Morning News Digest: December 15th

Winners and Losers: Week of December 8th

South Jersey Democrats tapped the former assemblywoman to replace U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross (D-1) in the state senate. Respected on both sides of the aisle, Cruz-Perez made history in 1995 when she became the first Latina to serve in the General Assembly. When she gets sworn into office, she will join state senators M. Teresa Ruiz and Nellie Pou as one of three Latina state senators. (Politicker Staff)




Fight of the Week: O’Toole v. Wisniewski

In the undeniable highlight of this week’s legislative sessions in Trenton, Republicans and Democrats found themselves at each other’s throats Monday over an interim report, released by the Select Committee on Investigation, that blames Gov. Chris Christie’s cabinet appointees — but stops short of blaming the governor himself — for orchestrating the politically-motivate lane closures at the mouth of the George Washington Bridge last year. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)





President Obama to visit New Jersey military base

President Obama will travel to the Maguire-Dix-Lakehurst military base in New Jersey on Monday to thank troops and their families for their service and sacrifice, a White House official said. (Jackson/The Bergen Record)




Cory Booker finding road to reform is slow for junior senators

Sen. Cory Booker is out to change the way government deals with crime and punishment, but reversing decades-old policies that many of his colleagues see as synonymous with law and order has been slow going. (Jackson/The Bergen Record)




Trooper who took photos of protesters at Christie event was posing as media, NJ Attorney General’s Office says

The state trooper who photographed a group of protesters at a Governor Christie town hall event in March was posing as a member of the media, a tactic that is not authorized by the attorney general, according to a new investigation by the office. (Racioppi/The Bergen Record)




Lawmakers may consider clearing the way for Christie book deal

Writing a book is common practice for those considering a run for the White House, a direct way for prospective candidates to declare to the public their thoughts and positions, and on their own terms. As Governor Christie considers a bid for president in 2016, he too could become an author, but under New Jersey law could not see a dime of the profits while in office. (Racioppi/The Bergen Record)





Democrats divided on their path to 2016

In the six weeks since their repudiation in the midterms, Democrats have seen the opening of fissures within their once-disciplined ranks, marking the start of an internal struggle between now and the 2016 election over the ideological identity and tactical direction of the party. (Tumulty, Sullivan/The Washington Post)




Jeb Bush’s move to release book, emails, stokes expectations of White House bid

Jeb Bush’s decision to release a policy-laden e-book and all his e-mails from his time as governor of Florida has further stoked expectations among his allies that he will launch a presidential bid. (Costa, Gold/The Washington Post)




Chris Christie sparks social media firestorm for sitting with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones during Eagles loss

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Dallas Cowboys fan, sat with team owner Jerry Jones during the Dallas Cowboys’ 38-27 victory over the Eagles on Sunday night — and the political lightning rod sparked a Twitter blaze. (Manahan/NJ Advance Media for





Trial date set for officer facing charges of official misconduct in DWI arrest of Assemblyman Moriarty

The fate of a Washington Township police officer, who faces charges of official misconduct and falsifying police reports in connection with his arrest of Assemblyman Paul Moriarty for DWI, will likely fall into the hands of a jury. (Caffrey/The South Jersey Times)

Morning News Digest: December 15th