Morning Digest: July 25, 2013

Booker staffer lobs email bomb at campaign

Though Newark Mayor Cory Booker leads his Senate primary by 40 points and is raking in money faster than a Vegas blackjack dealer, all is not joyful in Mudville. PolitickerNJ


Almost everyone loves Lonegan, as a sparring partner

Republican or Democrat, almost everyone in the field is going after former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan, the movement conservative and front-runner for the Republican nomination to the U.S. Senate. PolitickerNJ



From The Back Room


Reid: Booker is on his way

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid tonight annointed Newark Mayor Cory Booker as the winner of the race to fill the Senate seat of former U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg. PolitickerNJ



Latest from State Street Wire


Auditor issues report on veterans home

TRENTON – An audit released Wednesday of the Veterans Memorial Home at Paramus recommended ways to reduce delinquent accounts that as of April 30, 2012 totaled $1.3 million. State Street Wire

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Weiner continues his sexting defense

After delivering brief testimony about the state of public housing at an event this evening, former Congressman Anthony Weiner was again mobbed by reporters seeking more answers about the online sex scandal that continues to unfold. PolitickerNY



‘Borgata babes’ lose suit over weight bias

When your job title is “babe,” you can expect your employer to have something to say about your weight. Atlantic City Press



Hoboken moms replace Maxwell’s rock fans in housing boom

Jack Mello first came to Maxwell’s in Hoboken, New Jersey, in the early 1980s to see a then-little-known band called R.E.M. He since has attended hundreds of shows at the club, most recently to watch the Feelies perform their July 4th farewell concerts before the venue closes next week. Bloomberg



Caroline Kennedy picked as ambassador to Japan

President Barack Obama picked Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of the late President John F. Kennedy, as the next U.S. ambassador to Japan, a cornerstone of American economic and security policy in Asia. Bloomberg



Sandy babies flood N.J. hospitals

Bonnie Prince George isn’t the only newborn in the news these days. Burlington County Times



Owners of Meadowlands Hospital cashing in

Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center paid its owners $6 million over the last 18 months, even as employees were filing complaints about bounced paychecks and unpaid insurance claims and the IRS was putting liens on the institution for failing to pay $4.4 million in federal withholding taxes. Record



OT costs continue to rise at port authority

NEW YORK   — Overtime costs continue to be budget-busters at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Associated Press



Crackdown on toll cheats heats up

A pilot program to suspend vehicle registrations of toll violators has been made permanent, the Asbury Park Press is reporting. Star-Ledger



National groups join marriage fight

TRENTON – National groups – including one founded by a wealthy Republican donor – are joining the fight for same-sex marriage in New Jersey, pledging whatever it takes to persuade state lawmakers to override a veto by Gov. Christie. Inquirer



Lonegan presses fight in Cherry Hill

With less than three weeks before the primary election, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Steve Lonegan met Wednesday night with Camden County Republicans in Cherry Hill and stayed true to his message on civil liberties. Inquirer



NSA vote splits parties

A $512.5 billion Pentagon appropriations bill cleared the House Wednesday evening after the leadership narrowly beat back efforts to curb the National Security Agency’s authority to collect private call records and metadata on telephone customers in the U.S. Politico



Senate passes student loan compromise

A hard fought deal to keep student loan interest rates down cleared the Senate Wednesday on a 81-18 vote, despite strong opposition from liberal Democrats who believe it would make skyrocketing student debt even worse in the long run. Politico



Spain train crash claims 77 lives

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, Spain, July 25 (Reuters) – A train derailed outside the ancient northwestern Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela on Wednesday evening, killing at least 77 people and injuring up to 131 in one of Europe’s worst rail disasters. Reuters



Tea partier makes ‘absurd’ comparison on civil rights

Rep. Louise Gohmert (R-Texas) compared the civil liberties of minority groups to snail darters and prairie chickens at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday. Huffington Post



BPU launches biomass initiative

Each year in New Jersey more than 8 million tons of waste — yard litter, trash from residents, and livestock manure, among other debris — is thrown away in garbage dumps, burned in incinerators, or disposed of elsewhere. NJ Spotlight




End costly double dipping

The way some elected officials collect government jobs, you’d think they were playing a game of Twister: They’ve got a hand on one spot over here and the other hand planted firmly on another spot over there. And if a new opportunity arises, well, they’ve got a leg free. Star-Ledger



Tradition won’t hold in Jersey City council presidency

Is there a wee bit of discord brewing in the Jersey City administration in waiting over the choice of president of the City Council? Torres, Jersey Journal



Morning Digest: July 25, 2013