Morning Digest: September 25th

Bergen County Exec’s race: continuing Donovan v. Saudino rift still factor for Republicans before November election

HACKENSACK – In preparation for the Bergen County Executive race in 2014, the two long-standing pillars and rivals of the Bergen Republican Party, County Executive Kathleen Donovan and Bergen Republican Chairman Bob Yudin, publicly made peace in December 2013. Joining hands, Donovan and Yudin presented a united front, one they maintained following the emergence of Democratic Freeholder Jim Tedesco as Donovan’s challenger in the 2014 election. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)




Degnan: ‘We’ll do whatever the legislatures tell us to’

NEW YORK, NY – Even here, standing on the sidewalk outside the entrance to 7 World Trade Center in this bustling metropolis, newly-minted Chairman John Degnan’s enthusiasm for reform at an embattled Port Authority comes across strong. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)




At 7 World Trade Center, Christie, Cuomo announce ‘unprecedented level of collaboration’ in anti-terrorism plan

NEW YORK, NY – Nine days after announcing a bi-state partnership to review and beef up safety and security measures in the wake of heightened tension between the U.S. and terrorist networks aboard, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo today signed a memorandum of understanding that “codifies much of the cooperative efforts between state and local agencies to work together in a way they haven’t before.” (Brush/PolitickerNJ)




Past League of Muncipalities Prez: ‘ I would support a rise in the gas tax’

Wretched, abysmal traffic and worn out roads pockmarked with potholes characterize New Jersey’s quality of life, lawmakers grimly confirmed this morning as the Assembly Transportation Committee kicked around the possibility of a hike in the gas tax to replenish the state Transportation Trust Fund (TTF), with several local voices signifying support. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




President of Montclair State U rips state officials over higher education

While welcoming the Assembly Transportation Committee to Montclair State University after everyone had settled in and publicly gloried in the surroundings of the North Jersey campus, Dr. Susan Cole quickly detoured to shred state government’s higher education policies. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)





Astorino rips fellow GOPer Christie for appearing with Cuomo

There’s war on the Hudson — within the Republican Party. New York gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino ripped New Jersey Gov. and fellow GOPer Chris Christie Wednesday for appearing with rival Democratic Gov. Cuomo at a joint bistate security press conference at 7 World Trade Center — in the heat of an election campaign. (Short, Prendergast/The New York Post)





Christie returns to Camden to tout gains

Governor Christie visited Camden – often cited as one of the most dangerous cities in America – to praise improvements in the city’s public safety and overall quality of life. (Phillis/The Bergen Record)




LA company has $18M Navy dredging contract in NJ

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Pentagon says a southeast Louisiana company has an $18.4 million Navy contract for maintenance dredging in Earle, New Jersey.







Stile: Christie-Cuomo alliance proves beneficial to both

Governor Christie, a Republican, and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, sat like a pair of somber diplomats Wednesday as they swiftly signed a new “memorandum” etched on thick, cream-colored parchment — an agreement to do a better job keeping an eye out for terrorists. (Stile/The Bergen Record)




Bears too close for comfort? Prediction came true: Mulshine

Ten years ago, a documentary producer from Monmouth County named Tom Phillips started shooting a film on the hot topic of the day here in New Jersey. (Mulshine/The Star-Ledger)

Morning Digest: September 25th