Morning News Digest: Monday, January 12, 2009

Corzine: State of State speech to put economy front and center

TRENTON – Last year, Gov. Jon S. Corzine warned in his State of the State speech that New Jersey was dangerously deep in debt and bold moves – such as reducing the state's budget and leasing the state's toll roads – were needed to get out of the predicament. (Derek Harper, Press of Atlantic City)

First gubernatorial poll

Farleigh Dickinson's Public Mind has the season's first gubernatorial poll out, and it has good news and bad news for just about everyone. (Thurman Hart, NJ Voices)

Christie faces tough primary in governor race

The New Jersey Republican establishment may think former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie gives the party a shot at winning the governor's race in November, but it won't be easy for him to lock up the primary in June. (AP)

Legislators seek lower tuition for N.J. illegals

A child goes to school in New Jersey for his entire academic life, graduates from high school, maybe is even an honor student, but under current law may not be able to attend college here, or can do so only at a much higher cost, because he is living in the country illegally. (Diane D'Amico, Press of Atlantic City)

Deferring pension payments leads to fiscal disaster

In the past, Gov. Jon S. Corzine has said that deferral of pension payments is a bad practice. Somehow, Corzine now believes this is an acceptable option to give to municipalities to keep them from making the tough choices that have to be made. (Keith Hartman, Press of Atlantic City)

Jersey City redevelopment chief named year's best public official

Robert Antonicello, executive director of the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency, was recently honored as Public Official of the Year by the New Jersey District Council of the Urban Land Institute (ULI-NNJ). (Jersey Journal)

Elected Officials Hall of Fame inducts late WNY mayor

The late West New York Mayor Anthony M. DeFino is scheduled to be inducted into the New Jersey League of Municipalities' Elected Officials Hall of Fame on Jan. 14. (Tom Shortfell, Jersey Journal)

More than ever, we need government

"These United States are confronted with an economic affliction of great proportions," the new president said in his inaugural speech. (George Amick, Times of Trenton)

For top Dems, the inaugural is more than a party

The millions of people expected to pour into the nation's capital for President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration probably won't be there to see Jon Corzine, Cory Booker or Lisa Jackson. (CLAIRE HEININGER, Star-Ledger)

Lawmaker to attend his first inauguration

WASHINGTON – With an African-American taking the presidential oath of office for the first time, New Jersey's congressional lawmakers are eager to be a part of history, along with tens of thousands of their constituents. (Raju Chebium, Courier Post)

They're heading to inauguration

State Sen. Sandra Cunningham, of Jersey City, is taking the train. Her 31st District partner, Assemblyman Anthony Chiappone, is driving. Bayonne attorney Karin Morgen and daughter Jessa are carpooling with Mary Marshall and other friends. (Ronald Leir, Jersey Journal)


Wall Street West will be absorbing several hundred jobs in March from across the Hudson River as Arch Insurance Group Inc. relocates two-thirds of its corporate headquarters' staff to Harborside in Jersey City. (Charles Hack, Jersey Journal)

Prenatal care on agenda

TRENTON – Assemblywoman Sheila Y. Oliver wants to see more young, pregnant minority women get the prenatal care they need. (AP)

Sources: Kasparian still in fight as Bergen Dems mull consensus alternatives, including Sarlo

HACKENSACK – The Bergen reformer's fear is someone disgraced or incarcerated will be running the party, giving orders via cellphone or BlackBerry to drones working in the service of a political patronage system that grinds forward unchanged even as the feds expose and prosecute the upper eschelons. (

East Windsor sounds cautionary note for ‘09

EAST WINDSOR-A message of hope and caution and a call for continued community involvement and feedback ushered in the new year in this township. (Nicole Lynch, Times of Trenton)

West New York launches Web site

West New York government is now a mouse click away. (Denise Gibson, Jersey Journal) Morning News Digest: Monday, January 12, 2009