Morning Digest: May 31, 2013

Ramos launches Newark mayoral campaign

NEWARK – Promising to strive to ensure opportunity for the youth of his hometown, better schools and safer streets, North Ward Councilman Anibal Ramos launched his campaign for mayor in front of a packed room at the Robert Treat Hotel. PolitickerNJ



Senate candidate gives Christie unwanted love

Gov. Chris Christie has a new partner this election season, and together, they’ll get stuff done. PolitickerNJ



Gill vs. Alexander in closing days

To Essex County Democratic Party insiders, the time has come Tuesday for Mark Alexander to walk into the buzz saw of Joe DiVincenzo’s Democratic Party line, which would protect even the re-election status of the Invisible Man. PolitickerNJ




From The Back Room

Senate honors retiring secretary

TRENTON – The Senate honored retiring Secretary Kent St. John at Thursday’s voting session. PolitickerNJ



Latest from State Street Wire

Buono wants legislative hearings into Rutgers

TRENTON – Democratic Sen. and presumptive gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono called on the Senate floor Thursday for legislative hearings into the Rutgers University scandal involving the ongoing problems in the athletic department. State Street Wire

Sign up for a free trial of State Street Wire at 


Notes to Obama, Bloomberg had gun threats

New York City’s police commissioner says angry letters mailed to President Obama, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his gun control group contained threats about shooting people in the face. Townsquare News Media



State offers Sandy victims green rebates

Replacing appliances or business equipment destroyed by Superstorm Sandy? There’s a big financial incentive if you invest in energy efficient items. 101.5 FM



Rutgers merger spurs Moody’s downgrade

Rutgers University had its credit grade cut on $1.8 billion in debt by Moody’s Investors Service, which cited fiscal pressures from a merger with another state school, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Bloomberg




GOP sizes up Obama as midterm target

WASHINGTON — His name won’t be on any ballot in 2014. Or ever again, for that matter. NY Times



Five ex-governors back embattled Rutgers president

NEWARK, N.J. – Five former New Jersey governors, who served from the 1970s through 2004 and representing both major political parties, gave the embattled president of Rutgers University a vote of confidence Thursday. Associated Press



Assemblyman Brown denies using government resources to campaign

New Jersey Assemblyman Chris Brown says he made a “human error” when he posted a campaign event on the Internet using government letterhead and providing the phone numbers of staff at the taxpayer-funded Assembly Republican Office. Inquirer




TGI Fridays operator sued over alcohol investigation findings

Two Monmouth County women say it’s time for the nation’s leading operator of TGI Fridays to pony up. Star-Ledger



Giants, Jets renew suit against Meadowlands project

The stage has been set for a showdown between the two NFL franchises that share MetLife Stadium and the owners of the nation’s largest mall over the fate of the neighboring American Dream project. Record



FBI nominee was held captive as Bergen teen

He could be the country’s next top crime fighter, overseeing investigations into the most serious threats facing the nation. Record



AG to media: I get it

Attorney General Eric Holder expressed concern on Thursday about how the Department of Justice has handled recent media investigations at an off-the-record meeting with leading representatives of the press, according to those who were present. Politico



Debunking of economists continues

The debunking of Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff continues.

The Harvard economists have argued that mistakes and omissions in their influential research on debt and economic growth don’t change their ultimate austerity-justifying conclusion: That too much debt hurts growth. Huffington Post




Christie’s attack reflex

Gov. Chris Christie says the surgical band that helps him control his appetite is working quite well. So maybe he should consult a doctor about getting another one to control his ego. Star-Ledger



Ex-governors make for top PR firm

Rutgers University does not need to spend money hiring a top-flight public relations firm to help quell the controversy over the hiring of its new athletic director. Stile, Record



Morning Digest: May 31, 2013