Morning News Digest: Nov. 12th

Bergen Democratic operative Silverstein comes full circle with Tedesco win

It started where so many things start in New Jersey, the absence of which drives people like Jerry Speziale out of places like Alabama and back across the Mason Dixon to find the narrative once again, among the furnaces of a local pizza parlor. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




An unlikely trio descends on McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst

It was a once-in-a-lifetime photo op, with three New Jersey pols, donning cook’s hats and white aprons, scooping mounds of cafeteria food onto the plates of young servicemen and women during a visit — in observance of Veteran’s Day — to the state’s largest military base. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)




NJ physician-assisted suicide bill scheduled for a vote Thursday

TRENTON — The state Assembly on Thursday is scheduled to vote on a bill that would allow doctors to prescribe life-ending drugs to terminally ill patients, just two weeks after Oregon cancer patient Brittany Maynard ended her life. (Friedman/NJ Advance Media for




Christie to discuss Atlantic City and its challenges

Gov. Christie will turn his attention Wednesday to Atlantic City, which is still reeling from casino closures that have put thousands out of work. (Hanna/The Philadelphia Inquirer)




Who are the 1% of voters who think the economy is excellent? The rich, of course.

Democrats figure to take at least a moderate shellacking at the polls tonight, because people are still so downbeat about the economy — and with good reason. Despite decent economic growth, middle class wages and wealth are still stagnant or worse going back 25 years now. (O’Brien/The Washington Post)




The best and worsts of Election Day 2014

Elections are all about winning and losing. But I like to go beyond the obvious “w’s” and “l’s” to find some of the less apparent bests and worsts of the night that was. This is my first crack at doing just that. (Cillizza/The Washington Post)





Hillary Clinton is the Democrats’ only hope

Hillary Clinton looms over the Democratic Party like Evita from her balcony. She is the presumptive presidential nominee, the likely one, the inevitable one, the one and only, the one before all others run in awe and panic. Behold the biggest and, in a sense, only thing in the Democratic Party. All she lacks is a song. (Cohen/The Washington Post)




Chris Christie: selling out local pigs for Iowa pig farmers

The National Review has brought renewed attention to an animal-welfare bill awaiting New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s signature. Somewhat unusually for a conservative publication not associated with environmental causes or animal rights, the piece argues that the Republican governor should go ahead and sign the bill, which would ban the use of gestation crates for pregnant sows.  (Lapidos/The New York Times)

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