Morning News Digest: May 13, 2009

G.O.P. Rivals in New Jersey Tussle in First TV Debate With an unpopular liberal Democratic incumbent awaiting one of them

G.O.P. Rivals in New Jersey Tussle in First TV Debate

With an unpopular liberal Democratic incumbent awaiting one of them in November, the Republican candidates for governor of New Jersey met in a lively first televised debate on Tuesday night, warning that the state is on the brink of financial collapse and needs a true conservative to take charge. One of the candidates, Christopher J. Christie, the former United States attorney for New Jersey, accused Gov. Jon S. Corzine of having been “rolled” by legislators and union leaders. Mr. Christie vowed to bring the same forceful leadership to Trenton that he has displayed in prosecuting corrupt politicians and child pornographers. (Halbfinger, New York Times)

Gov. Corzine's budget cuts aid at N.J. for-profit colleges

TRENTON — Backed into a corner by climbing enrollments and the gloomy economy, state officials have penciled in cuts to financial aid for students at several of New Jersey's for-profit colleges — a group that said it feels like the black sheep of higher education. (Whitley, Star-Ledger)

GOP candidates Christie, Lonegan clash at first debate

The battle was finally joined tonight in the fight for the Republican gubernatorial nomination as Chris Christie and Steve Lonegan met in their first televised debate. (Heininger and Margolin, Star-Ledger)

Jerramiah Healy re-elected mayor of Jersey City on first ballot

Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy was re-elected today — a first-ballot win in a race against four opponents. (Jersey Journal)

Cammarano, Zimmer head to runoff in Hoboken mayoral contest

Hoboken Councilman Peter Cammarano and Councilwoman Dawn Zimmer will face off in a runoff on June 9 in the contest to be mayor of the Mile Square City. (Jersey Journal)

More results from the Jersey City elections

Here's the latest numbers in the Jersey City races from the County Clerk's Office: (Jersey Journal)

$1M cut from Teaneck school budget

TEANECK — The Township Council formally cut $1 million tonight from the defeated $94.8 million school budget. (Ax, Record)

Non-partisan election results map

Click below for unofficial results from today's non-partisan mayoral elections in three North Jersey towns. (Rebach, Record)

N.J. hospital CEOs’ pay tops U.S. average

New Jersey hospital CEOs are paid more than the national average at a time when the state’s economy and many hospitals’ finances are faltering, the state’s largest nurses union said Tuesday. (Washburn, Record)

Ag chief wants open space vote

TRENTON Despite warnings that a bond referendum could fail during the recession, state Agriculture Secretary Douglas Fisher Tuesday said lawmakers should push forward with a $600 million ballot question for open space this year. (Graber, Gloucester County Times)

Plan for Gloucester County commuter rail link to Phila. outlined

New commuter rail service to link much of South Jersey to Philadelphia was the centerpiece of a $2 billion mass-transportation plan outlined yesterday by Gov. Corzine and transit officials. (Nussbaum, Inquirer)

Public transit to link towns

WOODBURY What's better than one plan to bring public transportation to South Jersey? Try three plans. (Murray, Gloucester County Times)

Key N.J. senator deplores proposed health-care cuts

A leading health-care advocate in the state Senate said yesterday that he would not vote to approve a budget that tightens access to the state's FamilyCare program, and suggested several possible funding sources. (Lu, Inquirer)

Incumbents re-elected in Asbury, Monmouth Beach

All five Asbury Park City Council incumbents won new terms Tuesday in a closely fought race that both the elected leaders and their opponents said was crucial to the city's future. (Shields, APP)

Atlantic County freeholders put off vote on $2 million loan to Boscov’s

NORTHFIELD — An Atlantic County Board of Chosen Freeholders that seemed ready Tuesday to deny help in securing $2 million in federal loans for Boscov’s department stores instead opted to further review the request. (Barlas, Press of Atlantic City)

Christie, Lonegan square off in first TV debate

TRENTON — Republicans seeking their party’s nomination for governor spoke in terms that were both collegial and combative in their first televised debate Tuesday. (Harper, Press of Atlantic City)

Light rail plans finally on track

Gov. Jon S. Corzine and a cadre of South Jersey legislators, transportation experts and planners unveiled an ambitious three-pronged plan Tuesday to expand mass transit into Gloucester County, loosen the gridlock on routes 42 and 55 and bring rail service to the Atlantic City Airport. (Stilwell, Courier-Post)

Switching fuels to make gasoline sparks higher prices at pumps in Central Jersey

FRANKLIN (SOMERSET) — Jim Hayes of Warren stopped by Resta's Shell station on Amwell Road on Tuesday afternoon to catch up with brothers and owners Ed and Frank Resta. (Kaltwasser, Courier News)

Blanco wins in Passaic

Passaic Mayor Alex Blanco has defeated his rival, city super Vincent Capuana, by a vote of 4,830 to 4,299, according to the City Clerk's Office. (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)

Healy re-elected Mayor of Jersey City

Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy appears headed toward winning reelection without needing to go through a runoff. (Friedman, PolitickerNJ) Morning News Digest: May 13, 2009