Morning Digest: Aug. 9, 2013

Pallone and Holt get tough with Booker In the second and final debate featuring all four Democratic Primary candidates running

Pallone and Holt get tough with Booker

In the second and final debate featuring all four Democratic Primary candidates running for Senator, U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-6) and U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-12) went directly and aggressively at frontrunner Newark Mayor Cory Booker. PolitickerNJ



Pallone demands investigation of Christie shore ads

U.S. Rep Frank Pallone, has jumped into the fray over the governor’s appearance in television commercials touting the recovery at the Jersey shore, demanding an investigation of the contracting for the advertising campaign. PolitickerNJ




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NJBIA: Earned sick days would make it tougher for businesses

TRENTON – A business advocacy group says a coalition of women groups in favor of earned sick day pay are off the mark with the legislation they’re supporting. State Street Wire

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‘Get Putin’ caucus presses Obama

Canceling a summit is a start. Declining to make a courtesy call to Vladimir Putin afterward isn’t bad, either. Or adding a trip to Sweden instead of Moscow. Politico



Zuckerberg immigration group defends Ryan

The arm of the Mark Zuckerberg-backed immigration reform group that focuses on conservatives is going on air in Milwaukee with a pro-reform spot defending Rep. Paul Ryan, POLITICO has learned. Politico



U.S. declares unusual mortality event regarding dolphins on East Coast

NEW YORK, Aug 8 (Reuters) – Federal scientists investigating an unusually high number of dead bottlenose dolphins washing up on the East Coast said on Thursday the carcasses are showing up at a rate that is seven times higher than usual. Reuters



Sallie Mae, Education Dept. under fire for student loans

The U.S. Department of Education and Sallie Mae face fresh questions over the student loan business after the largest educational debt company disclosed a raft of likely federal violations that raise concerns over the government’s oversight of its largest corporate contractor. Huffington Post



Holt says Booker has some explaining to do

Rep. Rush Holt, D-N.J., says Newark Mayor Cory Booker has “some explaining to do” about why his start-up firm Waywire quietly employed the 15-year-old son of CNN President Jeff Zucker as a board member paid with stock options. U.S. News and World Report



Kerry testing new path toward Israeli-Palestinian peace

Mideast peace has long been the Everest of diplomatic mountains, and those who’ve tried to scale it have generally followed the same route: small steps by each side to give both the confidence to take bolder ones. Bloomberg



Unemployment claims trend downward

The U.S. Labor Department is out with new data showing the number of Americans, who applied for unemployment benefits over the past month, dropped to its lowest level since 2007. 101.5 FM



Holt, Pallone blitz Booker in final debate

NEWARK — With just five days to go before the primary, Reps. Frank Pallone and Rush Holt used the second and final Democratic U.S. Senate debate to go on the offensive against Newark Mayor Cory Booker on Thursday night, raising questions about his financial interest in a video-sharing website. Record



Sixteen county garage workers in N.J. holt one of three Powerball tickets

LITTLE EGG HARBOR, N.J. (AP) – Sixteen workers from a county garage in a New Jersey coastal community hit hard by Superstorm Sandy have one of the three winning tickets in the $448 million Powerball jackpot, officials in Ocean County said. Associated Press



Federal agency teams with N.J. for resilient solar grid

Distributed-generation technologies like CHP and microgrids could help keep the lights on at critical facilities despite extreme weather NJ Spotlight



Cut emissions? Congress keeps burning dirtier fuel

WASHINGTON — As part of the climate change agenda he unveiled this year, President Obama made a commitment to significantly reduce the federal government’s dependence on fossil fuels. The government, he said in a speech in June at Georgetown University, “must lead by example.” NY Times


Jersey City creates new shooting response team

In light of the recent shootings plaguing the city this summer, Jersey City’s police department will formally adopt a Shooting Response Team modeled after one utilized in Paterson, NJ, according to city officials. The plan was first discussed publicly at a Council caucus in July, when police department brass informed the elected officials of some of the changes to the department in the light of mass retirements and wave of violence. Jersey City Independent



Devil of a problem with NHL team

With no hockey to talk about on the ice, the discussion about the New Jersey Devils has again turned to the bottom line. NJ Biz



Lawsuit against GameStop can proceed

A federal lawsuit filed against the video-game vendor GameStop Corp. alleges three South Jersey stores sold used games that sometimes cost more than buying new. Inquirer



Weiner wins over Brownsville seniors

Anthony Weiner came bearing treats. The ex-congressman brought his embattled mayoral campaign to Brownsville, Brooklyn today, chatting with seniors while toting a large plate piled high with sugar cookies. PolitickerNY




Way too easy to dump on Paterson

IF A young man was shot dead in Ridgewood, a victim of an apparent random rampage, television crews from New York City would descend and the men and women wanting to become governor or a U.S. senator from New Jersey would have something to say. But on Tuesday, Jaquell Johnson, 17, died in Paterson. Doblin, Record



Ending the jitney menace

The jitney bus that killed a baby girl in West New York last week is part of a loosely regulated and rapidly expanding industry. Star-Ledger

  Morning Digest: Aug. 9, 2013