Morning News Digest: Wednesday, January 21, 2009

New Jersey quotes on Barack Obama's inauguration

What New Jerseyans are saying about Barack Obama's inauguration:

A state of rapt attention

In twos and threes or by the thousands, people in New Jersey banded together yesterday, drawn by their common need not only to bear witness but to share a moment in history. (Jeff Diamant, Judy Peet, Star-Ledger)

Revelers bask in one enchanted evening

The parades were long over. The speeches already were history. And as the sun set on Barack Obama's first day as president of the United States, thousands of revelers from New Jersey and the rest of the nation pulled on tuxedos and gowns for a politically star-studded evening on the Potomac. 9josh Margolin and Claire Heininger, Star-Ledger)

Jersey contingent rides high on a wave of hope

Frank Pallone had a close-up view of the inauguration of President Obama yesterday. The Democrat from New Jersey's 6th District, who was sitting behind Obama with other members of Congress on the podium, has seen the transfer of power time and time again over his 20 years in Congress. But what will stay in his mind. (Ted Sherman, Star-Ledger)

First lady sparkles in Jersey designer's ‘lemongrass' frock

Almost as anticipated as the swearing-in of the nation's first African-American president was what Michelle Obama's inaugural wardrobe would be-the first lady looked to the Garden State for inspiration for yesterday's history- making moments. (Lisa Irizarry, Star-Ledger)

Inauguration Day Democratic Party imagery hypes the Corzine-Obama connection

EDISON – Gov. Jon Corzine's 2009 reelection campaign received a predictable, high-profile kick-start at an Inauguration celebration here tonight as Corzine allies showcased images of the governor together with newly sworn-in President Barack Obama in a buck-up-the-troops multimedia show. (

Corzine looks for $4 billion in stimulus funds

TRENTON – New Jersey Gov. Jon S. Corzine said the Garden State could receive close to $4 billion in federal stimulus money over two years to help pay for education and health care.

Lance witnesses Obama inauguration, says he's ready to work with president

WASHINGTON -U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance, R-Clinton Township, said President Barack Obama gave a fine speech during his inauguration ceremony early today. (Martin C. Bricketto,

Watson Coleman welcomes ‘true partner' for N.J.

Assembly Majority Leader Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Ewing) today released a statement on the occasion of President Barack Obama's swearing-in ceremony. (

Drive to recall Hunterdon sheriff takes another step forward

FLEMINGTON -The petition drive to recall the Sheriff Deborah Trout from her job took another step forward Tuesday with the delivery of petition forms to the Hunterdon County Clerk's Office for approval. (Walter O'Brien,

Rockaway council seat could be filled Thursday

ROCKAWAY-The borough council and mayor could decide as early as Thursday who will occupy the vacant council seat. (Matt Manochio, Daily Record)

Obama Facebook posting gets town worker suspended

PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) — Paramus officials have suspended without pay a public employee who posted comments about President Barack Obama and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on his Facebook page.

Millville Commissioner Parent announces he will not seek reelection

MILLVILLE -Commissioner Jim Parent will not seek reelection in the May municipal election this year. (Jason Laday, South Jersey News)

Schools advised to curb spending

TRENTON – New Jersey's education commissioner has told the state's school districts that they should freeze all nonessential spending for the rest of this school year. Morning News Digest: Wednesday, January 21, 2009