Morning Digest: May 29, 2013

Buono dings DiVincenzo at hall of fame dinner

It was an odd room of assorted characters with Essex County ties, none of whom squared off with as much symbolic significance as Democratic gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono and powerful Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo. Politicker



Holt: Climate change should prod elected officials to rise above politics

U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-12) today used science to make his own best case for bipartisanship today after attending President Barack Obama’s pro-Jersey Speech speech at the Asbury Park Convention Hall. Politicker


From the Back Room

Healy’s special guest at Obama speech

Jersey City Mayor Jerry Healy was going to President Barack Obama’s speech at Convention Hall in Asbury Park earlier today and he had an extra ticket. Politicker




Latest from State Street Wire

State Supreme Court keeps administration from seizing housing funds

TRENTON – The state Supreme Court kept in place a lower court injunction Tuesday that keeps the administration, for the moment, from claiming $165 million in affordable housing funds from municipalities. State Street Wire

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Six N.J. gas stations sued

Consumers thought they were filling their cars with ordinary, unleaded gasoline.  But, six New Jersey gas stations allegedly sold aviation fuel instead.  Now, those gas stations, their parent company and two fuel distribution firms are being sued by the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs. 101.5 FM




Revel’s new marketing strategy: fun

The word “revel” means to have fun. The Atlantic City casino named Revel, however, has been sorely lacking in the fun department, according to the marketing whiz who has been hired to help turn things around at the financially ailing megaresort. Atlantic City Press



Christie backs Rutgers despite new scandal

NEWARK — Gov. Chris Christie said Tuesday that he has “absolute confidence” in the president of Rutgers University even as some lawmakers have called for Robert Barchi to step down amid a string of embarrassing revelations for the university’s athletic department. Associated Press



LD 31 primary: Hudson voters have choice

The 31st Legislative District may typically go to Democrats, but it’s the Republicans who have an actual fight in the primaries.

With the Democrats only fielding incumbents, State Senator Sandra Cunningham and Assemblymen Charles Mainor and Jason O’Donnell have a clear path to the November ballot, showing none of the internal divisions found in the incumbent-less 33rd District race (more to come on this later this week). Likewise, Republican State Senator candidate Maria Karczewski, on the Hudson County Republican Party organization ticket, is running alone to represent the Republicans. Jersey City Independent



No partisan fire at beach

POINT PLEASANT BEACH, N.J. — Politics makes strange beachfellows. President Obama and Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey affirmed this notion, and enjoyed its benefits, on Tuesday in a drizzly reunion on the Jersey Shore, seven months after Hurricane Sandy punished the famous coastline and united them in an unlikely political partnership. NY Times



Black bear on loose in South Jersey

Watch out for the bear hug from the big, hairy guy seen roaming around Mount Laurel and Moorestown.

On Tuesday, Moorestown residents reported sightings of the 5-foot, 400-pound black bear seen over the last several days. Inquirer


Menendez donor gets probation

NEWARK, N.J. – A New Jersey man who conspired with his brother to violate federal elections laws has been sentenced to two years of probation. Associated Press


Rutgers new AD was involved in discrimination lawsuit

NEWARK, N.J. – Incoming Rutgers athletic director Julie Hermann was involved in a discrimination lawsuit while an administrator at Louisville, where an assistant track coach said she was fired after complaining to human resources. Associated Press


Analysis: Questions at Rutgers, but few answers

These were supposed to be good days for Rutgers University.

Its imminent merger with the state’s medical school and its move next year to a high-profile athletic conference were viewed as ways of elevating Rutgers’ national profile and burnishing its reputation, along with that of its president, Robert L. Barchi. Record



GOP freaking out over Obama attempt to fill empty court seats

WASHINGTON — Republican senators are fuming about President Barack Obama’s attempt to fill empty seats on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, charging him with “court-packing” and alleging that his push to confirm nominees is all politics. Huffington Post


Bachmann will not seek re-election

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) announced early Wednesday that she will not seek a fifth term in office.

The decision to bow out of the 2014 race was announced in a YouTube video on the congresswoman’s Website and on her Facebook page. Huffington Post



Vulnerable Dems have Obama problem

As Democrats try to keep their lock on the Senate next year, some of their most vulnerable incumbents have a problem with President Barack Obama: They can’t win with him, but they probably can’t win without him, either. Politico



Former White House aide pitches insurers on health care

Nancy-Ann DeParle helped get Obamacare enacted during President Barack Obama’s first term. In his second term, she’s trying to get insurers to pony up millions to get the law successfully launched. Politico




Christie gets his turn in presidential spotlight

President Obama returned to New Jersey on Tuesday with a valuable prop for Governor Christie — the lectern with the presidential seal prominently displayed. Stile, Record



Lessons from murders 10 years apart

Two murders, two cities, 10 years apart.

May 11, 2003: Sakia Gunn, 15, lesbian, is stabbed to death at Broad and Market streets in Newark after rejecting the advances of a man. Star-Ledger


Morning Digest: May 29, 2013