Morning Digest: Sept. 9, 2013

Faustino declares candidacy for mayor of Paterson

Dr. Maria Teresa Feliciano formally announced her candidacy for mayor of Paterson today at the annual Dominican Parade. PoliticoNJ



Sources: Pintor Marin to succeed Coutinho

Sources in Newark say Eliana Pintor Marin has the edge to replace Assemblyman Albert Coutinho (D-29) as the next assemblyperson from Newark. PolitickerNJ




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Bills to redeem teacher, doctor loans before committee

TRENTON – Bills that would offer financial incentives for teachers and doctors to work in the state will be heard in the Senate Education Committee next week. State Street Wire

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Christie raises eyebrows with NFL team allegiance

TRENTON, N.J. – Don’t be surprised to see New Jersey’s first football fan rooting for Eli Manning to get sacked when the New York Giants face the Dallas Cowboys Sunday night. Newsday



Booker: Liberal celebrity?

NEWARK, N.J. — Ambitious and Ivy League-educated, he’s a young African-American Democrat calling for a new era of post-partisanship in Washington. Politico



Obama’s last best hope

With remarkably little to show for a week of intensive lobbying, the last bit of leverage that Democrats expect the White House to use is this: Barack Obama’s presidency depends on it. Politico



Critical week for Obama presidency

This is the start of a make-or-break week for President Barack Obama as he seeks to persuade a recalcitrant Congress to authorize military action in Syria. Politico



Obama grows isolated on Syria

WASHINGTON, Sept 8 (Reuters) – White House efforts to convince the U.S. Congress to back military action against Syria are not only failing, they seem to be stiffening the opposition. Reuters



Weiner seeks votes at Guyanese cricket match

Guyanese, Trinidadian, and Jamaican cricket enthusiasts received a surprise today: Anthony Weiner. PolitickerNY



Billionaire Perelman-Cohen feud returns to court

The acrimony has lasted for five years, fueled by explosive charges, allegations that could have come out of a dime-store novel and a battle between two rich and powerful families over an heiress’s inheritance. Record



Port Authority sold naming rights to WTC for $10

For more than four decades, the World Trade Center — whether standing majestically over lower Manhattan, lying in the ruins of a terrorist attack, or awaiting resurrection in a new form — has been one of the world’s greatest public landmarks. Record



Poverty in N.J. at 52-year high, new report says

Poverty in New Jersey continued to grow even as the national recession lifted, reaching a 52-year high in 2011, according to a report released today. Star-Ledger



Christie bets big on resort

ATLANTIC CITY — From a distance, it still dazzles. Star-Ledger



New Camden superintendent optimistic about challenge

With his suit jacket off and dress-shirt sleeves rolled up, new Camden Schools Superintendent Paymon Rouhanifard walks through the hallways of Woodrow Wilson High School on the Friday before classes start, listening to the two principals talk about the needs for the forthcoming year. Inquirer



Immigration reform moves to back of the line

WASHINGTON — Congress is likely to postpone consideration of an immigration overhaul until the end of the year, if not longer, even as advocates are preparing for an all-out, urgent push this fall to win their longstanding goal of a path to citizenship for millions of immigrants here illegally. NYTimes



Did two engineering firms skirt Hamilton’s pay-to-play laws?

HAMILTON — As revelations about Birdsall Services Group’s secret political contributions in Hamilton and around the state continue to spark calls for reform, two other engineering firms that may have skirted the township’s pay-to-play regulations have so far escaped scrutiny. Trenton Times



Mack to veto ‘safe passage’ ordinance

TRENTON — Mayor Tony Mack announced today that he will veto an ordinance that is aimed at ensuring that people can safely enter and exit public places, stores, restaurants and bars, because it would violate the constitutional rights of city residents. Trenton Times



Local tax spikes averted due to federal Sandy funds

The fear of wildly increased property taxes sparked by superstorm Sandy did not pan out this year for most homeowners affected by the superstorm, thanks mostly to emergency federal funds. Asbury Park Press






N.J.’s temporary senator could have key vote on Syria

With the nation waiting to learn if Congress will authorize an attack on Syria and President Obama arguing his case in a national address Tuesday, one person who could determine the outcome is the temporary senator from New Jersey, who did not even know three months ago that he would be working in Washington.  Jackson, Record



The Buono education plan

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono’s education plan is a giant disappointment, and presents a direct threat to the promising reforms underway in cities such as Newark and Camden. Star-Ledger



Instead of Syria, let’s try fighting the war at home

In a desolate part of the world, war lords are firing on citizens at an alarming rate, killing nearly a dozen in as many days. South Jersey Times


Morning Digest: Sept. 9, 2013