Morning News Digest: Monday, January 19, 2009

A transition of power

NEWARK – On the city's 21st anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, 72 hours before Obama's presidential inaugural, Newarkers at Grace Episcopal Church rejoiced in a ceremony of blended Obama-MILK symbolism that apparently left no room or reason for last minute retaliatory elbows thrown at the outgoing Bush administration. (

Adler named to House veterans committee

WASHINGTON – Rep. John Adler, D-N.J., has been appointed to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, his office announced today. (Erik Larsen, Asbury Park Press)

Report blasts Katz's conduct before her ouster

In the months leading to her ouster from the largest state workers union, Carla Katz retaliated against her critics, demanded loyalty from her supporters and resisted the advice of allies who attempted an "intervention" to counsel her against using union funds for her own purposes, according to a confidential arbitrator's report. (JOSH MARGOLIN, Star-Ledger)

Corzine should spend away on gubernatorial campaign

Gov. Jon Corzine announced last week he would fund his own gubernatorial campaign this year-virtually ensuring he won't abide by efforts to limit campaign spending.

Christie a new man as he resurrects political career

Before he made his mark as the U.S. attorney who put away enough politicians to fill a county jail, before he became the guberna torial candidate of choice for New Jersey Republican Party leaders, Chris Christie had a brief career in elective politics. (JOSH MARGOLIN AND CLAIRE HEININGER, Star-Ledger)

Religious observances can alter election days

TRENTON – Gov. Jon S. Corzine this month signed a bill permitting school board, general and primary election days to be moved if they conflict with religious observances. (Jennifer Bradshaw, Asbury Park Press)

Corzine urged to reject rule

TRENTON – Labor, environmental and community groups are pressing Gov. Jon S. Corzine to reject a proposed Department of Environmental Protection rule they say could hide the risks of potential toxic disasters at industrial facilities. (MICHAEL SYMONS, Gannett State Bureau)


As the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama draws near, Hudson County politicians have lofty expectations for his administration. (REBECCA MARKLEY, JERSEY JOURNAL)

N.J. set for Obama inaugural celebrations

TRENTON – From its largest cities to its smallest towns, New Jerseyans plan numerous events – ranging from formal balls to communitywide viewing parties – to mark a historic event that many never thought they would see: the inauguration of Barack Obama, the nation's first black president. (AP)

Democrats say change will come to N.J., but not yet

Everything will get better. After it gets a little worse. That's what you hear if you talk long enough with New Jersey Democrats in Congress about what to expect when President-elect Barack Obama is inaugurated next week. (HERB JACKSON,

NJ's open space fund needs money

TRENTON, N.J. – Gov. Jon Corzine's nod to open space in his State of the State address could give new life to stalled efforts to direct long-term funding to the purchase of farmland, green acres and historic sites. (AP)–xgr-legislativepr0118jan18,0,1413200.story

N.J. affordable housing payment plan shifts-again

Just six months after advocates for the poor heralded a new law to create more affordable housing in New Jersey, parts of it may be set aside because of the slumping economy. (AP)

Booker confirms reports he doesn't want LG job

NEWARK – When Barack Obama won the presidential election, politicos saw instant inner circle implications for Newark Mayor Cory Booker, a vociferous Obama supporter and "rising star" in Obama's words, who nonetheless had insisted back in Denver that even if Vice Presidential Joe Biden dropped out and Chicago called him, he was committed to running for reelection as mayor. (

Lambertville banks on tourism appeal

LAMBERTVILLE-Branding Lambertville as a top-shelf tourist destination is one way Mayor David DelVecchio seeks to ward off the effects of the nation's economic downturn. (CURT YESKE, TIMES OF TRENTON) Morning News Digest: Monday, January 19, 2009