Morning Digest: May 9, 2013

Black voters hit polls in record numbers last year

A new report from the U.S. Census Bureau puts numbers to the phenomenon that many analysts and pundits say could spell trouble for the GOP on the national level. Politicker


Bhalla won’t pursue LD 33 Assembly seat

Hoboken Councilman Ravi Bhalla won’t run for an LD 33 Assembly seat, according to an email he sent to supporters this afternoon. Politicker


Christie, McGreevey agree on treatment for drug offenders

KEARNY – Policy-wise, Gov. Christ Christie and former Gov. James McGreevey may not agree on much. Politicker



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Finance Board looks favorably on $70M bond application for Rowan-Osteopathic

TRENTON – The Local Finance Board recommended approval on Wednesday for $70 million in bonds in connection with the higher-education reorganization. State Street Wire

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Ongoing investigations revealed against more N.Y. lawmakers

This afternoon, courts released a sentencing document for State Senator Shirley Huntley, detailing her cooperation with federal authorities in the wake of her arrest in a bribery scheme. PolitickerNY



Colleges soak poor students to funnel aid to rich

U.S. colleges such as Boston University are using financial aid to lure rich students while shortchanging the poor, forcing those most in need to take on heavy debt, a report found. Bloomberg



Increase in military sex assaults brings call for change

Democratic lawmakers and victims’ advocates said they will push to strip U.S. military commanders of the power to prosecute sexual assaults after a Pentagon survey found attacks jumped 35 percent over the past two years. Bloomberg



AG: Gun buybacks net over 10,000 weapons

TOTOWA, N.J. (AP) — State officials say they have now collected more than 10,000 firearms through gun buyback programs staged throughout New Jersey in recent months. Associated Press



Lockdowns at Eastern, Cherry Hill East reflect post-Boston mentality

VOORHEES — The car sitting in a Voorhees parking lot seemed unusual, what with an empty gun holster strapped to the dashboard and an ammunition tin and duffel bag resting on a seat. Camden Courier-Post



Christie surgeon was sued

Gov. Chris Christie has downplayed risks in his lap-band surgery at NYU’s Langone Weight Management Program, but New York authorities investigated the clinic three years ago after three patients died following bariatric procedures there. N.J. Press Media|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s



Contract blamed for extra mileage charges in Sandy cleanup

A debris removal firm handpicked by the state to clean up after superstorm Sandy benefited from a contract that is vague on key points — like how mileage on hauls to the dump is calculated — resulting in at least tens of thousands in extra charges, a report released on Wednesday by a state-hired monitor said. Record


Asian-American leaders meet with Obama

Top Asian-American leaders met Wednesday with President Barack Obama and senior staff in a meeting that participants called a “meaningful” discussion on immigration, health care and civil rights. Politico


Haddonfield readies for Tuesday election

incumbents, three new office-seekers, and one former officeholder will vie for three seats on Haddonfield’s board of commissioners Tuesday. Inquirer


Christie turns key Dems into political assets

On Wednesday, the topic was drug treatment and his Democratic costar was former Gov. Jim McGreevey. Associated Press




It’s people who do the killing

Shortly after the horrid killings in Newtown, Conn., it seemed the entire country was in a unified mode, demanding new, better and stricter gun control laws. Around that time, I sent a letter to the editor arguing that the thousands of gun control laws presently in effect across the nation are of little value, for various reasons. Barrett, Burlington County Times


Christie bullies his way to free ride from national media

Gov. Christie is a gifted politician who, most experts agree, will easily win re-election. Achieving a job approval rating in the mid-70s in one of the nation’s bluest states while governing as a right-wing conservative is extraordinary. Stoolmacher, Trenton Times


Morning Digest: May 9, 2013