Morning News Digest: Friday, January 16, 2009

Corzine welcomes appeal seeking his Katz e-mails

Gov. Jon Corzine said Thursday has not changed his plans to retain e-mails he exchanged with his union leader ex-girlfriend, saying he fought on principle to keep them confidential. (AP)

Poll finds improved ratings for Corzine

Forty-three percent of those responding to a Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey poll out today said they approve of New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine's job performance. (AP)

Rasmussen poll gives Christie ‘slight edge' over Corzine

A poll released today by Rasmussen Reports shows former U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Christie holding a two percentage point lead over Gov. Jon S. Corzine. (

Corzine to fund his re-election campaign

TRENTON – New Jersey's multimillionaire Democratic governor said he is planning to fund his own re-election bid this year rather than rely on public money, virtually assuring that requests by less-wealthy Republicans to limit campaign spending will go unheeded. (AP)

A ray of hope for N.J.'s GOP

A good many New Jersey Republicans got what they wanted last week when former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie hit the "send" button on his computer and, via e-mail to the media and his supporters, announced he intended to seek the Republican nomination for governor. (Carl Golden, Philadelphia Inquirer)

Corzine: Scrutinize union contracts

TRENTON – Gov. Jon S. Corzine says New Jersey's local governments should take a fresh look at their union contracts to find cost savings in a tight economy. (AP)

Dressel jumps back in race for Bergen Dem chair

HACKENSACK – Local labor leader Richard "Buzzy" Dressel threw himself back into the bullring today for the chairmanship of the Bergen County Democratic Organization (BCDO). (

Officials reconsider Petty's Island offer

PENNSAUKEN – A state agency is expected to vote today on whether to accept an oil firm's donation of Petty's Island here as a nature center. (JEREMY ROSEN, Courier-Post Staff)

Lawmakers want hearings on Xanadu contamination

Republican lawmakers in Trenton joined with a prominent environmental group Thursday in calling for hearings regarding soil and water contamination at the Xanadu project. (JEFF PILLETS, NORTHJERSEY.COM)

Justices uphold law banning pay-to-play bids

TRENTON – New Jersey's pay-to-play law – preventing companies from winning state contracts if they make certain political campaign donations – is constitutional, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday. (MICHAEL SYMONS, GANNETT STATE BUREAU)

U.S. attorney wants to revoke con man's bond

CAMDEN – Glyn Richards stood in court in June and pleaded guilty to a scam that took millions of dollars from investors across South Jersey. (JIM WALSH, Courier-Post)

Morristown mayor warns of fight for Willow Hall site

MORRISTOWN-The Passaic River Coalition closed on the purchase of Willow Hall Thursday with plans to locate its headquarters there but Mayor Donald Cresitello said he wants the property for a park and will consider using eminent domain to get it. (Minhaj Hassan, Daily Record)

Senate votes for Falls park

A bill that would turn Paterson's Great Falls into a National Historic Park is a House vote away from becoming law after being approved Thursday by the Senate. (SARAH SCHILLACI, Morning News Digest: Friday, January 16, 2009