Morning News Digest: Monday, January 26, 2009

N.J. has high hopes for Obama

New Jerseyans are confident that Barack Obama – president for less than a week – will fix the country's financial mess, improve their lives and foster better race relations, a Record poll shows. (Elise Young, NorthJersey.com)

http://www.northjersey.com/news/nationalpolitics/recordpoll012609.html

Ties to Obama may benefit Corzine

TRENTON – During the past six months, Gov. Jon S. Corzine has emerged as one of President Barack Obama's most prominent spokesmen on economic issues. (Derek Harperm Press of Atlantic City)

http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/184/story/383871.html

Corzine wants delay in changes to voting machines

Gov. Jon Corzine and some lawmakers are hoping to delay a state law requiring a multi-million-dollar adjustment in New Jersey's touch-screen voting machines. (AP)

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2009/01/corzine_wants_delay_in_changes.html

After talk with Diaz, Balut plans to give up governor's race; vows to back Christie

No devotee of Gov. Jon Corzine, freshman Perth Amboy Councilman Ken Balut nevertheless says he doesn't get the sense there's any Democratic Party exodus in his direction, and therefore plans to end his campaign for governor. (PolitickerNJ.com)

http://www.politickernj.com/max/26852/after-talk-diaz-balut-plans-back-down-governors-race-vows-back-christie

Coffer for affordable housing is drying up

A landmark affordable-housing law signed by Gov. Jon Corzine at an outdoor ceremony in the heat of summer is facing troubles in the midst of the nation's economic deep freeze. (Rudy Larini, Star-Ledger)

http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/jersey/index.ssf?/base/news-12/1232947510327210.xml&coll=1

Alcohol-sensing ignition locks for drunk drivers is up for debate

A bill requiring anyone convicted of drunken driving to install alcohol-sensing ignition locks on their vehicles is scheduled for debate today in the New Jersey Senate. (AP)

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2009/01/alcoholsensing_ignition_locks.html

State may waive town mandates, developer fees for affordable housing

A landmark affordable-housing law signed by Gov. Jon Corzine at an outdoor ceremony in the heat of summer is facing troubles in the midst of the nation's economic deep freeze. (Rudy Larini/The Star-Ledger)

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2009/01/state_may_waive_town_mandates.html

N.J. lawmakers weigh aid to veterans: Lawmakers weigh aid to veterans

TRENTON – The New Jersey Assembly is scheduled to consider two bills today that would boost benefits to veterans and their families. (AP)

http://app.com/article/20090126/NEWS03/901260311

Borough weighs deal for Medford's services

MEDFORD LAKES – Borough officials are considering disbanding the police department here and outsourcing the coverage to Medford Township in an attempt to cut costs. (George Mast, Courier-Post)

http://www.courierpostonline.com/article/20090126/NEWS01/901240340/-1/newsfront2?GID=7y2roI6FYamXsMofU0lMu3euTC5KCYXaz4XGbj4EL48

Plan: Close deportation loophole

Rep. Rodney P. Frelinghuysen said he will draft legislation to fix the "communication gap" that enabled the deportation of an Morristown man who faces aggravated sexual assault charges against a Morris Township girl. (Matt Manochio, Daily Record)

http://www.dailyrecord.com/article/20090126/COMMUNITIES32/901260312/1005/NEWS01

Newly appointed state attorney ethics director has Hudson ties

A former Hudson County assistant prosecutor has been appointed director of the state Office of Attorney Ethics by New Jersey Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner. (Michaelangelo Conte, Jersey Journal)

http://www.nj.com/news/jjournal/index.ssf?/base/news-3/1232954725176650.xml&coll=3 Morning News Digest: Monday, January 26, 2009