Morning News Digest: December 12th


Senate Judiciary Committee confirms acting commissioner Hespe for DOE position

TRENTON — Acting Department of Education Commissioner David Hespe inched closer to dropping the “acting” from his title today after a confirmation hearing in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee saw members unanimously release his nomination to the post. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)




Rutgers/Eagleton Poll: NJ residents say Garner jury verdict was wrong

A majority of New Jerseyans say a Staten Island grand jury got it wrong when it failed to indict New York City police officer Daniel Pantaleo in the choking death of Eric Garner, according to today’s Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. Residents simultaneously significantly support the non-indictment in the Ferguson, Mo., shooting death of Michael Brown, killed by police officer Darren Wilson. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




Poll: Christie would lose to Clinton, finds shaky support among NJ voters

A new Quinnipiac University poll doesn’t bode well for Gov. Chris Christie’s presidential ambitions — not only would he lose to former Secretary of State and Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton, who trumps the incumbent governor and other Republican 2016 presidential contenders in the Garden State, but voters also say he would not make a good president, the poll finds. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)




Judiciary Committee releases resolution seeking overturn of Citizens United decision

TRENTON – Lawmakers who want to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United Decision with a constitutional convention passed ACR149 out of committee this afternoon. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




Chris Christie’s pension mess

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is belatedly learning two basic rules of politics: Don’t make promises you can’t keep, and what you say can come back to bite you. Witness how his lofty rhetoric hailing the state’s pension reforms in 2011 is complicating his second term and White House ambitions. (Finley/The Wall Street Journal)




Senate confirms Education Commissioner Hespe

The anti-stalking bill was just one of many issues up for consideration at the State House today. After nine months, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a confirmation hearing for acting Education Commissioner David Hespe. NJTV News Chief Political Correspondent Michael Aron told NJTV News Anchor Mary Alice Williams that Hespe sailed through the confirmation hearing with a 12-0 vote to make him the full education commissioner. (Aron/NJTV)




NJ Assembly panel oks bill expanding rules on political donations by outside pension fund managers

Rules that prohibit New Jersey’s public employee pension funds from being invested in outside firms whose managers make contributions to political candidates here would be expanded to cover donations to national political groups under a bill approved by an Assembly committee on Thursday. (Reitmeyer/The Bergen Record)




N.J. legislation designed to remove politics from state revenue forecasting clears committee

Legislation that’s designed to remove politics from the revenue forecasting process followed each year in the annual state budget cleared the Assembly Budget Committee on Thursday. (Reitmeyer/The Bergen Record)




US Rep. Rush Holt offers farewell speech on House floor after 16 years in Congress

TRENTON – With only three weeks left on his Congressional career, U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-12th Dist.) gave a farewell speech on the House floor Wednesday and urged leaders to restore Americans’ faith in federal government. (Davis/The Times of Trenton)

  Morning News Digest: December 12th