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.



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.




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 –



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.





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



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


Campaign money helps feed DiVencenzo


NEWARK — Joseph DiVincenzo appears to campaign on his stomach.


Ted Sherman – The Star Ledger



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



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


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


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



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



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


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





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


Kelly: Pressed for answers drops the ball

Every crisis reaches a potential turning point.

Mike Kelly- The Record

  Morning News Digest – April 9, 2013