Morning News Digest: December 5th


Schar Report: Committee cannot conclude what Christie knew about GWB lane closures

Prepared and submitted to the NJ Legislative Committee yesterday by attorney Reid J. Schar from Jenner and Block, a report regarding the George Washington Bridge lane closures asserts that the committee is not currently in a position to conclude what Governor Chris Christie “himself knew about the lane closures or when and how his knowledge of these events developed.” (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




Caputo v. Brown: Two pols debate the future of gaming in NJ

TRENTON — Following Mayor Don Guardian’s no-show this morning, a hearing of the legislature’s Assembly Tourism and Gaming Committee featured a sparring match between two vocal lawmakers in the debate over the future of gaming in the Garden State, when committee Chairman Ralph Caputo (D-28) and Assemblyman Chris Brown (R-3) struck up opposing arguments for whether casinos should be allowed in North Jersey. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)




Guardian skips on Assembly Tourism and Gaming Committee

Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian bailed on a hearing with the Assembly Gaming, Tourism and the Arts committee this morning, where he was supposed to give testimony on the embattled seaside pleasure town’s plummeting gaming industry. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)




Newark protest decries lack of indictment in Eric Garner case

NEWARK – Last week, more than 200 protesters chanted “Hands up, don’t shoot!” in Newark as they demonstrated against a grand jury’s decision to not indict a white police officer in the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old African-American man in Ferguson, Missouri in August. On Thursday, a similarly-sized group in the same place had a new chant: “I can’t breathe,” which were among the last words spoken by Eric Garner, an African-American man who died after being placed in a chokehold by a white police officer during a scuffle on Staten Island in July. Another grand jury failed to indict that police officer on Wednesday, leading to a wave of protests around the nation. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)




Tedesco outspent Donovan 2-1 in Bergen County Executive race, final tally shows

Democrat James Tedesco outspent Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan, a Republican, by more than 2 to 1 in his successful campaign to unseat her, according to a final campaign finance report released this week. (Ensslin/The Bergen Record)




Bill to add Hinchliffe Stadium to Paterson National Park passes House

The House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a military spending bill Thursday that included a section adding Paterson’s Hinchliffe Stadium to Great Falls National Historical Park. (Jackson/The Bergen Record)




In Canada, Chris Christie says Keystone Pipeline delay ‘no way to treat a friend’

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, on a visit to Canada, said Thursday the federal government’s delay in approving the Keystone XL pipeline is “no way to treat a friend.” (Walshe/ABC News)




MacArthur biggest spender in N.J. House races, Booker’s senate campaign topped $6 million

WASHINGTON — The race to succeed retiring U.S. Rep. Jon Runyan was the most expensive U.S. House contest in New Jersey, new Federal Election Commission reports show, as victor Tom MacArthur and challenger Aimee Belgard spent more than $7 million between them. (Salant/NJ Advance Media for




‘Canadian Christie:’ less feisty, more polite

CALGARY — Combative Christie was nowhere to be found. In his place, was Canadian Christie, the governor who is exceedingly polite, gracious to a fault, and much like Canada, a little bit dull. (Brodesser-Akner/NJ Advance Media for Morning News Digest: December 5th