Morning Digest: Sept. 12, 2013

Booker administration denies stonewalling records requests

A spokesman for Newark Mayor Cory Booker tonight responded to a lawsuit from the National Review over police records of a 2004 murder, saying the city has in no way “stonewalled” the magazine as its editor claims. PolitickerNJ



Dems select Pinto Marin n LD29

NEWARK – Essex Democrats in LD 29 tonight unanimously selected Eliana Pintor Marin to succeed Assemblyman Albert Coutinho (D-29) as the acting Assembly representative and to appear on the November ballot. PolitickerNJ



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CV’d bills before Senate

TRENTON – The Senate will take up bills Thursday that were conditionally vetoed during the year. State Street Wire

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The Koch Brothers’ secret bank

An Arlington, Va.-based conservative group, whose existence until now was unknown to almost everyone in politics, raised and spent $250 million in 2012 to shape political and policy debate nationwide. Politico




Booker mocked by Rand Paul

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul took a dim view of Newark Mayor Cory Booker on the eve of a planned trip to New Jersey to stump against the Democratic Senate candidate. Politico



Putting no fan of American ‘exceptionalism’

WASHINGTON — Russian President Vladimir Putin is no fan of the idea of American exceptionalism. He suggests that God isn’t either. Huffington Post




Republicans push for Monsanto Protection Act in new spending bill

WASHINGTON — House Republicans will include an extension of the so-called Monsanto Protection Act in the spending bill designed to avert a government shutdown, according to text of the legislation released Wednesday by House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.). Huffington Post



The decline of Christine Quinn

After an electoral loss, it’s never hard to find pundits who, with the benefit of hindsight, can tell you exactly what went wrong. PolitickerNY



Menendez sickened by Putin op-ed piece

New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez (D) said he was sickened while reading an op-ed piece by Russian President Vladimir Putin warning against American exceptionalism. 101.5FM



NJ Transit kept lawsuit payouts from public view

Despite its insistence that it operates transparently, NJ Transit’s board has been voting behind closed doors for years to settle personal injury lawsuits, renew its insurance program, and settle other legal claims people have filed against the agency, according to published minutes of meetings since early 2012. Record



Passaic River dredging halted when swing bridge breaks

LYNDHURST — The dredging of contaminated mud on the Passaic River has been halted for at least 30 days because a century-old swing bridge has again broken down, preventing barges from hauling out the material, officials said Wednesday. Record



BOE implored to fix Trenton Central High School

TRENTON — “The violence in the streets is not going to kill us; it is the rot from the building that has the opportunity to kill us. Trenton Times



Christie: Every year on 9/11, family members relive awful day

IRVINGTON — Gov. Chris Christie joined about 150 first responders tonight in an ecumenical service that reflected on the lives lost 12 years ago on 9/11 and the pain felt by their family members. Star-Ledger

Delran VFW post short of funds to rebuild

DELRAN — Harry Becker misses after-work stops at his Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Delran. Courier-Post




Atlantic City to seek proposals for citywide revaluation

Atlantic City will seek proposals to see how much it would cost to have a citywide revaluation. Atlantic City Press



Rowan U. President gets $175,000 raise

GLASSBORO, N.J. (AP) – Just days before he’s due to inaugurated, Rowan University’s president has received a $175,000 raise. Associated Press



Lawsuit seeks to address disparity in Sandy relief funding for poor

With almost no information to go on, Fair Share Housing Center sues to get the details on how decisions were made and grants awarded. NJ Spotlight






Texting a driver

A New Jersey appeals court created a stir last month when two judges on a three-judge panel said someone who sends a text to a driver and has “special reason” to know the motorist will read the text while driving can be held liable in civil court for any resulting accident. Atlantic City Press




Obama’s threat paying off

President Obama made acompelling case for his decision to draw the line on chemical weapons in Syria by evoking the prospect of President Bashar Assad and other tyrants growing accustomed to gassing their own people if they pay no price for it. Star-Ledger



Consolidating power in Passaic

IN A move that comes as no surprise to anyone paying attention, former Police Chief Richard Diaz was named Tuesday to become the city of Passaic‘s director of public safety. Herald News



Looking back at 9/11 services

The question has been posed: “How long are we going to hold 9/11 memorial services?”

Morning Digest: Sept. 12, 2013