Morning Digest: June 17, 2013

Poll: Christie leads Buono by 40 points

Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie leads his Democratic opponent State Senator Barbara Buono by 40 percentage points, according to a poll conducted by the Stockton Polling Institute. PolitickerNJ



Sweeney endorses Buono

Just two days after ending a feud with state Sen. Barbara Buono, Senate President Steve Sweeney today issued an endorsement of the Democratic gubernatorial candidate. PolitickerNJ

Sign up for a free trial of State Street Wire at 



Napolitano denies existence of Orwellian state

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano weighed in on the NSA intelligence leaks on Friday, telling NY1 that fears over government surveillance were overblown. PolitickerNY



‘Obamacare’ rollout slowed by confusion over benefits

Judith Mayer Lynn, uninsured and battling breast cancer, should be a fan of the Affordable Care Act. Instead, she barely knows about it. Bloomberg


Obama’s Keystone silence drives green activists away

Wendy Abrams’ opportunity came in the photo line. As she stepped up to take her picture with President Barack Obama during a fundraiser last month in Chicago, she made her pitch: How could a president who vowed to tackle climate change possibly approve the Keystone XL pipeline? Bloomberg



FEMA flood maps released

A day ahead of schedule, FEMA has rolled out its its revised flood maps that give people in four counties in New Jersey their true flood zones and elevations, showing superstorm Sandy victims how high they must raise their homes. Asbury Park Press



Rutgers’ on-field results key for new AD

Julie Hermann will have plenty on her agenda when she officially takes office today as Rutgers University’s athletics director. Asbury Park Press



New leak: U.S., Britain eavesdropped at ’09 conferences

A new set of classified documents disclosed Sunday suggested that Edward J. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who has provided a trove of documents to The Guardian newspaper, had obtained a wider range of materials about government surveillance than had been known, including one document revealing how American and British intelligence agencies had eavesdropped on world leaders at conferences in London in 2009. NY Times



Cheney: Leaks are traitorous

Former Vice President Dick Cheney defended on Sunday the newly disclosed electronic surveillance programs operated by the government and called the former National Security Agency contract worker who disclosed them a criminal and a traitor. NY Times


Planned civil service changes irk N.J. workers

New Jersey public employees are bracing for what their union leaders say is the latest anti-worker onslaught by the Christie administration. Inquirer



N.J. drivers admit all sorts of distractions

If you are reading this story while driving — get your eyes back on the road. Star-Ledger



Construction of TCNJ’s $50M complex delayed a year

Construction of The College of New Jersey’s planned $50 million student housing and retail complex has been delayed a year by negotiations over the complicated public-private partnership behind the project, according to the college and the developer. Trenton Times




Schroeder’s friends paid price for lending him money

It was just supposed to be a short-term loan to a newly made friend — his local assemblyman. Record





Rubio’s angling prompts Gang of Eight angst

The Senate’s Gang of Eight is out in force to sell its immigration bill to the public, minus one pivotal member: Marco Rubio. Politico



In Belfast, Obama praises peace

President Barack Obama on Monday invoked America’s own struggles with tolerance as he praised the peace achieved so far in Northern Ireland and urged young people to play a role in shaping a positive future for their country. Politico



Supreme Court set to hand down several key rulings

With approximately two weeks remaining in its current term, the Supreme Court is set to hand down several high-stakes rulings in coming days. Huffington Post



Christie offers Hudson residents help with storm claims

Gov. Chris Christie’s office is offering free mediation services to help victims of Hurricane Sandy settle storm-related claims with their insurance companies. Jersey Journal



Bipartisan balancing act

Republican Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey is walking a political tightrope as he charts his future, trying to balance his re-election campaign in a Democratic-leaning state with a potential presidential bid aimed at winning over Republicans. Townsquare News




The food stamp fight

This week, the House takes up its own version of the farm billjust passed by the Senate.

Expect a fierce food fight. Star-Ledger



Liberal battle brews for N.J. Senate seat

Reps. Frank Pallone and Rush Holt — the two congressmen engaged in a four-way battle for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate — amassed nearly identical voting records during the 14½ years they have served together in Congress, establishing them as two of the most liberal members of the New Jersey delegation. Jackson, Record Morning Digest: June 17, 2013