Morning News Digest: Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Trenton gets ready to revisit ethics reform

Pushed to the back burner by the economic crisis, a package of ethics and campaign finance reforms proposed by Gov. Jon Corzine will finally be introduced in the Legislature in the next several weeks — but with some changes, top lawmakers said yesterday. (Claire Heininger, The Star-Ledger)

Christie: State has 'too much government'

Former U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Christie said yesterday that New Jersey has so much corruption because "we just have too much government." (Cynthia Burton, Philadelphia Inquirer)

State emergency care gets C+

When it comes to quality of care, New Jersey's emergency rooms are among the best in the nation. But with the rash of hospital closures in recent years, getting access to that care is becoming increasingly difficult, a study released yesterday found. (Angela Stewart, The Star-Ledger)

State offers twist on employee bonuses

The state is dangling new rewards for businesses that buck the recession by expanding or hiring new employees. (Claire Heininger, Newhouse News)

Menendez: State would benefit from stimulus package

New Jersey is well placed to benefit from any federal stimulus package approved in Washington D.C., Sen. Robert Menendez said today. (Hugh Morley, The Record)

Study finds shortcomings in public health preparations

A report by a public health watchdog that finds New Jersey ranks about the middle of the pack among states in being prepared to confront disease outbreaks, natural disasters, and bioterrorism is being questioned by the state Department of Health and Human Services. (Tom Hester, The Star-Ledger)

City sends out 64 layoff notices

TRENTON — Sixty-four city workers were informed yesterday they were being laid off, leading some to express shock, anguish and fear about the future. (Andrew Kitchenman, Trenton Times)

State voting machine fix put off once again

TRENTON — New Jerseyans would have to wait nearly two more years for retrofitted voting machines under a bill approved Monday by an Assembly committee. (Elise Young, The Record)

Mayor candidate Manzo's promise

Former state assemblyman and freeholder Louis Manzo hopes the fifth time's the charm. (Tom Shortell, The Jersey Journal)

Poverty foes get bad news from Corzine

Gov. Jon Corzine assured a roomful of anti-poverty activists yesterday that "their work is his work," but warned that without a federal economic stimulus package worth at least $700 billion to help states, the recession threatens the future of many New Jersey state programs and services. (Susan K. Livio, The Star-Ledger)

State Supreme Court: Highlands Act is constitutional

Without comment, the court relied on the appellate court’s reasoning in affirming its decision involving a builder that had sought to put 26 homes on a 93-acre lot in Washington Township. It was the first case involving the four-year old state law restricting development in the 860,000-acre region decided by the state’s top court. (Colleen O'Dea, The Daily Record)

Morris freeholder announces run on assembly seat

BOONTON — Morris County Freeholder Doug Cabana will formally announce his candidacy for the District 25 Assembly seat on Jan. 13. (The Daily Record)

School referendums in four districts rejected, two others approved

Voters in Brielle in Monmouth County, and Stafford, Southern Regional, and Manchester school districts, all in Ocean County, have rejected their respective school referendums during a special election tonight, but voters in Lacey and Brick have given their approval to the improvement plans there. (Asbury Park Press)

Governor nominates Vineland attorney to Rowan board

TRENTON — Gov. Jon S. Corzine on Monday nominated Vineland attorney James J. Gruccio Sr. to another term on the Rowan University Board of Trustees. (The Daily Journal)

  Morning News Digest: Wednesday, December 10, 2008