Morning Digest: August 11th

Winners and Losers: Week of August 4th


Jeff Bell

Christie confidant Bill Palatucci this week vowed fundraising help for the GOP candidate, the challenger of U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), who’s running just ten points behind the Democratic incumbent, according to a Quinnipiac University poll. Booker leads 47-37%. (Politicker Staff)



Obama on the world

President Obama’s hair is definitely grayer these days, and no doubt trying to manage foreign policy in a world of increasing disorder accounts for at least half of those gray hairs. (The Tea Party can claim the other half.) But having had a chance to spend an hour touring the horizon with him in the White House Map Room late Friday afternoon, it’s clear that the president has a take on the world, born of many lessons over the last six years, and he has feisty answers for all his foreign policy critics. (Friedman/The New York Times)



Political crisis deepens in Iraq

BAGHDAD — In a surprise speech late Sunday, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki resisted calls for his resignation and accused the country’s new president of violating the country’s constitution, a speech that plunged the government into a political crisis while it battles advances by Islamic State militants. (Yacoub, Salama/Associated Press)



Why Hillary Clinton spoke out on Obama

Hillary Clinton has taken her furthest, most public step away yet from President Barack Obama, rejecting the core of his self-described foreign policy doctrine and describing his decision against backing Syrian rebels early on as a “failure.” (Haberman/Politico)



Guardian: South Jersey needs more shelters

ATLANTIC CITY — Despite pleas from homeless advocates and officials, there are no plans to build a homeless shelter in Ocean County to serve a population that has sought refuge at the Atlantic City Rescue Mission for more than 15 years. (Weaver/Press of Atlantic City)



Gloucester County GOP replaces freeholder candidate

The Gloucester County Republican Organization is replacing one of the candidates on its freeholder ticket. (Gray/The South Jersey Times)



Assemblyman Mainor to host mother-daughter dinner

To help foster healthy relationships between mothers and their daughters, Hudson Assemblyman Charles Mainor will host the fifth annual “Planting a Seed of Faith” dinner on Aug. 28 in Jersey City. (Rodas/The Jersey Journal)






Political Insider: Fulop pays us a visit

When Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop was asked to The Jersey Journal offices for an editorial board meeting, he was reluctant. He had already sent Public Safety Director James Shea and Police Chief Philip Zacche to discuss the anti-crime initiatives of the city. The mayor had an interview upon completing his first year in office with Journal reporter Terrence McDonald. (Torres/The Jersey Journal)



Jackson: is Booker hearing footsteps?

Sen. Cory Booker last year saw what ignoring a little-known opponent can do. He was slammed for not winning a special election by the landslide his celebrity and overwhelming financial advantage suggested was possible. (Jackson/The Bergen Record)



Opinion: Bell moving up

A new poll shows a little-known Republican is closer than expected early in his run for U.S. Senate in New Jersey against incumbent Democrat Cory Booker. (The Jersey Journal)



How a North Jersey casino can save Atlantic City

AT THIS point, there’s been so much hand-wringing in Atlantic City that it’s surprising that casino execs and politicians aren’t walking around with skeleton fingers. (Darrow/


Morning Digest: August 11th