Morning News Digest: Feb. 26, 2013

No invite to CPAC for Christie

Gov. Chris Christie’s star power and fundraising prowess are apparently not enough to get the governor an invite to this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference set for next month in Washington D.C..

Darryl Isherwood-PolitickerNJ.com

 

http://www.politickernj.com/63507/no-invite-cpac-christie

 

 

 

Christie and rosy revenue projections versus Democratic Party history

Democrats see plenty of opportunity to savage Gov. Chris Christie on what they anticipate will be gaps and eloquent attempts to paper over the disappointments in his forthcoming budget address tomorrow. But Republican allies of Christie’s are confident that given the history, Democrats will be unable to credibly gain traction in a gubernatorial election year budget battle.

Max Pizarro-PolitickerNJ.com

 

http://www.politickernj.com/63506/christie-and-rosy-revenue-projections-versus-democratic-party-history

 

 

Levesque joins MWW

MWW announced today that Rich Levesque has joined the firm as vice president in its Trenton office.

Max Pizarro-PolitickerNJ.com

http://www.politickernj.com/63505/levesque-joins-mww

 

Former Inverso chief of staff looking at LD 14 Assembly seat

Steve Cook, one-time chief of staff to former state Sen. Peter Inverso, said today he is interested in running for the state Assembly alongside his former boss.

Darryl Isherwood-PolitickerNJ.com

http://www.politickernj.com/63501/former-inverso-chief-staff-looking-ld-14-assembly-seat

Latest from State Street Wire

Dems plan Sandy hearings

TRENTON – The top state Democratic legislators plan to hold hearings next month into issues concerning Superstorm Sandy.

Bill Mooney-State Street Wire

http://www.politickernj.com/63504/dems-plan-sandy-hearings

 

Reviewing budget address 2012: Tax cut stalled; drug courts, education reform progressed

TRENTON – Higher-ed reform, check. Drug courts, check. Tax cut, not so fast.

When Gov. Chris Christie takes to the podium Tuesday afternoon to give the annual budget address, he will be able to take credit for following through on some of the goals he outlined in last year’s speech.

Minhaj Hassan-State Street Wire

http://www.politickernj.com/63499/reviewing-budget-address-2012-tax-cut-stalled-drug-courts-education-reform-progressed

 

Coalition pushes for expanded Medicaid

TRENTON –A coalition of religious, labor, and health organizations urged the Christie administration Monday to expand Medicaid in the state.

Bill Mooney- State Street Wire

 

http://www.politickernj.com/63492/coalition-pushes-expanded-medicaid

 

 

Gov. Christie to unveil budget plan for post-Sandy N.J.

TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie will release his new budget today in a Statehouse speech that is expected to tackle one of the biggest questions in New Jersey: where to find the money for a massive rebuilding effort in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

 

Salvador Rizzo and Susan K. Livio-The Star Ledger

 

http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/02/christie_to_unveil_budget_plan.html#incart_m-rpt-1

 

 

 

Jobless, cities could be first to feel budget pain

Jobless Americans who have been out of work for a long time and local governments that are paying off loans to fix roads and schools are in tough spots when it comes to the automatic federal budget cuts that are scheduled to kick in Friday.

Associated Press

 

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

 

NJ to launch mediation program for Hurricane Sandy insurance disputes

Policyholders at odds with their insurer over Hurricane Sandy-related claims soon will have a more cost-effective and efficient way to resolve their differences over coverage, the Christie administration announced today.

 

Ed Beeson – The Star Ledger

 

http://www.nj.com/business/index.ssf/2013/02/nj_to_launch_mediation_program.html#incart_m-rpt-1

 

 

Democrats to hold oversight hearings on AshBritt

 

TRENTON — Democrats who control the Senate and Assembly plan joint hearings on how the state responded to Hurricane Sandy, with a focus on why the state gave a contract to the Florida-based debris hauling firm AshBritt.

 

Matt Friedman – The Star Ledger

 

http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/02/dems_to_hold_oversight_hearing.html#incart_special-report

 

First Sandy grant safe, but officials fear crisis threatens rest promised to NJ

The first round of superstorm Sandy aid to New Jersey — $1.82 billion to pay for home rebuilding not covered by insurance, repairs to businesses, and a tourism campaign for the Shore — would not be affected by Washington’s automatic budget cuts, a spokesman for the Department of Housing and Urban Development said Monday.

 

Herb Jackson-The Record

 

http://www.northjersey.com/littleferry/Spending_cuts_could_cripple_Sandy_recovery_in_NJ_officials_say.html

 

 

NJ offers schools post-Sandy disaster grants

New Jersey school districts that were severely affected by superstorm Sandy can apply for a share of a $1.25 million federal grant for recovery, state officials announced Monday.

Leslie Brody-The Record

 

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

 

 

 

Opinion

 

Christie has a tough choice on Medicare

Governor Christie is being pushed hard to approve a dramatic expansion of Medicaid that could extend basic health care coverage to 300,000 low-income families in New Jersey for the next three years on the federal government’s tab.

Charles Stile- The Record

 

http://www.northjersey.com/news/health/Christie_has_a_tough_choice_on_Medicare.html

 

 

Editorial: Gov. Christie, we need blunt talk on N.J.’s budget

First a terrible storm hit our shoreline, and now it’s hitting our bottom line. In his budget address today, Gov. Chris Christie will respond to a culmination of crises: a state budget hole made worse by Hurricane Sandy, and this week’s deadline for massive federal spending cuts — known as the “sequester” — which would slash millions in funding to everything from our schools to vaccines and clean air.

The Star-Ledger

 

http://blog.nj.com/njv_editorial_page/2013/02/gov_christie_we_need_blunt_tal.html#incart_river_default

 

"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.