Morning News Digest: December 16th


Obama at Joint Base McGuire: ‘We stand united’

MCGUIRE AFB — President Barack Obama stood in front of a sea of U.S. troops here today and heralded the end of the war in  Afghanistan, commended America’s military for “leading the fight against terrorist groups” in places like Syria and Iraq, and announced his support of a new $1.1 trillion spending bill, passed by Congress last week. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)




Paid sick leave bill advances out of budget committee

The Assembly Budget Committee this morning passed a paid sick leave bill 6-4 with one abstention. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




Colleagues from both parties embrace Senator Cruz-Perez

The state Senate this afternoon warmly welcomed state Senator Nilsa Cruz-Perez (D-5) to the chamber after she assumed the oath of office. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




MacArthur ‘glad’ to have Obama in CD3

MCGUIRE AFB — Speaking to members of the press ahead of a visit by President Barack Obama here at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, U.S. Rep.-elect Tom MacArthur (R-3) said he wants to make it his “number one priority” as South Jersey’s third congressional district representative to maintain the bases’ role in “vital missions” overseas. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)




Mazzeo’s Atlantic City rescue bill emerges from Appropriations

Alert to the 2015 general election in LD2 as Atlantic City staggers into another year amid debates on what to do about the embattled seaside gaming destination, Democrats today continued to position Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo (D-2) as a busy, concerned lawmaker. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ




Christie responds to backlash

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie defended his longtime love for the Dallas Cowboys on Monday after his cheering for the team sparked a social media firestorm. (ESPN)




Edgewater mayor resigns abruptly

EDGEWATER — Mayor James Delaney abruptly resigned from office Monday afternoon, hours before a scheduled council meeting, without offering an explanation. (Tat/The Bergen Record)




Stile: Hillary Clinton’s New Jersey backers mobilize fundraising efforts

As the New Jersey political establishment awaits word from Republican Governor Christie on a possible run for president in 2016, Garden State Democrats have launched an early and aggressive effort to raise as much as $5 million to $10 million for what they hope will become a Hillary Clinton campaign. (Stile/The Bergen Record)




Obama says US ‘hammering ISIS in speech to troops

Fort Dix, New Jersey (CNN) — President Barack Obama offered a bullish assessment of his war on Islamic terrorists in Syria and Iraq on Monday, even as he acknowledged small gains by ISIS would mean the U.S. engagement there will be prolonged. (Liptak)




Aron discusses busy day in Trenton

Colleges and universities that fail to investigate allegations of sexual assault on campus could be fined. The New Jersey State Assembly approved that measure and sent it on to the Senate. And an Assembly committee unanimously endorsed a plan to change how Rutger’s University is governed. NJTV News Chief Political Correspondent Michael Aron spoke about the happenings in Trenton with Anchor Mary Alice Williams. (Aron/NJTV)




Port Authority spent $200M in overtime in 9 months

The Port Authority spent nearly $200 million in the first nine months of this year just on overtime. (Duffy/NJTV)



The History of Drumthwacket

Nestled in Mercer County is New Jersey’s White House — Drumthwacket, the governor’s official residence. (Wanko/NJTV)

Morning News Digest: December 16th