Morning News Digest: Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Making pension fund prepare better reports

With the financial crisis battering New Jersey's pension fund, lawmakers yesterday introduced a bill to require more detailed quarterly reports on the fund's management. (The Star-Ledger)

BCDO executive committee asks Ferriero to resign by January 15

HACKENSACK – After a meeting that stretched over three hours, the Bergen County Democratic Organization’s executive committee called on indicted Chairman Joe Ferriero to resign by January 15th unless he is exonerated on all eight of the corruption charges he faces before then. (

Site touts Beck for N.J. lieutenant governor

State Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) has a cyber admirer, promoting her as a candidate for the newly created New Jersey office of lieutenant governor. (The Star-Ledger)

Corzine criticizes Bush's economic response

Governor Corzine criticized the Bush administration’s response to the economic crisis today and called for a three- to six-month moratorium on foreclosures. (Herb Jackson, The Record)

Senate panel backs bill allowing forced treatment of mentally ill

Four months after her brother was charged with murdering her mother and daughter in a fit of delusional rage, Loretta Largo helped persuade a legislative panel yesterday to support a bill that would allow families to seek a court order to force a mentally ill loved one into treatment. (Susan K. Livio, The Star-Ledger)

Peace coalition is looking for inauguration attendees

PRINCETON BOROUGH — With millions of people planning to head to Washington, D.C., to celebrate Barack Obama's inauguration Jan. 20, would-be participants are scrambling to find buses and hotel rooms. (Meir Rinde, Trenton Times)

Menendez to expand DSCC donor search

WASHINGTON – Newly-installed Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-Union City) is eyeing a fund-raising strategy that targets a geographically broader donor base than the one employed by his predecessor, U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.). (

Union leaders want Trenton to justify layoffs

TRENTON — Union leaders said yesterday the city hasn't justified its plan to lay off 69 city workers and asked for more information from the city so they can develop alternatives to the job cuts. (Andrew Kitchenman, Trenton Times)

Relief on the way to homeowners?

Homeowners in trouble came closer to a $40 million rescue fund when an Assembly committee in Trenton approved a refinancing bill. (Elise Young, The Record)

Former assembly candidate pleads guilty to accepting bribes

Former Paterson school board member and assembly candidate Chauncey Brown III pleaded guilty today to taking $13,000 in bribes after being netted in the same sting that took down his one-time opponent, former Assemblyman Al Steele, last year. (

Nov. school elections clear a state hurdle

A bill to move school board elections in New Jersey from April to November cleared the Senate Education Committee yesterday and could head next to the full Senate. (Adrienne Lu, Philadelphia Inquirer)

Legislators urge housing deadline extension

The main sponsors of a law approved in July to boost New Jersey's affordable housing efforts yesterday called for a 90-day extension of a Dec. 31 deadline for 214 towns to submit their plans on how many houses and apartments they can provide. (Tom Hester, The Star-Ledger)

Fulop: Not running for mayor, just re-election

Jersey City Councilman Steve Fulop made it official yesterday: He's not running for mayor. (Tom Shortell, The Jersey Journal)

Budget issues top freeholder agenda

The Morris County Board of Freeholders will solicit input from the public on the 2009 county budget at a meeting 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday. (Michael Daigle, The Daily Record)

Andrews: Local economy better than most

In the month of September, about 725,000 residents of Gloucester, Camden and Burlington counties got up and went to work most mornings. (Lucas K. Murray, Gloucester County Times)

New life for solar panel proposal?

The school district wants feedback from residents during a meeting tonight to help decide whether to put the defeated solar panel project back out for a public vote. (Jessica Beym, Gloucester County Times)

Ocean County sheriff to seek ninth term

TOMS RIVER — Ocean County Sheriff William L. Polhemus said he plans to seek a ninth three-year term in 2009. (Erik Larsen, Asbury Park Press) Morning News Digest: Tuesday, December 9, 2008