Morning News Digest: Thursday, January 8, 2009

New Faces, Same Crisis

WASHINGTON — The 111th Congress convened yesterday amid a cresting tide of political change and with a single-minded focus on fixing the economy as its “first, second and third priority.” (J.Scott Orr, Star-Ledger)

Assemblyman proposes closing five institutions for developmental disabled

Five of the seven state institutions for people with developmental disabilities would close within five years and the money now spent on them would be used for community housing under a bill a prominent lawmaker is expected to announce today. (Susan K. Livio, The Star-Ledger)

Allies begin drumbeat for Christie as governor

TRENTON – Former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie and his Republican friends are dropping hints that Christie is ready to jump in the New Jersey governor’s race (AP)

New N.J. Law Exempts Corporate Earnings Out of State From Tax.

Gov. Jon Corzine has signed a bill that exempts New Jersey corporations from tax on income earned in other states, a measure designed to keep existing businesses in the state and to attract others to come here. Dressel pledges union will back only Democrats if he replaces Ferriero. (Charles Toutant, New Jersey Law Journal)

Palatucci was a natural to become Bush’s N.J. connection

Democrats seem determined to tie former U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie to President Bush if he becomes the Republican nominee for Governor, but Christie’s allies say that it was the ex-Prosecutor’s friend and top strategist, William Palatucci, who avidly championed Bush when he began running for President in the late 1990’s. (

Mayor weighs money, progress and his word in re-election decision

Morristown Mayor Donald Cresitello is pondering whether a re-election bid is worth the financial sacrifice, whether he can walk away from unfinished projects, and whether he can go back on prior statements that he would not seek another term. (Morristown Green)

Lone Republican seated on Belmar council

BELMAR – Richard J. Wright took his oath of office Wednesday night, swearing on a Bible held by his wife, Linda, to perform his new duties as to the best of his ability. (Asbury Park Press)

Morning News Digest: Thursday, January 8, 2009