Morning Digest: Sept. 11, 2013

Rutgers poll: Booker has huge lead on Lonegan

NEW BRUNSWICK – Newark Mayor Cory Booker has a sizeable lead on opponent Steve Lonegan in the U.S. Senate race, according to a new Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. PolitickerNJ



Sources: Proctor resigns in Rahway

Rahway Mayor Rick Proctor has resigned, effective at 4:30 p.m. today. PolitickerNJ



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New bill, more aid for Sandy-ravaged properties

TRENTON – Towns could sell land acquired originally for conservation to homeowners repeatedly displaced by Sandy and other major storms under a bill introduced this week. State Street Wire

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Obama to explore Russian offer regarding Syria

WASHINGTON, Sept 10 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama vowed to pursue a diplomatic initiative from Russia over Syria’s chemical weapons on Tuesday but voiced skepticism about it and urged Americans to support his threat to use military force. Reuters



NRA wins big in Colorado

WASHINGTON — The first recall election in Colorado’s history on Tuesday marked a stunning victory for the National Rifle Association and gun rights activists, with the ouster of two Democrats — Senate President John Morse (Colorado Springs) and state Sen. Angela Giron (Pueblo). The two lawmakers were the target of separate recall fights over their support for stricter gun laws earlier this year. Huffington Post



What Obama said and what he meant

President Barack Obama sought Tuesday to clear away 10 days of confusion surrounding his Syria strategy. Politico



Spitzer’s comeback attempt fails

He gave Scott Stringer reason to sweat it out, but Eliot Spitzer will not be New York City’s next comptroller. PolitickerNY




De Blasio declares victory

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio–a once obscure public official with a name few at first could pronounce–declared victory tonight, and now stands on the cusp of winning the Democratic nomination for mayor without a runoff. PolitickerNY



Christie Camden visit overshadows Buono

CAMDEN Democratic gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono was in North Jersey on Tuesday to unveil her plan to save New Jersey’s cities, where record-breaking murder rates and entrenched poverty have continued under Republican Gov. Christie. Inquirer



Breath test argued in N.J. high court

TRENTON – Critics of the breath test used in New Jersey drunken driving cases took aim Tuesday in front of the state’s Supreme Court, arguing that the state has not made modifications mandated by the court five years ago and that the test should be scrapped. Associated Press



Rutgers-Camden chancellor stepping down

After weathering a threatened takeover, Rutgers-Camden Chancellor Wendell E. Pritchett announced Tuesday he will step down at the end of the academic year. Courier-Post



$800M bond plan could restart American Dream

The Bergen County Improvement Authority is seeking state approval to float as much as $800 million in bonds on behalf of Triple Five, the private developer behind the American Dream project in the Meadowlands. Record



Princeton a step closer to civilian oversight of police

PRINCETON — The council has moved one step closer to deciding who should have civilian oversight of the town’s police department. Trenton Times



GOP signals hard line on health care law

WASHINGTON — The House Republican leadership signaled Tuesday that Republicans would support an essential increase in the nation’s debt limit in mid-October only ifPresident Obama and Democrats agree to delay putting his health insurance program into full effect — a demand that sets the stage for another economically risky confrontation. NY Times



9/11 to be marked with tributes

Sept. 11 victims’ loved ones will gather at ground zero to commemorate the attacks’ anniversary with the reading of names, moments of silence and serene music that have become tradition. 101.5 FM



$1M grant to replace Burlco bridge

The Burlington County Bridge Commission has been awarded a $1 million grant to replace the nearly 80-year-old Pompeston Creek Bridge connecting Riverton and Palmyra. Burlington County Times




Newark Council adopts budget with tax decrease

NEWARK — The Newark City Council adopted a 2013 budget Tuesday that lowers property taxes for the fist-time in Mayor Cory Booker’s seven-year tenure. Star-Ledger



First District Republicans unveil economic plan

VINELAND – Republicans running for 1st Legislative District seats on Tuesday unveiled an eight-point plan they said will spur economic development in a district with one of the worst economies in the state. Atlantic City Press




Pay hikes for teachers dip slightly

While salary increases may be on the rise, contracts call for concessions such as paying more toward health benefits. NJ Spotlight





Christie, lawmakers scrape over scrap metal

Using terms like “law-abiding,” and “significantly increasing record-keeping,” you’d think Gov. Chris Christie was playing to the national Republican Party’s gun-enthusiast crowd when he vetoed a bill Monday. Gloucester County Times



The GOP plan to gut food stamps

House Republicans say their plan to drastically cut food stamps for the poor is all about reducing the deficit. But the truth is in the details. Star-Ledger






Morning Digest: Sept. 11, 2013