Morning News Digest: Friday, December 19, 2008

N.J. Homeland Security seeks more public tips

New Jersey's Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness launched a public-awareness campaign to encourage citizens to report suspicious activity to the state's terrorism tip line. (Associated Press)

Trenton mayor dismisses rumors that he will resign

Speculation over Mayor Doug las H. Palmer's future with the city boiled over yesterday, as the mayor knocked down rumors he was resigning to take a position with the incoming Obama administration. (Andrew Kitchenman, Times of Trenton)

Keep A.C. casinos open longer in shutdown, Republicans say

TRENTON – Some state Republicans are so convinced this year's budget season will be rough that they recently introduced legislation that would keep casinos open for as many as 60 days after a state government shutdown. (Derek Harper, Press of Atlantic City)

Bucco seeks $700K to keep Lake Hopatcong commission working

A state senator who already is trying to secure $600,000 in funding for the Lake Hopatcong Commission introduced a second bill that would direct $700,000 to the cash-strapped commission. (Matt Manochio, The Daily Record)

Dingell and Waxman cut a deal that lets Pallone keep Health subcommittee

U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-Long Branch) will remain as the chairman of House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health after an agreement announced today by Henry Waxman and John Dingell. Dingell had hinted that he might challenge Pallone for the powerful subcommittee post after losing the full committee chairmanship to Waxman last month. (


CAPE MAY – Cape May County business leaders say after a strong tourist season this past summer, now they're feeling the effects of the nation's slumping economy. (Cleve Bryan, NBC News)

Cumberland Co. Warden looks at 2009 retirement

BRIDGETON-Cumberland County Jail Warden Glenn Saunders has announced he intends to retire at the end of 2009. (Matt Dunn, South Jersey News Online)

Ganz has doubts about legal opinion

Freeholder David Ganz is among Bergen County's elected officials who have called on indicted Democratic Chairman Joe Ferriero to resign by January 15. But he does not feel that the legal opinion issued last night by the party's counsel, Paul Kaufman, provides a legitimate way to force Ferriero out. (

Whelan says pension deferral plan is dead

As he prepares to join the ranks of other Democrats lining up to reelect Gov. Jon Corzine next year, state Sen. Jim Whelan (D-Atlantic) highlights the governor's efforts to rein in state spending, combined with the Democratic Party's preparedness to create public works projects to deflect the impact of hard economic times. (

Jersey City mayor releases Christmas music CD

Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy, who has become known for singing at informal gatherings, is releasing a music CD. (Associated Press)

More New Jerseyans qualify for tax relief

CLIFFSIDE PARK, N.J. (AP) – Some 70,000 more elderly and disabled homeowners in New Jersey now qualify for property tax relief. (Associated Press)

BCDO counsel says county committee can vote on Ferriero's removal

In a memorandum to members of the Bergen County Democratic Organization's Executive Committee, the party's general counsel legally opined that a special meeting can be called for committee members to vote on whether to remove indicted Chairman Joe Ferriero. (

Christie works the phones

On reports from local party chairs that U.S. Attorney Chris Christie has been aggressively working the phones this week, Christie's friend, Bill Palatucci, said the prospective Republican candidate for governor is indeed making the rounds. ( Morning News Digest: Friday, December 19, 2008