Morning News Digest: July 7th


CD1 challenger to Norcross backing Bernie Sanders for prez

Alex Law of Collingswood, who’s challenging incumbent U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross (D-1) in the 2016 Democratic Primary, backs progressive Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) for president, he told PolitickerNJ. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)



State board should reject Cerf’s superintendent contract for Newark

The immediate return of the Newark Public Schools district to local control must continue to be the priority of the State Board of Education members, and of residents, elected officials, parents, students and workers in Newark. (Rice/for PolitickerNJ)



Jersey City Councilman says Fulop shouldn’t run for governor

On his second anniversary as mayor last week, Steve Fulop split the day between the city he governs and the city many people think he may end up in two years: Trenton. (McDonald/The Jersey Journal)



Jackson: Watchdogs say candidates ‘testing the waters’ bend fundraising rules

Later this month, Governor Christie is expected to reveal how much he raised and spent traveling to states such as Iowa and New Hampshire this year laying the groundwork for the presidential campaign he has now officially launched. (Jackson/The Bergen Record)



Christie, critics divided over his absence

New Jersey got a preview last year of what happens when its leader is out of town on an extended leave as Governor Christie spent a third of the year outside the state rallying for candidates and raising record sums for the Republican Governors Association. (Racioppi/The Bergen Record)



Kelly: Bittersweet journey to rebuild continues after Sandy

ORTLEY BEACH — Independence Day came early for Bill Mullen in this low-lying Jersey Shore community, but not with the usual fireworks, hot dogs or flags. (Kelly/The Bergen Record)


Bernie Sanders draws more than 7,500 people in Portland, Maine— Addressing yet another really big crowd — this one in Portland, Maine, estimated at more than 7,500 people — Sen. Bernie Sanders offered his own answer Monday as to why he’s become such a draw on the presidential campaign trail. “The answer, I think, is pretty obvious,” the independent senator from Vermont told his overflow audience. “From Maine to California … the American people understand that establishment politics and establishment economics are not working for the middle class.” By John Wagner



Cruz once clerked for a chief justice, but he’s no longer a friend of the court– Sen. Ted Cruz spent his years at Harvard Law School working to secure a Supreme Court clerkship and then made his name as a lawyer by arguing in front of the body nine times. But now, as a presidential candidate seeking support from the right wing of his party, Cruz (R-Tex.) has made excoriating the high court a central part of his campaign. The attacks were prompted by the landmark opinions from the high court in late June that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide and upheld key provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Calling it “some of the darkest 24 hours in our nation’s history,” Cruz has repeatedly characterized the rulings as political decisions that imperil the Constitution and has accused justices of violating their oaths and federal law. He has called for a constitutional amendment requiring members of the Supreme Court to undergo judicial retention elections and has suggested that only the people directly involved in the gay-marriage case are bound by the justices’ ruling. By Katie Zezima Morning News Digest: July 7th