Morning News Digest: Feb. 5, 2013

FBI  has not been in contact with Menendez, sources say

Agents from the FBI have had no contact with U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez to date despite reports that there is an active investigation that involves him, two sources close to the senator said tonight.

Darryl Isherwood-Politicker NJ

 

http://www.politickernj.com/62914/fbi-has-not-been-contact-menendez-sources-say

 

 

Cino jumps into LD 39 Assembly fray

Another candidate just entered the LD 39 fray.

Max Pizarro- PolitickerNJ.com

 

http://www.politickernj.com/62903/cino-jumps-ld-39-gop-assembly-fray

 

 

Republican Grossman mulls challenge of Christie

Atlantic County attorney Seth Grossman is mulling a gubernatorial primary run against Gov. Chris Christie and plans to decide as early as next week on his plans.

Max Pizarro- Politickernj.com

 

http://www.politickernj.com/62902/republican-grossman-mulls-challenge-christie

 

 

Report on Menendez: Alleged prostitute’s mother: ‘My daughter is a virgin’

Univision is reporting that a Dominican woman alleged to have had sex with U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) says she never met Menendez – and never even saw him on television.

Politicker Staff

http://www.politickernj.com/62887/report-alleged-prostitutes-mother-my-daughter-virgin

 

Latest from State Street Wire

 

 

Superior Court nominations filed

TRENTON – Today, Gov. Chris Christie filed the following nominations with the State Senate. The Governor’s nominations are subject to the advice and consent of the State Senate.

State Street Wire staff

 

http://www.politickernj.com/62911/superior-court-nominations-filed

 

 

Christie takes action on two bills

TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie announced Monday taking action on two bills pending approval.

Matthew Arco-State Street Wire

 

http://www.politickernj.com/62907/christie-takes-action-two-bills

 

 

Senate committee releases bill prohibiting credit card surcharges at retail stores

TRENTON – Retail merchants could be prohibited from imposing surcharges on credit card purchases.

Matthew Arco-State Street Wire

 

http://www.politickernj.com/62894/senate-committee-releases-bill-prohibiting-credit-card-surcharges-retail-stores

 

 

Senate Health Committee releases flu vaccination bill regarding health workers

 

TRENTON – The Senate Health Committee unanimously released bill S1464, which requires health care facilities to offer annual flu vaccinations to their workers, and keep track of those workers.

Minhaj Hassan – State Street Wire

 

http://www.politickernj.com/62893/senate-health-committee-released-flu-vaccination-bill-regarding-health-workers

 

 

Tax break, jobs bills advance in Budget Committee

TRENTON – The Senate Budget Committee advanced several tax break bills today, generally along party lines.

Bill Mooney- State Street Wire

 

http://www.politickernj.com/62891/tax-break-jobs-bills-advance-budget-comm

 

 

 

From the Back Room

 

Pascrell tapped for NFL Hall of Fame

No offense to state Sen. Jeff Van Drew (D-1), but it’s hard to visualize U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-9) sporting the Billy Idol-style cut Bill Parcells wore in his resurrection years.

PolitickerNJ Staff

 

http://www.politickernj.com/back_room/record-pascrell-tapped-nfl-hall-fame

 

 

 

Public not invited to see Gov. Christie’s holiday party guest list

TRENTON — Business leaders, lawmakers, friends and reporters descended on the governor’s mansion to eat and drink, share news and gossip, and rub elbows with one of the nation’s biggest political stars.

 

Jarrett Renshaw-The Star-Ledger

 

http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/02/public_not_invited_to_see_gov.html#incart_river_default

 

 

Port Authority admits lacking airport fire safety records in thousands of cases

Federal officials are pressing the Port Authority to create a stand-alone fire department separate from its police force, citing the agency’s failure to produce thousands of records proving its officers were certified to fight aircraft fires.

 

Steve Strunsky-The Star-Ledger

 

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2013/02/port_authority_admits_lacking.html#incart_river_default

 

 

Allegations linking Menendez to prostitutes are ‘absolutely false,’ he says

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — The day began with a young woman denying she was a prostitute and insisting she had never met U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez.

Salvador Rizzo-The Star-Ledger

 

http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/02/menendez_accused_doctor_fbi_pr.html#incart_river

 

 

Democrat urges NJ voters to approve long-term funding for open space preservation

TRENTON — A powerful Democrat is moving ahead with a plan to ask New Jersey voters this November to approve long-term funding for open space preservation, but there’s no consensus yet on how to pay for it.

The Associated Press

 

http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/02/open_space_funding_options_on.html#incart_river

 

 

Bill banning future jughandles released

TRENTON – Sen. James Holzapfel’s bill to prohibit jughandles from being constructed in the future was released by the Senate Transportation Committee.

Minhaj Hassan-State Street Wire

 

http://www.politickernj.com/62875/bill-banning-future-jughandles-released-transportation-committee

"Sit down and shut up!"
—Gov. Chris Christie, to a Hurricane Sandy heckler