Morning Digest: June 16th: Don’t let Trenton ‘Zero-Out’


Analysis: Despite budget gap, Christie holding firm that business tax cuts are off-limits  

Governor Christie is looking to reduce employee pension-fund payments and delay property-tax relief — risking a backlash from public workers, senior citizens and middle-class homeowners — to overcome a revenue shortfall of $1.7 billion in the upcoming state budget. But so far, that budget pressure has not endangered Christie’s business-tax cuts — scheduled to grow to more than $600 million this year — even while many begin to question whether the governor’s broader economic development policies have delivered what was promised. (Reitmeyer/The Bergen Record)



Chris Christie to GOP donors on bridge scandal: ‘You’ll get over it’

Chris Christie’s biggest hurdle in a 2016 presidential run is not just surviving the ongoing investigations into the politically fraught traffic jam caused by his administration, but convincing Republican donors that there will be no more surprises. (Reston/LA Times)



Republican fundraising for 2016 presidential race off to a slow start

At this time in the last presidential election cycle, top donors for Mitt Romney were quietly building the invisible network that would vault him to the nomination and raise more than $1 billion for his 2012 effort. Nothing like that is happening this year, as the 2016 contest looms. (Reston/LA Times)



N.J. Democrats to push for paid sick time

TRENTON – New Jersey Democrats and labor activists are pushing to require private employers to provide paid leave for workers who are sick or who need to attend to loved ones with an illness. About 38 percent of the state’s private-sector workforce, or 1.2 million employees, do not have access to earned sick leave, according to a 2013 study by the Rutgers Center for Women and Work. (Seidman/The Philadelphia Inquirer)



Chris Christie stumps for Neel Kashkari in San Francisco 

SAN FRANCISCO – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie joined California Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari in stopping to smell the roses Friday, touring a Bay Area flower business just 10 days after Kashkari’s primary-election victory. (Richman/San Jose Mercury News)



Supreme Court nominees Rabner, Solomon go before Senate Judiciary Committee today

TRENTON – State senators are expected to approve two of Gov. Chris Christie’s nominees to the New Jersey Supreme Court today. The Senate Judiciary Committee will interview Chief Justice Stuart Rabner, who has led the court since 2007 and is up for tenure, and Judge Lee Solomon, who is poised to become Christie’s third appointee to the high court. (Rizzo/The Star-Ledger)



Red-faced Cantor pollster has NJ clients, too: The Auditor

Union City Mayor and state Sen. Brian Stack is apparently a loyal guy. Stack’s pollster, John McLaughlin of McLaughlin & Associates, drew all kinds of bad headlines last week for being so very wrong in the race that shook the Republican Party. (The Auditor/The Star Ledger)



Chris Christie downplays Eric Cantor’s shocking loss

What does House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s stunning primary loss this week say about the state of the Republican party in America? Not much, if you ask Gov. Chris Christie. (Johnson/



Chris Christie: Dancing his way back into GOP good graces?

Newark, N.J. — Gov. Chris Christie’s latest appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” not only proved the man can bust a move and take a joke. It also provided an opportunity for the potential Republican presidential contender to put the traffic scandal in his rear-view mirror. (Colvin/AP)



Booker calls for new security on truck safety

WASHINGTON – Sen. Cory Booker is calling for a focus on truck safety following a New Jersey Turnpike crash in Middlesex County that killed one man and injured four others, including actor and comedian Tracy Morgan. (Guadiano/The Asbury Park Press)



Special Olympics ‘champions’ kick off game in New Jersey  

Athletes wearing colorful team uniforms proudly paraded through the arena Sunday before thousands of cheering spectators, including their families and friends. (Pries, Moss/





Jackson: Senate candidate Bell, a winner in ’78, is facing a changed N.J.  

The last time Jeff Bell won a GOP primary for U.S. Senate, Jimmy Carter was president, Democratic Sen. Cory Booker was 9 years old and New Jersey was a reliable Republican state in presidential races. (Jackson/The Bergen Record)

Morning Digest: June 16th: Don’t let Trenton ‘Zero-Out’