Morning Digest: Jan. 11, 2013

Codey urges Christie to step up on gun control

State Sen. And former Gov. Dick Codey, who says he is mulling a gubernatorial run, today urged the governor to step up and make his voice heard on gun control. PolitickerNJ

http://www.politickernj.com/62263/codey-urges-christie-step-gun-control

 

Source: Talarico out of LD38 Senate run

Former Assemblyman/Bergen County GOP Chairman Guy Talarico won’t run for the state senate seat in the 38th Legislative District, a source told PolitickerNJ.com. PolitickerNJ

http://www.politickernj.com/62262/source-talarico-out-ld38-senate-consideration

 

Pascrell on governor: I’m not pursuing that position

PATERSON – It was the perfect setpiece for a gubernatorial announcement with the big fire truck pulled out of the bay and 100 attendant grim faced men in blue who looked like they would tear the heads off anyone who came between them and their equipment, and a podium with the resident white-haired congressman standing at attention to announce a new $7 million federal grant. PolitickerNJ

http://www.politickernj.com/62259/pascrell-governor-im-not-pursuing-position

 

 

Latest from State Street Wire

Senate to vote on public works bill Monday

TRENTON – The Senate will hold a one-bill voting session on Monday. State Street Wire

http://www.politickernj.com/62256/senate-vote-public-works-projects-bill-monday

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NRA gun control crusade reflects firearms industry financial ties

Throughout its 142-year history, the National Rifle Association has portrayed itself as an advocate for the individual gun owner’s Second Amendment rights. In turn, the NRA relied on those gun owners, especially its 4 million or so members, to pressure lawmakers into carrying out its anti-gun control agenda. Huffington Post

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/11/nra-gun-control-firearms-industry-ties_n_2434142.html

 

Tough path seen by Obama on assault weapons ban

WASHINGTON — While President Obama pledged to crack down on access to what he called “weapons of war” in the aftermath of last month’s schoolhouse massacre, the White House has calculated that a ban on military-style assault weapons will be exceedingly difficult to pass through Congress and is focusing on other measures it deems more politically achievable. N.Y. Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/11/us/politics/biden-to-meet-with-gun-advocates-including-nra.html?ref=us&_r=0

 

Molinelli’s future as Bergen prosecutor in limbo

Bergen County’s top law enforcement position will remain in the hands of Prosecutor John Molinelli — at least for the time being — as Governor Christie considers whether to keep him or nominate someone else for the five-year post. Record

http://www.northjersey.com/news/bergen/John_Molinellis_future_as_Bergen_prosecutor_in_limbo.html

 

Two Gloucester County employees sue over social media policy

Two employees of Gloucester County have filed a federal lawsuit against the county for adopting a social-media policy they say has a chilling effect on their First Amendment right to free speech. Inquirer

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/local/20130111_2_Glouco_employees_sue_county_over_social-media_policy.html

 

Lew for Geithner switch ends era of tight Fed-Treasury ties

Timothy Geithner’s replacement by Jack Lew as Treasury secretary will end a period of unusually strong ties between the department and the Federal Reserve. For the Fed, the result may be less insulation from critics, yet greater influence in financial market regulation. Bloomberg

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-01-10/lew-for-geithner-switch-closes-era-of-tight-fed-treasury-ties.html

 

State will offer gun buyback in Trenton

TRENTON — A state-sponsored gun buyback program that recently netted more than 1,000 firearms in Camden will be held in New Jersey’s capital city later this month, and plans are in the works for additional buyback events in other parts of New Jersey. Burlington County Times

http://www.phillyburbs.com/news/local/burlington_county_times_news/state-will-offer-gun-buyback-in-trenton-later-this-month/article_3213413e-7486-59e0-bd12-1fbe28ff4055.html

 

Booker wrote about homophobic past while at Stanford

Mayor Cory Booker, an outspoken advocate for gay and lesbian equality, was once far less tolerant of others, he conceded in college. NJ.Com

http://www.nj.com/essex/index.ssf/2013/01/cory_booker_stanford_gays_colu.html#incart_river_default

 

Pulaski Skyway to be southbound only during two years of repairs

Drivers will be facing a two-year Super Bowl-sized hangover after the big game in February 2014 when the state Department of Transportation closes part of the Pulaski Skyway for repairs. Jersey Journal

http://www.nj.com/jjournal-news/index.ssf/2013/01/pulaski_skyway_to_be_southboun.html

 

Sires bill on adoption heads to president’s desk

The first bill sponsored by Rep. Albio Sires that has gained approval from both houses of Congress is on its way to President Obama’s desk to be signed into law.  Hoboken Now

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2013/01/sires_bill_to_combat_fraud_in.html

 

Rate Counsel urges utilities to take cost/benefit approach on grid upgrades

With a hearing scheduled Monday on what improvements are needed to the power grid in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the director of the New Jersey Division of Rate Counsel is urging lawmakers to focus on the financial impact of any measures on customers as well as their effectiveness in minimizing outages. NJ Spotlight

http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/13/01/10/rate-counsel-urges-utilities-to-take-cost-benefit-approach-to-grid-upgrades/

 

Opinion

Commuters deserve tax break

Buried inside the last-minute deal to avert the “fiscal cliff,” Congress tucked an overdue gift for commuters: Restoring acommuter tax credit that offers financial relief for toll-weary travelers. Star-Ledger

http://blog.nj.com/njv_editorial_page/2013/01/commuters_deserve_a_tax_credit.html

 

Sweeney is Dems’ Rocky Balboa

STEPHEN Sweeney is Rocky Balboa, the Rocky of the first film, not the increasingly tired one of the endless sequels. In that first “Rocky” movie, Balboa, the underdog, goes against Apollo Creed in a title fight. Rocky loses the fight but wins everything.  Doblin, Record

http://www.northjersey.com/columnists/doblin/doblin_011113.html

 

 

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