Morning Digest: Jan. 23, 2013

Obama speech too polarizing, Christie says

Washington D.C. is too focused on “bickering and temporary Band-Aids that lead to the next fight,” and the buck stops with President Barack Obama, Gov. Chris Christie said Tuesday evening. PolitickerNJ

http://www.politickernj.com/62546/obama-speech-too-polarizing-christie-says

 

Cryan backs Buono for governor

Assemblyman Joe Cryan (D-20) tonight formally backed state Sen. Barbara Buono (D-18) for governor. PolitickerNJ

http://www.politickernj.com/62548/cryan-backs-buono-governor-womens-political-caucus-event

 

O’Toole law firm raises at least $19,000 for Christie

One of Gov. Chris Christie’s closest allies in the state legislature is also proving a dedicated fundraiser. PolitickerNJ

http://www.politickernj.com/62532/otoole-law-firm-raises-least-19k-christie

 

In LD34, Gill struggles on fundraising front

State Sen. Nia Gill (D-34) raised $9,530 in the last quarter ending January 15th, according to the Election Law Enforcement Commission. PolitickerNJ

http://www.politickernj.com/62522/ld-34-gill-struggles-fundraising-front

 

Christie raises $2.13M to Buono’s $214,000

Gov. Chris Christie raised $2,139,545 in December, according to the Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC), compared to $214,500 raised by challenger state Sen. Barbara Buono (D-18), Metuchen. PolitickerNJ

http://www.politickernj.com/62520/christie-raises-21-million-buonos-214k

 

Sweeney launching small-business tour

TRENTON  Senate President Steve Sweeney, a possible gubernatorial candidate, is launching a series of meetings with small businesspeople. PolitickerNJ

http://www.politickernj.com/62537/sweeney-launching-small-business-tour

 

From The Back Room

The PBA: That was then, this is now

Port Authority PBA President Paul Nunziato’s Statehouse rally rejection two years ago of Gov. Chris Christie’s public pension and benefits overhaul didn’t stop his organization today from warmly embracing Christie’s re-election. PolitickerNJ

http://www.politickernj.com/back_room/pba-was-then-now

 

This ain’t horseshoes

Earlier this month Democratic gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono touted her war chest of “nearly a quarter of a million dollars.” But recent ELEC reports filed by the campaign show the actual total was $214,500, a gap that has some Democrats grumbling that the only declared candidate has to shore up her messaging. PolitickerNJ

http://www.politickernj.com/back_room/aint-horseshoes

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Ramsey school board hears proposal on security cameras

The Board of Education heard a proposal Tuesday night to install more than 80 security cameras inside and outside Ramsey High School.

The board formed an ad hoc school security committee last March. The group turned its initial focus to the high school because it is an older building with 21 doors, and because of the age of the students, who are allowed to leave school for lunch. Record

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

 

Lautenberg: Booker entitled to run but no decision yet

WASHINGTON — Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who might face a 2014 primary challenge from Newark Mayor Cory Booker, said his fellow Democrat is “entitled” to run if he chooses to but suggested that he had to give a “spanking” to his potential rival for so openly coveting his seat. Inquirer

http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/capitolinq/Lautenberg-responds-Booker.html

 

Nebraska governor backs pipeline route

WASHINGTON — The governor of Nebraska on Tuesday approved a revised route through the state for the Keystone XL pipeline, setting up a decision for President Obama that pipeline opponents say will be a crucial test of his intentions on climate change. N.Y. Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/23/science/earth/keystone-pipeline-route-approved-by-nebraska-governor.html?ref=us

 

New York’s protection of defaulters stalls rebound

New Yorkers Paul and Angelica Kashman, declared in default on their mortgage in July 2010 and foreclosed on by Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC) in February 2011, say they aren’t deadbeats. Bloomberg

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-01-23/new-york-protecting-defaulters-stalls-rebound-mortgages.html

 

Feds join lawsuit challenging N.J. sports betting

President Barack Obama’s justice department will join arguments by sports leagues in court next month in a bid to knock down New Jersey’s sports betting law. Asbury Park Press

http://www.app.com/article/20130122/NJNEWS/301220119/Feds-join-lawsuit-challenging-New-Jersey-sports-betting

 

Bancroft school plan narrowly defeated

HADDONFIELD — A record number of voters turned out Tuesday night to turn down a controversial $12.5 million bond issue that would have allowed the school board to buy the private Bancroft school site next to the high school. Camden Courier-Post

http://www.courierpostonline.com/article/20130123/NEWS01/301230034/Bancroft-plan-narrowly-defeated?nclick_check=1

 

Conservative group doesn’t regret anti-Obama protest despite backlash

A Western Pennsylvania conservative group hung an American flag upside down on Monday in protest of President Barack Obama’s second inauguration, and despite backlash, they don’t regret it, WPXI Pittsburgh reported. Huffington Post

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/22/us-flag-protest_n_2527313.html?utm_hp_ref=politics

 

No joke, Biden makes 2016 moves

Joe Biden summoned more than 200 Democratic insiders to the vice presidential residence Sunday night to chat about the 2012 triumph – but many walked away convinced his rising 2016 ambitions were the real intent of the long, intimate night. Politico

http://www.politico.com/story/2013/01/no-joke-joe-biden-makes-2016-moves-86600.html?hp=t1_3

 

Lawrence in Mercer first to privatize 911 dispatching

With a 4-0 vote tonight, Lawrence became the first town in New Jersey to privatize its 911 police dispatching services, a move township officials said would save up to $1.1 million over five years and enhance public safety. NJ.Com

http://www.nj.com/mercer/index.ssf/2013/01/lawrence_becomes_first_in_nj_t.html#incart_river_default

 

Opinion

Feds should admit marijuana not as dangerous as heroin

Yesterday’s ruling by a federal appeals court means the government can keep marijuana on its list of the most dangerous, tightly controlled drugs, alongside heroin, Reuters reported. Star-Ledger

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

 

"I don't think what he's doing tonight, the method by which he's doing it helps to build a trustful relationship."
—Gov. Chris Christie reacting to President Barack Obama's speech on immigration reform.