Morning News Digest – May 24, 2013

Christie cuts Jersey Shore reopening ribbon on “Today’ Show

Gov. Chris Christie is walking the Jersey shore Friday morning along with members of the TODAY show.

The governor is appearing on the morning news program ahead of the Memorial Day weekend. The TODAY show appearance is the first of several shore stops the governor has planned for the holiday weekend.



The scene at Puccini’s: Sires’s Jersey City fundraiser in the mayor’s election aftermath

JERSEY CITY – Punishment would be meted out behind closed doors, not amid the noisemakers of Election Night.

The post-May 14th remnants of the Hudson County Democratic Organization (HCDO) huddled inside Puccini’s awaiting the arrival of the most obviously strong one of the bunch a week and change after Steve Fulop leveled the HCDO-backed Jerry Healy.

Max Pizarro-


Coleman stands in for Buono, rallies CWA troops

TRENTON – Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman stood in for Sen. Barbara Buono – who was unable to attend the CWA Local 1033 meeting here Thursday – and sought to rally one of the gubernatorial candidate’s staunchest sources of support.



Anti-fracking forces push for veto override

TRENTON – Anti-fracking forces rallied outside the Statehouse Thursday, calling on the Legislature to override Gov. Chris Christie’s veto last September of the bill that would have banned treatment or storage of the gas exploration wastewater in New Jersey.



Latest from State Street Wire

Fenimore Landfill matter back on committee agenda

TRENTON – One of the issues that was temporarily halted when GOP-sponsored bills were taken off committee agendas recently is moving again.

State Street Wire staff

Dems write letter to Supreme Court over housing funds

TRENTON – Leading Assembly Democrats have written a letter to the state Supreme Court to correct what they call mischaracterizations regarding the state’s bid to take control of affordable housing funds.

State Street Wire staff

Resolution’s goal: improve veterans health care in South Jersey

TRENTON – The Senate Military and Veterans Affairs Committee approved a resolution aimed at providing improved health care access for veterans in South Jersey.

Minhaj Hassan- State Street Wire

From the Back Room

Obama to tour the Jersey Shore with Christie

President Barack Obama will return to New Jersey next week to tour the Jersey Shore with Gov. Chris Christie staff

NJ non partisan group: Key part of Christie tax credit plan could be unconstitutional

A legal opinion from the non-partisan Office of Legislative Services says a key component of Governor Christie‘s tax-credit proposal “would be found unconstitutional” if challenged in court.

The opinion Thursday comes as lawmakers are trying to figure out what to do with Christie’s proposed $32.9 billion spending plan for the fiscal year that begins July 1 after learning this week that the administration says tax revenues will be lower than expected.

John Reitmeyer-The Record

Bill would give teachers new career ladder

Basically it comes down to two choices: Stay in the classroom and get the predictable salary bumps for years of experience — and keep doing the same job. Or become an administrator — and leave the classroom. Other than that there’s little to no chance for added responsibility or added rewards

John Mooney-NJ Spotlight

Christie boosts Jersey Shore on ‘Today’

SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says that 80 percent of his state’s shore will look the same this year as it did last year despite being walloped by Superstorm Sandy.

The Record

Tea party vs. Old Guard in Senate

WASHINGTON — A long-simmering feud between establishment Republicans and tea partyers is in full view again with Sen. John McCain accusing younger colleagues of using tactics that might tempt Democrats to change Senate rules that now protect the minority party.

Andrew Taylor and Charles Babington



Is Christie on Shore recovery tour or campaign event

Governor Christie returns this Memorial Day weekend to reopen the boardwalks battered by Superstorm Sandy. The tour also serves another unofficial goal — the kickoff of candidate Christie’s reelection campaign.

Charles Stile-The Record

Morning News Digest – May 24, 2013