Morning News Digest: May 26, 2009

Families greet New Jersey soldiers home from Iraq

After months in Iraq, nearly 400 soldiers from the New Jersey Army National Guard returned home today, marching into a crush of welcome-home hugs and tears from loved ones awaiting them. (Dinges, The Star Ledger)

Swell of seasonal population has Sea Isle City hiring cops

This small coastal community is in the midst of it annual increase in its police force to cope with the influx of seasonal residents, according to a report in The New York Times. (The Star Ledger)

Court drops charges against son of Rev. Darryl George in Millburn High School assault case

A Newark Family court has cleared the 15-year-old son of Rev. Darryl L. George, the minister involved in a fight at Millburn High School in January, according to reports on The New York Times' The Local website and The Item of Millburn and Short Hills. (The Star Ledger)

Laws may gut GOP promises

As they battle for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, Chris Christie and Steve Lonegan are emphatic about remaking state government. (Heninger and Margolin, The Record)

Primary draws outside attention

The Democratic primary for Borough Council is attracting the attention of party leaders far beyond municipal borders. State Sen. Loretta Weinberg, D-Teaneck, for example, supports the incumbents. But the borough's own county committee members, as well as the Bergen County Democratic Organization, are backing two newcomers. (Kindergan, The Record)

Merkt to raise issues in GOP radio debates

Of the three candidates seeking the Republican nomination for governor, Assemblyman Rick Merkt is the only one with state government experience. But without strong fund-raising or name recognition, Merkt has been the other guy in the race as Chris Christie and Steve Lonegan battle for the nomination. (Megerian, The Record)

Jim Six: You're having dinner with whom?

Did you get to go to one of the Inaugural Balls back in January? Maybe you missed the big White House Correspondents' Dinner a week or so ago? Not to worry. There's still a chance you could get leave the hoi polloi behind and hobnob with the honchos. (Six, Gloucester County Times)

N.J. voters Ômaxed out' says expert on '09 votes

Voter registration numbers are still high in Gloucester County, despite the rolls being purged of outdated information in January, according to county officials. (Counihan, Gloucester County Times)

Christie, Lonegan focusing on GOPs right

"Chris Christie and the party hacks . . . they're not conservatives," blares Steve Lonegan's latest radio ad. (Burton, The Inquirer)

'It's good coming home'

For nearly a year while her boyfriend served in Iraq, 19-year-old Elizabeth Fahy made do with Internet communications and phone calls to him. (Colimore, The Inquirer)

Town by town salute to fallen heroes

Memorial services throughout the Shore paid tribute Monday to the sacrifices made by soldiers in the name of their country. (Riley, Asbury Park Press)

GOP gubernatorial hopefuls will have radio debate

Three Republicans competing for their party's nomination in the race for New Jersey governor will make their case to radio listeners in a live debate. (AP)

Veterans walk for those who walked before

The words “bronze star World War II” are emblazoned on Raymond Coursey’s jacket, right above a row of medals. His release and medal paperwork are tucked in a pocket behind the embroidery. He keeps the documents nearby in case people ask him questions, questions about the bullet he took in the lower back while stationed in New Guinea in the 1940s. (Good, Press of Atlantic City)

5 properties at issue in probe of Atlantic City official

The state Attorney General’s Office is investigating federal loans awarded to five separate properties owned by an indicted former City Council vice president. (Clark, Press of Atlantic City)

Perth Amboy considers replacing city EMTs with medical-center service

A lot of discussion, both pro and con, about plans to transition the emergency medical services from city workers to Raritan Bay Medical Center is expected at the next City Council meeting. (Russel, Courier News)

Alcohol sales may be expanded

New Jersey's worsening budget troubles may open the door for a measure to allow supermarkets to sell beer and wine, something most states already allow. (Defalco, AP)

Freeholder primaries wide open in Camden County

For all their differences, the eight men and one woman running for party nominations in the Camden County freeholder race on June 2 are focusing, at least in part, on a common theme: finances. (Smeltz, Courier-Post) Morning News Digest: May 26, 2009