Morning News Digest: Monday, December 15, 2008

N.J. Sen. Frank Lautenberg is among potential Madoff fraud victims

U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg is among the growing list of potential victims of fraud in what prosecutors are calling a $50 billion dollar Ponzi scheme.(Associated Press)

N.J. College of Electors meets to cast presidential ballots

Members of New Jersey's College of Electors will convene at the Trenton War Memorial at 3 p.m. to cast the state's 15 electoral votes for president and vice president. (Associated Press)

Irked by AD's firing, senator calls for Rutgers president to go

Less than a week after Rutgers president Richard L. McCormick fired his athletic director, a legislative leader says McCormick himself should be the next to go. (Ted Sherman and Josh Margolin, Star-Ledger Staff)

New Jersey legislature considers medical marijuana

Three years after it was introduced in the Legislature, the proposal to legalize marijuana for medical use in New Jersey gets its first test in a Senate committee tomorrow in what is expected to be a contentious process that will spill into an election year.(Susan K. Livio, Star-Ledger)

N.J. Legislature may limit college scholarships

TRENTON – The New Jersey Legislature wraps up for the year on Monday, but not before voting on scores of bills including whether to scale back a popular college scholarship program, limit unused sick time retiring school officials can cash in and allow towns to defer half their contributions to the state pension system. (Asbury Park Press)

EPA nod will come Monday for Jackson, sources say

Lisa Jackson – Governor Corzine's chief of staff – will officially be named on Monday as President-elect Barack Obama's choice to run the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, three sources familiar with the appointment said Saturday. (John Brennan, Herald News)

Former Assemblyman to be sentenced

Former Assemblyman Alfred E. Steele will be in U.S. District Court in Trenton on Monday to receive his prison sentence, more than one year after he pleaded guilty to corruption charges.

Goodwin rules out a 2009 Assembly race to focus on re-election in Hamilton

Hamilton Township Councilman Tom Goodwin sent out a release today announcing he intends to seek re-election to the Hamilton Township Council in 2009, and therefore will not pursue another run for the Assembly in the 14th Legislative District. (

District 11 lawmakers endorse Christie for governor

As former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie tries to make up his mind about whether or not to run for governor, state Sen. Sean Kean (R-Monmouth) and Assembly members Dave Rible (R-Wall) and Mary Pat Angelini (R-Ocean) are trying to nudge him into the race against incumbent Gov. Jon Corzine. (

Letter containing ‘powdery substance' delivered to Codey's Trenton office

Senate President Richard Codey (D-Essex) said his Trenton office was closed for a few hours today after receiving a letter containing a "powdery substance." (Matthew Reilly, The Star-Ledger)

Gov. Corzine signs foreclosure, food assistance bill

New Jerseyans facing home foreclosure, those who can't afford their heating bills, and the increasing number turning to food pantries for meals all got a boost from legislation enacted today. (Associated Press) Morning News Digest: Monday, December 15, 2008