Morning Digest: Jan. 21, 2013

Christie spokesman denies administration confirmed governor’s attendance at gun rally

The administration of Gov. Chris Christie denied a report that the Governor plans to speak next month at a 2nd Amendment rally in Trenton. Isherwood, PolitickerNJ


LD 37 and a developing Democratic Party brawl

LD 37 Democrats are going a little meshuggah right now with the possibility of a convention fight. This involves Korean American politics going back to state Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg’s (D-37) vote against Gov. Chris Christie’s state Supreme Court nominee Phil Kwon, and it’s potentially ugly. PolitickerNJ

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U.S. governors taking trip labeled Alpine boondoggle

Last week, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed a bill in Columbus regulating puppy mills with Sammy, a diminutive bichon, perched on the desk watching him. Next week, Kasich will mingle with the likes of Bill Gates at a ski resort in Switzerland. Niquette, Bloomberg



Obama taking first steps toward shaping legacy

Presidential terms are measured by sweeping laws and stirring events, but legacies are about enduring ideas. The one Barack Obama has in mind will drive most everything he tries to do in the next four years: ensuring that America is a place where anyone can make it. Associated Press


Why is N.J. jobless rate above neighbors’?

* Contracting industries, little part-time work, seasonal tourism and public-sector cuts keep unemployment well above U.S. rate.

Why is New Jersey’s unemployment rate so much higher than the rates of other Northeast states, as well as the nation’s? Fletcher, Record


Will Codey run for governor?

TRENTON – The Booker Watch is so 2012. We’re now on the Codey Watch.

After Democratic Newark Mayor Cory Booker opted to pursue the U.S. Senate in 2014 instead of Republican Gov. Christie’s seat this November, many Democrats turned to a familiar name who already has “governor” on his resumé: State Sen. Richard Codey of Essex County. Katz, Inquirer


Sandy vote shows Christie influence has limit

Weeks before Hurricane Sandy paralyzed New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie traveled to Iowa to raise funds for Rep. Steve King, a controversial and conservative Republican seeking re-election. Portnoy, Star-Ledger


Among blacks, pride mixed with expectations for Obama

The Rev. Greggory L. Brown, a 59-year-old pastor of a small Lutheran church, committed himself to ministry and a life pursuing social justice on April 4, 1968 — the day the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was slain by an assassin’s bullet. Saulny, N.Y. Times


Hotel rental assistance slated to end for Sandy victims

EAST BRUNSWICK — Alexander Weiler is keeping his fingers crossed. He hopes he will be able to secure a more permanent place of live before the federal program, which pays for the hotel where he is temporarily staying, comes to an end. Loyer, Home News Tribune


Santorum says GOP ready to “do something’’ on immigration

Rick Santorum suggested on Sunday that Republicans are ready to tackle immigration reform.

“I think the Republicans are ready to do something on immigration,” he said on ABC’s This Week. Huffington Post


New teacher evaluation system to launch in 2014

If you have kids, then you need to hear this. A pilot program underway in several school districts around the state, could have a major impact on education. Allentoff, 101.5FM


Obama’s not-quite Camelot

President Barack Obama’s new license plates may read “District of Columbia” but his head, heart and body language shout “I’m not from around here.” Epstein/Thrush, Politico



Looking to Lincoln on this second inaugural

AMERICA is at war. Not the combat in Afghanistan. Or the attacks on U.S. personnel in hot spots across globe. The war is here. It is personal. It is anything but civil. Doblin, Record


Remembering King’s legacy of nonviolence

Today’s commemoration of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. coincides with President Barack Obama’s second inauguration, and this month also marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. The synchronicity of these three milestones in American history is rich with meaning for the president and the country. Star-Ledger