Morning Digest: Sept. 26, 2013

Outside groups step up for Lonegan

Republican Senate candidate Steve Lonegan is getting some help in his campaign from a pair of conservative groups, who have paid for radio and television spots on behalf of the GOP nominee. PolitickerNJ



Roque takes the stand

NEWARK – The prosecution strove to portray West New York Mayor Felix Roque as a man just as willing to dive into a backroom cyberspace scrum as his anonymous tormentor, who turned out to be Hudson County Freeholder Jose Munoz. PolitickerNJ



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Affordable housing decision looms

TRENTON – The state Supreme Court is scheduled to hand down a decision Thursday on one of the most anticipated cases in recent years: How to provide affordable housing in New Jersey. State Street Wire

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GOP united on ‘Obamacare’ delay

Many Republicans were highly dubious — if not downright furious — at Ted Cruz’s threat to use a government shutdown as leverage to gut Obamacare. Politico



Biden praises Bloomberg on gun control

NEW YORK—Appearing at the Clinton Global Initiative conference to present the Leadership in Public Service award to Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Vice President Biden took what he said was “a point of personal privilege” to praise the work of his “old buddy” on gun control. Politico



Christie talks about Seaside fire cause

The investigation into this month’s Seaside boardwalk fire continues, and many questions remain unanswered. 101.5FM



Plan to merge Bergen police with Sheriff’s Office ‘DOA,’ official warns

A Democratic proposal to merge the Bergen County Police Department into the Sheriff’s Office will be “dead on arrival” if it reaches County Executive Kathleen Donovan, the county administrator warned the freeholders on Wednesday. Record



Christie, Buono far apart on education

Governor Christie joined Newark Mayor Cory Booker — the Democrat running for U.S. Senate and the biggest name backing the governor’s opponent for re­elec­tion — to celebrate the building of a mixed development of charter schools, retail and housing.  Record



Jersey City OKs paid sick time for most private workers

Jersey City has become the first city in the state, and the sixth nationwide, to mandate that most businesses provide paid sick time to their workers, thanks to a nearly unanimous vote by the City Council tonight. Jersey Journal




Buono: Christie opposition to gay marriage political

TRENTON — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono said today Gov. Chris Christie’s opposition to gay marriage is “purely political” and not about protecting the institution of marriage from lawmakers. Star-Ledger



Willingboro deputy mayor’s ouster goes to court

With only a few months left in his term, Willingboro’s deputy mayor has been ousted for missing three consecutive council meetings while away on business this summer in the Midwest and West. Inquirer




N.J. health care exchange premiums to average $385 a month

The premiums on New Jersey’s new health exchange likely will be similar to insurance on the existing market, but the plans will be more comprehensive, observers said Wednesday. Asbury Park Press



Sprinkler systems may remain optional after boardwalk fire

SEASIDE HEIGHTS — As Michael Carbone Sr. watched the massive fire barrel through three blocks toward his popular nightspot on the boardwalk, he thought the worst. Asbury Park Press





GOP unlikely to touch Affordable Care Act in next government funding offer

WASHINGTON — Now comes the waiting. With the Senate set to dispatch an always-futile effort to pass government funding legislation that defunds the president’s health care law, lawmakers in both chambers of Congress are already considering the options before them. Huffington Post



Senate to speed up bill to avert shudown

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) entered into an agreement Wednesday that will speed consideration of the Senate bill to avert a government shutdown. Huffington Post



Booker dabbles in online flirtation

Cory Booker knows how to make a stripper blush. NY Daily News





Why Obama is ignoring Buono

Bill de Blasio, a liberal Demo­crat once dismissed as a long shot, was warmly endorsed by President Obama on Tuesday “as the next mayor of New York City.”  Stile, Record



Newark archbishop: One eye on legacy, other on the exit

Newark Archbishop John J. Myers said yesterday he is praying for my soul. But I’m not sure I want him to intervene. Moran, Star-Ledger



Cruz talkathon D.C. at its worst

If there is any consolation for suffering through Sen. Ted Cruz’s 21 hours of bloviation on the Senate floor this week, it is surely this: Republicans can’t stand the guy either. Star-Ledger



Unsettling finish to Pasquale case

It’s unsettling to many that 18-year-old Dante Robinsion has been released from custody in connection with the killing of 12-year-old neighbor Autumn Pasquale last October in Clayton. South Jersey Times



Proposed pipeline could mean trouble in paradise

Where can you find 1.1 million acres of largely pristine, heavily-forested land in the most highly-developed state in our country — land born 12,000 years ago at the end of the last Ice Age after the ocean retreated, leaving sandy soils behind? Beneath these soils flow 17 trillion gallons of pure, fresh water — one of the largest aquifers in the country — and enough to bury the state in water 6 feet deep. This aquifer sustains plants, animals and humans where it forms streams, bogs, wetlands and well water for thousands. Fishman, Burlington County Times Morning Digest: Sept. 26, 2013