Morning News Digest: Thursday, November 6, 2008

Jersey's Republicans lick wounds Former GOP congressman Dick Zimmer lost to U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) by 13 percentage points,

Jersey's Republicans lick wounds

Former GOP congressman Dick Zimmer lost to U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) by 13 percentage points, but that defeat was no greater than John McCain's loss to Barack Obama in New Jersey. (The Star-Ledger)

Corzine says next Treasury secretary must focus on housing, jobs

Even as he says he wants to stick with the job he has, Gov. Jon Corzine has some specific ideas about what the next Secretary of the Treasury will have to do. (Josh Margolin, The Star-Ledger)

N.J. officials focus on '09 governor's race

Now that the next president has been chosen, the biggest political race in New Jersey is the one for governor. The two major players in the 2009 race – the Democratic incumbent and the Republican U.S. attorney – are taking their time making grand entrances, but political machines have been quietly gearing up. (Cynthia Burton, Philadelphia Inquirer)

Freeholder race still too close to call

About 3,200 provisional ballots still must be processed and counted by Monmouth County election officials before it's known whether Tuesday's election swung control of the county government to Democrats for the first time in 23 years. (Bob Jordan, Asbury Park Press)

State vote total sets record, percentage does not

TRENTON – More votes were cast in Tuesday's presidential election than ever before in New Jersey. According to figures compiled by the Secretary of State's Office, more than 3.65 million people cast ballots in the Garden State. (Associated Press)

Why hotly contested race went to Lance

Hunterdon County Sen. Leonard Lance may owe Kate Whitman a thank-you note. Maybe even flowers and a box of chocolates. Forget that Lance, who won a hard-fought victory Tuesday, was one of the most vocal critics of Whitman's mother, former governor Christie Whitman (Gabriel H. Gluck, The Star-Ledger)

Doherty seeks Lance's state seat

Now that State Sen. Leonard Lance (R-Flemington) is headed to Congress, his district-mate, Assemblyman Mike Doherty (R-Washington Township) plans to seek his seat. (

Adler will focus on aiding middle class

Ask Democrat John Adler what his mission will be when he assumes his newly won seat in Congress, and you are sure to hear about one of two groups: families or the middle class. (Jonathan Tamari, Philadelphia Inquirer)

Defense team for Bryant wrapping up

Lawyers for former state senator Wayne Bryant (D-Camden) and former medical school dean R. Michael Gallagher began winding down their defense against public corruption charges yesterday, and are to begin presenting closing arguments to the jury Nov. 12. (Susan K. Livio, The Star-Ledger)

Corruption issues proves toothless in Bergen

With two prominent Democratic leaders indicted, a subpoena dropped on the clerk of the Democratic controlled freeholder board shortly before the election, and running against three incumbents who all had been voted out of municipal offices in their hometowns over the last couple years, Bergen County Republicans still could not pick up a single freeholder seat. (

Bryant defense: Another senator had high pension

Attorneys for former Sen. Wayne Bryant and his co-defendant, R. Michael Gallagher, on Wednesday presented the jury with what could be the last pieces of evidence in defense of federal corruption charges, making way for closing arguments next week. (Trish G. Graber, Gloucester County Times)

Payne says he wants to focus on domestic issues

NEWARK – Surrounded by a core of South Ward supporters, U.S. Rep. Donald Payne (D-Newark) watched the results come in last night and celebrated as he watched Sen. Barack Obama (D-Il.) win. (

Schaer proves crucial in Blanco win

PASSAIC – Yesterday’s mayoral victory by physician Alex Blanco in a 62 percent turnout election depended heavily on the endorsement of Acting Mayor/Assemblyman Gary Schaer (D-Passaic). (

Parents, kids discuss social change Obama's win represents

If Barack Obama can be president, so can Jaheer Jones. The 12-year-old's mom, Salema Daniels of Irvington, didn't entirely believe that until Tuesday night, after she woke up her son and 9-year-old daughter, Kira, to watch Obama's victory speech. (The Star-Ledger)

All of Hudson went for Obama

Barack Obama racked up victories in all 12 Hudson County municipalities Tuesday, including an eye-popping 65-percentage point win in Jersey City. (Paul Koepp, The Jersey Journal)

Obama could benefit N.J. cities

Barack Obama's election as president carried expectations Wednesday that his background as an urban community leader will carry over into his administration. (Paul Brubaker, The Herald-News)

Christie weighs his options

"Now that the election is over, I'm going to begin the process of deciding what I'm going to do with my career," the Republican U.S. Attorney for New Jersey said in a Star-Ledger interview. He acknowledged that a return to elected politics could be his future. (Josh Margolin, The Star-Ledger)

Clerk faults balloting by psychiatric criminals

Mercer County Clerk Paula Sollami Covello said yesterday that she was appalled that the law allows criminals housed at a psychiatric center to vote. (Linda Stein, Trenton Times)

County continues in Morris

With several local elections hanging in the balance, workers at the Morris County Board of Elections spent Wednesday counting the more than 20,000 absentee ballots cast for Tuesday's elections. (Michael Daigle, Daily Record)

Dems retrench with new faces on board

VINELAND — Cumberland County Democrats, incumbent and newly elected, met privately here Wednesday night to talk out their next steps. (Joseph P. Smith, Daily Journal)

Ridgefield councilmen discuss election outcome

Two newly elected Democratic councilmen said today their victory was the result of borough voters losing patience with the all-Republican governing body’s inaction. (Merry Firschein, The Bergen Record)

  Morning News Digest: Thursday, November 6, 2008