Morning News Digest: November 6, 2012

The machinery of Election Day: Some key contests to watch

Neck and neck with Democrats nationally, heading into Election Day, New Jersey Republicans found themselves coping with a base issue.

It was just washed away by Hurricane Sandy last week, literally, or so it would appear, when you look at the fact that Republican high performing counties Monmouth and Ocean bore a vicious brunt of the storm.

That’s not to say Democrats won’t have similar challenges. Some of the state’s northern cities are still struggling with electrical connections. (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)

http://www.politickernj.com/60852/machinery-election-day-some-key-contests-watch

 

League of Munis cancels annual convention

The New Jersey State League of Municipalities has canceled its annual convention due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy as well as the storm predicted to hit the state later this week.

The League does not expect to reschedule the event. (PolitickerNJ Staff)

http://www.politickernj.com/60850/league-munis-cancels-annual-convention

 

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Bergen County Destination: X factors driving the outcome of critical freeholder contests

Bergen County sources in both parties agree the freeholder contests that will determine which party controls the board will mostly come down to factors outside of anyone’s county control.

It starts with Hurricane Sandy.

Bergen County is not the Jersey Shore but there are still pockets without power.

Operatives who made television advertisements and mailers have looked on helplessly these past few days as those carefully crafted final arguments went for naught. (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)

http://www.politickernj.com/60844/bergen-county-destination-x-factors-driving-outcome-critical-freeholder-contests

 

Christie: Hug from Springsteen made me weep

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie told reporters Monday that he had an unexpected — and moving — conversation earlier with his hero, Bruce Springsteen. 

He also got a hug from the rock legend on Friday, at a benefit concert for victims of Superstorm Sandy. He later cried, calling the moment a highlight in a tough week.  (Weiner, Washington Post)

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/election-2012/wp/2012/11/05/christie-hug-from-springsteen-made-me-weep/

 

N.J.’s emergency e-mail voting system could cause problems, experts say

New Jersey’s emergency move to allow e-mail voting has opened up security risks that could compromise the vote, election experts and computer science researchers said today.

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno has directed all county-level officials to accept e-mailed ballots until 8 p.m. Tuesday. She announced the move Saturday in response to widespread damages and flooding left over from Hurricane Sandy — which has left hundreds of polling locations unavailable statewide. (Rizzo, The Star Ledger)

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2012/11/njs_emergency_email_voting_sys.html#incart_maj-story-1

 

Battleground Tracking Poll: Dead heat

BOSTON—The presidential race is tied going into Election Day.

The final POLITICO/George Washington University Battleground Tracking Poll of 1,000 likely voters — conducted Sunday and Monday— shows Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama each claiming 47 percent nationally.

Our previous poll, conducted Monday through Thursday of last week, found the race tied at 48 percent. Although Romney and Obama have each led at times, the two candidates have stayed within the margin of error since the spring.

Independents break for Romney by 15 points, 47 percent to 32 percent. Across the 10 states identified by POLITICO as competitive, Obama leads 49 percent to 43 percent. (Hohmann, Politico)

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1112/83380.html?hp=l1

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Many N.J. residents scramble to vote early as Sandy disrupts Election Day 2012

Thousands of storm-weary voters flocked to county election offices Monday to cast their ballots, capping an unprecedented four-day stretch of early voting across New Jersey, where many remain without power and heat or are living miles from their homes. (Rizzo, The Star Ledger)

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2012/11/many_nj_residents_scramble_to.html#incart_river_default

 

An Election Day in New Jersey unlike any other

After an election year with billions spent on commercials and campaigns — and heated battles in many states over how much fraud control at polling places is appropriate — it comes down to this: Storm-ravaged New Jersey is rewriting the playbook on the fly to let as many people as possible have their votes counted today. (Campisi and Jackson, The Record)

http://www.northjersey.com/news/An_Election_Day_in_New_Jersey_unlike_any_others.html

 

Obama furthers recent bromance between Gov. Christie, Bruce Springsteen

Gov. Chris Christie wept tears of joy Friday night when his no-nonsense response to Hurricane Sandy earned him what decades of obsession had not: Bruce Springsteen’s friendship.

“We hugged. He told me, ‘It’s official. We’re friends.’” Christie said today during a news conference after visiting a shelter at Bolger Middle School. (Portnoy, The Star Ledger)

http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2012/11/obama_furthers_recent_bromance.html#incart_river

 

Chris Christie Denied Mitt Romney Request To Appear At Campaign Event Days Ahead Of 2012 Election

BOSTON — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who was effusive in his praise of President Barack Obama when the two leaders toured damage from Hurricane Sandy last week, turned down a request by Mitt Romney to appear with him at a rally on Sunday night in Pennsylvania, The Huffington Post has learned.

Christie’s decision will only add to questions among Republicans about what the governor — who is up for reelection a year from now — is thinking, and why he went out of his way to heap praise on the president, and then refused to appear with Romney. (Ward, Huffington Post)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/05/chris-christie-mitt-romney_n_2079371.html?utm_hp_ref=politics

 

Christie adviser denies report about Romney invitation 

An adviser to Chris Christie is flatly denying a report that the New Jersey governor turned down an offer from the Romney campaign to appear at a Sunday night campaign rally in Pennsylvania.

Asked if the Romney campaign extended the invitation, longtime Christie confidante Bill Palatucci answered with a simple “No.” (Hamby, CNN)

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/11/05/christie-adviser-denies-report-about-romney-invitation/

 

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Don’t let Sandy dampen New Jersey’s future! Join Eric LeGrand in voting “YES” on Public Question 1 – Building Our Future TODAY.  New Jersey’s leading newspapers agree with Eric. Buildling Our Future is endorsed by the Star Ledger, Bergen Record, Philadelphia Inquirer, Asbury Park Press, Press of Atlantic City, Gloucester County Times, Home News Tribune, Daily Record, and Herald News.

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County-by-county polling place changes across N.J.

Many counties as late as today were still determining if polling locations would be fully powered. The following locations were provided by county elections officials as of 2:30 p.m. today. Voters can text “WHERE” to 877877 for updated polling locations or visit elections.nj.gov. Voters can also call their county board of elections or the New Jersey League of Women voters at 1-800-792-VOTE. (Baxter, The Star Ledger)

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2012/11/polling_place_changes_across_n.html#incart_river

 

5 things to watch on election night

After 18 months of political combat, $2 billion in combined campaign spending and a skull-softening barrage of campaign ads that left toddler and reporter alike weeping for relief, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney await judgment from the only polls that matter.

The broad story lines of Election Day 2012 are well-known: Obama has the easier path to 270 electoral votes, but a tenuous grasp on a handful of must-win Midwestern swing states, with Ohio at the center. (Thrush, Politico)

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1112/83376.html?hp=t3_3

 

What to watch for as Ohio counts votes 

For all the expectations about a late and possibly nail-biting night Tuesday, one key question about the presidential election should be clear early in the evening: just how well President Obama performed among early voters in the swing state of Ohio.

Polls in the Buckeye State will close at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, and the Ohio secretary of state’s office said counties are prepared to quickly post tallies from absentee and in-person early voting. A spokesman said those numbers should be available as early as 7:45 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Helderman, Washington Post)

 http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/decision2012/ohio-early-voter-results-should-be-available-early-tuesday-night/2012/11/05/6ff4c72a-2771-11e2-b4f2-8320a9f00869_story.html?hpid=z1

 

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High court COAH arguments rescheduled

TRENTON – Final arguments before the state’s high court regarding affordable housing funds have been postponed a week, the New Jersey Supreme Court announced Monday.

http://www.politickernj.com/60840/high-court-coah-arguments-rescheduled

 

Opinion

Stile: Sandy damage tour shows Governor Christie at his best

Alice Cimillo hooked her hands around Governor Christie’s wrists, unwilling to let go until she had her say.

Christie was moments away from finishing a walking tour of flood-ravaged Moonachie, yet the weary woman in an oversized Yankees dugout jacket froze him in his tracks. Cimillo’s voice was weak and pained as she recounted the horror of how Hurricane Sandy’s tidal surge swamped her home. (Stile, The Record)

http://www.northjersey.com/news/Stile_Sandy_damage_tour_shows_Governor_Christie_at_his_best.html

 

Editorial: The candidate who gets the most votes should win

Schoolchildren are taught that the essence of democracy is its embrace of majority rule, and are assured they live in a nation where power follows this core principle.

Then we have presidential elections, in which the guy who gets the most votes can lose. That happened to Al Gore in 2000, for the third time in U.S. history. And it could well happen tomorrow to Mitt Romney, who lags in the swing states. (Editorial, Star Ledger)

http://blog.nj.com/njv_editorial_page/2012/11/editorial_the_candidate_who_ge.html 

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Don’t let Sandy dampen New Jersey’s future! Join Eric LeGrand in voting “YES” on Public Question 1 – Building Our Future TODAY.  New Jersey’s leading newspapers agree with Eric. Buildling Our Future is endorsed by the Star Ledger, Bergen Record, Philadelphia Inquirer, Asbury Park Press, Press of Atlantic City, Gloucester County Times, Home News Tribune, Daily Record, and Herald News.

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"I’m an undertaker by trade, so when I bury somebody, they don’t come back."
—Bergen County Democratic Chairman Lou Stellato