Morning News Digest: Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Governor seeks extra $812M in cutbacks

From a budget he once described as cutting spending “cold turkey,” Gov. Jon Corzine yesterday proposed slicing $812 million more to keep pace with the economic crisis. (CLAIRE HEININGER AND SUSAN K. LIVIO, Star-Ledger Staff)

Corzine targets pension funding

TRENTON – Millions of dollars in state worker pension payments would be deferred and schools and municipalities would lose millions in aid to deal with a potential $2.1 billion state budget shortfall. (DEREK HARPER, Statehouse Bureau)

Menendez outlines plan for stimulus spending

NEWARK – The 76-year-old Pulaski Skyway is typical of the neglected bridges that should have repairs funded by the economic stimulus package, U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez said Monday. (Associated Press)

N.J.’s Adler, Lance will be sworn into 111th Congress

New Jersey Democrat John Adler and Republican Leonard Lance will be sworn today as members of 111th Congress. (The Associated Press)

A big nudge for Christie

CKENSACK – Former U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie still won’t confirm what virtually every political observer in New Jersey has accepted as a given – that he will seek to unseat Governor Corzine in November. (William Lamb,

Rockaway won’t get Democrat after all

ROCKAWAY-The first Democrat elected to the Borough Council in 20 years has declined his three-year term for personal reasons, Mayor Kathyann Snyder said during Monday’s reorganization meeting. (Matt Manochi, Daily Record)

N.J. officials sift through inauguration requests

New Jersey lawmakers don’t know how they’ll weed through thousands of residents’ ticket requests and choose who will attend the Jan. 20 presidential inauguration. (JEREMY ROSE, Courier-Post Staff )

N.J. joins 10 states in pact to reduce greenhouse gases

New Jersey, New York and nine other Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states agreed to create a low carbon fuel standard to reduce greenhouse gases. (Associated Press)

Richard Merkt seeks 12 GOP Gov debates

New Jersey Assemblyman Richard Merkt asked all Republican gubernatorial candidates to join him in a 12 public debates during the next five months, according to a report on (The Star-Ledger Continuous News Desk)

Two former Bergenfield council members plead not guilty to forgery charges

Two former Bergenfield council members pleaded not guilty Monday to charges they forged signatures to influence a state Senate race, according to a report in the Record. (The Star-Ledger Continuous News Desk)

Morris freeholders aim to hold down spending, maintain services

There will be no layoffs of Morris County government employees this year, but the county freeholders have put a freeze on hiring and cut the work force by attrition to hold the line on increases in the soon-to-come 2009 county budget, Freeholder Director Gene Feyl said tonight. (Lawrence Ragonese/The Star-Ledger)

Middlesex Democrats tap South Brunswick deputy mayor for freeholder post

Carol Barrett, the longtime deputy mayor of South Brunswick, who had won another three-year term to the township council in November, resigned today after the Middlesex County Democratic Organization chose her to replace David Crabiel, the veteran freeholder and freeholder director who died Dec. 1. (Sue Epstein/The Star-Ledger)

Toms River officials say good-bye to judgeship nominee

TOMS RIVER – The beginning of the year also marked an ending of sorts at the annual organization meeting of the Township Council Monday night. (Hartriono B. Sastrowardoyo, Asbury Park Press)

Lonegan camp says they qualify for matching funds

Republican gubernatorial candidate Steve Lonegan has raised enough campaign cash to receive matching funds from the state, according to his strategist, Rick Shaftan.

Holt decides to run for assembly instead of state senate

The three way race for senate in the 23rd Legislative District has been narrowed down to two.

Princeton chooses Miller

PRINCETON TOWNSHIP-The township committee elected Bernie Miller as mayor and Chad Goerner as deputy mayor at yesterday’s reorganization meeting. (CHRIS STURGIS, Special to the Times of Trenton)

Morning News Digest: Tuesday, January 6, 2009