Morning News Digest: May 19, 2009

Weinberg challenges Corzine's nominees

Sen. Loretta Weinberg is threatening to blackball Governor Corzine's nominations to the Bergen County Tax Board unless they agree to a 10 percent pay cut and givebacks in health and pension benefits. Weinberg, who has taken aim at part-time, political appointees in recent weeks, is urging four members nominated May 4 for reappointment to "step up and set an example for the rest of the state" by agreeing to this largely symbolic, cost-cutting gesture. (Stile, The Record)

State of N.J. finances to get an update

TRENTON — New Jersey lawmakers will get an updated projection on how much money the state expects to bring in next year. (AP)

Pascrell fires new shot at TicketsNow

The North Jersey congressman who has become a leading critic against Ticketmaster fired took a new shot Monday to coincide with Bruce Springsteen’s appearance at a downtown Washington arena. (Jackson, Record)

N.J. fines Newark $6K for violating agreement that gave state control of hiring

NEWARK — After accepting a $45 million bailout last year, the city violated an agreement that gave the state control of hiring by making 43 personnel changes without seeking permission, city and state officials said. (Ortega, Star-Ledger)

Corzine, Lautenberg, Menendez plan to talk about economic stimulus

TRENTON — Gov. Jon Corzine and both U.S. senators from New Jersey today are set to tell local officials about how they can get federal stimulus money. (AP)

Autism health care funding bill advances in N.J.

TRENTON After eight years of therapy, the only sign today that Holly Masclans' children have autism is their stutter. (Graber, Gloucester County Times)

Local governments play eager auctioneers

Whether it’s a former police car, a dented golf cart, or even a load of live fish, government has lots of spare stuff laying around and awaiting auction. (Cowen and Sudol, Record)

Corzine: Federal stimulus money already helping

New Jersey Federal stimulus money is already boosting New Jersey's fortunes, Governor Corzine said Monday as federal officials briefed more than 800 local representatives on how to secure a piece of the funding. (Davis and Heininger, Record)

State's clerical error exposed Social Security numbers

Almost three thousand unemployed New Jersey residents now have something else to worry about besides finding work — wondering who has their Social Security number. (Megerian, Record)

DOD's new cost to close fort: $1.8 billion

The Department of Defense now says it will cost $1.8 billion to close Fort Monmouth and move most of its mission to the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland. (Bowman, APP)

Study finds recession costs casinos billions

ATLANTIC CITY — The recession has been unkind not only to Atlantic City casinos, but other gaming markets across the country. (Wittkowski, Press of Atlantic City)

Drivers surprised by MVC office closures for state-mandated furlough day

If Monday's Motor Vehicle Commission furloughs bothered state workers who lost out on a day of pay, they at least can take comfort in knowing area motorists shared their annoyance. (Spivey, Courier News)

Merkt targets state Supreme Court in bid for governor

In his bid to be New Jersey's next chief executive, Assemblyman Rick Merkt, R-Morris, vows to replace more than the incumbent governor. (Walsh, Courier-Post)

Christie appears with Giuliani on Hannity

Appearing tonight on Sean Hannity’s Fox News television program, GOP gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie refused to acknowledge Gov. Jon Corzine’s individual term as governor, instead opting to lump him into the bigger blender of Democratic Party rule in the State of New Jersey. (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)

Morning News Digest: May 19, 2009