Morning Digest: June 17th


Senate Judiciary Committee gives Chief Justice Rabner a thumbs-up

TRENTON – Chief Justice Stuart Rabner, the former attorney general under Gov. Jon Corzine who has served for seven years in the state Supreme Court and seeks reappointment to the high court, this afternoon received the support of the Senate Judiciary Committee. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)



Judiciary Committee releases nomination of Solomon

TRENTON – The Senate Judiciary Committee today released the state Supreme Court nomination of Judge Lee Solomon of Haddonfield. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)



Cunningham: after mayoral runoff battle in Bayonne, Mainor “will be on the ticket” in 2015

TRENTON – State Assemblyman Charles Mainor (D-31) was a highly visible backer of Bayonne Mayor Mark Smith’s recent re-election effort. Mainor, a retired Jersey City police detective and a state Assemblyman since 2010, actively campaigned for Smith, the former Hudson County Democratic Organization (HCDO) chairman. The day before the June 10 Bayonne mayoral runoff election, Mainor handed out palm cards at the 8th Street light rail station in Bayonne, side by side with Smith. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)



Ruiz: For state-appointed Newark School Superintendent Anderson, “the trust is gone”

TRENTON – Moments after appearing at a Monday meeting of the state Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, state Sen. Teresa Ruiz (D-29) looked back toward her Newark power base at a situation that could be even more sticky than the state budget crisis: the future of Newark School Superintendent Cami Anderson. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)



Sarlo: “This is going to be a difficult budget”

TRENTON – In comments to the press after a Monday meeting of the state Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, committee chair state Sen. Paul Sarlo (D-36) sounded a serious tone for the looming state budget battle in the weeks ahead. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)



In the aftermath of Bayonne, Sacco on Smith’s loss: ‘Predictable’

Powerful Hudson County state Sen. Nick Sacco (D-32), North Bergen, said he knew Bayonne was going to be tight. “You could see that,” Sacco told PolitickerNJ as he finished his chairing this afternoon of the Transportation Committee. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)



Environmental Committee passes tree-harvesting bill – just don’t call it logging, says Smith

TRENTON – Commercial logging in New Jersey came one step closer to reality on Monday when the Senate Environmental and Energy Committee advanced a bill that would allow the limited harvesting of trees on nearly 800,000 acres of state-owned land. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)



N.J. Chief Justice Rabner tells renomination panel he is mindful of rulings’ impact

The man likely to help decide some of New Jersey’s most vexing social and political issues as the leader of the state Supreme Court until 2030 portrayed himself as a judge tasked “to do justice” and be mindful of the impact his decisions have on peoples’ lives. (Reitmeyer/The Bergen Record)



Christie tells radio show audience pension payment cut only way to balance budget 

On his monthly radio show Monday night, Governor Christie promised that the next time he’s at a Bruce Springsteen concert, he won’t reprise any of the “embarrassing dad” dances he performed with Jimmy Fallon on “The Tonight Show” last week. (Linhorst/The Bergen Record)



Christie says NJ government won’t shut down if judge rules against pension plan

Gov. Chris Christie tonight said his administration would likely appeal if a state judge rules that he cannot go through with a controversial plan to reduce payments to New Jersey’s public worker pension system to help balance the troubled state budget. (Johnson/The Star-Ledger)



Paterson Mayor-elect Torres says Christie will swear him in

PATERSON — Governor Christie has agreed to come to Paterson on July 1 to give Jose “Joey” Torres the oath of office, according to the mayor-elect. (Malinconico/Paterson Press)



Scott Walker gets ready

Scott Walker is already thinking about how to defeat Hillary Clinton. “You gotta move it from a personality race, because if it’s a personality race, you got a third Clinton term,” the Wisconsin governor told a lunchtime crowd of about 30 last Tuesday assembled at the Lakewood, N.J., home of Rich Roberts, one of his biggest financial backers. “The only way we win that election is to transform her personality to Washington versus the rest of us. Senator Clinton is all about Washington, everything about her is all about Washington.” (Johnson/National Review)



Rutgers and Gov. Chris Christie break ground for new chemistry building

For years, Rutgers University has had one of the top chemistry departments in the country. But some of its chemistry labs and classrooms have ranked among the worst. (Heyboer/



Gov. Christie to announce expansion of heroin-antidote program

  NEWARK — Gov. Chris Christie will announce the statewide expansion Tuesday of a program that allows police officers to carry and administer a drug that can quickly reverse a heroin overdose. (AP)



Senate logjam blocking envoys

WASHINGTON – A Senate logjam over confirming ambassadors risks hampering U.S. efforts to contain an expanding Islamist urgency in Iraq, with several of President Obama’s nominees for the volatile Middle East unsure when they can get to work. (Klapper/AP)

Menendez repays $60,000 for rides in donor’s private jet

Democratic New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez, whose net worth in 2012 ranked 82nd in the Senate out of a 100 lawmakers, took a big hit financially when he was forced to pay back to a donor nearly $60,000 for lavish trips on private jets to the Dominican Republic, according to his 2013 financial-disclosure report. (Palmieri/The New York Post)



Atlantic City ramps up its LGBT marketing

ATLANTIC CITY – In a quest to get its historically gay vibe back, Atlantic City’s first openly gay mayor on Monday designated an official gay beach. It’s a familiar spot: Park Place, the site of the original gay beach in Atlantic City, the iconic second-most-valuable spot on the Monopoly board, and, now, a beach with a rainbow flag flying at its entrance off the Boardwalk. (Rosenberg/Philadelphia Inquirer)


NJ bill to renew key property tax law is on fast track to Christie’s desk

An expired law that was credited with helping stem the growth of property taxes is on the fast track back into the books. Over the objections of police and firefighter unions, the state Assembly today voted 78-0 to approve a measure that restores a 2 percent annual limit on the amount third-party arbitrators can award police and firefighters in raises and other forms of compensation. (Friedman/The Star-Ledger)



Move over? NJ Assembly passes bill to require 4 foot buffer between drivers, cyclists

Drivers would have to give cyclists and pedestrians at least four feet of space on the road under a bill that passed the state Assembly today. (Friedman/The Star-Ledger)


Gender pay equity bill approved by NJ Legislature and sent to governor

Two bills aimed at preventing employers from paying women less than men who do the same job won final passage in the state Legislature today. Any company that contracts with the state must report to the Department of Labor and Workforce Development the gender, race, job title and compensation for every employee, according to the bill (S1038). Employees could request this information from the Division on Civil Rights in the Department of Law and Public Safety. (Livio/The Star-Ledger)




Is this the first hearing of the post-Christie era?

Everyone knows you’re not supposed to kick a man when he’s down. But they never said you can’t kick him while he’s still standing. That’s what Sen. Mike Doherty (R-Warren) did to Gov. Chris Christie yesterday during the renomination hearing for state Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner. (Mulshine/The Star-Ledger)

Morning Digest: June 17th