Morning News Digest: September 8, 2009

Corzine to sign two bills into law today aimed at helping the needy

N.J. taxpayers will be able to contribute a portion of their income tax refund to the Community Food Pantry Fund and to the Cat and Dog Spay/Neuter Fund under the terms of a bill that Gov. Jon Corzine is scheduled to sign into law today. (The Star-Ledger)

Two high-profile chases keep N.J. state cops busy during holiday weekend

New Jersey state troopers logged hundreds of miles along New Jersey highways pursuing suspects who unsuccessfully tried to elude them in two separate car chases this holiday weekend. Three people were arrested. (AP)

Corzine may face political consequences with N.J. Assembly speaker’s announced retirement

Gov. Jon Corzine was just starting to hit his stride. (Heininger and Margolin, The Star-Ledger)

An answer for lake weed woes

An aquatic weed that snags fishing lines, ensnares kayakers’ paddles and jams boat propellers has become the bane of many North Jersey lake users. Eurasian milfoil, a stringy, invasive plant, grows like kudzu in Greenwood Lake, Pompton Lake and many other area lakes. (O’Neill, The Record)

Employers not in hiring mood

Though the economy has shown signs of improvement, the region’s employers are in no hurry to hire, according to a new survey. (Lynn, The Record)

Gunmen shoot six at N.J. condominium

Six people were wounded in a shooting late last night at the Arborwood Condominiums in Lindenwold, Camden County, law-enforcement officials said. (Gammage, Inquirer)

Cleanup ads, signage part of new DEP rule on contaminated sites

An influx of environmental investigation and cleanup notices running in the newspapers, including this one, is the result of a new notification rule enacted last year, according to state Department of Environmental Protection officials. (Counihan, Gloucester County Times)

Many Gloucester County residents keep close to home over chilly Labor Day holiday weekend

For those unwilling to deal with the beach traffic or face the ominous clouds that lingered in the sky, Labor Day was more like a lazy day for some Gloucester County residents who decided to stay local. (Beym, Gloucester County Times)

Summer 2009 goes out with a fizzle instead of a bang

They blame the rain, they blame the economy, and local businesses are even holding school starting earlier this year responsible for dismal sales this season at the shore. (Weaver, Press of Atlantic City)

Clean energy is heating up, but New Jersey still has a long way to go to meet its goals

When Premier Self Storage opened its doors in Egg Harbor Township in early 2007, a business that was powered completely by solar panels seemed like a dream. (Leach, Press of Atlantic City)

Electronic recycling will become mandatory in N.J.

Analog TVs and boxy computer monitors may no longer be staples in most residents’ homes, but even though they’re obsolete they shouldn’t be thrown away in the Dumpster. (Hassan, Asbury Park Press)

Jersey CIty mayor denies contributions influenced tax deal

A spokeswoman for Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy says there is no connection between campaign donations and a sweeter tax-abatement deal received by a waterfront condo tower. (AP)

Somerset County Democrats working to close campaign fundraising gap

Somerset County Democrats hope a Sept. 13 fundraiser featuring Newark Mayor Cory Booker aids their efforts to close a persistent gap in campaign dollars vs. their Republican rivals. (Bricketto, Courier News)

Gloucester Township pays price for late payments

Failure to make payments on time is costing Gloucester Township upward of $13,639. (Roh, Courier-Post)

Morning News Digest: September 8, 2009