Morning Digest: July 7th

Ordinary Americans caught up in data sweep

When the U.S. National Security Agency intercepted the online accounts of legally targeted foreigners over a four-year period it also collected the conversations of nine times as many ordinary Internet users, both Americans and non-Americans, according to a probe by The Washington Post. (Associated Press)



Hillary Clinton begins to move away from Obama ahead of 2016

Hillary Clinton has begun distancing herself from President Barack Obama, suggesting that she would do more to woo Republicans and take a more assertive stance toward global crises, while sounding more downbeat than her former boss about the U.S. economic recovery. (Nicholas/The Wall Street Journal)



Searching for Hillary Clinton’s big idea

Here’s one thing you won’t find in Hillary Clinton’s book: a clear reason to run for president again. (Nather/Politico)



Senator Cory Booker in Cape May for Independence Day Parade

CAPE MAY – After a soggy and dreary 4th of July, many still made their way down to the Jersey Shore for the holiday weekend including Senator Cory Booker. (Gordon/NBC)


NJ campaign watchdog agency could impact DiVincenzo spending case

For nearly three years, the state’s campaign finance watchdog agency has been operating with only three of four commissioners — which by law must include two Democrats and two Republicans. (Sherman/The Star-Ledger)



Christie, guns and 2016: why his veto matters

Gov. Chris Christie’s veto last week of a controversial gun-control bill ended a tense year-and-a-half chapter in New Jersey politics that pitted the Republican governor against Democratic lawmakers in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. (Friedman/The Star-Ledger)



This means Warren: Obama backs challenger to Hillary

President Obama has quietly promised Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren complete support if she runs for president — a stinging rebuke to his nemesis Hillary Clinton, sources tell me. (Klein/The New York Post)



Study looks at possibility of bringing cruise ships to Atlantic City

It’s not exactly full speed ahead, but Mayor Don Guardian’s proposal to bring cruise ships and their well-heeled passengers to the seaside resort will be studied by a state agency that oversees the Atlantic City Tourism District. (Wittkowski/The Press of Atlantic City)



Shooting in Paterson leaves 12-year old girl brain dead

PATERSON (WABC) — A 12-year old girl is brain dead after being shot in the head Saturday in Paterson while riding a scooter with her friends. (Johnson/ABC)



Wall Street, Marine vet shakes things up in Jersey City

A young, energetic urban mayor reshapes the political landscape and spurs talk of higher office. Six or seven years ago in New Jersey, that description would have applied to Newark Mayor Cory Booker. Now it describes Steven Fulop, the ex-Marine and ex-Wall Streeter who has shaken up the status quo in Jersey City and fueled speculation about larger ambitions. (Associated Press)



New Jersey residents fear LG Electronics expansion

Residents of a northern New Jersey town fighting an electronics company’s expansion plans say they worry the project will usher in an era of big development in one of the last pristine sections of the Palisades along the Hudson River. (Henry/Associate Press)



Mayors back full Garden State Parkway link to Route 30

It’s not just township officials who are demanding the state convert Exit 40 of the Garden State Parkway into a full interchange. (Weaver/Press of Atlantic City)





Jackson: Christie attacks Obama on foreign policy, but offers no stands of his own

It’s as reliable as parkway traffic on a summer Friday night. Put Governor Christie in front of an audience of Republicans from around the country, and he will attack President Obama as a weak leader. (Jackson/The Bergen Record)



Political Insider: Fulop needs to go to the shotgun formation in Bergen County

Our friends at PolitickerNJ reported that U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez attended a small gathering of Bergen County Democrats, about 40 people, in Edgewater, Thursday, and during the evening, Menendez announces that he’ll cast his vote for county executive candidate James Tedesco, a Bergen freeholder. (Torres/The Jersey Journal)



Doblin: Christie comes to Paterson ever so briefly

THE IRONY was lost on the inaugural crowd in Paterson last week. Governor Christie came to the Silk City to deliver the oath of office to Joey Torres. Christie did not stay long. But there was the governor, who has railed against public employees receiving large severance payouts in Paterson, delivering the oath of office to a mayor who, when he left office four years earlier, received a severance payout of more than $70,000. (Doblin/The Bergen Record)



The next act of the Neocons

AFTER nearly a decade in the political wilderness, the neoconservative movement is back, using the turmoil in Iraq and Ukraine to claim that it is President Obama, not the movement’s interventionist foreign policy that dominated early George W. Bush-era Washington, that bears responsibility for the current round of global crises. (The New York Times Editorial Board)



Cheering for Ras Baraka, Newark’s new mayor… and worrying

Newark, for all its woes, is a city that’s surprisingly easy to fall in love with if you spend enough time here. (Moran/The Star Ledger)



Cory Booker’s scary big lead

Normally, Cory Booker would be feeling pretty confident, given his 20-point lead over GOP challenger Jeffrey Bell. But a closer look at the latest poll numbers suggests Booker may have a rougher ride to re-election than anyone anticipated. (New York Post Editorial Board)



After 350 years, a lot of Jerseyness to celebrate

The first time I saw New Jersey was from the backseat of the family car on a summer night in 1966. We were headed to Washington on the turnpike; I was 12 and in love with the future. (Riordan/The Philadelphia Inquirer) Morning Digest: July 7th