Morning Digest: Sept. 10, 2013

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Planned Parenthood was here to issue an endorsement of Cory Booker for U.S. Senate, but had nothing planned for Democratic gubernatorial candidate, state Sen. Barbara Buono (D-18), who’s running against a pro-life Republican incumbent. PolitickerNJ



Booker not convinced Syrian strike needed

PISCATAWAY – Newark Mayor Cory Booker said he looks forward to hearing from President Barack Obama tomorrow regarding a retaliatory strike on Syria, but as of right now, Booker does not support a strike. PolitickerNJ



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Scrap metal veto: Burdensome regulations vs. growing theft problem

TRENTON – In turning back the bill that would have combated scrap metal theft, Gov. Chris Christie in his veto message talked of increased, expensive administrative burdens on law-abiding businesses. State Street Wire

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Obama to deliver Syria speech

President Obama will deliver his speech to the nation on Syria from the East Room of the White House on Tuesday evening. Politico



United States of weakness

Red lines that may or may not be real, retaliatory strikes that may or may not be hours from launch, congressional debates that may or may not be necessary for the president to do what he wants—whatever that happens to be this hour. Politico



Christie to launch $1.5M ad buy

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is going on a $1.5 million TV ad spree, a fall blitz that comes with two months to go in his general election fight against Democrat Barbara Buono, POLITICO has learned. Politico






O’Donnell to Weiner: What’s wrong with you?

While Anthony Weiner’s campaign for the Democratic nomination in the New York City mayoral race has been colorful throughout, his interview with MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell on the eve of the election will certainly become one of the trail’sbiggest highlights. Huffington Post



U.S. will take hard look at Russian proposal on Syria

WASHINGTON — In a rapid and remarkable chain of events, Syria welcomed the idea of turning over all of its chemical weapons for destruction on Monday, and President Barack Obama, though expressing deep skepticism, declared it a “potentially a significant breakthrough” that could head off the threats of U.S. air strikes that have set the world on edge. Associated Press



Mass transit ups security

Mass transit officials are on high alert this week as we mark the twelfth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks. 101.5FM



Fed predicament: Unemployment falling for wrong reason

The good news may be bad news for the Federal Reserve as it considers when to begin scaling back its stimulus. Bloomberg



Developer wants to build a World Trade Center in Camden

A development firm whose plan to build a World Trade Center in Philadelphia was squashed two years ago announced Monday that it would take the $700 million proposal to Camden’s waterfront. Inquirer



Trenton councilwoman asks Christie for intervention over crime

TRENTON — Councilwoman Kathy McBride has taken to the airwaves to ask Gov. Chris Christie to provide more law enforcement help for the city as residents suffers through a crime wave. Trenton Times



N.J. top ten superintendent salaries

Gov. Chris Christie’s cap on superintendent salaries — which basically maxed out their top pay at $175,000, the same as the governor’s annual take-home — is approaching the three-year mark. While the cap did lead to big cuts in what many New Jersey schooldistricts pay their supers, there remain some outliers who are earning better than top dollar — either because their contracts were inked before the caps were enacted or because they’re exempt from the limits. NJ Spotlight



Mount Holly considering financial incentives to shop in town

MOUNT HOLLY — The municipality is considering a program that would give residents and those who work here financial incentive to shop in town. Burlington County Times




Plainfield Habitat for Humanity struggles to find qualified home buyers

PLAINFIELD — Construction is under way on West Seventh Street to build two duplexes and a single-family home that some day will house first-time homeowners who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford or qualify for a home mortgage. Home News Tribune





Monmouth County suspected mumps cases grows to 36

FREEHOLD — The number of suspected cases of mumps under investigation by the Monmouth County Health Department has grown to 36, with the first suspected cases dating back as early as Aug. 3, county officials said Monday. Asbury Park Press



Healthcare advocates not sure sign-ups will go smoothly

Activists blame shortage of funds and insufficient time for planning due to Christie opposition to state-run exchange. NJ Spotlight



Washington Twp. sued over PILOT rejection

The redevelopers of the controversial Washington Square Project are suingWashington Township, Democratic Mayor Barbara Wallace and the township council in an effort to overturn the council’s July 10 rejection of a PILOT, or payment in lieu of taxes, deal for a mixed-use residential and commercial development. South Jersey Times



Sebelius unveils health care initiative in Hoboken

President Obama’s chief advocate for the Affordable Care Act visited Hoboken and Newark Monday to call attention to the Oct. 1 opening of new insurance markets for the uninsured and to enlist Rite-Aid pharmacies to help educate consumers.  Record






Political gameplan clear for Christie

Governor Christie, who mingles with elite donors in Aspen and Sun Valley resorts, has been suiting up lately as the Jersey superfan, the kind of guy you might find hovering over the hibachi at tailgate parties, reciting stats and injury reports and cursing the recent fumbles of first-round draft picks. Stile, Record



Bill would take lifts and tucks out of doctors’ offices

Maybe you’ve caught one too many glimpses of yourself in the full-length mirror as you exit the shower. You weren’t sucking in your belly or bracing your shoulders or covering that annoying bump with your towel. You hate the way you look and you’ve made up your mind to do something about it. Quigley, Jersey Journal



Tax break bill vetoed for wrong reasons

A bill that began with the laudable goal of strengthening New Jersey’s incentives program to help lure and retain businesses landed on Gov. Chris Christie’s desk with major flaws. Star-Ledger

Morning Digest: Sept. 10, 2013