Morning News Digest: Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Fifth Ward vet Belfiore says Cammarano has right temperament for Hoboken mayor

Perry Belfiore will sit out the municipal races next year in Hoboken, where a state monitor has taken over the city's embattled financial situation. He won't run for mayor and he won't run for any of the three at-large seats. (

Beck seeks details on budget freezes from gov's office

Following a lead taken by state Senate Minority Leader Thomas Kean, Jr., (R-Union), State Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) today called on Gov. Jon Corzine to detail what funds he intends to freeze to address a $1.2 billion revenue drop in this year's budget. (

State sides with lesbian couple in fight against Ocean Grove association

The state Division on Civil Rights ruled Sunday a lesbian couple can move forward with a discrimination complaint against Ocean Grove for refusing to let them use an oceanfront pavilion for a civil union. (MaryAnn Spoto, The Star-Ledger)

Economists, Corzine Clash Over Economy

"These are deeply challenging times, but we will emerge even stronger than before," Gov. Jon S. Corzine told about 100 chief executive officers and business leaders at the annual New Jersey Economic Policy Forum. (Martin C. Daks, NJ Biz)

N.J. to new leaders: Fund our schools

New Jersey politicians and educators have differing suggestions for President-elect Barack Obama, Education Secretary-designate Arne Duncan and the incoming Congress about how the federal government could help improve the state's K-12 school system. (Raju Chebium, Gannett News Service)

$50M to Flow from Statehouse to Main Street

State will start lending business assistance money in January to small, midsized companies. (Beth Fitzgerald, NJ Biz)

Leaving the GOP fold

Evangelical Christians have long been a base for the Republican Party. But polling data and anecdotal evidence suggest that younger evangelicals voted for Barack Obama at double the rate they did for the 2004 Democratic presidential candidate, John Kerry. (John Chadwick,

She made lawmakers listen

Hearing-impaired Warren County girl inspired bill that helps kids like her. (Mike Frassinelli, The Star-Ledger)

Court rules for N.J. in LNG facility plan

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia upheld the U.S. Maritime Administration's designation of New Jersey as an "adjacent coastal state" in the review process for a proposal by the Atlantic Sea Island Group (ASIG) to build a 116-acre man-made island for an industrial complex off the coast of New Jersey and New York. (Atlanticville)

North Arlington to discuss subpoena

A meeting this week will help determine which records to provide federal investigators looking into donations made by former Mayor Leonard Kaiser. (Nick Klunn,

Morning News Digest: Tuesday, December 30, 2008