Morning Digest: August 26th

MacArthur on CD3 race: ‘We’re going to invest what we need to’

Tom MacArthur has the resources to outspend his competition, and he’s not afraid to use them. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)




In retribution murder, one West Orange mayoral candidate sees international conflict writ small

WEST ORANGE – When Ali Mohammed Brown shot and killed a 19-year-old Livingston college student on a warm night in West Orange earlier this summer, many at the time, including Essex County authorities, called it a “random act of violence.” Some suspected something more criminal, a robbery turned violent or a drug deal gone bad. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)




Ex-WNY Mayor Sal Vega named high tech HS Director of Transportation

Former West New York Mayor Sal Vega will serve as the new High Tech High School – a part of the Hudson County Schools of Technology – Director of Transportation. He will earn an annual salary of $60,000 at his new job, according to multiple Hudson County sources. (Heinis/Hudson County View)




Christie warns Illinois Democrats ‘using every trick in the book’ to help Quinn

New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie today accused Gov. Pat Quinn and the state’s ruling Democrats of manipulating efforts to enhance their ticket, using techniques such as legalizing same-day registration on Election Day in an effort to boost turnout and blunt a GOP challenge from Bruce Rauner. (Pearson/Chicago Tribune)




Governor’s race becomes Biden vs. Christie for a day 

In the middle of an intensely competitive gubernatorial race in Illinois, two political big hitters — Vice President Joe Biden and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — landed in Chicago on Monday to push their respective party candidates. (Korecki/Chicago Sun Times)




18 NJ counties have acquired military equipment

At a White House press conference today, Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Program 1033 is a good one– but the White House will investigate if it’s operating as intended. (Duffy/NJTV)




Facing deportation, Union City man awaits presidential pardon

For Catalino Guerrero, the short walk from the parking lot to the front door of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Newark is especially long today. It’s his regularly scheduled check in, required since ICE ordered him deported last year. Despite two six-month stays of the deportation order, Guerrero and his family are afraid that he’ll be detained and never see the light of day in the states again. (Cruz/NJTV)




NJ is one of few states to impose ‘death tax’

New Jersey’s a state you really don’t want to be caught dead in. “It is the worst state to die in, from a tax perspective,” said Susan Barbey. (Flanagan/NJTV)




Legislator wants review of military hardware sent to police in N.J., officials say program in compliance

State Sen. Nia Gill (D-Essex) is seeking a review of the state’s involvement in a federal program that has transferred more than $32 million in surplus military hardware to New Jersey law enforcement agencies. (Sherman/The Star-Ledger)




Pascrell to host town-hall style meeting in Clifton Tuesday

CLIFTON — Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., D-Paterson, is holding a town hall meeting for his constituents Tuesday night at City Hall. (Green/The Bergen-Record)




Rand Paul labels Hillary Clinton a ‘war hawk’

WASHINGTON — Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is continuing his unrelenting criticism of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, saying on Sunday that she was “a war hawk” who could get the United States involved in another Middle East conflict. (Carroll/USA Today)




Point of no return: Democrats want definitive signal from Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton isn’t simply dipping her toes into the 2016 presidential waters; it looks more like she’s sizing up for a somersault – with a full twist – off a diving board. But if she ends up deciding not to jump in, Democrats want an answer sooner rather than later. (Murray/NBC News)




Project to restore N.J.’s marshes uses new method: spraying mud

Saltwater marshes along the Jersey Shore and Delaware Bay, like marshes everywhere, are in trouble. (Bauers/Philadelphia Inquirer)






Chris Christie should take a lesson from Ras Baraka’s playbook: Editorial

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka held his first of five town hall meetings last week, to discuss the city budget and education. And oh what a contrast it was from the type of town halls we’ve come to expect in New Jersey, thanks to Gov. Chris Christie and his army of political handlers. (Star-Ledger)




Jackson: Congress’s digital outreach is better than free mail

Even before the Constitution was adopted, members of the First Continental Congress voted themselves the power to send government-financed mail to constituents. (Jackson/The Bergen Record)

Morning Digest: August 26th