Morning News Digest: Tuesday, December 23, 2008

N.J. remains likely to forfeit House seat, new data show

WASHINGTON – New Jersey still appears likely to lose a seat in the House of Representatives despite a slowing of the migration to the South and West, new Census figures indicate. (Associated Press)

Legislators' office robbed

TRENTON-The legislative offices of state Assembly members Bonnie Watson Coleman and Reed Gusciora were ransacked over the weekend and the burglars took more than 40 donated cell phones destined for U.S. soldiers serving overseas to call home, police and office workers said. (Andrew Kitchenman, The Times of Trenton)

Governor faces hard choices in new year

PRINCETON TWP. – With the economic recession showing no sign of loosening its grip on New Jersey, Gov. Jon S. Corzine said Monday that he will be forced to consider layoffs, tax increases and other harsh fiscal measures in a re-election year. (Associated Press)

Treasury Secretary Paulson Ousted N.J. Governor Corzine at Goldman

Jon Corzine and Hank Paulson were number one and two at Goldman Sachs (GS) in 1994, replacing Steve Friedman who left from exhaustion. (Michael Steinberg,

5 Morris County towns announce municipal court merger

Five Morris County towns announced today they will merge their municipal courts into a regional court system based in Dover, which they hope will save the towns $2.6 million over the next 10 years. (Lawrence Ragonese, The Star-Ledger)

In Atlantic City, Marsh says he's likely not to run for mayor if Langford goes again.

ATLANTIC CITY – It's an ancient political maxim that the closer you are to Caesar, the greater the fear, but in Atlantic City – with its recent record of mostly jailed or otherwise tarnished mayors – the saying might as well be the closer you are to Caesar's Palace, the greater the brazenness. (

Frankford residents seeking recall of mayor face tight window

Notices of intent by some citizens to try to recall Frankford Mayor Bob McDowell-as well as his political ally, township committeeman Paul Sutphen-were approved in form Thursday by the municipal clerk. (Jim Lockwood, The Star-Ledger)

Governor announces $6 million in pedestrian safety grants

Gov. Jon Corzine today announced the New Jersey Department of Transportation will award $4 million in Safe Routes to School grants and $2 million in Safe Streets to Transit grants. (Matthew Reilly, The Star-Ledger)

Montgomery man working on Obama's transition team

MONTGOMERY -As President-elect Barack Obama prepares for inauguration to his first term in office, a Montgomery resident is working on Obama's White House transition team, helping the incoming commander in chief and his staff with the nation's most pressing issue: the economy. (Kara L. Richardson, My Central Jersey)

Monmouth Democrats ask state party to help fill 4 top jobs

FREEHOLD – Monmouth County Democrats have invited New Jersey's Democratic leader, who is a Union County assemblyman, and other state party officials to help in finding people to fill four top local government positions paying up to $500,000 in combined annual salaries. (Bob Jordan, Ashbury Park Press)

Weinberg loses life savings in Madoff Ponzi scheme

The Wall Street Journal reports that state Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen) lost her life savings in Bernard L. Madoff's alleged $50 billion Ponzi scheme. (

Assembly OK's EnCap-Related Oversight Bill

TRENTON, NJ-EnCap wanted to turn 800 acres of closed landfills in New Jersey's Meadowlands region into a $1-billion mix of golf courses, residences, office and retail space, but the subsidiary of Raleigh, NC-based Cherokee Investment Partners shut the project down earlier this year. In May, as result of cost overruns and missed deadlines, and despite a cash infusion from Donald Trump, EnCap filed for bankruptcy. (Eric Peterson,

Morning News Digest: Tuesday, December 23, 2008