Morning News Digest: July 2, 2013

Kostoplis gets nod from FOP in Burlington sheriff contest

James Kostoplis, a former captain with the Hamilton Township Police Department who is running for Burlington County Sheriff today received the backing of the Fraternal Order of Police local 166, which represents the county’s sheriffs officers.




The swearing in of Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop


JERSEY CITY – The theatrical implications were unavoidable at a black-sedan-with- government-plates-free-for-all, as nearly everyone in New Jersey politics attempted to nibble away and claim ownership of some piece of Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, who was sworn into office tonight outside City Hall.




Sayegh new council president in Paterson

Ward 6 Councilman Andre Sayegh is the new council president in Paterson.




Gov. Chris Christie, state Democratic lawmakers celebrate historic day for Rutgers University

Rutgers University and several health science schools of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey “married” today at a ceremony at the university’s Piscataway campus. The merger will make more research dollars available, create a medical college at the state’s flagship university, attract more government research funding,  and open the door to public-private partnerships.


Lawmakers introducing bill to address legal billing problems

TRENTON – The Comptroller report last week that dealt with questionable legal billing at some municipalities and school districts has spurred introduction of legislation.

State Street Wire staff



Rutgers a world class university school president says

After months of debate and planning, Rutgers University’s president said Monday that the time had come to celebrate, as its merger with most of the state’s medical and dental school propelled it into the top tier of the nation’s research institutions.

Patricia Alex – The Record


Christie signs bill to nix unemployment tax surcharge

The start of the new fiscal year won’t bring a new unemployment tax surcharge for employers.

Jared Kaltwasser-NJBIZ


Same-sex marriage advocates push quickly for ruling in New Jersey

Same-sex marriage advocates, carrying through on their vow to act quickly in New Jersey in light of last week’s U.S. Supreme Court rulings, will file motions Wednesday in state court seeking to have the state’s civil-union law declared unconstitutional.

Colleen O’Dea-NJ Spotlight


Clear-cutting state land: Good stewardship or betrayal of trust

In a dispute about how best to protect hundreds of thousands of acres of state-owned forests, the environmental community remains deeply at odds over a bill that would allow commercial logging on woodlands in New Jersey.

Tom Johnson-NJ Spotlight


Every NJ casino wants to offer online gambling, state says

ATLANTIC CITY — In a sign of how lucrative online gambling in New Jersey may become, every casino in Atlantic City plans to offer its own games in cyberspace, state officials announced today.

Ryan Hutchins-Star Ledger


10 years later, Borgata still Atlantic City’s top casino

On July 2, 2003, Atlantic City welcomed Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, an upscale megaresort that was supposed to appeal to wealthier customers who had previously shunned the gambling scene.

Donald Wittowski-Press of Atlantic City


Labor law limits volunteer help for Sandy relief

Age wasn’t a factor in the random acts of kindness across the Jersey Shore after superstorm Sandy.

Thousands of volunteers, from young kids tagging along with their parents to retired adults helping their neighbors, have poured across the Jersey Shore to help the storm’s victims recover.

Countless more might have come this summer, except for one thing: They’d be breaking the law.

Kristi Funderburk-Asbury Park Press



Hit Christie where he’s weakest-Economy, Jobs, Taxes

When a candidate’s campaign team — manager, consultant, pollster, fundraiser, and communications director — convene to plot strategy, fundamental to their decisions is the bit of advice most favored by consultants: “Whatever moves the numbers.”

Carl Golden-NJ Spotlight Morning News Digest: July 2, 2013