Morning Digest: June 12th

Essex Dems reinstall Jones and Ruiz

There was some talk beforehand, some fretful and – as it turned out – less than frank talk about the possible vulnerability of state Sen. M. Teresa Ruiz (D-29) as vice chair of the Essex County Democratic Committee. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)



Could Lance get Cantor-lized? NJ GOPers say it’s unlikely

A movement conservative made waves across the nation this week after sneaking up behind a powerful GOP House of Representatives leader in Virginia’s 7th congressional district and ousting the lawmaker thought to be in line to eventually assume the speakership. (Arco/PolitickerNJ)



DeFalco to serve as Booker’s new communications director

Veteran reporter Beth DeFalco will become U.S. Senator Cory Booker’s communications director effective July 7th, according to a Democratic Party source.



Battleground Bayonne: Davis, victorious, calls on Bayonne to “come together” after bitter runoff fight with Mayor Smith, while supporters rejoice into the night 

BAYONNE – After weeks of rising tension, Bayonne exploded like a bomb Tuesday night at the decisive moment of the city’s mayoral runoff election. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)



Davis and Stack show up for Prieto re-coronation in Hudson County

Hudson Dems once again gave the scepter of the realm to Vinny Prieto. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)



NJ Legislature’s Counsel: Bid to expand Rutgers governing board may be unconstitutional

The Legislature’s legal counsel on Wednesday issued an opinion that says a bid by lawmakers to increase political influence on the Rutgers University’s governing board could flout both the state and U.S. constitutions. (Alex/



The partnership that didn’t last 20 minutes

In the moments after Lewis Katz and H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest won the May 27th auction to buy The Philadelphia Inquirer for $88 million, Katz told Lenfest he wanted his son, Drew, to be a partner in the venture. (Cipriano/BigTrial.Net)



NJ Senate to vote to add political picks to state university’s board over trustees’ objections

TRENTON – State lawmakers are pushing ahead with plans to add four political picks to Rutgers University’s governing board over the objection of college trustees. (AP)–Rutgers-Board



NJ Democrats keep fighting on civil service changes

New Jersey Democrats are seeking to invalidate new rules adopted by the Christie administration that they say threaten to upend the foundation of the state’s civil service system. (Seidman/The Philadelphia Inquirer)



With $88 million refund to Borgata, A.C. hopes to move on

On the same day that Atlantic City government learned it would receive $6.8 million in state aid to help balance next year’s budget, it also agreed to dole out many times that in a refund to its biggest taxpayer – the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. (Parmley/Philadelphia Inquirer)


Cantor’s loss ignites GOP leadership fight

WASHINGTON – House Republicans on Wednesday plunged into a regional and ideological struggle over the prospect of new leadership, with a flash campaign for top jobs that will echo the internal battles that have roiled the national GOP for the last five years. (Kane, Costa, O’Keefe/The Washington Post)



Group questions Christie’s tax breaks for business

Bloomberg reported “Since February 2010, New Jersey companies have regained 125,700 jobs, about half the number lost during the slump. New York got back all the jobs it shed by 2012.” The report said eight of New Jersey’s 10 largest subsidies have come since 2010, including $210.8 million for Newark-based Prudential Financial Inc. to build a new office a few blocks away from its old one. Panasonic Corp. was awarded $102.4 million to move its North American headquarters to Newark from Secaucus after the company threatened to leave New Jersey. (Ingle/The Asbury Park Press)




Chris Christie’s faltering pension reform in New Jersey

The conventional wisdom about New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s political fortunes is that he still has a shot at the 2016 Republican presidential nomination — if he can just get past Bridgegate, the scandal over his aides’ allegedly politically motivated partial closure of the George Washington Bridge last year. (Lane/The Washington Post)


Sweeney’s effort to control Rutgers misguided

You remember that adage. Those who can, do. Those who can’t, attempt to control education. (Heller/The Philadelphia Inquirer)

Morning Digest: June 12th