Morning News Digest – May 2, 2013

Jabbing at Christie ad, Buono say she was always proud to be from New Jersey Appearing tonight on The Last

Jabbing at Christie ad, Buono say she was always proud to be from New Jersey

Appearing tonight on The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, presumptive Democratic gubernatorial nominee Barbara Buono bashed incumbent Republican Gov. Chris Christie on all fronts, starting with what she cited was Christie’s failed leadership on gun control.

Max Pizarro-



Christie shows up in support of Cunningham

JERSEY CITY – The SUV pulled up to Liberty House in Jersey City outside state Sen. Sandra Cunningham’s (D-31) fundraiser and when the back door opened a pair of loafers hit the deck.

Gov. Chris Christie emerged and entered the party, a wine tasting event for the Democrat’s re-election bid.



Fulop to supporters: ‘We need your help’

JERSEY CITY – They spilled through the double doors and into the long bar and kept spilling, with Downtown City Councilman Steve Fulop at the far end of the Rathskeller receiving line.



Gun control: internal squabble a familiar spot for Democrats

A familiar drama has been playing out at the State House over the past week as Democrats in the Senate and Assembly bicker over their respective gun control packages.




Latest from State Street Wire


Christie, Dems unveil new Camden County police force

CAMDEN – Gov. Chris Christie stood side-by-side today with Camden Democrats to usher in the city’s newest police force.

The governor joined local leaders and Senate President Steve Sweeney for the official rolling out of the Camden County Regional Police Force. The new agency consolidated the city and county police forces.

Matthew Arco-State Street Wire


From the Back Room


Roseman back with Democratic legislative team

Former Senate Democrats Communications Director Derek Roseman, who left the office earlier this year, is back in state politics and will be working for the legislative campaign team.

Darryl R.


Buono calls for Newark Archbishop to resign

The leading Democratic candidate for governor on Wednesday called for New Jersey’s highest-ranking Roman Catholic bishop to step down amid a growing furor over church officials’ defense of a priest who confessed to groping a Wyckoff boy.

Jeff Green and Michael Linhorst- The Record

East Orange council demands Mayor Bowser resigns

EAST ORANGE — A majority of the East Orange city council called for longtime Mayor Robert Bowser, who is feverishly seeking reelection, to step down following the latest revelations in a sexual discrimination suit filed by his former employee.

Eunice Lee-Star Ledger

State board of education adjusts teacher evaluation rules

TRENTON — After hearing criticism about a plan to rely heavily on student test scores in evaluating teachers, the state Board of Education today cut back — slightly — the amount of weight given to the scores.

Jeanette Rundquist-Star Ledger


Jon Bon Jovi to join Christie today at drug overdose bill signing

PATERSON — When Gov. Chris Christie signs the Good Samaritan Overdose Prevention Act at a drug treatment facility in Paterson today, Jersey rocker Jon Bon Jovi will be at his side.


Susan K.Livio-Star Ledger

3 more Boston Marathon bombing suspect taken into consideration

BOSTON — Three more suspects were taken into custody in the Boston Marathon bombing case, including two college friends of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev who came to the U.S. from Kazakhstan, authorities and a defense attorney said today.


The Associated Press

Christie gets OK to seize $140M that NJ towns set aside for affordable housing

The state’s top housing regulator on Wednesday authorized the Christie administration’s plan to take $140 million that towns had set aside for local affordable housing projects, money the governor needs now to balance the state’s budget with just a few months left in the current fiscal year.


Anthony Campisi-The Record


Unemployment rates fall in 90 percent of cities

WASHINGTON – Unemployment rates fell in nearly 90 percent of large U.S. cities in March, though most of the declines likely occurred because more Americans stopped looking for work, rather than found jobs.


Christopher S. Rugaber-Associated Press


Indicted NJ engineering services firm Birdsall wants to pay $728,300 in bonuses

TRENTON — The bankrupt engineering firm Birdsall Services Group, which was indicted by a state grand jury in March for conspiracy and money laundering, today asked a federal judge to approve $728,300 in “retention” bonuses for senior management and employees.


Christopher Baxter – Star Ledger

Student test scores to carry just al ittle less weight for tenure decisions

After an extraordinary amount of public comment and some high-level meetings, the Christie administration has hedged on its plans to use test scores to evaluate teachers — but not by much.


John Mooney-NJ Spotlight

Bergen county lawmakers expand limits of campaign contributions

By a bipartisan 6-1 vote, the Bergen County Freeholders on Wednesday night increased the amount no-bid contractors can contribute to county political organizations: an additional $5,200, a compromise from the original limit of $20,000 introduced two weeks ago.


John Ensslin – The Record

Christie in talks with Shore landowners over sand dune rights

Governor Christie’s administration has been negotiating with private property owners to allow sand dunes on their land – the same people the governor called “knuckleheads” before dismissing their concerns as “bullshit” at a public meeting where he discussed the state’s recovery from superstorm Sandy.


Melissa Hayes-The Record


The Record: Building dunes

THERE ARE few things that Governor Christie has spoken with more passion about than the Jersey Shore, or, precisely, rebuilding the Shore in the wake of superstorm Sandy. That passion was on display again Tuesday in Long Beach Township, where Christie spoke, at times in not-child-friendly language, about a $1.83 billon federal grant program to bolster the rebuilding of residential and business properties damaged in the storm, and also about another issue close to his heart: sand dunes.

The Record


Christie needs to run on his own record, not Corzine’s

The early strategy emerging from the Christie reelection campaign appears to be one of reminding voters of the four years served by the man he defeated in 2009 and warning that a vote for his Democratic opponent this November is tantamount to a return to those days

Carl Golden-NJ Spotlight


  Morning News Digest – May 2, 2013