Morning News Digest: Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Corzine upbeat about New Jersey troops’ work in Iraq, as he faces economic meltdown back home

Gov. Jon Corzine took an unannounced trip to Iraq to thank New Jersey troops for their service to the country. (Trish G. Graber, The Express-Times)

Gov. Jon Corzine: Economy on minds of Garden State troops in Iraq

New Jersey troops stationed in Iraq are worried about the economy back home, according to Gov. Jon Corzine. He recently visited with Garden State soldiers overseas. (Express-Times staff)

Corzine panel OKs report on ways to integrate immigrants

NEW BRUNSWICK – The Governor’s Blue Ribbon Advisory Panel on Immigrant Policy signed off on its final report Tuesday afternoon after a 2-hour closed-door meeting. (DEREK HARPER, Press of Atlantic City)

Christie appearances in Bergen County fuel speculation

Former U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie made his second Bergen County appearance in as many days Tuesday, adding to speculation that he is preparing to announce a bid for governor, according to a report in the Record. (Star-Ledger Continuous News Desk)

Lonegan applies for N.J. matching funds

New Jersey Republican gubernatorial candidate Steve Lonegan became the first in the field to apply for matching state campaign funds, his campaign said yesterday. (Cynthia Burton, Philadelphia Inquirer)

Leonard Lance takes the oath of office in Congress, says economy his top priority

Leonard Lance became a member of Congress on Tuesday. The Clinton Township resident took the oath of office on the same Bible used when he was sworn into the New Jersey State Legislature in 1991. (Express-Times staff)

State Senate race in Warren, Hunterdon counties becomes matchup between two Assembly members

The contest to fill U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance’s state Senate seat is down to his two ex-colleagues in the Assembly, now that a Hunterdon County freeholder has stepped out of the race to run for an Assembly seat of his own. (BILL WICHERT, The Express-Times)

U.S. Rep. Adler assumes seat on financial services committee

Sworn in to the 111th Congress today, U.S. Rep. John Adler (D-Cherry Hill) announced his appointment to the House Financial Services Committee (

Adler eager for work in House

WASHINGTON – Rep. John H. Adler is impatient. The Cherry Hill Democrat, one of 54 freshmen House members sworn in Tuesday, said he’s eager to move beyond the pomp and pageantry and “get down to the business of helping the people of our country.” (RAJU CHEBIUM, Gannett News Service)

N.J. could lose House seat

New Jersey will send one less representative to Congress in 2012 if population trends around the country continue through the end of the decade, a new study shows. (Herb Jackson, Herald News)

Morristown mayor seeks 1 firehouse for whole town

MORRISTOWN-Mayor Donald Cresitello Tuesday said 2009 will be a tough year financially for municipal governments, but said he’ll push for a new firehouse on Speedwell Avenue that would house all of the town’s fire companies and also serve as an emergency center.( Matt Manochio and Minhaj Hassan, Daily Record)

Denville mayor touts pedestrian bridge on Rt. 46

DENVILLE-Mayor Ted Hussa lauded ongoing construction of a 170-foot pedestrian overpass on Route 46 at the annual reorganization meeting Tuesday. (Rob Jennings, Daily Record)

Between Newark and Elizabeth, the election year forces of Hillside begin to mobilize

HILLSIDE – Crammed between highways in an industrial terrain just beyond the grip of two oxygen-hoarding metropolises to north and south, Hillside has that forgotten city feeling, as if residing within its limits between Newark and Elizabeth were actually the ultimate New Jersey emblem of honor, where the ironic allusion to being disrespected comes with a special appreciation of big and rough edges. (

Rockaway political parties battle over council seat

The political and legal battle to replace a young Democrat who declined his seat as Rockaway Borough’s newest council member on Monday, has begun. (Lawrence Ragonese, The Star-Ledger)

Unanimous for DiDomenico

The Hudson County Board of Freeholders has a new chair: Bayonne’s Doreen DiDomenico. (EARL MORGAN, JOURNAL STAFF WRITER)

Atlantic Co. freeholders look to promote job opportunities in ‘09

HAMILTON TWP.-With the state’s casino industry coming off its worst year ever, members of the Atlantic County Board of Chosen Freeholders are looking to place a sure bet that will help develop more job opportunities in the new year. (BEN MERITT, The Hammonton News)

Democrats take control of Monmouth Freeholder board

When a major government corruption scandal hit Monmouth County three years ago, voters systematically began whittling away the number of Republicans on the GOP-controlled freeholder board with each election. (Mary Ann Spoto, The Star-Ledger)

Jackson swears in council member

Tilis’ appointment ends uncertainty since the resignation of former mayor. (Keith Ruscitti, Asbury Park Press)

Sangiovanni named Brick council president

BRICK – Joseph Sangiovanni has been selected as Township Council president for 2009. (Asbury Park Press)

Morning News Digest: Wednesday, January 7, 2009