Morning Digest: Aug. 29, 2013

Lonegan focuses on Booker’s crime-fighting record

Steve Lonegan, Republican candidate for the United States Senate, today upbraided Newark Mayor Cory Booker for trying to change the subject away from what Lonegan said is the Democrat’s awful crime fighting record on the streets of Booker’s home city. PolitickerNJ



Booker vs. DiVincenzo on key issue

The two most recognizable Democrats in Essex County disagree on a key issue: prison privatization. PolitickerNJ



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Advocates call for democracy, peace in Egypt

TRENTON – With much of the nation commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream’’ speech this week, prominent Egyptian-Americans in New Jersey came together Wednesday to draw attention to the need for constitutional guarantees of freedom and justice in their homeland. State Street Wire

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Lonegan draws fire for homophobic remarks

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Steve Lonegan drew fire from his Democratic opponent Cory Booker as well as the state’s leading LGBT advocacy group for comments his detractors describe as “homophobic” and out of touch with New Jersey voters. Star-Ledger



N.J. political leaders divided on need for military action in Syria

Sen. Bob Menendez came out strongly Wednesday for a quick military strike to punish Syria for using chemical weapons, but for the most part others in the New Jersey congressional delegation and the major candidates for Senate did not follow him. Record



Obama: Syrian government behind chemical attack

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Wednesday declared unequivocally that the United States has “concluded” that the Syrian government carried out a deadly chemical weapons attack on civilians. Yet U.S. intelligence officials say questions remain about whether the attack could be linked to Syrian President Bashar Assad or high officials in his government. Associated Press



Boehner: Make case for action in Syria

Speaker John Boehner is urging President Barack Obama to define the United States’ policy and mission in Syria, launching the opening salvo in what’s sure to be a turf battle between Congress and the White House over military intervention in the country. Politico



Oil spill at refinery leaves sheen on Delaware River

DOVER, Del. — Delaware environmental officials on Wednesday were investigating an oil spill at a refinery that left a sheen floating on the Delaware River. Associated Press



State rules a hurdle for Pines pipeline

South Jersey Gas Co.’s proposed pipeline across 21 miles of South Jersey would be permitted through some sections of the Pinelands but not its forest area under state rules, an environmental specialist for the Pinelands Commission told members Wednesday. Inquirer



Experts: Home construction should enjoy uptick rest of year

Housing construction in New Jersey “is poised to accelerate and, in doing so, provide further impetus to the state’s economy,” according to Pat O’Keefe, director of economic research at the accounting and consulting firm CohnReznick. NJ Biz



Christie to Sandy-damaged businesses: No shame in using money

SEA BRIGHT — With their arms draped over each other’s shoulders, Karen Trezza led Gov. Chris Christie to Sea Bright Pizza, her family’s Ocean Avenue restaurant, re-opened eight months to the day after superstorm Sandy flooded it. Asbury Park Press



Christie calls texting ruling ‘silly’

A New Jersey apeals court has ruled that someone who sends a text to someone they know is driving could be held partially liable if the driver causes an accident. 101.5 FM



Burzichelli: End fees for after-school clubs

A South Jersey legislator wants to end participation fees for after-school clubs and athletics at districts statewide. Camden Courier-Post



Wal-Mart same-sex benefits puts pressure on holdouts

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT)’s decision to extend health-care benefits to workers’ same-sex partners removes one of the biggest holdouts and adds pressure on other resistant companies to follow suit. Bloomberg



Moorestown superintendent quits, gets nearly year’s salary

MOORESTOWN — The school district will begin the new school year in search of an interim superintendent after the resignation of Brian Betze, who will receive nearly a year’s salary to leave his post with four years remaining on his contract. Burlington County Times



Cross-burning conviction overturned

TRENTON — The conviction of Daniel Enders, one of three men found guilty of burning an 8-foot-tall wooden cross along a highway in Bass River in February 2011, was overturned by the Appellate Division of New Jersey Superior Court on Wednesday. Burlington County Times




N.J. train deaths have increased

Spurred by the deaths of three teenage boys on the train tracks in a 24-hour period in 2011, the state Department of Transportation and NJ Transit redoubled safety efforts. Star-Ledger






Reinforcing the dream 50 years later

WASHINGTON – It was another humid August day. Another throng gathered at the Lincoln Memorial to listen as another gifted orator spoke about America’s basic ideals and persistent problems.  Kelly, Record



Mack shows inability to answer tough questions

Mayor Tony Mack called a press conference this week to talk about ongoing improvements to Trenton’s parks and recreation facilities. Trenton Times



Historic march about jobs, too

In the 50 years since the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King led the historic march of a sea of people at the National Mall, time has blurred some memories. Gloucester County Times



It’s driver’s legal duty not to text

The teenage girl who got sued in civil court for texting a friend moments before he crashed his pickup truck into a motorcycle in Morris County, grievously injuring its riders, was guilty of what many of us do all day long: texting, incessantly. Star-Ledger


  Morning Digest: Aug. 29, 2013