Morning News Digest: July 3, 2013

VIDEO: Senate Dems call on GOP to help them override gay marriage bill veto

Minhaj Hassan


Christie fires back at Dems, Sweeney over same-sex marriage

SEASIDE PARK – Gov. Chris Christie criticized Senate President Steve Sweeney Tuesday regarding the issue of same-sex marriage.

Bill Mooney –


Senate Democrat leaders call on Kean and GOP to ‘vote their conscience’ on marriage equality

WESTFIELD – Senate Democratic leaders came to Minority Leader Tom Kean’s (R-21) Rockwellian hometown to call on him and Republican colleagues to vote their conscience: shorthand for voting yes on overriding Gov. Chris Christie’s veto of the same-sex marriage bill.


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Kean tells Sweeney he doesn’t need a lecture from

TRENTON – Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean (R-21) of Westfield, fired back Tuesday at Senate President Steve Sweeney’s public request about Kean and Senate Republicans voting their conscience on a vote to override Gov. Chris Christie’s veto of the marriage equality bill.

Minhaj Hassan-State Street Wire


Route 35 rebuilding project kicks off

SEASIDE PARK – Gov. Chris Christie came to this peninsula Shore town Tuesday for a groundbreaking ceremony for a $265 million project to rebuild the major thoroughfare wrecked by Superstorm Sandy last October.

Bill Mooney-State Street Wire

From the Back Room

A look back: Fulop 2005

A day after newly minted Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop was sworn in amid great fanfare, here’s a look back at a not so different Fulop from eight years ago.

Darryl Isherwood –


Pallone expects fundraising advantage over Booker to evaporate when campaign  finance disclosures are made this month

Rep. Frank Pallone said Tuesday that he expects the $2 million fundraising advantage he had over Newark Mayor Cory Booker at the end of March to have evaporated by the time the next campaign-finance disclosures in the U.S. Senate race are made public later this month.

Pallone had $3.7 million in his campaign fund to Booker’s $1.6 million at the end of March. But he insisted in a meeting with The Record’s editorial board on Tuesday that he wasn’t simply trying to lock in that advantage when he called recently for all candidates in the Democratic primary to succeed the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg to renounce support from outside groups or “super PACs,” some of which can accept unlimited contributions while providing little disclosure.

Michael Linhorst and Herb Jackson – The Record


Dems to Christie: Stop punishing GOP; let them vote for gay marriage

WESTFIELD — On the sloping lawn of the suburban home of lesbian grandmothers preparing to celebrate their 30th anniversary, state Democratic leaders demanded Tuesday that Gov. Christie allow Republican lawmakers to “vote their conscience” on gay marriage.

Matt Katz – Philadelphia Inquirer

Key part of health overhaul delayed with employers given an extra year to offer coverage

WASHINGTON — In a major concession to business groups, the Obama administration on Tuesday unexpectedly announced a one-year delay, until after the 2014 elections, in a central requirement of the new health care law that many companies provide coverage for their workers or face fines.

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar-Associated Press

PSEG claims insurers shortchanging it on Sandy recovery costs

The question of who will pay the cost of rebuilding the power grid after Hurricane Sandy is spilling into the courts.

In a lawsuit filed in Superior Court in Essex County last month, Public Service Enterprise Group and three of its subsidiaries accused 10 insurance companies of shortchanging them on coverage that should have reimbursed them $456 million for damages to their power grid.

Tom Johnson-NJ Spotlight


Bergen County executive and Englewood Cliffs mayor ask Christie to support LG Electronics’ building headquarters

Bergen County Executive Kathleen A. Donovan and Englewood Cliffs Mayor Joseph Parisi Jr. have asked Gov. Christie to endorse LG Electronics’ plan for a corporate headquarters that would be visible along the northern Palisades, citing its importance to the state’s struggling economy


Rebecca Baker-The Record


Federal health insurance marketplace goes online but will NJ residents know it’s there

There may be an updated federal health insurance website, as well as 24/7 phone support, but it remains an open question whether uninsured New Jersey residents will even know that subsidized health insurance is available for them to purchase, let alone that they are required to buy it.

Federal officials have been reaching out to local administrators and nonprofit health advocates in states like New Jersey, which opted for a federal health insurance marketplace, formerly known as an exchange until the government renamed it earlier this year.

Andrew Kitchenman-NJ Spotlight


Spending accelerates in races for governor, Legislature

Governor Christie continues to out-raise and outspend his Democratic opponent, and outside groups also are putting supporting resources into the gubernatorial election.

Christie has raised $6.9 million while his challenger, state Sen. Barbara Buono, has raised $2.9 million, including public matching funds, according to campaign finance records. Christie is not participating in the public financing program, which gives candidates $2 for every $1 raised, excluding the first $122,000 in private donations, but also caps how much they can spend.

Melissa Hayes-the Record


The chancellor who can transform Rutgers-Newark

New Jersey can expect much more than a placeholder in Nancy Cantor when she assumes the chancellorship of Rutgers-Newark. Cantor, who announced in October that she would step down as chancellor and president of Syracuse University, is an intriguing choice for the position in Newark.

Gene Maeroff Morning News Digest: July 3, 2013