Morning News Digest: May 12, 2009

Shakeup at Bayonne City Hall Bayonne's law director and business administrator are heading out the door in a move by

Shakeup at Bayonne City Hall

Bayonne's law director and business administrator are heading out the door in a move by Mayor Mark Smith to bring in his own people, officials confirmed yesterday. (Hack, Jersey Journal)

Debate puts Chris Christie, Steve Lonegan centerstage

After circling each other with ads, charges and countercharges for the past few weeks, Chris Christie and Steve Lonegan will finally clash onstage tonight in the first debate of the Republican gubernatorial primary. (Heininger, Star-Ledger)

Study says N.J. needs to better train poll workers, track election complaints to preserve rights

TRENTON — New Jersey needs to better train poll workers and track Election Day complaints to make sure voters' rights are preserved, according to a report that will be released Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union and the League of Women Voters. (Megerian and Fuchs, Star-Ledger)

Rail expansion expected from gov

WOODBURY Gov. Jon Corzine hadn't even moved to New Jersey when the last passenger rail service made its last stop at the city's only train station on Cooper Street. He'll be here today for what is expected to be the announcement of the largest public transportation infrastructure project to hit this part of the state in years. (Murray, Gloucester County Times)

New Jersey's live lottery drawings canceled

The New Jersey Lottery Commission will stop airing live drawings at 1 p.m. on the state's public television network to save money as Governor Corzine says he’ll offer more details on fixing the cash-strapped budget this week. (Reitmeyer, Record)

Biden will help Corzine kick off re-election campaign

Vice President Joe Biden will join Gov. Jon Corzine as the Democratic governor officially kicks off his re-election campaign next month, Corzine announced today. (Heininger, Record)

$600 million open space bond may go to voters

Voters may again have the chance to vote on a $600 million bond that could help preserve historic sites and open space throughout Bergen and Passaic counties as well as the rest of the state. (Fallon, Record)

Corzine to lay out budget deficit solutions soon

Gov. Corzine expects to lay out solutions for New Jersey's latest budget shortfall within days, he said yesterday. (Tamari, Inquirer)

NJ prepares for layoffs of state workers

TRENTON, N.J. – A union leader says New Jersey is making preparations to lay off hundreds of state workers to balance the 2010 state budget. (AP)

GOP in gov's race to have first TV debate

TRENTON, N.J. — Two Republicans who want their party's nomination to run against New Jersey Gov. Jon S. Corzine in November will meet in their first televised debate Tuesday night. (AP)

Plainfield mayoral candidates forum, utilities talk both set for Tuesday

PLAINFIELD — A pair of forums centering on two hot-button topics will compete for attention from city residents Tuesday night. (Spivey, Courier News)

Local lawyer to lead state bar association

When Allen Etish was growing up in Englewood, he expected to go into the family furniture business. (Rothschild, Courier-Post)

Christie asked to testify at House subcommittee hearing next week on DPA's

GOP gubernatorial candidate Christopher Christie has been asked to testify at a March 19 congressional hearing on legislation to reform deferred prosecution agreements and the selection of federal monitors. (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)

Morning News Digest: May 12, 2009