Morning News Digest: May 15, 2009

Gov. Jon Corzine plans to reappoint state Supreme Court Justice Barry Albin

Gov. Jon Corzine today is expected to announce his reappointment of state Supreme Court Justice Barry Albin, a spokeswoman for the governor said. (Fuchs, Star-Ledger)

Webb-Washington misses Ward F runoff by one vote; in Ward A it's Sottolano vs. Lavarro

Incumbent Councilwoman Viola Richardson will face Ronnie-Calvin Clark in the Ward F runoff election. La Vern Webb-Washington lost the second place slot by one vote, according to Michael Harper of the Hudson County Board of Elections. (Clark, Jersey Journal)

State takes another $1.2B hit

TRENTON The recession has caused more problems for New Jersey's finances. With fewer than seven weeks until the close of the fiscal year, Gov. Jon S. Corzine announced Thursday that weaker than expected revenue collections will require $1.2 billion in reductions in the current state budget. (Graber, Gloucester County Times)

PSE&G agrees to pay part of Highlands' legal costs

NEWARK — PSE&G agreed today to pay some of the legal costs for Highlands municipalities opposing the utility’s massive upgrade of power lines known as the Susquehanna-Roseland project. (Cowen, Record)

Corzine: State will cut another $1.2B

Governor Corzine will raid what’s left of his surplus while pushing other expenses down the road to make sure the current budget year ends without a deficit. (Reitmeyer, Record)

Corzine cuts $150 million more from budget

For the third time since January, Gov. Corzine went back to his spending plan yesterday to help close a budget gap, trimming an additional $150 million in spending. (Lu, Inquirer)

Corzine nominates Ripa for Camden County clerk

Gov. Corzine nominated Camden County Freeholder Joseph Ripa Jr. yesterday to be the next county clerk. (Katz, Inquirer)

Convicted official loses appeal for pension money

TRENTON — A former New Jersey official has failed in his bid to have some of his pension restored after a corruption conviction. (AP)

State will cut more, use surplus, defer expenses to plug $1.2 billion budget hole

TRENTON — Gov. Jon S. Corzine said the state would plug a $1.2 billion budget gap by deferring expenses, using most of the remaining surplus and making cuts. (Harper, Press of Atlantic City)

Corzine signs order to make $3.6 billion Atlantic City transit vision a reality

ATLANTIC CITY — They range from a bike path on the Boardwalk to a billion-dollar monorail system that would whisk visitors into town above congested highways. (Wittkowski, Press of Atlantic City)

Recount confirms three as winners

A vote recount Thursday reaffirmed three incumbents as the winners of the April 21 Pennsauken school-board election. (Smeltz, Courier-Post)

Lonegan supporters on primary ballot for 2 Somerset County freeholder seats

SOMERSET COUNTY — Candidates endorsed by the Somerset Republican Organization for freeholder face a primary challenge from supporters of gubernatorial hopeful Steve Lonegan. (Bricketto, Courier News)

Murphy endorses Christie for governor

MORRISTOWN – Citing a mutual love of family and similar views on the issues, Freeholder John Murphy and former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie reconciled publicly today as Murphy endorsed Christie for governor in a short ceremony at Morris County GOP headquarters. (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ) Morning News Digest: May 15, 2009