Morning News Digest: Thursday, January 15, 2009

Menendez: Stimulus package will not be $1 trillion

WASHINGTON – Congress is working closely with President-elect Barack Obama to craft an economic stimulus package, but Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., doesn't think it would be as big as the $1 trillion measure Gov. Jon S. Corzine wants. (RAJU CHEBIUM, GANNETT NEWS SERVICE)

Obama may pick Nutley resident to head NASA

President-elect Barack Obama may choose a Rutgers University graduate and Nutley resident to be the new NASA administrator, several media outlets have reported. (Rohan Mascarenhas/The Star-Ledger)

Corzine warns mayors to anticipate cuts in aid

A day after delivering a somber analysis of the state's financial woes in his State of the State address, Gov. Jon Corzine told mayors yesterday they should expect less state aid in his next budget. (MARYANN SPOTO, Star-Ledger)

In the running

New Jersey Republicans are still celebrating the news that U.S. Attorney Chris Christie intends to seek the GOP nod to run for governor. (Times of Trenton Editorial)

Ferriero fires BCDO attorney

News tonight from Bergen County that labor leader Richard "Buzzy" Dressel has retreated from his bid to succeed indicted Bergen County Democratic Organization (BCDO) Chairman Joe Ferriero came as no surprise to leaders on both sides of a fight who know Dressel can't win. (

Yudin endorses Rumana and Russo

At a packed meeting of the county committee tonight in the Franklin Lakes Firehouse, Bergen County Republican Party Chairman Bob Yudin endorsed incumbent District 40 Assemblymen Scott Rumana and David C. Russo. (

Brizzi, Pio Costa emerge as GOP contenders in 36th against troubled 40th backdrop

In a tortured political terrain, Republican power players in the 36th legislative district appear to be slowly coalescing around East Rutherford Councilman/businessman Joel Brizzi and Nutley businessman Carmen Pio Costa as their best chance ticket this year. (

N.J. Senators introduces Jackson at Senate confirmation hearing

U.S. Senators Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez today introduced New Jerseyan Lisa Jackson, the Environmental Protection Agency Administrator nominee, at her confirmation hearing before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. (

N.Y.-N.J. rail tunnel receives final federal approval

The federal government issued final approval today for a second commuter rail tunnel beneath the Hudson River, clearing the way for a project transportation officials and lawmakers say will create thousands of jobs, take cars off the roads and make commuting easier for hundreds of thousands of people. (Mark Mueller/The Star-Ledger)

State panel will vote on plan to preserve Petty's Island

More than four years after New Jersey rejected an offer to have Petty's Island in the Delaware River donated to the state and developed into a nature preserve, the proposal is alive again-and about to be voted on by state officials Friday. (Brian Murray/The Star-Ledger)

Dear Mr. President …

North Jersey cities and towns eager for money from President-elect Barack Obama's planned stimulus package have requested $43 million for "shovel-ready" projects that could boost the local economy. (MATTHEW VAN DUSEN AND JOHN REITMEYER,

Bergen Dems Organization attorney says he was fired

Bergen County Democratic Organization attorney Paul Kaufman said he was fired today by Joseph Ferriero, the group's embattled chairman. (MICHAEL GARTLAND,

Ex-mayor, ex-officer: Glouco prosecutor fails discrimination victims

South Harrison Deputy Mayor Charles T. Tyson and ex-Philadelphia Police Officer Terence Jones held a news conference at 4 p.m. saying the Gloucester County prosecutor has not been doing his job in response to claims by victims of racial discrimination. (AP) Morning News Digest: Thursday, January 15, 2009