Morning News Digest: April 28, 2009

Sanzari got years to pay his dumping bill Firms owned by Joseph Sanzari, the prominent contractor with deep ties to

Sanzari got years to pay his dumping bill

Firms owned by Joseph Sanzari, the prominent contractor with deep ties to Bergen County's ruling Democratic Party, dumped fill and construction debris at the Overpeck Park site for two years without being charged, while other haulers paid by the truckload. The firms dumped well over 100,000 cubic yards of debris at the county-owned site before Bergen County officials even sent a bill, in October 2007. Sanzari's trucks by that time had been coming to Overpeck since the spring of 2005 and had run up a $609,000 tab, delivering thousands of loads from publicly financed road and redevelopment jobs across North Jersey.

Low-flying planes near Statue of Liberty scared N.J., N.Y. workers

It was a secret mission, set up by the Department of Defense and coordinated with the Federal Aviation Administration. Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies throughout the region were notified last week, with the strict warning not to share the information with anyone but those "with a need to know." (Sherman and Kwoh, Star-Ledger)

N.J. gets $27M in federal stimulus funds for anti-poverty programs

WASHINGTON — New Jersey will receive more than $27 million in federal stimulus funds to be used for anti-poverty programs. (AP)

N.J. Supreme Court weighs Jersey City's limits on handgun sales

The state Supreme Court considered today whether Jersey City can limit handgun purchases to one a month — and why New Jersey hasn't already established a similar law statewide. (Fuchs, Star-Ledger)

Hacker sends porn from Jersey City council candidate's Facebook page

Jersey City Ward C City Council candidate Nidia Lopez said a hacker broke into her Facebook page over the weekend and sent out links to pornographic videos to about 74 supporters. (Clark, Jersey Journal)

N.J. top court reviews bail for immigrants charged with crimes

New Jersey is considering a change in the way bail is set for immigrants who are charged with crimes while facing deportation. The state Supreme Court is scheduled today to hear arguments in the case. (AP)

County to certify controversial Palisades Park election

Bergen County election officials said tonight that they will certify the absentee ballot-propelled victory of the Democratic candidates for Palisades Park school board on Wednesday despite lingering concerns the election was tainted by fraud. (Van Dusen, Record)

EMT official: Corzine funding plan would be 'tragic decision'

If Governor Corzine follows through on a plan to "raid" $4 million from a fund designed to train Emergency Medical Technicians, about 20,000 volunteer first-aid squad members statewide would be forced to pay for their training, a top state EMT official said Monday. (Bautista and Reitmeyer, Record)

Opponents can intervene in PSE&G Highlands project hearing

NEWARK — Opponents of PSE&G’s massive upgrade of power lines in the Highlands Region on Monday won the right to cross-examine witnesses when hearings on the proposed Susquehanna-Roseland project are held this year. (Cowen, Record)

Council to review school budget cuts

WASHINGTON TWP. After voters narrowly defeated the school district's $137.5 million proposed budget last week, the spending plan of the county's largest local school district is now in the hands of the township council. (Beym, Gloucester County Times)

‘Jersey Fresh' funding may dip

TRENTON The Jersey Fresh advertising campaign would be virtually eliminated under Gov. Jon S. Corzine's proposed budget, which slashes program funding by $250,000, Agriculture Secretary Douglas Fisher told lawmakers Monday. (Graber, Gloucester County Times)

GOP blames Dems for school funding problems

OCEAN TOWNSHIP — Blame Gov. Jon S. Corzine and the Democratic leadership in Trenton for the school funding problems cropping up in Monmouth County towns, a trio of Republican state legislators announced Monday night. (Reiss, APP)

State's top court won't make towns open beaches all night

AVALON – The New Jersey Supreme Court will not hear the state Department of Environmental Protection's appeal of a decision that said the agency overstepped its authority with 24-hour beach-access regulations. (Ianieri, Press of Atlantic City)

5 in N.J. 'are probable' cases of swine flu

New Jersey health officials have identified five probable cases of swine flu in four people who recently traveled to Mexico and one who visited California. (Hirsch, Courier-Post)

Judge removes candidate's name from slate of Plainfield mayoral candidates

ELIZABETH — Plainfield's eight-candidate field of mayoral hopefuls shrank by one Monday after a judge upheld one of three petition challenges contained in a lawsuit filed by City Councilman Adrian Mapp. (Spivey, Courier News)

Christie jabs at Lonegan tax plan but reserves most of his ire for Corzine's record

MIDDLETOWN – With his right flank protected as his campaign continues to club his chief gubernatorial rival in a new television ad, gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie tried to project GOP vanguard presence with a frontal attack on Gov. Jon Corzine at a longtime local business on Route 35 that is struggling to remain competitive. (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)

With GOP race tightening, some note difference between Lonegan and Schundler

The release of an internal campaign poll by Steven Lonegan that shows him running dead even with his Republican gubernatorial opponent, Christopher Christie, is meant to create the impression of a surging grassroots campaign, not unlike the one run by former Jersey City Mayor Bret Schundler in 2001. (Friedman, PolitickerNJ) Morning News Digest: April 28, 2009