Morning Digest: August 14th

CD 5 race: Democrat Cho returns from Israel trip, reflects on “resilience” of country at war

RIDGEWOOD – Roy Cho, the Democratic candidate up against Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett in New Jersey’s Fifth Congressional District race, was bouncing back from a long plane flight to Israel when he strode into his Ridgewood campaign headquarters on Wednesday morning, straight from the airport. What he witnessed in Israel was a country whose populace is now engaged in a conflict with the Hamas-controlled Palestinian territory of the Gaza Strip stemming from a wave of rocket attacks, striving to bounce back from an ongoing state of war. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)



Christie convenes Atlantic City summit to ‘consider best course of progress’ for ailing gambling mecca

TRENTON – Atlantic City still may have some ways to go before it hits rock bottom, but the situation in the debilitated gambling mecca is now so dire that Gov. Chris Christie is convening a bipartisan summit of state and local leaders to address its future. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)



North Jersey Notebook: DiVincenzo mum for now despite Sweeney guv optics

Senate President Steve Sweeney’s (D-3) presence yesterday in North Jersey begged the inevitable question posed to Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)



Federal labor stats show Jersey City has lowest unemployment rate of all large N.J. cities

JERSEY CITY – U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics compiled during the first year of the administration of Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop show New Jersey’s second-largest city has outpaced both the nation and state in reducing the unemployment rate, with a decline that doubles the national average, according to a press release issued by the Jersey City government. At 7.8 percent, Jersey City also has the lowest unemployment rate of any large city in New Jersey. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)



Christie taps into anger at NJ Transit; exchanges tweets with testy riders

It started with angry NJ Transit riders tweeting pictures and complaints to Governor Christie on Friday night. “You have no clue what’s going on in Penn Station right now, do you?” @Drift22 said. “Delays due to one tunnel are far too frequent” said @MilindShah. (Hayes, Maag/The Bergen Record)



Prieto criticized for consulting for Norcross firm

Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto was enjoying a first-year honeymoon with the press. Until this story last week in the Newark Star-Ledger, saying Prieto is doing private work for a politically connected South Jersey firm. (Aron/NJTV)



New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie makes tour stop in Biloxi, thanks Sandy responders

BILOXI, Mississippi — Although surrounded by local and state dignitaries, it was obvious that the men of most interest to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie were the Mississippi Highway Patrol troopers on hand to greet him at Mary Mahoney’s in Biloxi Wednesday afternoon. (Kulo/Gulf



Cory Booker accepted Chris Christie’s ice challenge, dares N.J. mayors

Gov. Chris Christie challenged him and he didn’t balk. (Arco/NJ Media Advance for



Record rain hits parts of New Jersey

Heavy rain swept through parts of New Jersey overnight, causing some flooding and record and near-record rainfall totals. (Babay/The Philadelphia Inquirer)



On air and in a speech, Malloy pursues the new GOP nominee

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy pushed his idling re-election campaign to full-throttle Wednesday night, aiming in one speech to take down the newly minted Republican nominee and lift up a Democratic base unsettled by a slow economic recovery and their candidate’s tepid poll numbers. (Pazniokas/The CT Mirror)



Analyst: Foley must broaden base, be detailed in rematch vs. Malloy

Tom Foley’s conservative candidacy appealed to the bulk of Connecticut Republicans voting in Tuesday’s gubernatorial primary. But heading into a rematch against incumbent Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy in November, Foley will have to broaden his base. (CBSNew York)



Paterson’s McKoy says road repair bonds could fund expansion of city’s DPW

PATERSON — Veteran councilman William McKoy is calling for the city to use its proposed $37 million roads repair project as an opportunity to expand the functions of Paterson’s Department of Public Works. (Malinconico/Paterson Press)








Morning Digest: August 14th