Morning News Digest – May 20, 2013

Dems warn Christie will tack right if re-elected

ATLANTIC CITY – Democratic Party officials came together in Southern Jersey Friday evening to rally behind the state lawmaker set to challenge Republican Gov. Chris Christie.

Sen. Barbara Buono was surrounded in Atlantic City by top party officials who say it’s time to rally behind their standard bearer in the fight to defeat Christie. They argue the incumbent is setting himself up to get ready for a 2016 presidential race, and that he will stray far from working with the needs of New Jersey’s Democratic population if re-elected in November.

Matthew Arco-PolitickerNJ.com

http://www.politickernj.com/65650/dems-warn-christie-will-tack-right-if-re-elected

 

Buono says O’Donnell is the right man for the job

ATLANTIC CITY – Amid some intra-party controversy over the presumptive Democratic gubernatorial nominee’s choice for next state party chairperson, state Sen. Barbara Buono says the party is united.

Matthew Arco-PolitickerNJ.com

http://www.politickernj.com/65649/buono-says-odonnell-right-man-job

 

Triple Five mega mall project receives approval

EAST RUTHERFORD – The massive project known as American Dream received the go ahead today from the Sports and Exposition Authority.

The development proposal once known as Xanadu has gone through a change of developers, and now includes approximately 300 shops, a fine-dining restaurant and an amustement park.

Minhaj Hassan-State Street Wire

http://www.politickernj.com/65632/triple-five-mall-project-receives-approval

 

Sierra Club criticizes American Dream megamall project

EAST RUTHERFORD – New Jersey Sierra Club Executive Director Jeff Tittel slammed the proposed megamall project once known as Xanadu, describing it as “the wrong project, wrong place and wrong time.”

Minhaj Hassan-State Street Wire

 

http://www.politickernj.com/65626/sierra-club-criticizes-megamall-project

Burlington City mayor endorses Christie

BURLINGTON CITY – Chalk up another Democratic mayoral endorsement for Republican Gov. Chris Christie.

PolitickerNJ staff

 

http://www.politickernj.com/65624/burlington-city-mayor-backs-christie-re-election

 

 

 

Christie’s revenue figures expected to fall short by $1B, top budget officers says

TRENTON — The state’s top legislative budget officer will tell lawmakers Monday that Gov. Chris Christie’s revenue figures for the next 13 months will fall short by nearly $1 billion, The Star-Ledger has learned.

Jarrett Renshaw – Star Ledger

http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/05/christies_revenue_figures_for.html#incart_river_default

 

No shore thing: Jersey beach businesses battle perception over readiness to open

Joe Guarino is convinced this summer will be a good one for his 47-room motel in Ortley Beach that was battered by Superstorm Sandy last October.

Hugh Morley – The Record

http://www.northjersey.com/news/state/No_shore_thing_Jersey_beach_businesses_open.html

 

Buono voted 154 times to raise taxes

Politifact-Star Ledger

http://www.politifact.com/new-jersey/statements/2013/may/19/christie-governor/barbara-buono-voted-increases-taxes-fees-154-times/

 

Christie defends appearance in publicly-funded tourism ads

BURLINGTON — Gov. Chris Christie today defended his starring role in publicly funded tourism ads that Democrats say gives him an unfair advantage in the race for governor.

Jenna Portnoy- Star Ledger

http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/05/gov_christie_defends_his_role.html#incart_river

 

Gold Coast towns seek beach funds

The state Senate Environment and Energy Committee is expected to vote today on whether to advance a bill to make communities along the Gold Coast eligible for government funding to repair the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway, left damaged by Superstorm Sandy.

Linh Tat-The Record

http://www.northjersey.com/news/208096991_Gold_Coast_towns_seek_beach_funds.html

 

Owners of for-profit hospitals cash in on land beneath

Three years after Bayonne Medical Center’s new for-profit owners bought the hospital at bankruptcy for the equivalent of $32 million, they sold its land and buildings for $58 million. Then they leased it back and continued to run the hospital — enhancing their profits through some of the highest hospital charges in the country, according to recent Medicare disclosures.

Lindy Washburn – The Record

http://www.northjersey.com/news/health/hospitals/Owners_of_for-profit_North_Jersey_hospitals_cash_in_on_land_beneath.html

 

Obama urged to make economy a bigger, bolder topic

WASHINGTON (AP) — Five months into President Barack Obama’s second term, allies and former top aides worry that his overarching goal of economic opportunity has been diminished, partly drowned out by controversies seized upon by Republicans in an effort to weaken him.

Jim Kunhenn- Associated Press

http://www.northjersey.com/news/national/Obama_urged_to_make_economy_a_bigger_bolder_topic.html

 

PSE&G provides more detail on upgrade plans

A plan by the state’s largest power company to upgrade a major portion of New Jersey’s power grid would reduce storm-induced blackouts by 39 percent and save customers from hundreds of millions of dollars in losses, according to the utility.

Public Service Electric and Gas said its $3.9 billion Energy Strong proposal would be worth the money because customers would avoid the kinds of financial losses incurred after Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene and other recent weather events.

Dave Sheingold-The Record

http://www.northjersey.com/news/207978481_PSEG_provides_more_detail_on_upgrade_plans.html

 

 

Opinion

Sen. Barbara Buono’s gubernatorial campaign gets a little longer

She’s down by more than 30 points in the polls, her fellow Democrats are defecting, and she can’t raise big-league money.

Tom Moran

http://blog.nj.com/njv_tom_moran/2013/05/sen_barbara_buonos_long-shot_c.html#incart_river

A sensible buyout plan, post-Sandy

Talk to people in flood-prone areas of the state and many will tell you that the government is spending too much money on them

Star-Ledger editorial

http://blog.nj.com/njv_editorial_page/2013/05/a_sensible_buyout_plan_post-sa.html#incart_river

 

NJ’s COAH money grab is latest raid on property taxes

It’s a classic case of “Catch 22.”

As they wait for state approvals for committing affordable housing funds, municipal officials throughout New Jersey find themselves fending off state attempts to take that money — because it’s not being spent

Editorial-Times of Trenton

http://www.nj.com/times-opinion/index.ssf/2013/05/editorial_njs_coah_money_grab.html#incart_river

 

Unanswered questions in Cryan emails case

After the New York Post broke the story of those e-mails between Assemblyman Joseph Cryan and ex-fling Karen Golding, most of the news coverage focused on the raciness of the messages.

Paul Mulshine-Star Ledger

http://blog.nj.com/njv_paul_mulshine/2013/05/unanswered_questions_in_the_cr.html

 

 

 

 

 

Morning News Digest – May 20, 2013