Morning Digest: June 18, 2013

DiVincenzo bestows award on McGreevey

Days after endorsing Republican Gov. Chris Christie, Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. made a beeline for the Essex County Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Advisory Board for an appearance with former Democratic Gov. James McGreevey. PolitickerNJ


Whelan backs Booker for Senate

State Senator Jim Whelan (D-2) and his running mates, Vince Mazzeo and Nick Russo, today endorsed Newark Mayor Cory Booker for United States Senate, calling him the best choice to bring a fresh New Jersey perspective to a fractured Capitol. PolitickerNJ


Latest from State Street Wire

Bill granting in-state tuition for immigrants advances

TRENTON – The Assembly Budget and Appropriations Committee advanced a bill affording immigrants in-state college tuition rates. The bill passed 8-4 along party lines. State Street Wire


Elections bill continues to advance

TRENTON – Assembly Democrats released legislation from committee Monday that would change the date of the upcoming general election to coincide with the state’s October special election. State Street Wire

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Did Christie overreach to schedule special election?

Lawyers who say Gov. Chris Christie doesn’t have the discretion to schedule a special U.S. Senate election three weeks before his own re-election have filed briefs with the state Supreme Court. Townsquare News


Downed trees could require change in N.J. law

Cutting and removing trees from county parks and state land has traditionally been forbidden in New Jersey, but that is changing in Atlantic County and elsewhere now that woods have become thick with dead trees from last June’s derecho thunderstorms. Atlantic City Press


Obama says Bernanke has stayed longer than he wanted

President Barack Obama said Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke has stayed in his post “longer than he wanted,” one of the clearest signals the central bank chief will leave when his current term expires next year. Bloomberg


Supreme Court tosses Arizona voter law

The U.S. Supreme Court threw out an Arizona law requiring evidence of citizenship when people register to vote, in a victory for minority-rights advocates and the Obama administration. Bloomberg


U.S. seizes 7-Eleven stores in immigration raids

More than a dozen 7-Eleven franchises took in more than $180 million in revenue by running a “modern-day plantation system,” prosecutors in New York charged on Monday, built on the unpaid labor of dozens of illegal immigrants hired using sham Social Security numbers. NY Times


U.S. Supreme Court to hear Mount Holly case

Though the U.S. Supreme Court agreed Monday to take on the Mount Holly housing discrimination case, some lawyers involved say that settlement talks have turned serious and that it may become moot for the justices to step in. Inquirer



Visits to Atlantic City down early in 2013

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Tourism experts are blaming the effects of Superstorm Sandy for a steep drop in visits to Atlantic City during the first four months of the year. Associated Press



U.S. seeks records related to aborted attempt at PR hire

The U.S. Attorney’s Office has subpoenaed Bergen Community College seeking records related to an aborted attempt by the board of trustees in April to hire an outside public relations consultant. Record



House immigration momentum grows

The Republican-led House will take its deepest dive yet into immigration reform this week, rushing to play catchup with the Senate on the chief domestic policy battle this year. Politico


Obama defends NSA surveillance program

President Barack Obama further defended the National Security Agency’s collection of phone and other electronic records to PBS’ Charlie Rose, calling the program “transparent.” Huffington Post


Hoboken mayor decries bill that would allow private schools from zoning rules

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer is voicing her objections to the proposed A-2586 legislation, which would exempt private education institutions, such as Stevens Institute of Technology, from local zoning jurisdiction. Hoboken Now



Indictment: Man swindled housing aid from FEMA

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — A central New Jersey man accused of swindling more than $12,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency after Superstorm Sandy has been indicted on a theft by deception charge. Associated Press




Special election logistical nightmare

Critics of Gov. Chris Christie’s decision to have a special election Oct. 16 to choose a U.S. senator contend that it will create a lot of unnecessary difficulties for voters and county election officials. Amick, Trenton Times



GOP needs action, not naval gazing

We’ve had enough. Yes, we just lost our second straight presidential election to Barack Obama. Yes, losing is painful and has consequences. Yes, when you lose, you make adjustments. Enough already. Let’s get on with it. Jindal, Politico



End Atlantic City monopoly

“Going For Broke,” the four-part series we ran last week concerning the rise, precipitous fall and uncertain future of Atlantic City, has shown clearly and in great detail what everybody in New Jersey, with the apparent exception of Gov. Chris Christie, already knows: that the state should allow casino gambling in other parts of the state. Home News Tribune Morning Digest: June 18, 2013