Morning News Digest: December 8th

Jeb Bush

Bloomberg Poll: Clinton beats Christie 42-36%

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would beat Gov. Chris Christie in a 2016 presidential head-to-head, according to this morning’s Bloomberg Poll. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




Muoio confirms speculation, declares candidacy in LD15

TRENTON — Confirming weeks of speculation, Elizabeth Maher Muoio today announced her intention to run for the state Assembly in Central Jersey’s 15th legislative district, after a seat soon to be vacated by U.S. Rep.-elect Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-12). (Brush/PolitickerNJ)




Who’s most likely to end up as Republicans’ nominee in 2016 presidential race?

If there’s one thing you can say about the 2016 Republican presidential field, it is this: It is going to be huge. (Cillizza, Blake/The Washington Post)




Is Jeb Bush really prepared to lose in order to win?

Jeb Bush might or might not run for president in 2016. If he runs, he might or might not emerge as a winner. But his formulation for how to think about waging a successful presidential campaign suggests he already is ahead of some of his potential competitors — in both parties. (Balz/The Washington Post)




New calculations troubling for New Jersey pension system

New calculations show that the pension fund covering retirement benefits for most of New Jersey’s public employees is projected to go broke in a decade, not the 30 years officials had estimated just months ago. (Reitmeyer, Hayes/The Bergen Record)




Jackson: Pascrell, Garrett find a ‘no’ vote they agree on

Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. bucked his party last week and joined only 19 other Democrats in opposing the extension of dozens of expired tax breaks, including some he had said a day earlier were important to New Jersey residents. (Jackson/The Bergen Record)




Despite reports, residents still unclear on what caused George Washington Bridge traffic jams

FORT LEE, N.J. – Two investigative reports and millions of dollars later, the residents of Fort Lee, New Jersey, still don’t have a definitive answer for why their city was subjected to days of excruciating gridlock last year. (The Associated Press)




Rise in bear-human encounters in N.J. renews debate as hunt begins

As the annual bear hunt is set to begin today, state records show serious encounters between bears and people — including home break-ins and property damage — have skyrocketed this year, reversing what had been a steady downward trend that began four years ago. (Koloff, Park/The Bergen Record)




N.J. Senate committee to discuss ‘aid in dying’ bill today

TRENTON — A state Senate committee today is scheduled to discuss legislation giving terminally ill patients in New Jersey the right to obtain a prescription to end their lives. (Livio/NJ Advance Media for




Christie bridge scandal panel to discuss new report today

TRENTON — The argument between Republicans and Democrats over the new report by the state legislative committee investigating the George Washington Bridge scandal that has surrounded Gov. Chris Christie’s administration is expected to spill out into the open this morning at a public meeting. (Johnson/NJ advance Media for




Political Insider: License and registration please, uh-oh

West New York Commissioner Count Wiley’s campaign to unseat Mayor Felix Roque’s administration in the May town election took a hit when the opposition could least afford it. (Torres/The Jersey Journal)




Stile: Legislative panel’s findings may help Christie, at least for now

The same legislative panel that unearthed the emails that damaged Governor Christie’s reputation and threatened to derail a bid for the presidency now has produced a report that may help in his yearlong quest for rehabilitation. (Stile/The Bergen Record)


Morning News Digest: December 8th