Morning Digest: Aug. 19, 2013

Along party lines, lawmakers react to gun bill actions

TRENTON – Democratic legislative leaders expressed disappointment that Gov. Chris Christie had conditionally or absolutely vetoed several firearms bills Friday. PolitickerNJ



Christie: Gun bill would require new regulatory system

TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie, who signed 11 gun control bills over the past two weeks, took his CV pen to one of the most far-reaching bills, Senate President Steve Sweeney’s omnibus legislation. PolitickerNJ



Sweeney responds to CV

TRENTON – Senate President Steve Sweeney responded Friday afternoon to news Gov. Chris Christie conditionally vetoed his centerpiece gun bill. PolitickerNJ

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Local D’s, R’s rally behind Booker, Lonegan

Newark Mayor and Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Cory Booker’s 1.4 million and counting Twitter followers don’t seem to impress state Sen. Michael Doherty all that much. Easton Express Times



Paul blames Christie for spat

Sen. Rand Paul says that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie started their recent spat by arguing that libertarians had no place in the GOP. Politico



Christie to back Lonegan

Chris Christie is going to step out with a conservative in New Jersey on Tuesday. Politico



Chamber of Commerce’s legislative train wreck

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is a political powerhouse that tops spending on lobbying in Washington year after year. In the past two elections, the pro-business group doled out $69.5 million to send candidates to Congress. Huffington Post



Egypt turmoil deepens

CAIRO — Islamic militants on Monday ambushed two mini-buses carrying off-duty policemen in the northern region of Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, killing 25 of them execution-style in a brazen daylight attack that deepens the turmoil roiling the country and underscores the volatility of the strategic region. Associated Press



Susan Sarandon on NYC mayor’s race

At first, actress Susan Sarandon expected to back Council Speaker Christine Quinn in her bid to become the city’s first female mayor. But she had to evaluate her other priorities as well. PolitickerNY



Can Christie rescue GOP?

Gov. Chris Christie’s endorsement of a Republican legislative candidate wouldn’t do anything to sway most New Jersey voters according to the most recent statewide poll. 101.5FM



N.J. plans to demolish historic Greystone hospital building

State officials plan to demolish the historic main building at the closed Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital in northern New Jersey. Record



Affordable Care Act do do away with plan used by 100,000 New Jerseyans

The bare-bones health insurance policy that’s been the plan of choice for New Jerseyans who can’t afford something better is set to go away next year, thanks to the Affordable Care Act. Star-Ledger



Lonegan says Booker on wrong side of every issue

Republican U.S. Senate nominee Steve Lonegan attacked Cory Booker on the national stage today, calling him “too liberal for New Jersey” during an appearance on MSNBC. Star-Ledger



Christie will keep his distance from Booker-Lonegan race

Gov. Chris Christie is expected to endorse the Republican running for U.S. Senate in New Jersey, but otherwise stay hands-off in a race featuring his Democratic friend and political ally Cory Booker. Associated Press



For some at the Shore, rebound has been easier


LOVELADIES, N.J. – Down North Lane in Loveladies, the beachfront home of Newell and Ruth Fischer, psychiatrists from Bryn Mawr, was directly in Hurricane Sandy’s path. Inquirer



Saltier side of life on Battleship New Jersey

The G-rated tour routes of the legendary warship are clearly marked with tape or paint. Inquirer



Jersey City school board VP faces ethics hearing

A Jersey City school board member accused of using his influence to benefit himself and his child will be the subject of an ethics hearing in Newark this week. Jersey Journal



N.J. Transit hurricane plan sought higher ground

NEWARK — New Jersey Transit had a hurricane plan to move its trains to higher ground before Superstorm Sandy hit. Associated Press




Summer reading 2013

A comprehensive new biography of the man known to rock fans worldwide simply by his first name — or by the honorific, “The Boss” NJ Spotlight





Next senator will be a big change from Lautenberg

This much is clear about the Democratic and Republican winners of last week’s U.S. Senate primaries: Neither Cory Booker nor Steve Lonegan will do what the late Frank Lautenberg did in the Senate. Jackson, Record



N.J.’s blind spot on climate change

Make no mistake: State policy­makers are not unaware of the dangers of climate change. They are simply ignoring the science in their haste to rebuild. Star-Ledger




  Morning Digest: Aug. 19, 2013