Morning Digest: Sept. 13, 2013

Grewal nominated for Bergen prosecutor

Ending months of speculation over the powerful Bergen County Proseuctor, Gov. Chris Christie today announced his intent to nominate Gurbir Grewal, who works in the U.S. Attorney’s office in Newark. PolitickerNJ



Rutgers poll: Christie approval rating dips but remains high

NEW BRUNSWICK – A year after his response to Hurricane Sandy sent Gov. Chris Christie’s ratings into record territory, a new Rutgers-Eagleton Poll finds New Jersey registered voters continue to embrace him, if not quite as strongly.  PolitickerNJ




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Senate concurs with CV’d bills

TRENTON – Senate lawmakers all but nearly unanimously signed off on a reworked firearms proposal that was recently conditionally vetoed by Gov. Chris Christie. StateStreet Wire

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Booker shouldn’t exaggerate urban stories of crime

National Review‘s Eliana Johnson has been doing some solid, dogged, unpopular journalism, digging into Cory Booker’s past to see if some of his heart-rending anecdotes are true. Did he really know a drug dealer named T-Bone? Was a teen named Wazn Miller really shot four times before dying in his arms? He told that story this way in 2010. Slate



Obama has liberals left waiting

Now many liberals feel sure: Barack Obama was not the one they’d been waiting for. Politico



Attack on consulate in Afghanistan

The State Department announced late Thursday that the American consulate in Herat, Afghanistan, had been attacked — though it said the culprits remain “currently unidentified forces.” Politico



Twitter IPO announced

In what will likely be the largest initial public offering since Facebook’s botched debut on NASDAQ in 2012, Twitter announced in a tweet late Thursday that it has filed its paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission to become a publicly traded company. Huffington Post



Kerry rejects Assad’s deadline

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry rejected Syrian President Bashar Assad’s 30-day deadline for submitting chemical weapons data, saying words are not enough. Huffington Post



Fire ravages boardwalk in Seaside Park, Seaside Heights

A raging fire tore through the boardwalk in Seaside Park and Seaside Heights today, destroying four blocks of shops, stores and arcades and leaving helpless business owners and residents — still reeling from Hurricane Sandy only 11 months ago — wondering how much more they could take. Star-Ledger



NJ Transit making policy changes on advice of Attorney General

NJ Transit’s executive director said Thursday that the agency’s board, which for years has been voting in secret to approve millions of dollars in personal injury claims and other litigation, has changed its procedures on the advice of the state Attorney General’s Office. Record



Aetna withdraws from N.J. health exchange

Some 500,000 New Jersey residents expected to be eligible to buy health coverage on the marketplace created by President Obama’s health law will have one fewer company to choose from when enrollment starts on Oct. 1, but prices are unlikely to be affected. Record



Delaware River Basin Commission executive director to retire

EWING — Delaware River Basin Commission executive director Carol Collier will retire in March, the agency said today. Trenton Times



West New York mayor’s trial under way

Opening statements are expected today in the federal trial of West New York Mayor Felix Roque and his son, who are charged with hacking into and bringing down a political opponent’s website. Jersey Journal



PSE&G on defensive after environmental report lists Jersey City plant as major polluter

Public Service Electric & Gas. Co. is actively pursuing opportunities for cleaner energy and emissions reduction, according to a statement released in response to a recent report naming three of its power plants as among the most polluting in New Jersey. Jersey Journal



Hoyer says Obama could strike Syria without vote

The second-ranking House Democrat said President Barack Obama has the authority to use military force against Syria without returning to the U.S. Congress for approval should diplomacy fail to compel the Syrian government to surrender its chemical weapons arsenal. Bloomberg



Automated drink ordering system worries servers

An automated way for casino patrons to order drinks that changes how servers do their job is raising the risk of intoxicated customers, Caesars Entertainment workers alleged Thursday. Atlantic City Press



Outage knocked out N.J. computers

CHERRY HILL When Cindy Weinberger arrived at the Motor Vehicle Services office in Cherry Hill about 9:45 a.m. Thursday, her feeling was akin to somebody who had scored a winning lottery ticket. Inquirer



Princeton U. aims for more diversity

PRINCETON Princeton has a problem. Inquirer



Riverside board, teachers in mediation

RIVERSIDE — The Riverside School District and the Riverside Education Association will enter mediation to resolve an impasse in negotiations for a three-year contract to begin with this school year. Burlington County Times




Buono more a Met than a Democrat

POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS are like baseball. When you’re running a candidate for governor, you’re in the majors. The pitches are fast and hard. And as a rule, they are not aimed at your own candidate. Barbara Buono’s campaign is looking more and more like the N.Y. Mets. Doblin, Record



Driver responsible for accidents caused by texting

A recent ruling by a New Jersey appellate court rightly upheld a Superior Court’s finding that a young woman who texted a driver moments before his pickup truck crashed into a couple on a motorcycle cannot be held liable for the couple’s grievous injuries. Trenton Times Morning Digest: Sept. 13, 2013