Morning News Digest: Feb. 6, 2013

Bronstein and Weaver takes Reed Award for work on 2012 Montclair race

Political consultant and campaign operative Henry de Koninck of Bronstein and Weaver, Inc. won a national Campaigns and Elections Reed Award Friday in the case study category. Staff



Ledger editor: ‘We stand by our story’

Star Ledger Editor Kevin Whitmer today stood by the paper’s reporting on contracts for debris removal in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.

Darryl Isherwood-


Eyewitness reporter turned polling director Carroll writes book on Oswold killing

On the day Kennedy was shot, New York Herald Tribune reporter Maurice “Mickey” Carroll boarded an American Airlines plane with his colleagues Jimmy Breslin and Bob Byrd and flew to Dallas in time for the police department press avail with Lee Harvey Oswald.

Max Pizarro –

 In Jersey City, Fulop team submits nearly 11,000 petitions

Team Fulop Campaign Manager John Thieroff today submitted candidates’ petitions with more than 10,700 signatures to the city clerk, according to a release from the Fulop Team. The signatures were gathered by more than 500 Team Fulop volunteers in less than two weeks.

Politicker Staff


Trunk-lookking at 3rd District run-resigns from comptroller’s office

Niki Trunk, the Comptroller’s employee who sources say is strongly considering a run for state Senate in the 3rd District, resigned from her job today.




From the Back Room


Who says bipartisanship is dead

In recent days reports have surfaced that Democratic Ridgewood Mayor Paul Aronsohn and Republican Bergen County Executive Kathe Donovan want to fire the same guy from two different jobs.




Latest from State Street Wire


National Flood Insurance claims resolution a ‘disgrace,’ Christie says

UNION BEACH – Gov. Chris Christie called the National Flood Insurance system Tuesday a disgrace when it comes to resolving claims.

Minhaj Hassan – State Street Wire



Audit finds questionable costs in foster care pacts

TRENTON – The N.J. Auditor issued a report Tuesday that found millions of dollars in questionable costs and inefficiencies in contracts for foster care services.

State Street Wire staff


Sandy recovery, not climate change,  on Gov. Chris Christie’s radar

Governor Christie said he has been so busy helping New Jersey recover from superstorm Sandy that he hasn’t had time to consider “the esoteric question” of whether climate change may have fueled the devastating storm.

John Reitmeyer and Michael Linhorst



NJ State Police trooper wants disciplinary charges dropped in beating of disabled man

TRENTON — A State Police trooper who was disciplined in connection with the beating of a mentally disabled man contends officials broke the law by waiting too long to punish him, and has filed a lawsuit seeking dismissal of the charges.

Christopher Baxter-The Star-Ledger


18 charged in 200M credit card fraud scam that created 7,000 new identities

NEWARK — Seven thousand fake identities created. Eighteen hundred phony mailing addresses used.

Jason Grant-The Star-Ledger


FEMA defends handling of Sandy flood claims

UNION BEACH — The Federal Emergency Management Agency is defending its handling of Superstorm Sandy-related flood insurance claims following sharp criticism by New Jersey’s governor.

Angela Delli Santi-Associated Press



Superstorm Sandy recovery fund seeking grant proposals

Non-profits and other groups with ideas for helping communities with the long-term recovery from superstorm Sandy can start applying for $5 million in grants from a fund established by two of the state’s largest foundations.

Harvy Lipman – The Record


 Christie’s weight worries former White House doctor

TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie’s appearance on David Letterman Monday night triggered yet another round of questions Tuesday about whether his weight makes him unfit for higher office.

Jenna Portnoy-The Star-Ledger



Report: NJ hospitals give local economies a shot in the arm

New Jersey hospitals provided more than $2 billion worth of free services to their communities in 2011, according to a new report from the New Jersey Hospitals Association.

Dan Goldberg-The Star-Ledger


 Study: Many NJ teachers wary of new evaluations

TRENTON — School administrators in New Jersey districts that tested a new ways to evaluate teachers are bullish on the changes, but teachers remain skeptical, according to a report from Rutgers University.

The Associated Press