Morning News Digest: December 24th


Essex County’s Ray Durkin, former Democratic Party Chairman from NJ: 1936-2014

A vibrant New Jersey political figure who inspired others around him, left behind a vital family led by a fellow proud politician, a local workhorse whose moves projected New Jersey onto the national political stage, former Democratic State Party Chairman Ray Durkin died tonight. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)



Chris Christie: The Biggest Loser

The biggest GOP loser following Jeb Bush’s decision to seriously explore a presidential campaign is New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. (Catanese/U.S. News and World Report)




Christie, Cuomo meet privately

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Amid heavy security, Governors Chris Christie and Andrew Cuomo held a private lunch meeting at Il Villaggio’s in Carlstadt today, multiple sources told CLIFFVIEW PILOT. (Cliffview Pilot)




Next Bergen Executive forming bipartisan team

Bergen County Executive-elect and Democratic Freeholder James Tedesco named his first two key appointees Tuesday, including a veteran Republican county employee to serve as his administrator. (Ensslin/The Bergen Record)




In live interview, Christie discusses possible presidential run

It was a less combative more contemplative Chris Christie than we’ve seen in recent months. The governor was interviewed last night by Steve Adubato on a program produced by Caucus Educational Corporation and carried live on NJTV. He tackled topics from sports betting to Bruce Springstein to Jeb Bush, reserving his criticism for President Obama. NJTV News Chief Political Correspondent Michael Aron discussed the conversation with Anchor Mary Alice Williams. (Aron/NJTV)




N.J. Supreme Court bans judges from speaking with jurors after verdict

TRENTON — Judges in New Jersey are barred from speaking with jurors after a verdict has been issued except in certain circumstances, the state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. (Johnson/NJ Advance Media at




N.J. gains almost 27,000 residents as Virginia closes population gap

WASHINGTON — New Jersey gained almost 27,000 residents in the last year, retaining its ranking as the 11th most populous state. (Salant/NJ Advance Media for




Late at night, Christie doing 2016 foreign policy homework as he considers run for president

NEWARK — It’s after 9 p.m. on a Sunday night in late November and Gov. Chris Christie is deep into a conference call talking about nuclear weapons and Iran. (Associated Press)

Morning News Digest: December 24th