Morning News Digest – June 13, 2013

Monmouth University poll: Christie’s numbers versus Booker’s numbers

Call it the New Jersey political collision course that never happened. 

Another poll this morning shows Gov. Chris Christie crushing his Democratic opponent by 30 points; and Newark Mayor Cory Booker demolishing his fellow U.S. Senate candidates in the Democratic Primary and easily beating his leading Republican rival in the general.



Christie and Buono under one roof at ELC dinner

PRINCETON – Sitting at opposite sides of the lectern, the state’s two gubernatorial contenders were under one roof Wednesday evening, talking business and industry, and taking the occasional swipe when possible.



Dressel rebuts Christie criticism

N.J. League of Municipalities Executive Director Bill Dressel responded to Gov. Chris Christie’s criticism today of a tax-cut report the League issued Tuesday.

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Currie to be new state chairman

Democatic gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono announced today that Passaic County Democratic Chairman John Currie will be the new state party chairman.



Christie on NJLM tax reform report: ‘I’ll throw it in the garbage can’

MONMOUTH BEACH – Gov. Chris Christie had some harsh words for the New Jersey League of Municipalities’ property tax reform task force recommendation to increase income taxes to reduce property taxes, saying once he gets a copy of the report, “I’ll throw it in the garbage can where it belongs.”



From the Back Room


Sources say Mayor Cory Booker, a candidate for the U.S. Senate in the Democratic Primary, is pulling together his campaign team and examining the possibility of hiring Marlon Marshall of 270 Strategies. Staff


Prieto in as Hudson County Chairman

The Hudson County Democratic Organization (HCDO) tonight made Assemblyman Vincent Prieto (D-32), Secaucus, the new chairman of the organization.

PolitickerNJ staff


New poll show Booker big favorite in Senate race

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. – A new poll shows Newark Mayor Cory Booker with a big lead in the special U.S. Senate election to complete the term of the late Frank Lautenberg.

The Monmouth University Poll released Thursday showed Booker would get three-fifth of the votes in a Democratic primary. No others would get more than 1 in 10

The Associated Press


NJ panel to take up bill that would ‘Ban the Box’

TRENTON, N.J. – Legislation that would limit New Jersey employers from asking job applicants about their criminal past is due to go before a state Senate panel.

The Labor Committee is scheduled to consider the bill Thursday. It would effectively “ban the box” on job applications that asks job seekers if they have a criminal history.

The Associated Press


Chris Christie slow jams the news

Barack Obama, watch your back. Chris Christie has a new BFF: Jimmy Fallon.

The New Jersey governor stopped by “Late Night” on Wednesday to perform guest vocals on Fallon’s trademark bit, Slow Jam the News. Christie used the opportunity to explain his wisdom in calling for an October 16 election to fill the Senate seat vacated by the late Frank Lautenberg, which was met with much criticism and a lawsuit for potentially being confusing for voters.

Russ Luippod – The Huffington Post


Applications for Sandy business recovery grants are lagging, Christie says

Homeowners whose properties were damaged in superstorm Sandy are rushing to apply for grants to rebuild or elevate their houses grants, but Governor Christie said Wednesday that businesses have been slower to seek financial assistance.

Melissa Hayes-The Record

NJ Transit approves Wi-Fi plan from Cablevision

For non-Cablevision subscribers, a ride on NJ Transit rail may soon begin to feel like sitting in coach.

NJ Transit’s board on Wednesday signed off on a deal to make wireless Internet access available to all customers at its larger rail stations by the end of this year, and on trains several years later.

Karen Rouse-The Record


NJ court broadens opening for state custody of children

TRENTON – In a decision with broad implications for child protective services in New Jersey, the state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that authorities can seek custody of a child even in the absence of abuse or neglect.

Chris Mondics-Philadelphia Inquirer


Buono gets union endorsement in NJ governors race

PRINCETON — Democrat Barbara Buono received an expected but major union endorsement Wednesday in the New Jersey governor’s race, on the same day she was to appear with the governor before hundreds of business leaders.

Asbury Park Press


State allocates $100M to spur CHP development

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, virtually everyone agrees that the state needs to take aggressive steps to make the electric grid more resilient. The goal: prevent the more than 2 million customers who lost power during the superstorm from repeating the experience during the next bout of extreme weather.

Tom Johnson – NJ Spotlight


Former Goya CEO has died

Joseph A. Unanue, the former chief executive of Goya Foods and son of the founder of what has become the largest Hispanic-owned food company in the nation, died Wednesday, according to a person close to the family. He was 88 years old and lived in Alpine.

Staff report-Bergen Record




Infighting tears at NJ Democrats

The New Jersey Democratic Party tried to show Wednesday that it is a party at peace — with itself.

Its leaders finally agreed on a state chairman without one of those nasty under-the-State-House-dome bloodlettings that can sometimes send a party sputtering toward irrelevance.

There was no name-calling. No threats of retaliation. Just a compromise and a collective sigh of relief.


Charles Stile-The Record

Morning News Digest – June 13, 2013