Morning Digest: July 10, 2013

Source: Wimberly on short list for Buono LG candidates

Democratic candidate for governor Barbara Buono is seriously looking at Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly (D-35) as a potential running mate, a source tells PolitickerNJ



Booker releases second TV ad

Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s U.S. Senate campaign has launched its second statewide television ad, “When.” PolitickerNJ


Poll: Snowden a whistleblower, not a traitor

TRENTON – American voters say 55 – 34 percent that Edward Snowden is a whistle-blower, rather than a traitor, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. PolitickerNJ


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Report cites revenue benefits of allowing undocumented immigrants to work legally

TRENTON – New Jersey could see $81 million more in revenue if current undocumented immigrants were permitted to work legally. That is the conclusion of a report issued Wednesday by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy in Washington, D.C. State Street Wire

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Cory Booker doubles down

As he closes in on the U.S. Senate, Cory Booker has wrapped up the support of nearly every New Jersey Democratic official in the state’s primary, and his lead in the polls appears nearly insurmountable. This might be unremarkable were it not for the fact that he is far from the most progressive candidate in the field, nor anything approximating the down-the-line liberal you might expect blue state Democrats to want in the seat. All of which raises a simple question: What gives? Salon



Paulsboro bridge troubled before derailment

Conrail had many more reports of problems with a railroad bridge in Paulsboro prior to its collapse than the company has disclosed to accident investigators, a company locomotive engineer testified Tuesday. Townsquare News



Rutgers-Camden, Camden County College partnership announced

Rutgers-Camden and Camden County College announced an expanded partnership Tuesday that will let students earn Rutgers bachelor’s degrees in business administration and psychology on the county college’s Blackwood campus. Inquirer



Holiday business was hot at the Shore

The Fourth of July barometer was in full swing along the Jersey Shore this past weekend, and not just weather-wise. Inquirer


Reid: I feel sorry for Boehner

WASHINGTON — Harry Reid feels sorry for John Boehner. Sort of. But not in a good way. Huffington Post



Reid tees up filibuster fight
WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) signaled Tuesday that his Democratic caucus members are becoming so frustrated with Republicansblocking President Barack Obama’s nominees that they will again consider whether to invoke the so-called nuclear option to change Senate rules. Huffington Post



Immigration reform heads for slow death

Republicans walked away from their 2012 debacle hell-bent on fixing their problems with Hispanics. Now, they appear hell-bent on making them worse. Politico



Palin considers 2014 Senate bid

Sarah Palin opened the door Tuesday to running for Senate next year in Alaska. Politico



Assemblyman wants BOE president to resign

PLAINFIELD — In a city where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by about a 10-to-1 margin, verbal sniping among elected officials typically ends right around the June primary each year. Home News Tribune



Concerns about who is teaching the teachers

The Christie administration has conditionally approved New Jersey’s first graduate education program not affiliated with an in-state college or university, stirring up the state’s teacher education establishment in the process. NJ Spotlight


S.F. plane crash dwarfs ‘routine’ Newark crash

The blow-by-blow updates from federal investigators about what might have gone wrong during the final minutes of a fatal crash landing of a passenger jet in San Francisco last weekend has drawn attention to the relative silence of investigators probing a recent crash landing in Newark. Record



American Dream developer sues Jets, Giants

The developers of the American Dream Meadowlands project sued the Giants and the Jets in state Superior Court on Tuesday, seeking damages stemming from what they called “an ongoing campaign to delay, thwart, and ultimately prevent this project from ever opening.” Record



Princeton mayor wants to shelve council members’ raises

Saying that proposed raises for council members would detract from the success of consolidation and derail the “great story” of the town’s merger, Mayor Liz Lempert said she will recommend that the governing body shelve the issue until next year. Trenton Times



House leaders to split food stamps from farm bill

U.S. House leaders have decided to split food stamps and other nutrition programs from farm subsidies and bring an agriculture-only bill up for a vote before the August recess, a Republican leadership aide said. Bloomberg




Christie running for president in 2016

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is running for president.

To get the Republican nomination in 2016 Christie needs to convince Republican primary voters that he can beat Hillary Clinton and that he supports the Tea Party. Cook/Express Times


Trenton gun violence requires state assistance

Accelerating violence has been a problem in Trenton for years. Trenton Times


Supreme Court put greater good above ocean views

For anyone who hopes New Jersey can avoid another catastrophe like Hurricane Sandy, yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling on a case out of Long Beach Island was a gigantic victory. Star-Ledger

  Morning Digest: July 10, 2013