Morning News Digest: May 7, 2009

Jersey City teachers union head blasts Fulop

The head of the Jersey City Education Association has blasted Downtown Jersey City Councilman Steve Fulop in a letter sent to more than 3,000 teachers and other school employees. (Jersey Journal)

Newark city clerk has driving privileges stripped for 30 days

Newark City Council today took away the city clerk's privileges to drive a city-owned vehicle for 30 days after he drove the wrong way down a one-way street and ran over a police officer's foot last year, municipal officials said. (Ortega, Star-Ledger)

Vice President Biden to visit N.J. for event with Gov. Jon Corzine

LODI — Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to visit New Jersey on Thursday for an event with Gov. Jon Corzine. (Heininger and Juri, Star-Ledger)

Lonegan's bid for GOP Gov nomination could get boost from Corzine allies, report says

Former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan's campaign to win the Republican nomination for New Jersey Governor could get a boost from allies of Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine, according to a report in The New York Times. (Star-Ledger)

Jon Bon Jovi will perform for Gov. Jon Corzine fundraiser

NEWARK — New Jersey Gov. JonCorzine is planning to make a post-primary memory with native rocker Jon Bon Jovi. (AP)

Candidates meet at Bergen Grassroots forum

TEANECK – The candidates facing off in the county’s two Democratic primaries got a chance to speak to voters at a forum hosted tonight by Bergen Grassroots. (Kindergan, Record)

Gay marriage advocates believe N.J. is next

As Maine became the fifth state that allows gay marriage, gay rights advocates in New Jersey today said they believe the state is poised to pass such a law this year. (Fuchs, Record)

N.J. lawmaker would boost open-space spending

New Jersey voters would get to decide whether the state should borrow $600 million to preserve open space, farmland, and historic sites over the next three years under an amendment to a bill expected to be introduced today. (Lu, Inquirer)

Democrats preparing to wade into NJ GOP primary

MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. – The candidate trailing in the race for New Jersey's Republican gubernatorial nomination is getting help from an unlikely source: a national Democratic governor's association. (Mulvihill, AP)

Town-merge study turns to South Jersey

The state commission created to persuade tiny municipalities to either merge or share services is getting ready to name names in South Jersey. (Hefler, Inquirer)

Greenwich BOE vote stands after recount

GREENWICH TWP. Recount results yielded the same as election night Wednesday, as the Gloucester County Board of Elections added up votes again for the Greenwich Township Board of Education seats. (Paciolla, Gloucester County Times)

Double-dipping on the rise in N.J.

Do you hold at least two public jobs, make at least $100,000 and have a lucrative state pension lined up? If so, you won't be lonely in the Garden State. (Bates and D’Ambrosio, APP)

Atlantic City Council tables vote on removing housing panel head

ATLANTIC CITY – City officials halted a vote on removing the chairman of the city's Housing Authority on Wednesday, but not before a political free-for-all inside council chambers. (Clark, Press of Atlantic City)

Glouco budget holds line on taxes

The Gloucester County freeholders adopted the county's largest-ever spending plan on Wednesday night, with a level tax rate. (Rosen, Courier-Post)

Edison PBA files grievance complaint against Mayor Choi

EDISON — The local police union, Edison Police Benevolent Association Local 75, has filed a grievance with the township alleging that Mayor Jun Choi showed up at the homes of police officers — who did not want to be identified — to try to coerce them to run for the Edison Democratic Committee. (Amuthan, Courier News)

Schundler: Lonegan tax plan won't work

Former Jersey City Mayor Bret Schundler thinks that Republican gubernatorial candidate Steve Lonegan's flat tax plan could be good for New Jersey in the long run, but that it is not politically feasible. (Friedman, PolitickerNJ)

Christie campaign sees DGA play as Corzine-Lonegan tag team

Maintaining a single field of fire, the campaign of Chris Christie issued a two-for-one blast at movement conservative Steve Lonegan and Gov. Jon Corzine, linking the pair of would-be rivals by virtue of the Democratic Governors' Association’s decision to attack Christie in the Republican Primary. (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)

Morning News Digest: May 7, 2009