Morning News Digest: December 9th


SCI publicly releases its interim report on Bridgegate

TRENTON — After a heated debate between Republican and  Democratic committee members, the Select Committee on Investigation — the joint legislative committee tasked with probing the scandal surrounding last year’s George Washington Bridge Lane closings — opted to publicly release its latest interim report today. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)




O’Toole flips on Wisniewski at SCI hearing: ‘This is America’

TRENTON — During a hearing of the Select Committee on Investigation this morning, state Sen. Kevin O’Toole went off on the committee co-chair, Assemblyman John Wisniewski, for attempting to “censor” his comments on the legislative body’s ongoing investigation in the George Washington Bridge 2013 lane closures. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)



‘Political theater:’ Dem leaders defend SCI’s interim report

TRENTON — Democratic leaders defended the work of the Select Committee on Investigation today following a heated hearing where the joint legislative body opted to publicly release its interim report. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)




Sources: State Director Brubaker leaves Menendez

Sources close to U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) say State Director Paul Brubaker no longer works for the U.S. Senator. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




NJ bear hunt shotguns emotions into hunters, protesters alike

FREDON – Will Jiroux Sr. has a taste for hunting. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)




Chris Christie’s texts to aide at issue in GWB scandal

TRENTON – Democrats leading a legislative inquiry say 12 now-deleted text messages between Gov. Chris Christie and a top aide may contradict the Republican governor’s claim he was in the dark on the George Washington Bridge scandal and its aftermath. (Jordan/Asbury Park Press)




New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to attend conservative Iowa Freedom Summit next month

DES MOINES, Iowa — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will attend a conservative summit in Iowa next month, a spokesman for a group sponsoring the event said. (Lucey/Associated Press)




North Jersey transportation agency targets efforts to rebuild Bergen, Essex drawbridge

The authority voted Monday to add the Kingsland Avenue Bridge, which connects Lyndhurst and Nutley, on its priority list. It also recommended using $750,000 to fund a study to determine how to rebuild the bridge, which is used by more than 40,000 vehicles daily. (Hayes/The Bergen Record)




Democrats block Keystone pipeline, but GOP vows new fight when it takes over

Senate Democrats blocked a move Tuesday to compel construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, dealing a sharp loss to one of their own, Sen. Mary Landrieu (La.), who had pinned her chances for reelection on approval of the measure. (Kane, Eilperin/The Washington Post)




Atlantic City would get more state financial help under bills approved by N.J. Senate panel

TRENTON — A state Senate panel today acted on five bills aimed at helping financially ailing Atlantic City, which has seen four of its 12 casinos close in recent months. (Friedman/NJ Advance Media for





Chris Christie and Bridgegate: how a cover-up became a comeback

Yesterday Republicans and Democrats wrangled before TV cameras in Trenton about just who did what to whom in the Bridgegate scandal. (Mulshine/The Star-Ledger)




Is NJ among the most corrupt states? Political reporters think so

New Jersey ranks among the most corrupt states in the nation, according to a new study, which surveyed political reporters for their view on the subject. (O’Neill/NJ Advance Media for

Morning News Digest: December 9th