Morning News Digest – June 11, 2013

Sources: Wagner will not run for reelection in LD 38 Popular Bergen County Assemblywoman Connie Wagner (D-38), Paramus, will not

Sources: Wagner will not run for reelection in LD 38

Popular Bergen County Assemblywoman Connie Wagner (D-38), Paramus, will not pursue re-election after all, sources tell



Christie collects endorsements by Stack, his assembly ticket-mates and UC commissioners

It’s 4 a.m. and there’s a call at City Hall, or at least to the cellphone of Union City Mayor Brian P. Stack.



4 p.m. has come and gone and there are four Democrats and two Republicans

TRENTON – just took one last glance at the book of hopeful candidates filing petition signatures toward a U.S. Senate run.




Oliver concedes that Booker is ‘articulate’

TRENTON – Reporters encountered Speaker Sheila Oliver (D-34), East Orange, in the foyer of the state Division of Elections moments after she filed to run for the U.S. Senate in the August 13th Democratic Primary.




Latest from State Street Wire


Released in Environment Committee; Bills dealing with turf fields, development on piers

TRENTON – The Assembly Environment Committee released bills dealing with walkway repairs, grease recycling, turf fields, and development on piers.

Bill Mooney-State Street Wire


Autobus driver bill heard in committee

TRENTON – A bill requiring autobus drivers to have commercial driver’s licenses and carry more insurance was up for discussion but not voted on at the Assembly Transportation Committee Monday.

Minhaj Hassan-State Street Wire


From the Back Room

Six GOP county chairs back Lonegan

Six Republican County Committee Chairman today formally endorsed  Steve Lonegan for U.S. Senate, saying he has demonstrated the ability to quickly mobilize his forces for a run in the August 13th special election to  fill the seat formerly held by Frank Lautenberg. The Republican chairman endorsing Mayor Steve Lonegan are: staff


Most Americans approve of phone spying, poll finds

A large majority of Americans say the federal government should focus on investigating possible terrorist threats even if personal privacy is compromised, and most support the blanket tracking of telephone records in an effort to uncover terrorist activity,.

Lara Jakes – Associated Press


Chiesa’s top aide also a top lobbyist

Jeffrey Chiesa had not even been sworn in Monday before a Trenton lobbying firm was touting its connection to the new U.S. senator’s chief of staff, who until last week had helped run the firm’s Washington affiliate.

Chiesa, a former state attorney general and chief counsel under Governor Christie, chose Donna Mullins to help him run his office during the 18 weeks that he will be New Jersey’s interim senator, replacing Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who died on June 3.

Herb Jackson-The Record


Cooper’s cross-country partnership raises profile, improves cancer care

The new partnership between Cooper University Health Care and MD Anderson Cancer Center announced yesterday gives Cooper a way to raise its profile, improve care for South Jersey cancer patients, and increase pressure on its rivals, according to healthcare experts.

Andrew Kitchenman-NJ Spotlight


Acting NJ attorney general is Marlton resident

Gov. Christie has named John Jay Hoffman of Marlton to serve as acting attorney general of New Jersey during Jeffrey S. Chiesa’s service in the U.S. Senate.

David O’Reilly-Philadelphia Inquirer


Is logging the Pinelands just a vote and a signature away

The state is looking to open up logging on New Jersey’s public lands, most of which were largely acquired through Green Acres bond issues and other public funds.

In an issue once again splintering the environmental community, a bill (A-2837) allowing the Department of Environmental Protection to develop a harvest program on state-owned lands won bipartisan approval yesterday from a legislative committee.

Tom Johnson-NJ Spotlight


AC casino revenues fell less than 4 percent

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Atlantic City’s casinos still aren’t playing “Back In Black” over their loudspeakers, but the decline in their revenue slowed significantly in May.

And that’s what passes for good news these days in a market still struggling to find its footing after being bludgeoned by new competition, a recession and a devastating storm

Wayne Parry-Associated Press


Bill would create board to review charter school bids

A proposed change in the way New Jersey handles applications for new charter schools would set up a quasi-independent review board within the state Department of Education.

However, while legislation proposed yesterday by state Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan Jr. (D-Middlesex) would update the 1995 charter school law by setting up the review board, the final say would still be left to the state education commissioner. Predictably, after years of disagreement over New Jersey’s charter-school laws, that provision has sparked its own debate.

John Mooney-NJ Spotlight




Stile: Six candidates jumping into the unknown in historic New Jersey election

They are not just six candidates for the U.S. Senate. They are also explorers, venturing into the uncharted territory of a special election to replace former U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who died last week at the age of 89.

Charles Stile-the Record


Christie wastes money on Senate race

Gov. Christie’s speed-of-light special election scheme to fill the late Frank Lautenberg’s U.S. Senate seat is shrewd, yet clueless.

Kevin Riordan-Philadelphia Inquirer Morning News Digest – June 11, 2013