Morning News Digest: December 4th


Weinberg: interim Bridgegate report to be presented tomorrow

State Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-37) confirmed that an interim report of the findings of the legislative Select Committee on Investigation regarding the Bridgegate scandal will be submitted tomorrow to committee members and released to the public on Monday. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)




Davis pleads guilty to accepting bribes

Paterson City Councilman Anthony Davis today admitted accepting bribes from a purported developer in exchange for his official help, New Jersey U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




In Princeton, Carter takes foreign policy swipe at Obama

Appearing at the Princeton University Chapel this afternoon to discuss his new book, “A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power,” former President Jimmy Carter did not pass up a chance to offer a criticism of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy chops. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




LD 20’s Quijano running for reelection to Assembly in 2015

ELIZABETH – State Assemblywoman Annette Quijano (D-20) confirmed that she would seek reelection in 2015. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)




Lesniak launches online petition drive for passage of immigration reform

ELIZABETH – State Sen. Ray Lesniak (D-20) seized upon U.S. President Barack Obama’s executive action on behalf of undocumented immigrants to launch an online petition drive meant to spur Congress into passing comprehensive immigration reform. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)




Booker wants feds to investigate Garner’s death after grand jury decision

U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) is calling for a federal investigation into the death of Eric Garner, the unarmed black man killed by a white police officer in Staten Island earlier this year, after a grand jury declined to indict the officer this afternoon. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)




Corchado joins 1868 Public Affairs as an associate

The Partners and Principals of 1868 Public Affairs today announced the hiring of the firm’s newest associate, former Newark Councilman Hector M. Corchado. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




Baraka on lack of indictment in Staten Island chokehold death: ‘At least give us the decency to have a trial’

NEWARK – Newark Mayor Ras Baraka publicly responded on the day when a Staten Island grand jury decided not to indict a white New York City police officer in the death of Eric Garner, an African-American man who died after being placed in a chokehold during a scuffle with police on Staten Island in July. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)




Christie pollster Geller says ‘people are over the Bridgegate scandal’

LAWRENCEVILLE- Adam Geller, CEO of the Republican Polling Firm National Research Inc. as well as Chris Christie’s pollster, Wednesday evening spoke to Rider University students and the Lawrenceville community about the past mid-term elections. (Swain/PolitickerNJ)




Kelly: rape allegations raise difficult questions for N.J. colleges

A dorm room. An accusation of gang rape. A young woman traumatized, and a group of male students facing criminal charges that could land them in prison. (Kelly/The Bergen Record)





Stile: supporting Keystone Xl pipeline is safe for Christie

Pressed by reporters for his position on immigration reform, Governor Christie offered this instead: No discussions of any contentious, national issue unless he becomes a candidate for president. (Stile/The Bergen Record)




Cher lashes out at Christie on pig gestation crates

Are pigs the key to becoming president in 2016? One day after Iowa Governor Terry Branstad offered gushing praise of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s veto of a bill that would have outlawed the use of pig gestation crates in the Garden State—further elevating Christie’s credibility among pig-farming Iowans—noted Hollywood celebrity Cher declared that the move could cost Christie the presidency. (Knowles/Bloomberg)




5 things Chris Christie must do to run for president

TRENTON – It’s the biggest guessing game in Trenton. Not to mention Washington, D.C. (Jordan/The Asbury Park Press)



Uproar over Gerry Adams arrest in Northern Ireland reveals fragility of peace

BELFAST, Northern Ireland — A week after his mother was dragged from his arms and murdered, 11-year-old Michael McConville was himself abducted and warned to keep quiet.
Forty-two years later, he says he’s never named the Irish Republican Army members who killed his mother because he fears doing so could leave his children without a father. (Witte/The Washington Post)

Morning News Digest: December 4th