Morning Digest: July 9, 2013

Poll shows Booker, Lonegan with strong leads

A new Quinnipiac University poll offers good news for Cory Booker and Steve Lonegan. PolitickerNJ

Bishop Jackson endorses Christie

TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie’s re-election campaign picked up the support Monday of an influential black clergyman. PolitickerNJ


DGA so far a bit player in governor’s race

In February, when hopes were high for a competitive gubernatorial contest in New Jersey, the Democratic Governor’s Association pledged its assisatnce to Democratic challenger Barbara Buono. PolitickerNJ

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Christie to beach easement holdouts: You’re not getting paid

TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie had a succinct message Monday for beach property owners expecting six-figure payouts for easements: “It’s time to give your easement because you’re not going to get paid.” State Street Wire

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Spitzer belies no second acts in comeback from infamy

Eliot Spitzer is hardly the first U.S. politician who didn’t let infamy get in the way of a comeback. Bloomberg


Top issues among voters avoided in governor’s race

Standing in the center of a crowded and stuffy high school gymnasium in Sussex County late last month, Governor Christie said that New Jerseyans, by voting for Republicans in November, can “really send a message” to Democrats in the Legislature who have yet to embrace his income-tax credit.  Record



Pallone wants WWOR license revoked

Citing what he called more than a decade of declining commitment to New Jersey, a congressman who is running for U.S. Senate called Monday for the state’s only commercial television station to have its license revoked because it abruptly canceled its nightly newscast last week. Record


Bon Jovi gives $1M to Sandy relief

SAYREVILLE, N.J. (AP) – Jon Bon Jovi went home Monday to present a $1 million check from his band to a fund to help New Jersey recover from Superstorm Sandy. Associated Press


Jersey City mayor making changes in police department

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, who assumed office last week, has begun to make changes in the city police department and is putting a premium on officers living in the city. Jersey Journal



Trenton directors seek more money to keep departments afloat

TRENTON – As the city council prepares its next municipal budget, city directors are asking for more funds to keep departments afloat. Trenton Times


Source: Heinz Kerry showed symptoms of seizure

BOSTON — The condition of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s wife, who is hospitalized in Boston, has been upgraded to fair. Associated Press


Snowden says NSA is lying

WASHINGTON — NSA leaker Edward Snowden claims the spy agency gathers all communications into and out of the U.S. for analysis, despite NSA claims that it only targets foreign traffic. Huffington Post


Why sex-scarred pols keep returning

Another week and there goes another fallen officeholder trying to claw his way back from tabloid purgatory—another chance for some people to marvel about the power of forgiveness and redemption, and other people to marvel about the power of egomania and pure chutzpah. Politico


Rubio in tough spot regarding abortion

It took Marco Rubio only a few days to return to the spotlight on another controversial issue. Politico


Weiner ‘unconcerned’ with Spitzer candidacy

Anthony Weiner wanted to talk about bikes this morning. He didn’t quite get his wish. PolitickerNY


Hearing set on natural gas plan

LONG BEACH, N.Y. — The public is being allowed to comment on a plan to build a liquefied natural gas terminal off the New Jersey and New York shorelines. Associated Press


Furloughs begin for Joint Base workers

Civilian workers at joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst will start feeling the bite of federal deficit reduction this week, with workplace furloughs that will ultimately cost the typical worker 11 days’ pay by the end of September. Asbury Park Press|newswell|text|Frontpage|s


Texas governor won’t run again

Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Monday he will not seek re-election next year, bringing an end to his record-setting tenure as chief executive of the Lone Star state. USA Today




Sweeney can help stop waiver rule

Should New Jersey make it easy for wealthy campaign contributors to get waivers from the state to violate public safeguards that protect our jobs, rights at work, health and safety, or pocketbooks as consumers? Lavard, Patel/Star-Ledger



Final word on cell phone privacy may come from Supreme Court

How many secrets does your cellphone hold? That precious little object never forgets a thing and will reveal all to any snoop who gets hold of it, whether you like it or not. Quigley, Jersey Journal



The return of Spitzer

Eliot Spitzer is back. But do the people of New York want him? Star-Ledger


Morning Digest: July 9, 2013