Morning News Digest: Thursday, December 4, 2008

Corzine: $2.8M for NJ infrastructure

Gov. Jon Corzine announced $2.8 billion in infrastructure improvements that he said will not only beef up the state's schools, bridges and roads, but will also stimulate the economy and create as many as 26,000 new jobs. (Amy Sara Clark, The Jersey Journal)

Hospitals receive $44M

Six struggling hospitals will share a $44 million pot of state money to avoid cutting services or closing their doors, state Health and Senior Services Commissioner Heather Howard announced yesterday. (Susan K. Livio, The Star-Ledger)

Webber closing out freshman year in Trenton

PARSIPPANY — Freshman Republican Assemblyman Jay Webber said he is ready to jump back into action in Trenton, especially to marshal his own health care reform bill through the Legislature. (Michael Daigle, The Daily Record)

Heads of 4 state agencies earn more than $200K

A white-collar position with any of 45 state authorities is the job to have when it comes to taking home a sizable government paycheck, a review by the state Office of the Inspector General has determined. (Tom Hester, The Star-Ledger)

State relaunches school construction with an economical eye

Newark's new Central High School shines as one of the jewels of New Jersey's massive school construction program, a $102 million structure of brick and glass that draws praise and awe from those who enter its vaulted atrium entrance. (John Mooney, The Star-Ledger)

Gutenberg's Boss to run for governor

Jeff Boss, the Guttenberg man who ran for president and U.S. senator last month under the slogan "Vote Here," has announced his candidacy for governor of New Jersey. (Tom Shortell, The Star-Ledger)

Christie says he will decide about Gov bid in weeks to come

Former U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie said he will decide in four to six weeks whether to seek the Republican nomination for governor of New Jersey, according to a report in (The Star-Ledger)

Merkt covers a lot of roadway as his campaign gains traction

When Assemblyman Richard Merkt (R-Mendham) officially kicked off his gubernatorial campaign on Oct. 22, it proved no awesome headline-grabbing event just days before an historic presidential election. (

Holt declares state senate candidacy

Calling himself as a fiscal conservative and social moderate in the mold of state Sen. Leonard Lance and former state Sen. Bill Schluter, Hunterdon County Freeholder Matt Holt formally declared his candidacy for state senate in the 23rd district today to local municipal chairs and elected officials. (

High Noon for Ferriero may be later, not sooner

Next Monday was supposed to be High Noon for Joe Ferriero, the embattled Bergen County Democratic chairman. A cross-section of party stalwarts planned to formally tell him he had to step down — immediately. (Charles Stile, The Bergen Record)

Jackson councilman feels 'betrayed'

JACKSON — Township Council President Michael J. Kafton says he feels betrayed by his former running mate, Michael Reina, who last week was appointed mayor, a post Kafton had sought. (Keith Ruscitti, Asbury Park Press)

Republican splinter group calls for Rumana's resignation

A splinter group of Republicans in Passaic County has asked the county’s GOP committee members to encourage Chairman Scott Rumana to resign by January 1. (

Cherry Hill set to cut police costs

The township police department could save as much as $100,000 from its $15 million budget by cutting overtime expenses next year, Police Chief Charlie Jones said this week. (Adam Smeltz, The Courier-Post)

Inmate sues over the right to preach

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit yesterday on behalf of a prison inmate in Trenton who was ordained behind bars eight years ago and now contends his religious freedoms were violated when prison officials forbade him from preaching. (Jeff Diamant, The Star-Ledger)

  Morning News Digest: Thursday, December 4, 2008