Morning Digest: May 10, 2013

Lawsuits fly in Jersey City

Jersey City Mayor Jerry Healy today filed a lawsuit to stop what it says is collusion between his opponent and an outside PAC. Politicker


Buono rips Christie over veto of early voting bill

TRENTON – Presumptive Democratic gubernatorial candidate Sen. Barbara Buono criticized Gov. Chris Christie Thursday for his veto of the early voting bill. Politicker


From the Back Room

Watson Coleman seeks support for O’Donnell

Sources told that Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-15), chair of Barbara Buono’s gubernatorial campaign, reached out to Democratic Party leaders Thursday night in an attempt to coalesce support for the next Democratic State Party chairman. Politicker


Latest from State Street Wire

DCA budget hearing ground zero for partisan bickering over taxes

TRENTON – Assembly lawmakers spent hours talking to the state’s top housing regulator Thursday, with much of the time focused on Democrats criticizing the Republican administration’s “victory” over rising property taxes. State Street Wire

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FBI didn’t tell Boston police of Russian tip

WASHINGTON — The F.B.I. did not tell the Boston police about the 2011 warning from Russia about Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the two brothers accused in the Boston Marathon bombings, the city’s police chief said Thursday during the first public Congressional hearing on the terrorist attack. NY Times


$45M taken in brazen ATM heists scheme

It was a brazen bank heist, but a 21st-century version in which the criminals never wore ski masks, threatened a teller or set foot in a vault. NY Times


Shaq-backed project for Atlantic City

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Atlantic City plans to bring a $75 million development project, including a movie theater and supermarket, to a neighborhood near the Revel and Showboat casinos. Associated Press


Suicide hotline gets 300 calls in first day

A suicide hotline for New Jersey has received about 300 calls since it was launched May 1, state officials said Thursday. Inquirer


Rutgers receives $12M grant for UMDNJ integration

The Rutgers University integration with most of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey is getting a $12.5 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to facilitate the integration. NJ Biz$12-million-grant-for-integration-with-UMDNJ


Hospital charges billed to Medicare cover wide range

Many New Jersey patients never see the amounts that hospitals charge for their services — but if they did take a look at the numbers, they might feel another hospital trip was in order. NJ Spotlight


Gang of Eight throws GOP a bone

The Senate Gang of Eight made a series of overt attempts Thursday to win over Republicans on immigration reform, using the first day of Judiciary Committee debate to tighten border security measures on the bill. Politico


Cheney: Subpoena Clinton

WASHINGTON — Former Vice President Dick Cheney met with House Republicans on Thursday morning, suggesting they may need to subpoena former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to get more answers on the deadly Sept. 11, 2012, attack in Benghazi, Libya. Huffington Post


Bayshore Sewerage Authority needs $20M for Sandy repairs

The Bayshore Regional Sewerage Authority needs to spend $20 million to repair the water damage it sustained after superstorm Sandy. Asbury Park Press


Paterson diocese wants reports on embattled priest’s behavior

At a time when the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark is the focus of intense scrutiny over its handling of a priest accused of molesting a child, the diocese representing parishes in Passaic and Morris counties is asking for information about “inappropriate behavior” by the cleric, who was barred for life from working around children. Bergen Record


Analysis: Christie success on taxes debatable

One of Governor Christie’s top Cabinet officials boasted during a legislative hearing on Thursday that the Republican governor’s property tax policies have been “a resounding success.” Democrats bristled, pointing to record-high bills compounded by slashed relief. Bergen Record



The Republicans’ Benghazi obsession

Before Wednesday’s hearing on the attack in Benghazi, Libya, Republicans in Congress promised explosive new details about the administration’s mishandling of the episode. Instead, the hearing showed, yet again, that sober fact-finding is not their mission. Common sense and good judgment have long given way to conspiracy-mongering and a relentless effort to discredit President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. NY Times



Flawed Heritage study on immigration reform

The Heritage Foundation belly-flopped into the debate over immigration reform this week, releasing a study that painted immigrants as a bunch of welfare loafs, which got roundly criticized as deeply flawed. Star-Ledger


   Morning Digest: May 10, 2013