Morning Digest: June 13th


CWA shop stewards protest Christie budget plan 

TRENTON – Screaming “Put the money in, Put the money in” in reference to pension funds Gov. Chris Christie wants to use to close a budget gap, red-shirted members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) marched from the War Memorial to the Statehouse this afternoon. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)



Interest arbitration cap agreement could be announced as soon as Friday, source says

TRENTON – A deal on interest arbitration caps for unionized police and firefighters has been struck between the administration and legislative leadership, according to a source familiar with the discussions. (Arco/PolitickerNJ)



New Jersey African-American legislators, community organizations announce alliance to drive key issues home

TRENTON – Citing a desire to enhance their ability to press forward on key issues affecting their community, a group of some of New Jersey’s most prominent African-American legislators and community organizations announced the creation of a strengthened leadership coalition designed to develop a shared platform to address African-American concerns. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)



State GOP Says Don’t Read Too Much Into Cantor Defeat

New Jersey lawmakers were going about their usual Thursday business today, meeting in their respective committees and greetings lobbyists and members of various special interest groups. But the political shock-waves that accompanied the defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor were very much on the minds of Republican lawmakers. (Cruz/NJTV)


Concerned Parents of Disabled Attended Assembly Hearing


Anxious parents packed the Assembly hearing room in Trenton. Moms and dads of developmentally disabled family members who say their children have medical conditions so severe, mental impairment so profound, behavior problems so violent. The state referred them to developmental centers outside of New Jersey. (Flanagan/NJTV)



Christie says he can beat Clinton

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie appears confident in his presidential prospects despite the ongoing bridge scandal that has tarnished his national reputation. (AP)



Port Authority acknowledges SEC probe into use of funds on N.J. road repairs

The Port Authority publicly acknowledged for the first time on Thursday that is the subject of an investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission, one of several agencies that has launched a probe in the wake of the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal. (Boburg/PolitickerNJ)



Disheartened N.J. veterans, families wonder if the sacrifice in Iraq, Afghanistan was worth it

Discouragement. Sadness. Renewed heartache for lives lost. Resignation: that feeling of having known from the start how it would end. And all of it profoundly felt. (Staff/Bergen Record)



Christie shows off dance skills with Jimmy Fallon on ‘Tonight Show’ 

Governor Christie joked about the George Washington Bridge lane closures that have left a mark on his second term and played coy about a potential presidential bid Thursday on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.” (Hayes/The Bergen Record)


Christie headlining fundraisers in California and Utah, chatting live from Facebook 

Governor Christie heads to California for a series of fundraisers and events Friday, including a live online chat from Facebook’s Palo Alto headquarters. (Hayes/The Bergen Record)



Christie administration defends plan to relocate people with disabilities

TRENTON – The official in charge of the Division of Development Disabilities today defended the state’s effort to move back to New Jersey hundreds of developmentally disabled people who are being cared for in out-of-state facilities. (Friedman/The Star-Ledger)





Stile: N.J. Senate President Stephen Sweeney looks for redemption with unions

Ironworker Stephen Sweeney’s union card didn’t offer him much protection from the angry throngs of public workers who flooded the State House grounds three years ago. In protests that spring, Swee­ney, the Senate president and top elected Democrat, was vilified as a traitor for teaming up with Governor Christie, the conservative Republican, to enact a landmark law that forced teachers, firefighters, police and government workers to contribute significantly more to their pensions and health care. For many workers, it meant a steep cut in pay. (Stile/The Bergen Record)


The Port Authority Is Fooled Again: Saving Bayonne Was a Good Deal for Chris Christie

The purchase of 131 acres along the waterfront of Bayonne, N.J., in 2010 was a fabulous bargain for the seller, the struggling city of Bayonne, and a windfall for New Jersey’s governor, Chris Christie. It was not such a good deal for the buyer — the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. (The New York Times Editorial Board)




Morning Digest: June 13th