Morning News Digest – June 14, 2013

Poll: Christie maintains commanding lead NEW BRUNSWICK –Democratic gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono has not reduced the large deficit in her

Poll: Christie maintains commanding lead

NEW BRUNSWICK –Democratic gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono has not reduced the large deficit in her attempt to unseat Gov. Chris Christie, according to a new Rutgers-Eagleton Poll released Friday. staff


Currie approved as state chairman

Passaic County Democratic Party Chairman John Currie was approved tonight to serve as the new chairman of the state Democratic party.



Judges reject objection to Christie decision on U.S. Senate special election

The appellate division of the state Supreme Court has ruled against the plaintiffs and judged that Gov. Chris Christie acted properly when he decided to hold a special election on October 16th.



Mercer Dems back Holt for U.S. Senate

U.S. Rep. Rush Holt will run in the U.S. Senate special election Democratic Primary with the slogan of the Mercer County Democratic Committee.



Latest from State Street Wire

Bill to permit fee on hospital revenue advances

TRENTON – Senate lawmakers hosted a lengthy debate Thursday over whether hospitals in certain areas of the state should be charged by some cities and counties to raise more revenues for themselves and for the state’s share of Medicaid funding.

Matthew Arco-State Street Wire


Bill allowing birth certificate access for adoptees advances

TRENTON – Senate lawmakers heard debate Thursday over a proposal that would give adoptees access to birth certificates.

Matthew Arco-State Street Wire


From the Back Room

Soliman: Menendez to stay neutral in U.S. Senate race

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) will personally remain above the fray in the Democratic Primary for U.S. Senate, the senator’s state director told staff


Using sales tax to preserve land could cost $17B over 30 years, OLS says

If the state dedicates a tiny portion of its sales tax to fund open space preservation, it could drain about $17 billion from the general fund over 30 years, according to a fiscal estimate prepared by the New Jersey Office of Legislative Services.

Tom Johnson-NJ Spotlight



U.S. retail prices jump 0.6 percent in May

WASHINGTON – Americans stepped up purchases at retail businesses in May, spending more on cars, home improvement, and sporting goods. The gain shows that consumers remain resilient despite higher taxes and could drive faster growth later this year.

Martin Crutsinger- Associated Press



Analysis: Long standing strict NJ law on overdose deaths still debated

When prosecutors charged two Bergen County men with causing the “drug-induced death” of an Emerson woman this week, they applied a rarely used statute that — although on the books since 1986 and upheld decisively by the state Supreme Court — remains the subject of legal debate, because of its severity and the difficulties of proving the charge.

Rebecca D. O’Brien-The Record



Pilot program aims to coordinate children’s mental health, primary

Psychiatrists, primary care doctors and social workers would work together to treat children through a proposed pilot program. These “mental health treatment teams” would seek to identify problems before they become severe.

Andrew Kitchenman-NJ Spotlight


Advocates: Little help for renters on Jersey Shore

Advocates for renters and lower-income people displaced by Sandy say they are glad the Jersey Shore is open for business.

Amy S. Rosenberg-Philadelphia Inquirer


Christie to join Bill Clinton in Chicago

 Governor Christie’s decision to skip a national conference of conservative Republicans this week in favor of an economic development forum sponsored by former Democratic President Bill Clinton sparked renewed speculation about his future political plans, including a possible run for the White House in 2016.

Anthony Campisi-The Record

  Morning News Digest – June 14, 2013