Morning Digest: July 24, 2013

Oliver opens Newark HQ

NEWARK – After fielding numerous jabs in the media about how she doesn’t have a real campaign operation, Speaker Sheila Oliver (D-34) this evening opened her official U.S. Senate campaign headquarters, packaging herself as a scrappy populist dedicated to fulfilling the interests of the underserved – starting with women. PolitickerNJ



Buono still hasn’t filed for matching funds

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Barbara Buono has yet to file her paperwork to receive matching funds in the general election. PolitickerNJ



Operation Bid Rig: Four years later

It was four years ago today that the U.S Attorney’s office  arrested more than 40 people as part of Operation Bid Rig III.  The arrests sent shockwaves through the state’s political community, the effects of which are still being felt even today. PolitickerNJ



Latest from The Back Room

Former ELEC head joins Ethics Committee

TRENTON – Former longtime executive director of the N.J. Election Law Enforcement Commission Frederick Hermann has replaced Peter Inverso on the Joint Committee on Ethical Standards PolitickerNJ


Latest from State Street Wire

Ethics Committee dismisses complaints against Conaway, Turner

TRENTON – The Joint Committee on Ethical Standards dismissed complaints Tuesday brought against two legislators by the same person. State Street Wire

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Christie pressed to enact gay marriage

A longtime New Jersey Republican stalwart and confidante to two former GOP governors is now pushing Gov. Chris Christie (R) to end his opposition to same sex marriage in the state. Huffington Post



Conservative Super PAC launches online attack on Booker

A conservative Super PAC has joined the fray in New Jersey’s U.S. Senate campaign, with an online ad attacking Cory Booker and his record as mayor of Newark. Star-Ledger



Weiner admits to post-scandal sexting

Former Congressman Anthony Weiner, reeling from bombshell allegations that he continued sexting despite his resignation-inducing scandal, admitted to the most salacious detail this evening: That he continued contacting young women after his resignation, the birth of his son and a glossy People magazine spread that proclaimed him a different man. PolitickerNY



Cost to borrow gets steeper

TRENTON — It’s becoming harder for New Jersey to get money to fix bridges, maintain roads and begin work on other public projects — and analysts warn that tightening financial conditions will cost taxpayers more in the long run. Asbury Park Press



Democratic pollster sees GOP weakness in 2016

The Republican Party is losing ground with moderates and is increasingly dominated by social and fiscal conservatives, endangering its chance to capture the White House in 2016, according to a Democratic pollster who is studying the rival party. Bloomberg



Bristol-Myers Squibb to lay off 200

Bristol-Myers Squibb will lay off 200 workers from its New Jersey offices as it consolidates marketing, information technology and finance operations into a single office in Tampa, Fla., the drugmaker said. Star-Ledger



Hackensack wants cop suit moved to federal court

An attorney for the city has requested that a lawsuit against Hackensack and a group of current and former police officers be moved to federal court. Record



Report says N.J. economic recovery gaining momentum

An improving jobs climate buoyed New Jersey’s fledgling economic recovery in the first half of 2013, though significant headwinds persist, ranging from a below-average housing market to long-term damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, according to a new report. NJ Biz‘finally-seems-to-be-gaining-momentum’-report-finds



NTSB assigns blame in Chesterfield school bus crash

WASHINGTON – The school bus driver was fatigued and had taken sedating medications; the dump truck that struck the bus was overloaded; many of the elementary school students on the bus were not wearing seat belts. Inquirer



Chiesa takes aim at human trafficking

TRENTON – The man Gov. Christie chose to temporarily fill a vacancy in the U.S. Senate gave his first official speech Tuesday, saying he’d use his brief time in Washington to raise awareness about the crime of human trafficking. Associated Press



Sandy price-gouging cases settled

Four New Jersey hotels, three gas stations and one hardware store have agreed to pay a total of almost $300,000 for alleged price gouging right after Superstorm Sandy. 101.5 FM



Five things to watch for in Obama economy speech

President Barack Obama on Wednesday delivers what the White House is billing as a major address on jobs and the economy — and Republicans are mocking as yet another “pivot” from a president struggling for traction. Politico



New book quotes not-so-humble Christie

During the summer of 2011, as speculation intensified that he would be a candidate for president, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey was summoned to a private club in Manhattan by the founder of Home Depot, Kenneth G. Langone. NY Times




Christie’s same-sex marriage stance unlikely to hurt his 2016 chances

Governor Christie’s chances of winning the 2016 Republican nomination for president would not be harmed if same-sex marriage became legal in New Jersey under his watch. Stile, Record



Turn snitch into a positive word

Whether used as a noun or a verb, “snitch” has a negative connotation. To “snitch” is to tattle, to show off in a way meant to get someone in good with an authority figure, be it a parent, a teacher or a police officer. Then there’s the added rush of getting a sibling, a classmate or a law-breaker in trouble. South Jersey Times



For cash-strapped Trenton, no excuse for lack of parking authority plan

There are sins of commission, lectured the old Baltimore Catechism, and there are sins of omission. Trenton Times


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