Morning News Digest: July 5, 2013

Pallone undaunted by poll numbers NEWARK – Undaunted by the poll numbers and cash advantage of chief U.S. Senate candidate

Pallone undaunted by poll numbers

NEWARK – Undaunted by the poll numbers and cash advantage of chief U.S. Senate candidate opponent Cory Booker, U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone said the state needs an elected official who can get results.

Minhaj Hassan


Christie appears in Belmar with Buono-backer Doherty

BELMAR – The black SUV vehicle pulled up in front of the surf shop on another weird weather day in this seafront town laid flat last year by Hurricane Sandy.

Max Pizarro –


VIDEO: Leading Dems critical of U.S. Supreme Court decision on Voting Rights Act

 U.S. Rep. Donald Payne Jr., Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver (D-34) of East Orange, and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono slammed the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on the Voting Rights Act that would basically enable states to create laws they see fit, with limited federal monitoring.

Minhaj Hassan-


Sussex Dems slap Booker for unauthorized use of slogan

Sussex County Democrats are upset at Newark Mayor Cory Booker, who they say used their slogan for the upcoming Senate primary without receiving their endorsement.


From the Back Room

Christie on Sun Valley Conference guest list

TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie is among a long list of politicians and top executives expected to appear later this month at an annual Sun Valley Conference.



Senate voting session cancelled

TRENTON – The Senate voting session set for Monday has been canceled.

State Street Wire staff


Bergen County fighting for flood grants as $100M wish list vies with needs statewide

Bergen County is seeking more than $100 million in federal funds for a wish list of flood-control projects, ranging from refurbished emergency shelters and pumping stations to waterway expansion and home buyouts.

Rebecca D. O’Brien – The Record


Cam catches woman who may have spray painted swastika on Islamic center

Police have released images of someone they’re calling a “person of interest” in the vandalism of the Islamic Center of Morris County.

Someone painted what appears to be a swastika on a door of the Islamic Center June 21, according to Dr. Aref Assaf, one of the center’s directors.

Louis C.


Nelson Mandela kept alive by machine, faces ‘impending death,’ documents show

JOHANNESBURG — Nelson Mandela is being kept alive by a breathing machine and faces “impending death,” court documents show, as his family gravesite was restored today.

Mandela’s health is “perilous” and he is being kept alive by life support, according to documents filed in the court case that resulted in the remains of the former president’s three deceased children being reburied today in their original graves.

Associated Press


Wet June hasn’t hurt crops for New Jersey farmers- at least not yet

The heavy rains that have soaked New Jersey in recent weeks have not hurt the state’s agriculture industry, but that could change if Mother Nature doesn’t change her ways.

The Associated Press



Time for Tony Mack to step down

The cards are on the table, and there is no doubt whatsoever about the hand Trenton has been dealt.

State Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-Gloucester) made it perfectly clear during a meeting with the Times’ editorial board that state leaders have no intention of stepping in to help Trenton handle its myriad problems while Mayor Tony Mack remains in office.

Trenton Times Editorial

Time for Sweeney and Kean to end their Senate feud

State Senate President Stephen Sweeney has announced he is officially ending his standoff against Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean Jr.

He’s holding out an olive branch, and Kean should take it.

Shake hands, make up and stop this nonsense. The last thing we need is for the infection of bitter partisanship from Washington to spread its way to Trenton.

Star Ledger editorial

Christie and his video were ready for prime time

GOVERNOR Christie almost said the “f” word onstage at the Republican National Convention. As it went, that honor fell to Clint Eastwood’s imaginary chair-sitting President Obama.

According to a CNN report, Dan Balz of The Washington Post in an upcoming book describes backstage drama at the Republican convention just prior to Christie’s delivery of the keynote address. In “Collision 2012,” Balz describes an episode worthy of a Bravo reality-show star. – See more at:

Alfred Doblin-The Record


Morning News Digest: July 5, 2013