Morning News Digest: May 20, 2009

Polls show Christie leading Lonegan in GOP race for N.J. Gov

TRENTON — Two polls found former federal prosecutor Chris Christie with a wide lead vs. his chief rival in New Jersey's Republican gubernatorial primary. (AP)

Say goodbye to property-tax rebates, N.J. treasurer says

TRENTON — Property tax rebate checks billed as long-term relief just a few years ago are the latest casualty of New Jersey's budget woes. (Reitmeyer, Star-Ledger)

Beth Mason endorses Dawn Zimmer for Hoboken mayor

Beth Mason, who was an early frontrunner but then ended in third place in last Tuesday's Hoboken election, threw her support behind Dawn Zimmer in the runoff today. (Hoboken Now)

Booker backs DiVincenzo

Newark Mayor Cory Booker today officially endorsed Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo for re-election to a third term. (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)

Worst year for N.J. tax collections, budget analyst says

TRENTON — New Jersey's revenue collections will come up nearly $3 billion short of planned spending in the next 15 months if pending budget adjustments aren't made, according to a new revenue forecast reviewed by lawmakers today. (Reitmeyer, Star-Ledger)

State budget plan halts property tax rebates

TRENTON Gov. Jon S. Corzine's administration has proposed suspending property tax rebates next year for all but seniors and the disabled to close an expected shortfall in the 2010 budget. (Graber, Gloucester County Times)

Paramus administrator used borough letterhead for private fund-raiser

PARAMUS — Borough Administrator Anthony Iacono used the borough letterhead and its postage meter last week to send private fund-raising letters to local business owners, creating an impression that some of the recipients said was misleading. (Akin, Record)

Corzine proposes more rebate cuts

Property-tax rebates would be eliminated for all New Jersey homeowners and tenants younger than 65 under the latest budget cuts proposed by the Corzine administration. (Tamari and Lu, Inquirer)

Report urges prison reforms to derail gangs

Authorities across New Jersey periodically announce gang sweeps that net dozens or even hundreds of arrests and generate publicity on efforts to lower crime. (Rao, Inquirer)

Only seniors to get property tax rebates

TRENTON — Property tax rebates will be suspended this year for homeowners except senior citizens and the disabled under Gov. Jon S. Corzine's revised budget proposal, state Treasurer David Rousseau told the Assembly Budget Committee Tuesday. (Symons, Gannett)

Corzine cuts homestead rebates

TRENTON – If you are not among the 700,000 senior citizens or disabled people living in New Jersey, get ready to receive less money from the state. (Harper, Press of Atlantic City)

Lonegan has vision for Camden

Seven years into a state-funded program to revive Camden's troubled neighborhoods, GOP gubernatorial hopeful Steve Lonegan is suggesting a new approach. Demolition. (Walsh, Courier-Post)

Six PATCO stations to be upgraded

Officials at the Delaware River Port Authority today are expected to announce a $9.6 million project to upgrade six PATCO Hi-Speedline stations. (Walsh, Courier-Post)

Poll shows Christie well ahead of rivals

Former U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie holds a commanding 18-point lead over rival Steve Lonegan with only two weeks to go before Republican voters select their nominee for governor, according to a Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey poll. (Mikle, Gannett)

In event he loses primary, Cresitello would support Dougherty, while Dougherty remains coy

MORRISTOWN – If he doesn’t win the Democratic Primary on June 2nd, Mayor Donald Cresitello intends to support the challenger from his own party in November’s general election. (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ) Morning News Digest: May 20, 2009