Morning News Digest: Friday, November 14, 2008

Top court hears Katz e-mail case

If Gov. Jon Corzine's e-mails with Carla Katz are made public, the power of his office and the ability of future governors to communicate freely will be diminished, the state attorney general argued in court yesterday. (Claire Heininger, The Star-Ledger)

Bills to help state economy race through committees

New Jersey lawmakers rallied yesterday around a $245 million package of bills designed to address fallout from the global financial crisis, just a day after learning the meltdown has punched a $1.2 billion hole in the current state budget. (Dunstan McNichol, The Star-Ledger)

Assembly panel approves tougher penalties for road rage

The state government does not track the number of road rage incidents on New Jersey roadways, but legislators consider the problem serious enough to stiffen the penalties when it leads to accidents that leave people injured. (Tom Hester, The Star-Ledger)

Girgenti likely won't see Judiciary chairmanship

Sources close to state Sen. John Girgenti (D-Passaic) say the vice chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee relishes serving as chairman of the Law and Public Safety and Veterans’ Affairs Committee. (

DeAngelo gets ready for a challenge

Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo (D-Hamilton) knows that Republicans have him in their sights for next year, but says that this time is different: he’s a known commodity. (

Glading mulls Assembly bid

Dale Glading insists he’s not a glutton for punishment. But after getting crushed by Rob Andrews in ultra-Democratic 1st Congressional District last week, he’s thinking about making another run for office in a similarly Democratic district. (

If Christie of Crowley gets in, Murphy out of governor's race

A veteran of the last GOP gubernatorial primary, Morris County Freeholder JohnMurphy says he likely won’t run for governor if either biotech businessman John Crowley or U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Christie gets in the race to challenge Gov. Jon Corzine. (

The kickoff of Donovan for Lt. Governor?

With state agencies ready to cut back and homeowners potentially not getting rebate checks next year, Bergen County Clerk Kathe Donovan thinks it’s about time the state forces its two professional football teams to make some sacrifices. (

Franklin mayor considers big for governor

Franklin Township Mayor Brian D. Levine today confirmed that he is mulling a run for governor. (

Friend says he didn't see Jersey City pol urinate at concert

An architect and close friend of Jersey City Councilman Steven Lipski said he was with the councilman a week ago when he was arrested for allegedly urinating on fellow concert-goers in a Washington, D.C., nightclub. (The Jersey Journal)

Bryant's attorney assails 'aggressive,' 'nasty' probe

Federal prosecutors launched an "aggressive" and "nasty" investigation into former Sen. Wayne Bryant's work as a legislator and a UMDNJ employee, but could only prove he was good at bringing money into needy South Jersey communities, his attorney argued in closing arguments in his corruption trial yesterday. (Susan K. Livio, The Star-Ledger)

Attorney general fights to keep e-mails private

TRENTON – The governor could not govern if his private communications were open to the public, New Jersey's attorney general told a state appeals panel yesterday. (Associated Press)

McCain supporter tossed out of organization

John Sheehy is a lifelong Democrat — just don't ask him to toe the party line. The Linden councilman often opposes measures the Democratic council supports, siding with the city's independent mayor to his colleagues' constant frustration. (Alexi Friedman, The Star-Ledger)

Newcomer likely Rutherford winner

RUTHERFORD – A Democratic newcomer is the likely winner of a seat on the Borough Council, based on a count of provisional ballots released Wednesday. (The Bergren Record)

Bayonne facing drastic cuts

Bayonne city officials are still scrubbing the numbers for the city's fiscal year budget that began July 1. (Jonathan Shapiro, Jersey Journal)

Former Camen city councilman convicted of taking bribes

Former Camden City Councilman Ali Sloan
El, convicted of taking $36,000 in bribes from an FBI agent two years ago, is back at a halfway house here after spending 15 of his 20-month sentence in Edgewood Federal Prison in South Carolina. (Gannett)

County delays capital projects

With the souring economy threatening tax revenues and the credit crunch raising the cost of borrowing, Mercer County officials moved yesterday to postpone close to $11 million in spending on projects ranging from open space preservation to the rehabilitation of airport facilities. (Meir Rinde, Trenton Times)

State: Design of new city school is adequate

TRENTON — Following criticism from the city school district about the handling of several construction projects, the state Schools Development Authority is firing back. (Lisa Rich, Trenton Times)

Spying eyes at candidate's rally raise eyebrows

An event over the weekend to kick off Felix Garcia's campaign to run for Passaic County sheriff attracted prying eyes and protruding camera lenses that watched from across the street. (Paul Brubaker, The Bergen Record)

Superfund suits settled for $4M

TRENTON — More than 50 companies and government bodies, including several South Jersey municipalities, will pay a total of $4 million to settle claims over a former Superfund site in Burlington County, state officials said Thursday. (Jim Walsh, The Courier-Post)

Bond planned to bail out township

The township committee plans to bond $650,000 to bail the municipality out of a financial quagmire the mayor contends is left over from the last administration. (Siobhan A. Counihan, Gloucester County Times) Morning News Digest: Friday, November 14, 2008