Morning News Digest: Jan. 10, 2013

Buono goes after Christie on gun control issue

Democratic gubernatorial challenger state Sen. Barbara Buono (D-18) used New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State Address as a jumping off point to criticize Gov. Chris Christie for failing to talk about the issue of gun control in his own Statehouse oratory yesterday.

(Max Pizarro; PolitickerNj.com)

 

http://www.politickernj.com/62244/buono-goes-after-christie-gun-control-question

 

 

Christie on Time cover: A reflection of extraordinary work everyone in NJ is doing

BELMAR – Gov. Chris Christie today compared a cover photo of himself in Time Magazine to the likeness of Tony Soprano from the HBO television drama series “The Sopranos.”

(Matthew Arco; PolitickerNJ.com)

 

http://www.politickernj.com/62233/christie-time-cover-reflection-extraordinary-work-everyone-nj-doing

 

 

Armed guards at schools not best way to stem violence, Christie says

BELMAR – Gov. Chris Christie reiterated his stance Wednesday that armed guards at all New Jersey schools is not the best way to combat future gun violence in the wake of the Newtown, Conn. shooting.

(Matthew Arco; PolitickerNJ.com)

 

http://www.politickernj.com/62232/armed-guards-schools-not-best-way-stem-violence-christie-says

 

 

Christie: Sweeney apologized in email after Sandy gaffe Monday

BELMAR – Gov. Chris Christie gave reporters some insight Wednesday into the fist bump he gave the Senate president just before his annual State of the State address Tuesday.

(Mattew Arco; PolitickerNJ.com)

 

http://www.politickernj.com/62231/christie-sweeney-apologized-email-after-sandy-gaffe-monday

 

 

Christie brushes aside criticism of his State of the State

 

BELMAR – Gov. Chris Christie brushed aside criticism of his State of the State address Wednesday, a day after Democratic lawmakers said the governor’s annual address neglected many critical issues facing the state.

(Matthew Arco; PolitickerNJ.com)

 

http://www.politickernj.com/62230/christie-brushes-aside-criticism-his-state-state

 

 

High court dismisses ethics grievance filed by Democratic state senators from Essex

Responding to a state Senate-requested advisory committee investigation into state Sen. Kevin O’Toole (R-40) spearheaded by senators Dick Codey, Ron Rice and Nia Gill, the New Jersey Supreme Court today denied there is any evidence of judicial and attorney misconduct in Essex County.

(Max Pizarro; PolitickerNj.com)

 

http://www.politickernj.com/62228/high-court-dismissed-ethics-grievance-filed-democratic-state-senators-essex

 

 

 

Alexander on the campaign trail in LD 34

LD 34 state Senate candidate Mark Alexander was on the campaign trail this morning, canvassing the Montclair Train Station in his hometown.

(Max Pizarro; PolitickerNJ.com)

 

http://www.politickernj.com/62223/alexander-campaign-trail-ld-34

 

 

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State audit of Katzenbach School cites large, ‘inefficient’ campus use for dwindling student body

TRENTON – A state audit of a 130-year-old school for the deaf found a campus “too large and inefficient’’ in light of declining enrollment.

(State Street Wire staff)

 

http://www.politickernj.com/62240/state-audit-katzenbach-school-cites-large-inefficient-campus-use-dwindling-student-body

 

 

Cryan wants firearm purchasers to undergo mental health screening

TRENTON – Legislation introduced this week would require that people seeking to buy guns undergo mental health screening.

(State Street Wire Staff)

 

http://www.politickernj.com/62238/cryan-wants-firearms-purchasers-undergo-mental-health-screening

 

 

NJ finished fiscal year with $123M gap

TRENTON – New Jersey closed the 2012 fiscal year with a $123 million shortfall, forcing Gov. Chris Christie to tap into his rainy-day fund, which was already meager, to close the budget gap and raising fresh questions about how he plans to overcome the state’s current problems.

(Jarret Renshaw: The Star-Ledger)

 

http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/01/treasury_audit_nj_finished_fis.html#incart_river

 

 

Poll: Cory Booker well ahead of Lautenberg in possible match-up

 

U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg would have an uphill climb if he were to try and defend his seat against Newark Mayor Cory Booker, according to another poll pitting the two political giants against each other in a 2014 match-up.

 

(David Giambuso; The Star-Ledger)

 

 

 

Christie’s Time cover upsets New Jersey Italian American advocacy group

A New Jersey-based Italian-American advocacy group is upset with the portrayal of Gov. Chris Christie on Time magazine’s cover this week.

(Matt Friedman; The Star-Ledger)

 

http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/01/nj_italian-american_advocacy_g.html#incart_river

 

 

Chris Christie more popular with Democrats than Republicans nationally

TRENTON — Republican Gov. Chris Christie is more popular with Democrats nationally than with members of his own party, according to a poll released today.

(Matt Friedman; The Star-Ledger)

 

http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/01/chris_christie_more_popular_wi.html#incart_river

 

 

Audit shows state missed 2012 revenue projections by $288M

Governor Christie’s $31.7 billion budget projects more than 7 percent revenue growth. But a new audit shows tax collections fell short of his more modest predictions for last year, coming in at less than half of what he expects for this year.

(John Reitmeyer; The Record)

 

http://www.northjersey.com/news/186266492_Audit_shows_state__missed_2012_revenue_projections_by__288M.html

 

 

Flu reaches epidemic levels in NJ

Influenza is rampant across the nation, and New Jersey is smack in the middle of what local physicians are calling an epidemic.

(Barbara Williams; The Record)

 

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

"The governor still has to come to bat."
—Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson, on Atlantic City.