Morning Digest: July 10th

  Exclusive: Iranian-American professor found on NSA surveillance list says he’s ‘not surprised’ TRENTON – The Iranian-American professor from Rutgers


Exclusive: Iranian-American professor found on NSA surveillance list says he’s ‘not surprised’

TRENTON – The Iranian-American professor from Rutgers University that Glenn Greenwald alleges was spied on by the U.S. government says he’s “not surprised” his name was found on the list of Muslim-American leaders the FBI and National Security Agency kept tabs on between 2002 and 2008. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)



CD2: LoBiondo campaign announces second quarter filings, Hughes says lobbyists ‘served him well’

In an effort to stay Democratic hopeful Bill Hughes, Jr., U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-2) and his team announced today that they had raised more than $400,000 during the second quarter of 2014, topping the LoBiondo For Congress war chest off at more than $1.5 million. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)



Albiez, Stack’s former chief of staff, joins Fulop administration as deputy chief of staff

JERSEY CITY – Jersey City Mayor Steven M. Fulop announced today that as part of the administration’s ongoing changes following year one in office, prominent government staffer Mark Albiez is joining the Fulop administration as deputy chief of staff. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)



Chris Christie: the $60 million man

It appears the George Washington Bridge controversy New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s dealing with this year back in the Garden State hasn’t affected his standing as one of the GOP’s most potent fundraising rainmakers. (Steinhauser/CNN)



Christie schedules a second trip to NH this summer

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will make his second trip to New Hampshire in two months, this time to raise money for the state Republican Party, WMUR Political Scoop has learned. (Pindell/WMUR)!bcaLn7



Plan for North Jersey casinos gains momentum

A move to build two casinos in North Jersey gained more momentum this week following a shift in how politicians statewide view the gambling industry and the protection of its longtime home, Atlantic City. A consensus was developing among leading state Democrats to lift the moratorium on table gaming outside the boardwalk city and use new casinos in the northern part of the state to create jobs and tax revenues — money that would, in part, be used to prop up Atlantic City. (Brennan/The Bergen Record)



Senate’s new bromance stars Cory Booker and Rand Paul

A Democrat and a Republican in the partisan U.S. Senate working together on criminal justice legislation? Yes, they are and the bill is the beginning of a bromance featuring Rand Paul and Cory Booker. (Camia/USA Today)



Meadowlands Hospital slashing 102 jobs as patient count plummets

Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center in Secaucus will eliminate 102 jobs, its president said, as a report on the hospital prepared by an outside consultant showed its finances to be in complete disarray and most of its beds empty. (Washburn/The Bergen Record)



As Atlantic City’s fortunes fade, casino workers fear bleak future

After 19 years working as a cook at Atlantic City’s Showboat Casino, Dave Rose is counting the weeks until he and about 2,000 fellow workers lose their jobs when the casino is shuttered at the end of the summer. (Kelley/Reuters)



Bill would tax potential North Jersey casinos at higher rate than Atlantic City

If casinos open in northern New Jersey in the coming years, they could be paying a far higher tax rate than their Atlantic City counterparts. (Friedman/The Star-Ledger)



More problems alleged in South Amboy Dem primary

SOUTH AMBOY – Charging that election workers “through misconduct, fraud, corruption, and/or negligence failed to follow and implement the statutory requirements and protections necessary to ensure a fair election,” John O’Connell, who lost by three votes to Mayor Fred Henry in the hotly contested Democratic primary race, is challenging the election in court. (Loyer/Gannett)



New Jerseyans react to situation in Gaza

“I’m scared. I’m truly frightened,” said Mira Guggenheim. Guggenheim has family in Israel. She watches news reports — the latest rocket attack or artillery barrage — with her heart pounding. (Flanagan/NJTV)



Man turns himself in for fatally shooting a girl riding her scooter

Authorities have arrested a 19-year-old in the deadly shooting of a 12-year-old girl who was hit by a stray bullet while riding a scooter in a northern New Jersey neighborhood. (Associated Press)



Board to vote on $260M for Camden plan

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority is planning to vote on a $260 million tax break over 10 years for a manufacturing firm that wants to do business in Camden. (Associated Press)



Inquirer promotes Clark, Escobar to managing editors

Inquirer editor William K. Marimow has promoted Sandra M. Clark and Gabriel Escobar to managing editors. (Philadelphia Inquirer Staff)



Paterson City Council newcomers get prime committee slots

PATERSON – City Council President Julio Tavarez has appointed two newcomers to prominent committees overseeing public safety and financial issues, a move that veteran members say is payback for their votes for his presidency. (Malinconico/Paterson Press)




Zausner to join Greenberg Traurig

Andrew Zausner, most recently the Chair of Dickstein Shapiro’s Public Policy & Law Practice, will join the international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP as Chair of the firm’s Washington, D.C. Government Law and Policy Practice. He will join with 12 others from Dickstein Shapiro, including former Senator Tim Hutchinson, former Representative Pete Hoekstra, former Representative Albert R. Wynn, and Rob Mangas, former Chief of Staff to Senator Wendell Ford. (Politicker Staff)





Lupica: Gov. Chris Christie refusing to meet with Sandy Hook victim’s parents shows he has no guts

The best part of having Chris Christie run for President, at least before he got stuck in horrible traffic on the George Washington Bridge, was going to be the guy’s independence, in a Republican Party that too often looks like a flock of sheep. (Lupica/The Daily News)



What being mayor means… and does not mean

As one of the first members of the Newark Municipal Council to endorse Mayor Ras Baraka in his campaign, I was most supportive of his motto: “When I Become Mayor, WE BECOME MAYOR!” This call to arms has been embraced by Baraka supporters and mocked as ridiculous by his detractors. On the one hand, it is a noble recruitment pitch to all residents, Newark supporters and those that have been merely spectators to the problems right outside of their doors to get up, stop complaining and do something, anything to make a positive contribution in our community. (Rice/NewarkNation) Morning Digest: July 10th