Morning Digest: Oct. 24, 2013

Newark mayoral candidate Jeffries launches public safety platform

NEWARK –  At the Philemon Missionary Baptist Church deep in the city’s South Ward, mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries told a crowd of close to 100 residents on Wednesday that in Newark’s war on crime, prayer is not enough. PolitickerNJ



Albano apologizes for ‘troopergate’

Beseiged by opposition mailers and ads targeting him as the weak link on state Sen. Jeff Van Drew’s (D-1) ticket owing to an infamous traffic stop and his subsequent reaction, Assemblyman Nelson Albano (D-1) answers his critics. PolitickerNJ



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Coalition: SDA needs to start fixing at-risk schools

TRENTON – With less than two weeks to election day, activists championing the cause of public schools that are in deplorable condition demonstrated outside the Statehouse Wednesday to draw attention to an issue they say the Christie administration has not dealt with adequately enough in his first term. State Street Wire

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Trash talking the president

No matter how many times you’ve been there, the White House is a pretty awesome place, conferring on every president what “The West Wing” creator Aaron Sorkin once called “the single greatest home-court advantage in the modern world. Politico



Settlement in ‘dark money’ case

WASHINGTON — California’s Fair Political Practices Commission on Thursday will announce a settlement in its probe into an $11 million contribution made by a “dark money” nonprofit group in the 2012 elections, according to a source with knowledge of the case. The commission will disclose the deal at a press conference scheduled for noon. Huffington Post



Yemen drone strikes create new enemies, official says

NEW YORK — A former State Department official in Yemen says every U.S. drone killing there of an al Qaeda operative creates 40 to 60 new enemies of America. Huffington Post



Obamacare hearings: Oversight or heckling?

There’s congressional oversight that answers everyone’s most urgent questions – and then there’s just heckling from the partisan peanut gallery. Politico



Spitzer denies he’s plotting another run

Ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer insists he’s not diving back into the political arena just yet, contrary to a New York Post report earlier this evening. PolitickerNY



Seaside boardwalk shop failed electrical inspection before fire

SEASIDE PARK — The candy business seated above the wiring and electrical equipment that sparked a massive boardwalk fire last month passed its electrical inspection after superstorm Sandy, but the adjoining custard shop did not, an Asbury Park Press investigation found. Asbury Park Press



Obama extends health mandate by six weeks

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said Wednesday night that it will give Americans who buy health insurance through new online marketplaces an extra six weeks to obtain coverage before they risk a penalty. Washington Post



N.J. power plants reduce greenhouse gas emissions

New Jersey power plants cut their carbon-based emissions by 11 percent in 2012, the second consecutive double-digit decline of a pollutant that traps heat in the atmosphere and contributes to climate change. Record



W. Windsor to mark ‘War of the Worlds’ anniversary

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. (AP) – Long before the internet or cellphones or nationwide television or tweets, there was radio, and it was capable of scaring the bejeezus out of unsuspecting folks like those who tuned in on Oct. 30, 1938 at 8 p.m. to listen to an Orson Welles’ Mercury Theatre Company adaptation of H.G. Wells’ classic “The War of the Worlds”. Associated Press



A year after Sandy, victims contest Christie’s status as savior

Hurricane Sandy turned Chris Christie into something akin to America’s governor, as the nation watched him express his state’s pain on the devastated shoreline the morning after the storm, then triumphantly cut the ribbons on reopened boardwalks on Memorial Day. “We’re stronger than the storm,” he proclaimed in television commercials that ran in other states all summer. NY Times



Cumberland freeholder candidates want open government

BRIDGETON — A year since their party lost majority control of the Cumberland County Board of Chosen Freeholders to the Democrats, Republican candidates Tom Sheppard, Bill Gonzalez and Jim Sauro are calling for a return to transparency and fiscal responsibility in Cumberland County government. South Jersey Times



FDA wants N.J. farmers’ input on regulations

MANSFIELD — New Jersey farmers and agricultural experts questioned representatives from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday about new regulations that will bring federal officials to their farms. Burlington County Times



Atlantic City mayoral candidate sees drones as cash-maker

John McQueen’s independent mayoral campaign in Atlantic City has been quiet – not by choice, but by exclusion. The lifelong resident – who has previously sought office both as a Democrat and Republican – said until today’s Chelsea Heights Civic Association debate, he was not invited to any of the candidate forums. Atlantic City Press



Report card on hospitals seems to be having impact

Employers, insurers looking at grades as NJ now ranks 9th in nation for best practices. NJ Spotlight






Bureaucrats stonewalling Sandy victims

A year after Hurricane Sandy took its bite out of the Jersey Shore, the level of anger and frustration is starting to boil over. At a meeting in Toms River Monday night, a few hundred people packed a hearing room to demand answers. Star-Ledger



Overdose law saves lives but treatment still hard to get

I lost my son, Salvatore Marchese, to an accidental overdose on Sept. 23, 2010. Sal wasn’t just my son; he was also a devoted brother and, most importantly, a father. Camden Courier-Post Morning Digest: Oct. 24, 2013