Morning News Digest: April 14th

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Rutgers Poll: 69% of NJ voters say Christie would not be a good president

As Gov. Chris Christie prepares to host town hall events in New Hampshire, scene of the first 2016 presidential primary, an increasing number of New Jersey registered voters think Christie would not make a good president, according to this morning’s Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. Just 24 percent think Christie would be a good president, while 69 percent say he would not, a 10-point increase in negativity since a February poll. (PolitickerNJ)

Rutgers Poll: 69% of NJ voters say Christie would not be a good president | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

Gerald Calabrese: New Jersey’s longest serving mayor has died

A former NBA basketball player who towered over the Bergen County politics landscape, legendary Cliffside Park Mayor Gerald Calabrese has died.

He was 90. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)

Gerald Calabrese: New Jersey’s longest serving mayor has died | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

Republican Marco Rubio launches his 2016 Presidential bid in Miami

Clawing to become vital in a national conversation, fashioned for statewide prominence by establishment scion Jeb Bush and buffed by the Tea Party in the fires of 2010, Texas Senator Marco Rubio this evening kicked off his Republican campaign for president in Miami.

“I live in an exceptional country where even the son of a bartender and a maid can have the same dreams… as those who come from power and privilege,” Rubio told a raucous crowd. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)

Republican Marco Rubio launches his 2016 Presidential bid in Miami | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

Perspective: For Newark native Joe Hayden, arc of history is long, but justice-bound

NEWARK – The drive from Selma to the airport scared Joe Hayden, because it was the only time down south when he was alone in that car with out-of-state plates amid reports of segregationists lying in wait for local troublemakers and northern do-gooders.

Volunteering to pick up a fellow marcher as the followers of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. mobilized for Montgomery seemed like the best way to pitch in and help, but out on a lonely Alabama road far from home had him looking for that roadblock up ahead and the inevitable encounter with newly deputized bar stool bad guys. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)

Perspective: For Newark native Joe Hayden, arc of history is long, but justice-bound | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

Murphy, focused on 2017 N.J. governor’s race and not on U.S. Senate bid, focuses on economic innovation at Newark forum

NEWARK – In a room with views of the downtown Newark skyline, former U.S. Ambassador to Germany and potential 2017 Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy offered the room a view of a better economic future for New Jersey based on economic innovation and urban renewal. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)

Murphy, focused on 2017 N.J. governor’s race and not on U.S. Senate bid, focuses on economic innovation at Newark forum | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

 

 

New Jersey’s Chris Christie has a lot to prove in New Hampshire visit

NEWARK, N.J. — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has a difficult mission in his first extended visit to New Hampshire: to convince activists and voters that he can win the Republican presidential nomination in a crowded primary where he appears to have been outmaneuvered by likely rivals before the race has technically begun.

The trip starting Tuesday will serve as the first real test of how Christie’s famously brash style will play with voters in a state that’s seen as crucial to the governor. And it comes as the race has entered a new stage. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio launched his campaign Monday, joining Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky as declared candidates, and putting more pressure on the rest of the field to declare. (Colvin/Associated Press)

http://www.startribune.com/politics/national/299657171.html

 

 

Christie Urges Benefit Cuts as New Jersey Retiree Rush Strains Pension

Chris Christie is promoting his tell-it-like-it-is style of governing with town-hall meetings in New Hampshire before a possible White House run. Back home, attendees of such forums haven’t heard the whole story of the pension mess throwing New Jersey’s budget into disarray.

What’s missing from the Republican’s weekly narrative, during which he blames Democrats and public unions for the employee costs crowding out other spending, is that he shares the culpability. Record retirements in response to his first-term benefit reductions contributed to the state’s $83 billion pension-funding shortfall; Another wave of departures looms as Christie seeks a second round of cutbacks. (Young/Bloomberg)

http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-04-14/christie-urges-benefit-cuts-as-n-j-retiree-rush-strains-pension

 

 

Construction up in New Jersey

According to the State Department of Labor and Workforce Development, there has been a spike of 10,000 construction jobs in 2014 and an increase of 7,900 during January and February of this year.

One housing and economics expert said there are five main factors driving the construction increase. (Waldron/NJ101.5)

Construction up in New Jersey

 

 

Police protestors begin long march to D.C., will hold N.J. rallies

PERTH AMBOY — A group calling for the end of racial profiling and the “demilitarizing of police” will make two stops in New Jersey during its march to Washington D.C to from New York City.

The Gathering for Justice is scheduled to hold a rally at Willing Heart Community Care Center in Newark at 7 p.m. tonight and a community rally in Trenton on Tuesday, NewsOne.com said.  (Goldman/NJ.com)

http://www.nj.com/middlesex/index.ssf/2015/04/police_protesters_begin_long_march_to_dc_will_hold_nj_rallies.html

 

 

CRDA website hacking under investigation

ATLANTIC CITY — A New Jersey redevelopment agency said Monday no confidential information was compromised in a cyber attack that splashed pro-terrorism messages on its website over the weekend.

Law enforcement agencies are investigating the security breach at the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority to find out how it happened and who was responsible. (Wittkowski/Press of Atlantic City)

http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/crda-website-hacking-under-investigation/article_1dba97de-e117-11e4-a956-43a6e4e0ee96.html

 

 

Appeals court upholds N.J. ban on ‘gay conversion therapy’

A federal appeals court on Monday upheld a New Jersey law that bans “gay conversion therapy,” ruling that state officials are allowed to ban treatments that put minors at risk.

The 3rd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals dismissed a lawsuit brought by a 15-year-old – called “John Doe” in court papers – who began therapy sessions in 2011 and wished to continue after Governor Christie signed a law prohibiting the treatment in 2013. (Rizzo/The Record)

http://www.northjersey.com/news/appeals-court-upholds-n-j-ban-on-gay-conversion-therapy-1.1308015

 

 

Menendez returns to Senate routine after indictment

Several Democratic senators and one emphatic Republican rallied to Sen. Bob Menendez’s defense Monday as he returned to Congress for the first time since his indictment on charges including conspiracy and bribery.

“I worry that he’s been indicted on the crime of opposing the president on Iran,” said Sen. Mark Kirk, an Illinois Republican who is cosponsoring a bill with Menendez to impose tougher sanctions on Iran that President Obama has said he would veto. (Jackson/The Record)

http://www.northjersey.com/news/menendez-returns-to-senate-routine-after-indictment-1.1308085

 

 

Cracking Down on Fraudulent Ambulance Charges

It’s a multi-billion dollar business — transporting dialysis patients to treatment. A government audit found a big chunk of that bill is fraud — of patients being transported who lack the medical necessity for going on a stretcher in an ambulance three times a week.

“There was some fraud going on there that they probably should not have been committing,” said John Bush.

Bush owns On Time Ambulance in Roselle. He’s seen a lot of his competitors, 10 of them, disappear from the market since December. (Hill/NJTV)

http://www.njtvonline.org/news/video/cracking-down-on-fraudulent-ambulance-charges/

 

 

Long Backups By NJ Ports Snarl Traffic

Even for exasperated haulers accustomed to crawling in line — waiting for hours to pick up cargo at New Jersey ports — last Thursday/Friday’s marathon at Global Marine Terminal in Bayonne approached apocalyptic proportions. Trucks clogged highways, traffic backed up onto the Turnpike.

When asked how many miles traffic was backed up, Seaport driver Wayne Allen said, “Oh I’d say maybe four or five.” (Flanagan/NJTV)

http://www.njtvonline.org/news/video/long-backups-by-nj-ports-snarl-traffic/

 

 

Clinton campaign taps Sciaino to serve as New Jersey Finance Director

A former staffer for U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) has stepped in to manage finances for Hillary Clinton’s newly-launched presidential campaign. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)

Clinton campaign taps Sciaino to serve as New Jersey Finance Director | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

Morning News Digest: April 14th