Morning Digest: May 15, 2013

Fulop wins convincing victory

Downtown Jersey City Councilman Steve Fulop unseated incumbent Jerry Healy in a hard fought and at time nasty mayoral contest. Politicker



Upset in Hackensack

The Citizens For Change team in Hackensack swept to victory tonight winning all five four-year council seats. Politicker

Healy ‘ready, willing and hopefully able’ to help Fulop

JERSEY CITY – Mayor Jerramiah Healy told a crowd of supporters “we’re rooting for the new administration” as he conceded the Jersey City mayor’s race Tuesday evening. Politicker


From The Back Room

The faces in the room

In the euphoric Fulop crowd tonight could be glimpsed the faces of numerous political insiders… Politicker



Latest from State Street Wire

Ongoing battle over control of affordable housing money

TRENTON – It’s been a game of ping pong for more than a year on the affordable housing trust funds issue. State Street Wire

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Three obstacles hit Obama in rapid succession

President Obama seemed to lose control of his second-term agenda even before he was sworn in, when a school massacre led him to lift gun control to the fore. Now, as the president tries to pivot from a stinging defeat on that issue and push forward on others, multiple controversies are demoralizing his allies and emboldening his political foes. Associated Press



Prince Harry tours storm-damaged shore

Ema Bandazian and Liel Sterling were still beaming with broad smiles long after Britain’s Prince Harry had left Seaside Heights. Record


Princeton Council asks feds to boost pipeline transparency

Council members passed a resolution yesterday calling on the federal agency overseeing a pipeline project through a swath of town and the pipeline construction company itself to ensure that the environment and the town’s population won’t be adversely affected by construction. Trenton Times


First-responders sue in Paulsboro derailment

Numerous plaintiffs, including a dozen police officers who rushed to the scene of a November train derailment in Paulsboro, sued on Monday, alleging that the rail company’s negligence caused the derailment, and that it downplayed the dangers of a chemical spill and failed to protect responders. Inquirer



As Christie prepped guns plan, NRA sent cash

I guess the National Rifle Association (NRA) isn’t mad at Christie for calling its controversial ad featuring the Obama daughters “reprehensible.” Katz, Inquirer



Flaws cited at IRS in Tea Party scrutiny

WASHINGTON — An inspector general’s report issued Tuesday blamed ineffective Internal Revenue Service management in the failure to stop employees from singling out conservative groups for added scrutiny. Congressional aides, meanwhile, sought to determine whether the Obama administration’s knowledge of the effort extended beyond the I.R.S. NY Times


Budget deficit shrinks far faster than expected

WASHINGTON — Since the recession ended four years ago, the federal budget deficit has topped $1 trillion every year. But now the government’s annual deficit is shrinking far faster than anyone in Washington expected, and perhaps even faster than many economists think is advisable for the health of the economy.  NY Times



Did IRS target N.J. Tea Party groups?

After the Internal Revenue Service disclosed last week that it had singled out dozens of Tea Party-inspired groups for increased scrutiny, Congressman Scott Garrett is asking the head of the tax collection agency whether it targeted groups from New Jersey. Star-Ledger



Prince meets Jersey Shore ready for post-Sandy summer

After the biggest Atlantic storm on record struck the New Jersey shore last October, Seaside Heights Mayor William Akers was asked repeatedly if the town would rebuild in time to welcome summer tourists. “Oh, no problem,” he’d reply. Bloomberg


Obama says IRS findings ‘intolerable’

President Obama blasted the findings Tuesday of the investigation into the Internal Revenue Service’s heightened scrutiny of conservative groups as “intolerable and inexcusable.” Politico


Bill would force environmental justice

The state has talked a lot in recent years about environmental justice — a term used to question why major polluting facilities are often located in the poorest urban areas. But to many local activists, New Jersey has decidedly not backed up its words with deeds. NJ Spotlight


Kasko in line to be Haddonfield mayor

HADDONFIELD — Despite supporting a hotly contested referendum shot down by Haddonfield residents in January, Commissioner Jeff Kasko not only kept his seat on the board, but was the top vote-getter Tuesday during a nonpartisan election. Camden Courier-Post




The day Obama administration went all Nixon on us

Spoiler alert: That day was May 7, 2012… but first a quick history lesson.

Okay, I’m one of those folks who obsesses about the late 1960s and early 1970s, but this time it’s really important. Because today that is the rallying cry for any presidential scandal, that this one is “worse than Watergate.” But the Watergate break-in happened 41 years ago, which means that more than half of all Americans weren’t even born yet, so you can’t blame a lot of voters if they don’t know much about what Watergate and the related scandals of Richard Milhous Nixon were all about. Bunch, Huffington Post


Catholic church suffers another failure

It was appalling to see the Rev. Michael Fugee, the Catholic priest who admitted groping a teenage boy in 2001, show up in a photo surrounded by young people. Trenton Times

  Morning Digest: May 15, 2013