Morning Digest: May 28, 2013

Orange Council members to endorse Alexander

State Senate hopeful Mark Alexander is set to be endorsed Tuesday by three members of the Orange City Council, officials said. Politicker

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New Rutgers AD won’t withdraw

Incoming Rutgers University athletic director Julie Hermann, hired in the wake of a player-abuse scandal and then accused of similar actions herself, has said she will not withdraw. Inquirer



Incoming Rutgers AD says she was intensive, not abusive

Rutgers athletic director Julie Hermann held a brief conference call with reporters from four New Jersey newspapers, including The Star-Ledger, to address Sunday’s story that alleged Hermann had been abusive as the Tennessee women’s volleyball coach in the 1990s. Star-Ledger




Towns saddled with costs as police lawsuits pile up

They are among the most generously compensated public employees in New Jersey, with rank-and-file members routinely earning more than $100,000 a year with a full pension after 25 years. Record



Schumer says scrap Statue of Liberty security plan

Senator Charles E. Schumer called on the National Park Service on Monday to scrap what he called a dangerous new security plan for the Statue of Liberty, saying that it could leave visitors to the tourist attraction vulnerable to a terrorist attack. NY Times




Gun makers saw no role in curbing improper sales

The Glock executive testified that he would keep doing business with a gun dealer who had been indicted on a charge of violating firearms laws because “This is still America” and “You’re still innocent until proven guilty.” NY Times


Bill introduced by Menendez, Sires would maximize funding aid

To maximize federal aid New Jersey would receive should another superstorm wallop the Garden State, Sen. Robert Menendez and U.S. Rep. Albio Sires have introduced legislation to increase funding for hazard mitigation. Jersey Journal


Hazardous chemicals lasting legacy of Sandy

The many stenches of superstorm Sandy are unforgettable: bay mud and slime, festering mold, dead refrigerators with their rotting contents. Home News Tribune


National Park officials criticize banks for neglecting abandoned homes

It’s not a problem that’s particular to National Park, and Mayor Mark Cooper suspects towns are dealing with similar issues across the country. Gloucester County Times



Homebuilding accelerates in N.J.

WOODLAND PARK, N.J. (AP) — Home building in New Jersey is accelerating this year, as the state continues its slow recovery from the worst housing bust since World War II. Burlington County Times



Much of Red Cross Sandy funding remains unspent

A third of the money the Red Cross has raised to help victims of Superstorm Sandy is still unspent, nearly seven months after the disaster. Townsquare News Network



Politics set aside while Obama visits N.J.

President Barack Obama and Gov. Chris Christie will reunite in a tour of the coastline today, seven months after a similar meeting resulted in the shunning of Christie by conservatives across the nation. Asbury Park Press




Boehner’s shrinking power

House Speaker John Boehner, who by title and position should be the second most powerful person in Washington, sure doesn’t seem or sound like it. Politico


After ’08 debacle, who would Clinton hire?

Back in 2008, Hillary Clinton committed so many management sins it was hard to keep track of them all — yet none was worse than failing to establish a coherent, functional chain of command. Politico




Hermann gets benefit of doubt Pernetti never received

The most galling part about what Rutgers did Monday was not its decision to keep Julie Hermann as athletic director. That, in a weird way, at least shows that the university will stand for something. Politi, Star-Ledger




Pascrell known for appeal to ethnicities

Call him Commendatore Pascrell now.

Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. picketed “The Sopranos” to fight negative Italian stereotypes. He fought to promote Italian achievements by pressing his colleagues in Congress to mandate a Congressional Gold Medal for Constantino Brumidi, the Italian artist whose fresco fills the inside of the Capitol dome, and a commemorative stamp for Marine Gunnery Sgt John Basilone, a World War II hero. Jackson, Record



An Obamacare shock is coming

The Affordable Care Act, a k a Obamacare, goes fully into effect at the beginning of next year, and predictions of disaster are being heard far and wide. There will be an administrative “train wreck,” we’re told; consumers will face a terrible shock. Republicans, one hears, are already counting on the law’s troubles to give them a big electoral advantage. Krugman, Huffington Post

Morning Digest: May 28, 2013