Morning Digest: May 30, 2013

Romano mulls Hoboken mayoral race

HOBOKEN – A former police captain may get in the Hoboken mayor’s race.

“I haven’t ruled it out,” said Freeholder Anthony Romano, amid buzz of the local brand putting out his feelers. PolitickerNJ


Obe readies for Lesniak showdown

ELIZABETH – Once again, dockfront Legislative District 20 marks the scene of arguably the most compelling election of the season, as one of the state’s last surviving pit bosses of his generation, veteran Senator Ray Lesniak, faces a single mother from Roselle with little to no political experience. PolitickerNJ



From the Back Room

Mad magazine lampoons Christie/Obama ‘bromance’

People Magazine is not the only tabloid to take notice of Gov. Chris Christie this month.

Mad Magazine has its own take on the governor’s beach and boardwalk getaway Tuesday with his new BFF, President Obama. PolitickerNJ



Latest from State Street Wire

Assembly GOP wants action on sick leave payouts

TRENTON – The specter of Jersey City having to pay $5 million for approximately 25 retiring police department employees has led four lawmakers to urge action on sick pay reform legislation. State Street Wire

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Bachmann retirement tea party turning point

U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann’s decision to leave Congress marks a changing guard in the anti-tax Tea Party movement as it girds for its next battle later this year over an increase in the nation’s debt ceiling. Bloomberg




BPU approves solar plan

The board that regulates New Jersey’s utilities has approved a nearly half-billion-dollar solar energy plan proposed by the state’s largest energy company. Townsquare News



Brother of bullied Rutgers student shares message

James Clementi remembers clearly the night he was told his little brother had died.

“I just thought, no way,” Clementi recalled Wednesday at a state Anti-Bullying Conference in Galloway Township. “It was like someone pulled the rug out from underneath me.” Camden Courier-Post




Six troopers sue Conrail over Paulsboro derailment

CAMDEN — Six New Jersey State Police troopers have sued Conrail in the wake of a train derailment that sent a cloud of toxic gas through Paulsboro last year. Camden Courier-Post



Jersey City administration seeks budget changes

Jersey City administration officials asked the City Council last night to consider amending the introduced 2013 city budget to correct a roughly $6 million shortfall, but the council narrowly rejected the move after four council members changed their votes. Jersey Journal



Former Bush official said to be Obama pick for FBI

WASHINGTON — President Obama plans to nominate James B. Comey, a former hedge fund executive who served as a senior Justice Department official under President George W. Bush, to replace Robert S. Mueller III as the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to two people with knowledge of the selection. NY Times


For Medicare, immigrants offer surplus, study finds

Immigrants have contributed billions of dollars more to Medicare in recent years than the program has paid out on their behalf, according to a new study, a pattern that goes against the notion that immigrants are a drain on federal health care spending. NY Times



Lautenberg honored for service to Jewish community

NEW YORK – New Jersey’s U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (LOW’-tuhn-burg) has been honored for his contributions to the Jewish community and Israel. Associated Press


Wildwood considers baggy pants ban

WILDWOOD, N.J. – Wildwood officials are considering rules that would require visitors to pull up their pants, put on a shirt and wear shoes while on the town’s boardwalk. Associated Press


Emails reveal Rutgers’ discord over hiring AD

The controversy over the appointment of Julie Hermann as Rutgers athletic director continued today as e-mails emerged showing infighting within the university over whether the new hire was properly vetted. Star-Ledger


N.J. breaks record with snow removal costs

New Jersey’s “black pavement policy” is costing taxpayers plenty of green.

Despite relatively low snowfall totals, the state Department of Transportation spent a record $62 million fighting snow and ice for the winter of 2012-13, shattering the $56 million spent during the 2010-11 winter season. Star-Ledger


No violations filed yet in booze probe

No charges have yet been filed against any of the 29 bars and restaurants, among them two Bergen establishments and one in Passaic, raided by state investigators a week ago looking into allegations that they sold cheap liquor – or worse – as premium brands, the Attorney General’s Office said Wednesday. Record


Final report near on North Haledon officials’ Sandy generator use

A special North Haledon Borough Council committee has nearly completed its inquiry into the use of borough generators by Mayor Randy George and Police Chief Robert Bracco following superstorm Sandy nearly eight months ago. Record


New Anthony Weiner same as the old

In the week since he took the New York City mayoral race by storm, Anthony Weiner has delighted in the media circus he singlehandedly created. He has mixed it up with reporters and taunted longtime adversaries in the same manner that made him a liberal lightning rod in Congress. Politico


Ricin letter sent to Bloomberg over guns

Letters sent to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his anti-gun violence group appeared to include the substance ricin and also issued threats to Bloomberg that referenced gun issues, the chief spokesman for the New York City Police Department confirmed in a statement on Wednesday. Politico


Trump: U.S. desperate for leadership

Donald Trump wants a change in presidential leadership in 2016 — though he’s not ready to say if that change should come from him.

“People in this country are just desperate for leadership,” Trump told Fox News’ Neil Cavuto on Wednesday when asked, shying away from a direct answer. “So whether it’s me or frankly, let it be somebody, but somebody has to straighten out this country. We’re in trouble.” Politico



IRS systematically targets medical marijuana companies

The tea party has company. For the past several years, the Internal Revenue Service has been systematically targeting medical marijuana establishments, relying on an obscure statute that gives the taxing agency unintended power. The IRS has been functioning as an arm of justice, employing the U.S. tax code as a weapon in the federal government’s ongoing war against legal cannabis. Huffington Post

Morning Digest: May 30, 2013