Morning News Digest – June 10, 2013

Oliver tells Dems she’ll file papers to run for Senate tomorrow

Assembly Speaker Shiela Oliver said tonight she will seek the U.S. Senate seat vacated with the death of Sen. Frank Lautenberg.



Stack to endorse Christie

State. Sen. Brian Stack and his Assembly running mates are set to endorse Gov. Chris Christie tomorrow, according to a source familiar with the decision.



Pallone to hold press conference tomorrow

U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone has scheduled a press conference for tomorrow at 1:30 p.m.

Sources have told PolitickerNJ that Pallone is planning a run for U.S. Senate and the press conference is set to be held outside the state Division of Elections in Trenton.

Darryl R.


Lonegan lands endorsement of Hunterdon GOP chair

Former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan went to Hunterdon County this afternoon to gather signatures toward his U.S. Senate special election candidacy.



Weekly Advance: Week of June 10

TRENTON – The Statehouse will be humming this week as the legislative session edges to a close.

State Street Wire staff


Weekly Roundup: Week of June 3

TRENTON – Sen. Frank Lautenberg died on Monday of viral pneumonia and it didn’t take long for the state’s political leaders to move forward on their respective follow-up plans, as the longtime senator’s deteriorating health had been known for some time.

Minhaj Hassan-State Street Wire


Buono’s battle not just against governor

The Democratic David facing New Jersey’s Goliath Gov. Chris Christie is a woman from humble beginnings who rose briefly to the second highest seat in the state Senate, yet is in the midst of a fight with her own party’spowerful leaders.

Colleen O’Dea-NJ Spotlight

After Sandy, a new threat: Soaring flood insurance

TOMS RIVER  — George Kasimos has almost finished repairing flood damage to his waterfront home, but his Superstorm Sandy nightmare is far from over.

Katie Zezima and Meghan Barr-Associated Press


Critics offer lists of other ways to use $24M cost of special elections

What can New Jersey buy for $24 million?

The special primary and general election ordered up by Governor Christie to fill the Senate vacancy created by Frank Lautenberg’s death.

John Reitmeyer


Bill aims to slam telemarketers’ claims about cheaper power

With complaints about telemarketers “slamming” electricity customers rising, lawmakers are pushing a bill that would crack down on electricity suppliers making false claims to potential customers and would limit how many calls they could make to a household.

Tom Johnson-NJ Spotlight


For Christie, long term benefits trump GOP gripes

BRIDGEWATER  —  A series of unorthodox decisions by Gov. Chris Christie points to a simple political calculation for a potential presidential campaign: long-term gain beats short-term pain.

Ken Thomas – Associated Press



Newark Mayor Cory Booker dutifully followed the script as he hammed it up with Governor Christie last year in a video that went viral in the political world.

Charles Stile- The Record



Christie made the logical political choice

THE MORE I listen to cries of outrage over Governor Christie‘s decision to hold a special election in October for the late Frank Lautenberg’s U.S. Senate seat, the more I hear the voice of Claude Rains: “I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here.”

Alfred Doblin-The Record


Morning News Digest – June 10, 2013