Morning News Digest: Nov. 7th

Christie lunches with billionaires after big Election Day

As Chris Christie’s left hand held onto Henry Kissinger’s right shoulder, eyes around the Four Seasons Grill Room in Manhattan darted discreetly. (Abelson/Bloomberg News)




Garrett win is a familiar story: N.J. incumbents fare well in House races

Rep. Scott Garrett’s Democratic opponent spent 20 times more than the one who ran two years ago, and he still wound up doing worse on Election Day. (Jackson/The Bergen Record)




Bergen County Republican chairman calls on Donovan to drop lawsuit against freeholders

Bergen County Republican Chairman Bob Yudin on Thursday called on County Executive and fellow Republican Kathleen Donovan to drop her lawsuit against the freeholders over their attempt to consolidate the County Police into the Sheriff’s Office. (Ensslin/The Bergen Record)




Bergen Mayor Jackson wraps up his tenure with praise from peers

BOGOTA — Tito Jackson adjourned Thursday night’s Borough Council meeting with a slam of a gavel, possibly for the last time as mayor. (Morrison/The Bergen Record)




‘Stop Chris Christie’ political action committee launched by former GOP congressman

TRENTON — Former Colorado U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo is launching a new campaign aimed at smothering Gov. Chris Christie’s possible presidential aspirations while they’re still in the cradle. (Brodesser-Akner/NJ Advance Media for




Christie: let donors give unlimited cash to candidates if they disclose within a day

TRENTON — Having returned to New Jersey after spending much of the year doing corporate fundraising for the Republican Governors Association, Chris Christie tonight defended the GOP group’s $106 million record breaking haul — and once again pitched his plan to radically alter the nation’s campaign finance laws. (Brodesser-Akner/NJ Advance Media for




Political Insider: Jersey City teachers’ union breaks reformers’ winning streak; WNY on a roll

The Jersey City Education Association finally broke the school board election winning streak of local school reformers when Children First candidates Lorenzo Richardson, nephew of former city Councilwoman Viola Richardson, Gerald Lyons and independent Joel Torres won three three-year term seats on the Board of Education. (Torres/The Jersey Journal)




Wisniewski: tax hike is only way to restore Transportation Trust Fund

“We’re going to have to raise a tax, because it can’t get done any other way,” said Assemblyman John Wisniewski. (Vannozzi/NJTV)




NJEA convention opens with little talk of Christie or pension payments

The annual NJEA Convention is the one opportunity for members of the state’s largest teachers’ union to come together for professional development. With day-long workshops and hundreds of vendors hawking everything from text books to hi-tech gizmos, it’s not unlike a lot of professional conventions. But here, there’s one thing that brings conventioneers together more than anything else — Gov. Chris Christie. (Cruz/NJTV) Morning News Digest: Nov. 7th