Morning News Digest: Friday, December 12, 2008

P.A. hikes spending to revive economy Following the lead of President-elect Barack Obama, Gov. Jon Corzine and others advocating public

P.A. hikes spending to revive economy

Following the lead of President-elect Barack Obama, Gov. Jon Corzine and others advocating public infrastructure projects as economic stimulus, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will ramp up capital spending in the coming year. (Steve Chambers, The Star-Ledger)

Whitman: Obama EPA pick brings credibility

The former New Jersey governor who led the Environmental Protection Agency during the cleanup at the World Trade Center says the new nominee inherits an agency in disarray. (Associated Press)

Pension-skipping bill advances, but its face is uncertain

Gov. Jon Corzine's plan to let local governments skip more than $500 million in pension payments next year to head off a feared surge in property taxes cleared the Senate budget committee yesterday, but its chairwoman could not predict if it will pass the full house. (Tom Hester, The Star-Ledger)

GOP freeholders look to change county hiring

FREEHOLD — Republican Monmouth County freeholders have proposed rules to effectively strip the county's governing body of hiring authority just before the incoming Democratic majority takes office in January. (Asbury Park Press)

Joe's still in charge of well-oiled machine

So the High Council of the Bergen County Democratic Organization on Monday night formally ordered Chairman Joe Ferriero to quit by Jan. 15, unless he’s exonerated on federal fraud charges. (Charles Stile, The Record)

Union official, developer may seek Dem leader post

Union leader Richard "Buzzy" Dressel said Thursday that he would like to take over as chairman of the Bergen County Democratic Organization. (Michael Gartland, The Record)

Bucco says GOP can take back governor's office

BOONTON – State Sen. Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) said he has not yet committed to a gubernatorial candidate to challenge Gov. .Jon Corzine, but said he thinks whoever runs has a good chance of beating the incumbent Democrat – particularly if that person runs on an aggressive smaller government message. (

Levine files with ELEC

Franklin Mayor Brian D. Levine, a moderate Republican interested in pursuing a run for governor, this week inched closer to his goal. (

State program targets vets in trouble with law

TRENTON – Military veterans who find themselves in trouble with the law will get special assistance under a pilot program announced yesterday. (Associated Press)

Jobless centers keeping busy

TRENTON — Glenn Gillam was clearly frustrated when he arrived at the county's One-Stop Career Center to file for unemployment benefits this week. (Lisa Coryell, The Star-Ledger)

Doherty says mayors may not like bill, but public will

When Assemblyman Michael Doherty (R-Washington Twp.), who’s running for state senate, saw a press release showing 14 Hunterdon County mayors lining up behind Assemblywoman Marcia Karrow (R-Flemington) for the seat yesterday, he assumed there was a reason for it. (

Bedbug bill clears panel

Legislation sponsored by two state Assembly members from Hudson County to hold landlords responsible for attacking bedbugs passed its first hurdle this week. (Paul Koepp, The Jersey Journal)

Suit: M'ville cop beat woman

BRIDGETON — A Millville police officer, who resigned from the force for undisclosed reasons in October, is accused in a lawsuit of beating a female suspect earlier this year while at least two other officers allegedly stood by. (Tim Zatzariny Jr., The Daily Journal)

  Morning News Digest: Friday, December 12, 2008