digest – April 9, 2013