Morning Digest: Jan. 22, 2013

Obama sworn in to second term

Chief Justice John Roberts swore Barack Obama in to a second term on the National Mall this morning.

“Freedom is not reserved for the lucky and happiness for the few,” said the President. “The commitments we make to each other do not make us a generation of takers, they free us to take the risks that make our country great.” PolitickerNJ


From The Back Room

Christie to get Port Authority police backing

Gov. Chris Christie will receive an endorsement by the Port Authority police union, according to Christie political strategist Mike DuHaime. PolitickerNJ


From State Street Wire

Project labor agreement bill before Assembly committee

TRENTON – A project labor agreement bill that has been something of a campaign-season debate topic will be before the Assembly Budget Committee on Thursday. State Street Wire

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NAACP leader: Inequality persists

On the day the first black president was inaugurated to his second term, the president of the state NAACP said many inequalities remain, and the causes range from public officials to the African-American community itself. Asbury Park Press


How Obama’s second term goals affect N.J.

President Obama seized the rhetoric of the Constitution to call for national unity in his second inaugural address, frequently invoking the preamble’s opening phrase of “we the people” as he denounced gridlock in Congress and laid out lofty goals on federal issues that loom large in New Jersey. Record


Haddonfield mayor won’t run again

After 28 years in office, Letitia “Tish” Colombi, the only woman ever elected to the Haddonfield Board of Commissioners and the only female mayor in the borough’s history, has decided not to run again. Her term expires in May. Inquirer


House to vote on raising debt ceiling

WASHINGTON — Republican officials say the House will vote Wednesday on an increase in the nation’s debt limit, a move designed to prevent a first-ever government default. Associated Press


Powell blasts GOP over birther ‘nonsense’

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell continued to offer harsh but constructive criticism to his own party on Monday, advising Republicans to loudly reject “birther nonsense” and develop new policies to improve their outreach to the nation’s shifting demographics. Huffington Post


Obama channels Eisenhower with anemic growth spending plan

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell says it’s time for the president to “get serious about spending.” The budget numbers suggest Barack Obama already has, with beneficial effects on the deficit. Bloomberg


Speech gives climate goals center stage

WASHINGTON — President Obama made addressing climate change the most prominent policy vow of his second Inaugural Address, setting in motion what Democrats say will be a deliberately paced but aggressive campaign built around the use of his executive powers to sidestep Congressional opposition. N.Y. Times


N.J. lawmakers commend Obama for courageous address

An energized President Barack Obama launched his second term today by challenging Americans to unite behind an ambitious agenda championing social equality and a prosperous middle class. NJ.Com


GOP: Fighting words from Obama

Republicans had some sincerely nice things to say about President Barack Obama’s second inaugural address.

It was delivered flawlessly. The president mentioned God and the republic. You certainly can’t top Beyoncé’s rendition of the national anthem as the coda to the ceremony. Politico




For second inaugural, Obama comes out swinging

If you had hoped President Obama would use his second inaugural address to reach across the aisle, to signal a new era of bipartisanship, this wasn’t that speech. Obama built no bridges, mended no fences. Star-Ledger