Morning News Digest: February 11th

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Pre-primary race scorecard: Christie losing to Bush on home turf?

The New York Observer, PolitickerNJ’s sister publication, has a piece out today further outlining some of the ways Gov. Chris Christie might be losing the pre-presidential primary fundraising/support race to party nemesis Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor and other moderate candidate mulling a bid for the 2016 nomination. Bush, according to the article, is moving quickly to secure backing from some of the region’s biggest bundlers and figures — including, apparently, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger — and has been filling his Right to Rise leadership PACs coffers with several GOP dinners held in his honor by various donors. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)

Pre-primary race scorecard: Christie losing to Bush on home turf | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

Seton Hall law professor examines Hoboken blogger trial

After Tuesday’s decision by a Hudson County Superior Court judge to dismiss a defamation case filed against two Hoboken-based bloggers, a Seton Hall law professor outlined for PolitickerNJ what it takes to make a defamation claim stick in New Jersey’s rough-and-tumble political atmosphere. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)

Seton Hall law professor examines Hoboken blogger trial | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

Hoboken blogger trial ends with dismissal

JERSEY CITY – The jury trial of two Hoboken-based bloggers accused of defamation ended on Tuesday after the presiding judge ruled in favor of a defense motion to dismiss the case, stating that the plaintiffs had failed to make a prima facie, or sufficient, case against the defendants.

“New Jersey has a particularly high regard for free speech,” said Hudson County Superior Court Judge Patrick J. Arre is his ruling, noting that the involvement of plaintiffs Lane Bajardi and his wife Kimberly Cardinal Bajardi in the “political factions” constantly fighting in Hoboken make them public figures, and therefore subject to a higher standard when it comes to defamation. “Political speech is subject to the highest possible public protection. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)

Hoboken blogger trial ends with dismissal | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

Christie to welcome Chinese Ambassador

Following the England disaster, a trip to China is probably ill-advised at this time.

Suffice to say it probably wouldn’t go over as well as the late President Richard Nixon’s did in 1972.

But Governor Chris Christie is scheduled tomorrow to meet with Ambassador Cui Tiankai, Chinese Ambassador to the United States in his office in Trenton.

Christie to welcome Chinese Ambassador | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

Jersey City Unemployment rate drops from 10.6 percent to 6.5 percent since 2013

U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics show Jersey City continues to outpace both the nation and the state in reducing the unemployment rate.

Jersey City Unemployment rate drops from 10.6 percent to 6.5 percent since 2013 | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

Reports: Revel deal in AC undone

A second deal to buy up Atlantic City’s newest — and most expensive– casino has fallen through, according to Philly.com. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)

Reports: Revel deal in AC undone | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

Law Makers Hope to Bury ‘Death Tax’ in New Jersey

TRENTON, N.J. — No state in the nation levies taxes when people die as aggressively as New Jersey.

Most states charge nothing. New Jersey is one of only two states with both an estate tax on the assets of the person who died and an inheritance tax charged to some people who are bequeathed money or assets. Moreover, of the states with an estate tax, New Jersey exempts the fewest from having to pay.

That could change. (Symons/Asbury Park Press)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/02/10/lawmakers-hope-to-bury-death-tax-in-nj/23194471/

 

 

PARCC Proficiency Test Is Good For Students, N.J. Education Chief Says

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Some New Jersey parents have come out so strongly against a new computer-based math and language arts test that they have refused to allow their children to take the exam – but state education officials have rushed to its defense.

As CBS2’s Christine Sloan reported Tuesday, the state’s largest teachers’ union is also against the exam — called the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers – PARCC for short.

But New Jersey state Education Commissioner David Hespe said the students will benefit from being challenged by the exams. (CBS News)

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2015/02/10/cbs2-exclusive-n-j-education-chief-says-controversial-exam-is-good-for-students/

 

 

Christie on prez prospects: ‘Listen, I’ve dealt with the legislature in New Jersey for five years’

During his 12th trip to Iowa yesterday, Gov. Chris Christie, prospective presidential candidate, endeavored to convince Republicans in the first-in-the-nation caucus battleground state that he’s up to the task of dealing with a dysfunctional congress.

And to prove it, he pointed to his relationship with his own legislature here in New Jersey.

As reported by the Des Moines Register: (Brush/PolitickerNJ)

Christie on prez prospects: ‘Listen, I’ve dealt with the legislature in New Jersey for five years’ | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

Hanlon poised for county clerk post in Monmouth

An attorney and Republican Party leader who three years ago narrowly missed becoming Monmouth County party chair then helped elect sitting Chairman Shaun Golden, attorney Christine Hanlon is Gov. Chris Christie’s nominee to replace retiring Clerk Claire French.

Hanlon poised for county clerk post in Monmouth | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

Morning News Digest: February 11th