Morning News Digest – June 12, 2013

Pallone praises legal challenge to Christie decision

U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-6), a candidate for U.S. Senate, applauded the legal challenges filed last Friday and Tuesday objecting to Governor Chris Christie’s decision to hold a special election on October 16th for the vacant United States Senate seat.

Max Pizarro-


Rutgers poll: Christie approval ratings remain high

NEW BRUNSWICK – Gov. Chris Christie maintains high job performance ratings, according to a new Rutgers-Eagleton Poll released Wednesday.

PolitickerNJ staff


Weinberg slams Dem Christie endorsements

Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg today slammed Democrats who this week endorsed Gov. Chris Christie, saying while they are entitled to their beliefs, they should be excluded from Democratic political sessions.

Darryl Isherwood-



Middlesex Dems tap McCabe to take over leadership of organization

EDISON – The thing about Middlesex is that it’s not Essex, where earlier today the Democratic Party’s most powerful personage embraced the re-election of Republican Gov. Chris Christie.



Greenwald, O’Scanlon talk about constitutional convention concept




From the Back Room

Developing in Passaic County

The Passaic County Democratic Committee officially awarded the organization’s slogan to Newark Mayor Cory Booker in the Democratic Primary for U.S. Senate.

PolitickerNj staff


Analysis: Democrats help to fuel Christie ‘tidal wave’

Governor Christie’s campaign appears to be working hard to create a sense of inevitability around his reelection by aggressively seeking endorsements from influential Democrats as he looks beyond November and positions himself for a possible presidential bid in 2016.

Melissa Hayes-The Record

GOP Rep: Prosecute Reporters

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) said on CNN’s “AC 360” Tuesday night that reporters should be prosecuted for publishing stories with leaked classified information.

Braden Goyette-Huffington Post


Reform task force calls for 35 percent property tax cut

New Jersey should revamp its income tax system to raise an additional $6 billion to reduce property taxes on most homes by more than a third, and if lawmakers don’t act, the state should hold a constitutional convention to get the reform enacted, the state’s municipal representatives recommended in a radical proposal unveiled yesterday.

Colleen O’Dea-NJ Spotlight


Ruling clears way for NJ to run Lottery over  to private operator

The Christie administration can sign a contract that will turn over management of New Jersey’s lottery to a private operator, the state Appellate Division said Tuesday.

The ruling represents a victory for Governor Christie, who has argued that a private lottery operator could better manage the operation and maximize state revenues.

Anthony Campisi-The Record

NJ offers loans to Sandy-hit businesses

Businesses in Bergen and eight other counties damaged by Superstorm Sandy can now get loans through a new state program.

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority on Tuesday authorized a program to offer low-cost loans of up to $5 million to businesses and non-profits that suffered physical damage, and those seeking to expand within storm-impacted communities. The program will start offering loans in July.

Hugh R. Morley-The Record



Breaking down the U.S. Senate race

The field is finally set. Four Democrats, two Republicans, two months to primary day, and four months to the general election and the selection of a new New Jersey senator.



Jonathan Tamari-Philadelphia Inquirer



More crossing party lines

UNION CITY, N.J. – Two elected officials from North Jersey are the latest Democrats to back Republican Gov. Christie in his bid for reelection this fall.

 State Sen. Brian Stack endorsed Christie in Union City, where Stack is also mayor

“He’s been a governor that’s been truly responsive. I mean that sincerely,” Stack, a Democrat, said after Monday’s announcement. “No other governor would call me at 4 in the morning and say, ‘Brian, I’m watching Channel 12 … and I see a big fire. How can I help?’’

Katie Zezima and Angela Delli Santi-Associated Press


George W. Bush gets first positive rating

For the first time since 2005, more Americans now view former President George W. Bush favorably than unfavorably, according to a Gallup poll released Tuesday.

Ariel Edwards Levy-Huffington Post


AC public art project draws a tide of criticism

ATLANTIC CITY – Here, the question is not “Is it art?”

In Atlantic City, a place beholden to its vice, seashore, and ancient traditions of commerce and promotion, where everyone’s against it before being for it, the question is, Should there even be art

Amy Rosenberg-Philadelphia Inquirer


Buono-Free-falling without a chute

Close your eyes for a moment and imagine this:

Gov. Chris Christie is at the controls of an airplane that suddenly experiences difficulty remaining airborne. He immediately orders his crew to lighten the plane’s load by tossing things out the door.

The crew — consisting of Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo, Hudson County State Sen. Brian Stack, Senate President Steve Sweeney, and assorted Democratic municipal officials — respond by seizing gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono and flinging her into the clouds.

Carl Golden-NJ Spotlight

Morning News Digest – June 12, 2013