Morning Digest: Sept. 27, 2013

14th District candidates face off

MONROE – Two candidates vying for an opportunity to serve in one of the state’s most competitive districts took swipes at each other Thursday as they shared a stage for the first time in the campaign season. PolitickerNJ



Kean, Bramnick target Van Drew over ethics ad

Republican legislative leaders attacked a Senate Democrat Thursday over his defense of a district-mate who is facing an ethics probe. PolitickerNJ



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Mironov: COAH ruling presents opportunity

TRENTON – The president of the N.J. League of Municipalities sees today’s state Supreme Court ruling regarding affordable housing as an opportunity to provide what this state needs. State Street Wire

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Buono blasts Christie over gay rights, gun control

New Jersey Democratic gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono blasted Gov. Chris Christie, saying she’s not daunted by polls showing Christie with a commanding leadin November’s election. Buono asserted that the polls will tighten as people focus in on the race and realize Christie, a Republican, is “rabidly anti-choice,” “anti-marriage equality” and “cater[s] to the NRA.” Huffington Post




Republican leaders don’t have votes for their own plan

WASHINGTON — House Republican leaders rolled out their latest gambit to use the nation’s debt limit to extract concessions from Democrats, but they may have spoken too soon. Huffington Post



The GOP should just do it

Shut down the government! Blow through the debt ceiling! Subject the United States to fiscal chaos or financial ruin if your party can’t get its way on unrelated ideological priorities! Politico



Unions not marching with Obama

In the run-up to a possible government shutdown, the White House’s allies in organized labor are mostly silent. Politico



Hillary Clinton to host fundraiser for de Blasio

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will host a fund-raiser for front-running mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio next month, his campaign announced this afternoon. PolitickerNY



Federal agencies bracing to close

Visa and passport applications from almost half a million prospective travelers would sit untouched every week, and late tax filers facing an Oct. 15 deadline would find the phone lines at the Internal Revenue Service dead. The National Zoo and museums on the Washington Mall would close to the public. The WIC program, which provides food to 8.9 million low-income women and children, would be out of money, its supporters say. Washington Post



Assault charges dropped against three ‘Housewives’ stars

RIDGEWOOD — Assault and terroristic threat charges against three of the stars of Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” were dropped Thursday by a municipal judge. Record



Christie touts drug court

More than a decade ago, Chris Christie took a chance on a recovering drug addict by offering him an internship in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Newark. On Thursday night, the former intern showed his thanks by presenting Christie and his wife with an award. Record



Banner plane’s message: Real Democrats don’t support Christie

NEWARK — The message wasn’t subtle. Star-Ledger



Pascrell wants employees on Sandy issues exempt from shutdown

If the federal government shuts down next week because of Congress’ inability to adopt a budget, U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-9th Dist.) wants assurances that it won’t halt Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts in New Jersey. Star-Ledger



Answers sought in Mansfield reassessment

MANFSIELD — The township’s controversial property reassessment, which resulted in scores of disputed housing values, resurfaced during Wednesday’s committee meeting when the tax assessor reported on recent communications with the appraisal company and the state Division of Taxation. Burlington County Times



Princeton suspends 2 meter attendants

PRINCETON — Two parking enforcement officers have been suspended without pay amid an investigation into allegations that employees and owners of some local businesses were allowed to park in metered spots without paying, possibly in exchange for giving the officers free food and drink. Trenton Times



Booker says tax code must be fairer

Speaking at a conference in Newark this morning held by the African-American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey, Mayor Cory Booker called for corporate tax reform, adding that the current code needs to be “fairer and more predictable.” NJ Biz‘fairer-and-more-predictable’-



State troopers to keep aiding Trenton police

TRENTON — New Jersey’s capital city will continue to get help from state law enforcement in its efforts to stem a recent wave of violence. Asbury Park Press




JCP&L substation OK in historic district of Highlands

Need for reliable power in Tewksbury outweighs arguments from historical society, conservationists. NJ Spotlight



Jersey City mayor wants redevelopment agency chief out

Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop yesterday demanded the immediate resignation of the director of the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency, accusing the agency chief of making “unethical and imprudent business decisions.” Jersey Journal




Booker’s naked truth about vegan strippers

IT’S A NATURAL progress. Mani. Pedi. Pasties. Only a month ago, Cory Booker was fighting off gay rumors after a Washington Post article quoted Booker saying that a part of him thought it was wonderful that some people think he’s gay. Now the Internet site BuzzFeed spills the news Booker exchanged tweets with an Oregon stripper named Lynsie Lee. Apparently, “guv-love” only goes so far. Doblin, Record



Laud Chiesa’s push against human trafficking

They call it “human trafficking,” but we know it by an uglier name. Gloucester County Times

  Morning Digest: Sept. 27, 2013