Morning News Digest: April 30, 2009

Nonprofit says Corzine's proposed budget cuts will axe 1K jobs for people with disabilities

When Gov. Jon Corzine announced his budget ax would spare the "most vulnerable" residents of New Jersey, nonprofit agencies that prepare the disabled for jobs assumed their programs would be safe. (Livio, Star-Ledger)

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2009/04/budget_cuts_affect_jobs_for_pe.html

Morristown council candidate previously disqualified back on ballot

A Democratic candidate for Morristown council, who had been knocked off the June 2 primary election ballot by municipal officials because he does not live in Morristown, was reinstated as a candidate today by a judge. (Lockwood, Star-Ledger)

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2009/04/a_previously_disqualified_cand.html

Sen. Richard Codey pushes bill to remove politics from state prosecutions

Senate President Richard Codey (D-Essex) is pushing legislation aimed at removing political considerations from state prosecutions. (Megerian, Star-Ledger) http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2009/04/richard_codey_will_push_bill_a.html Stimulus leaves N.J. beaches high and dry WASHINGTON The Obama administration will not distribute economic stimulus funds to shore communities for beach replenishment projects. (Coomes, Gloucester County Times)

http://www.nj.com/gloucester/index.ssf?/base/news-4/124107633515300.xml&coll=8

Scrutiny awaits Washington Twp. school budget

WASHINGTON TWP. The township council will spend the next two weeks digesting the school district's $137.5 million defeated budget after some of the council members got a chance to meet with the school administration Wednesday night. (Beym, Gloucester County Times)

http://www.nj.com/gloucester/index.ssf?/base/news-4/124107633115300.xml&coll=8

A bump in the double-dipping way of life

Assemblyman Fred Scalera, a member of the most unapologetic delegation of double-dipping lawmakers in New Jersey, is learning that multiple paychecks can lead to multiple headaches. (Stile, Record)

http://www.northjersey.com/news/njpolitics/A_bump_in_the_double-dipping_way_of_life.html

Passaic GOP reaches settlement on June ballot

Two feuding factions of the Passaic County Republican Party reached a settlement today designed to prevent GOP voters from being confused by the party’s June primary ballot. (Cowen, Record)

http://www.northjersey.com/news/passaicpolitics/Passaic_GOP_reaches_settlement_on_June_ballot.html

Corzine steers clear of gifts from contractors

Governor Corzine on Tuesday said a Democratic Party account for which his reelection campaign is soliciting donations will not accept contributions from those doing business with New Jersey. (Heininger, Record)

http://www.northjersey.com/politics/Corzine_steers_clear_of_gifts_from_contractors.html

Christie says Coniglio conviction was no surprise to him

Christopher Christie, the former U.S. attorney now running for governor, said he was always confident former Paramus lawmaker Joseph Coniglio would be convicted, even when some predicted an acquittal was likely. (Reitmeyer, Record)

http://www.northjersey.com/news/bergenpolitics/44036747.html

Budget cuts take bite from beach-fill projects

In a potentially major blow to New Jersey's eroding beaches, the Army Corps of Engineers' beach-fill budget is taking a hit from the White House. (Wood and Urgo, Record)

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/new_jersey/20090430_Budget_cuts_take_bite_from_beach-fill_projects.html

Lonegan backs cutting court-ordered school funding

Republican gubernatorial candidate Steve Lonegan said yesterday that he would cut court-ordered funding to New Jersey's poorest school districts and equalize state subsidies to all districts. (Burton, Inquirer)

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/new_jersey/20090430_Lonegan_backs_cutting_court-ordered_school_funding.html

N.J. DEP downgrading science division

A division of the state Department of Environmental Protection that warned about a likely carcinogen last week is in being disbanded. (Lu, Inquirer)

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/new_jersey/20090430_N_J__DEP_downgrading_science_division.html

TRITIUM LEAKING AT PLANT

Radioactive tritium has contaminated four monitoring wells at the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant in Lacey, but the isotope has not been detected beyond the plant, according to a federal official and plant spokesman. (Bates, APP)

http://app.com/article/20090430/NEWS/904300457

Former Atlantic City councilwoman indicted in land deal

ATLANTIC CITY — A state grand jury indicted a former City Council vice president Wednesday after she allegedly used her political power to orchestrate a real estate deal during her first year in office. (Clark, Press of Atlantic City)

http://pressofatlanticcity.com/news/breaking/article_ee98ce5e-34ff-11de-8584-001cc4c03286.html

Labor chief: Undocumented worker wages a concern

Ensuring undocumented workers get paid and improving worker safety are two priorities for the Department of Labor, its first Hispanic secretary said Wednesday. (Epstein, AP)

http://www.courierpostonline.com/article/20090430/NEWS01/904300338/1001/NEWS

Hilsborough officials introduce plan that would provide $353G for improvements

HILLSBOROUGH — Municipal officials here have introduced a 2009 capital improvement plan, which if approved, would fund $353,000 worth of improvements. (Sroka-Holzmann, Courier News)

http://www.mycentraljersey.com/article/20090429/NEWS/90429037/1098/POLITICS

In Edison Dem Primary, Choi relishes role as the man who 'turned Edison upside down'

EDISON – Mayor Jun Choi walked out to a mound on Sunday and threw a respectable toss in the vicinity of the plate to launch the little league season here in front of dozens of teams that in this sprawling suburban torque point looked like child armies mobilized in the name of world order. (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)

http://www.politickernj.com/max/29350/edison-dem-primary-choi-relishes-role-man-who-turned-edison-upside-down

Kasparian changes his mind, ethics training will now be optional

The Bergen County Democratic Organization (BCDO), which in the past year has seen indictments of its party chairman, counsel and the conviction of a state senator, set up an ethics training program for all county committee members and party officials last week. (Friedman, PolitickerNJ)

http://www.politickernj.com/matt-friedman/29355/kasparian-changes-his-mind-ethics-training-will-now-be-optional Morning News Digest: April 30, 2009