Morning Digest: July 26, 2013

Pallone underscores ideological differences with Eck

FRANKLIN – Those whom the polls have consigned to garbage time in the U.S. Senate race took turns at a microphone tonight to address a group of 80 seniors in this gated community where at least three of the four contenders made a direct pitch for local love. PolitickerNJ 



Christie campaign: Silva ‘unqualified’ to be governor

The Christie Campaign responded tonight to the news that Democrat Barbara Buono has chosen labor leader Milly Silva as her running mate. PolitickerNJ



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Gusciora wants governor to tour Trenton high school

TRENTON – A Trenton legislator called on the governor Thursday to personally tour the city’s high school, and then force a state agency to take action to address the “crumbling’’ state of the facility. State Street Wire

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Christie: GOP libertarianism on national security dangerous

ASPEN, Colo. — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Thursday offered a clear broadside against Republicans drifting toward a more libertarian view of foreign policy, lumping Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) in with them and suggesting they explain their position to victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Hot Air



Reid assumes Booker will win election

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid portrayed Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s election to the Senate as a foregone conclusion and gushed with encouragement for Hillary Rodham Clinton to run for president in 2016 in a recent interview. Roll Call



Booker fundraising for four races at once

Newark Mayor Cory Booker, the frontrunner in New Jersey’s special election to replace the late U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg, has proven adept at raising cash. Enough, in some cases, for four elections. Bloomberg



Pelosi says it would be great if Fed chair were a woman

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said that while Lawrence Summers and Janet Yellen, considered two of the frontrunners for chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, are well-qualified candidates, “it would be great to have a woman.” Bloomberg



Five charged in vast credit card hacking scheme

NEWARK, N.J. – Four Russians and a Ukrainian have been charged with running a sophisticated hacking organization that penetrated the computer networks of more than a dozen major U.S. and international corporations over seven years, stealing and selling millions of credit and debit card numbers, resulting in losses of hundreds of millions of dollars. Associated Press



Christie calls for fairness in immigration reform

Gov. Chris Christie tonight said “we have to be fair” to immigrants in this country illegally and called the federal Affordable Care Act a “sad legacy” for President Barack Obama. Star-Ledger



N.J. settles case over unwanted internet ads

The state’s $1 million settlement Thursday with an online advertising company that flooded New Jersey consumers’ computer screens with more than 200 million ads against their wishes illustrates the extent to which marketers are willing to go to track people’s Internet browsing habits, experts say. Record



Judge rules Hackensack violated OPRA

The Hackensack municipal government violated the state’s Open Public Records Act when city officials denied a request for invoices and records, a judge ruled on July 9. Record




Giants announce naming rights deal with Quest

The New York Giants’ headquarters and practice facility has been renamed the Quest Diagnostics Training Center under a partnership announced today between the team and the Madison-based laboratory services company. NJBiz



Robert’s picks reshaping secret Surveillance Court

WASHINGTON — The recent leaks about government spying programs have focused attention on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and its role in deciding how intrusive the  government can be in the name of national security. Less mentioned has been the person who has been quietly reshaping the secret court: Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. NYTimes



Weiner still confident of becoming New York’s next mayor

Anthony Weiner continued to plow ahead with his increasingly embattled mayoral campaign this evening, telling the audience at a forum in Queens that he’ll be the next man running City Hall. PolitickerNY



2010 losses still haunt Obama

Barack Obama has spent well over $1 billion on his political campaigns, but it’s the $20 million to $30 million Democrats didn’t shell out three years ago that is costing the White House as he slogs through the first six months of his second term. Politico



GOP feud over Affordable Care Act tactics

A brewing Republican versus Republican fight over whether to use a government funding measure to choke off Obamacare is splitting the party ahead of this fall’s budget battles. Politico



Dems reportedly send letter backing Yellen as next Fed chair

A group of Democratic senators have reportedly signed a letter encouraging President Barack Obama to appoint Federal Reserve Board of Governors Vice Chairman Janet Yellen as the next chairman. Huffington Post



Lavarro moves to strip health benefits from Jersey City MUA commmissioners

Health benefits for Jersey City’s Municipal Utility Authority Commissioners may finally be a thing of the past if a proposal by Council President Rolando Lavarro moves forward at next week’s Council meeting. Currently only two commissioners on the board still receive such benefits. Jersey City Independent




Madison Square Garden may be leaving the station

MADISON Square Garden is on the move. Again. In case anyone forgot, a building named after a city square south and east of its present location did not start out atop Pennsylvania Station. Doblin, Record



House GOP takes environment hostage

Republicans mocked President Obama’s speech this week on economic recovery, but don’t expect any alternative jobs proposal from them. They’re too busy holding our gasping economy over a cliff, threatening to let go unless his health care law is defunded. Star-Ledger

  Morning Digest: July 26, 2013