Morning Digest: Sept. 23, 2013

Adelizzi-Schmidt strikes at Drew in TV ad

A TV ad blast by a super PAC in LD 1 put challenger Susan Adelizzi-Schmidt in a retaliatory posture this evening as her GOP Senate campaign released a TV ad of her own. PolitickerNJ



Hudson freeholder takes stand in Roque trial

NEWARK – What started as cyberspace intrigue and chest-thumping turned into showdown time in a federal courtroom when the protagonists faced other in the hacking trial of West New York Mayor Felix Roque. PolitickerNJ




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GOP’s favorite target remains …

The GOP can’t get enough of a certain political antagonist. PolitickerNJ




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Treasury reports August revenues

TRENTON – New Jersey’s sales tax collections in August set a record at $739 million, 1.9 percent ahead of the budgeted amount, according to the Treasury Department. StateStreet Wire


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GOP battle breaks out over Affordable Care Act

WASHINGTON — Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) said his Republican colleagues who are pushing to defund Obamacare — even if it means risking a government shutdown — aren’t facing the “political reality” that they’re going to lose. Huffington Post



Obama’s health care conversion

The most important red line of Barack Obama’s presidency was scrawled hastily in January 2007, a few weeks before he even announced he was running for president. Politico



Dems eye super PACs for state races

Shell-shocked by the dominance of Republican-controlled state legislatures, Democrats in Washington are fighting back with something they once deplored: super PACs. Politico



Rand Paul wins 2016 straw poll

Sen. Rand Paul decisively won a straw poll held over the weekend in Michigan at a bi-annual gathering of Republicans, earning more than double the votes of rival New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. The Daily Caller



Cory Booker, Mother Goose

The New York Post’s Michael Gartland has done more digging on the story of Wazn Miller. National Review



Governors burn surpluses on tax cuts

Governors in at least nine states are approaching re-election campaigns next year by touting surpluses and pitching tax cuts to voters, sometimes relying on one-time revenue to fund the breaks. Bloomberg



Kenyan forces say they rescued ‘most’ hostages

NAIROBI, Kenya — Security forces launched what they called a final assault late Sunday against Somali militants holed up in a high-end shopping mall, claiming they had freed most of the hostages being held by the gunmen and seized control of much of the building. Los Angeles Times



Property tax burden up 13% under Christie, analysis shows

TRENTON  — The net household property tax burden in New Jersey rose 13 percent during Gov. Chris Christie’s first three years in office — a number that reflects both his success in reining in local government spending and his inability to restore a relief program that was gutted by his predecessor during the Great Recession, an Associated Press analysis of tax data has found.  Associated Press



Legal action threatened by Springsteen drummer, judge over Sandy-damaged trail

HIGHLANDS — Legal action threatened by Bruce Springsteen’s drummer Max Weinberg and a local judge is among the reasons why restoration work has not been completed at a popular waterfront trail destroyed by Superstorm Sandy.  Associated Press




Egg Harbor medical marijuana site prepares to open

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J – There are no signs out front, but people still show up at a drab beige warehouse outside Atlantic City to ask whether medical marijuana is available. Inquirer



Were pageant subsidies worth it for Miss America?

ATLANTIC CITY Boardwalk Hall glittered and the 53 Miss America contestants looked gorgeous on prime-time TV last Sunday. Inquirer



Warrantless wiretapping of Trenton mayor?

TRENTON — For nearly six months, FBI agents acting under the authority of a court-authorized wiretap listened in on Mayor Tony Mack’s cell phone calls as part of an investigation that eventually led to Mack’s indictment. Trenton Times



Lonegan drops by Clark car show

CLARK — Steve Lonegan took to a car show in Clark this afternoon to gear up supporters for his run at New Jersey’s vacant U.S. Senate seat. Star-Ledger



Worried Dem legislators back away from Buono

Democratic incumbents in swing districts stress cooperation with Christie in pitch to independent voters. NJ Spotlight



Small businesses worry over Affordable Care Act’s costs

New Jersey employers have responded year after year to surveys from their trade groups with a simple message: The rising cost of health insurance is one of their biggest concerns, right up there with property taxes. Asbury Park Press




Schepisi expects no retaliation over same-sex stand

Republican Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi of River Vale said she had received “no blowback” from Governor Christie since she publicly announced that she would vote to override his veto of same-sex marriage in New Jersey. Stile, Record



War on coal: Obama fights, Christie punts

Roughly one-third of the pollutants in New Jersey’s air float across our borders from other states, thanks mostly to the aging fleet of dirty coal plants in the Midwest. Star-Ledger




  Morning Digest: Sept. 23, 2013