Morning News Digest: June 1, 2009

Longshots challenge Corzine in Democratic N.J. Gov primary With much attention focused on the Republican primary, it's easy to forget

Longshots challenge Corzine in Democratic N.J. Gov primary

With much attention focused on the Republican primary, it's easy to forget Gov. Jon Corzine has not officially won the Democratic nomination. At least not yet. (Megerian, The Sar-Ledger)

New Jersey's lieutenant governor remains a mystery

Voters in Tuesday's Republican primary will choose their favorite gubernatorial candidate — and then leave it to the winner to pick New Jersey's potential chief-executive-in-waiting. (Young, The Star-Ledger)

After hearing objections, Union County pulls back on its costly dog park project

The dogs of Union County will get their new park, but it won't be a pooch palace, as previously planned. (Friedman, The Star-Ledger)

The BOSS ACT rewrites rules for concert ticket sales

As fans scramble today to purchase tickets to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's final stand at Giants Stadium, Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-8th Dist.) will announce federal legislation intended to overhaul the concert ticket industry and improve fans' chances of scoring tickets to their favorite acts.(McGlone, The Star-Ledger)

Tuesday's Assembly primaries to be held in all 40 districts

A heated battle between two former running mates and a contest pitting two family members against each other and an incumbent highlight Tuesday's Republican and Democratic primary elections, being held in all 40 state Assembly districts. (Larini, The Star-Ledger)

Mayor's attorney calls indictment 'misunderstanding'

Longtime Carlstadt Mayor William Roseman has been indicted by a Bergen County Grand Jury on three counts relating to his failure to notify the borough's insurance carrier that he and his wife had divorced in July 2000, announced Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli on May 29. (Lamendola, The Record)

Republican factions battle in 35th Assembly District

The Republican primary in southern Passaic County's 35th Assembly District is a showdown between a sitting party leadership and an insurgent faction that says the GOP needs big change if it's to overthrow ruling Democrats. (Mandelland and Cowen, The Record)

Charles Stile: Democrats might give peace a chance

Has détente finally come to the skirmish-weary Bergen County Democratic Organization? (Stile, The Record)

GOP hopefuls bring message to South Jersey

The leading Republican candidates for governor are making their final campaign swings through the state before Tuesday's primary.(Graber and McAneny, Gloucester County Times)

It's slow growing for many towns

Just a few years ago in Washington Township, Council President Michelle Martin was pulling long nights at planning board meetings that ran well into the morning.(Beym, Gloucester County Times)

Bill passed to make voting by mail easier in N.J.

By fall's election, New Jersey residents will be able to vote more easily by mail, under a bill passed recently by the state legislature. (Henry, Inquirer)

Lonegan, Christie continue hunt for GOP voters

Steve Lonegan arrived at the Ocean City boardwalk in a suit and tie early yesterday. Cloudy skies threatened rain as he continued his final push on the second-to-last-day of the Republican gubernatorial primary campaign. (Tamari, Inquirer)

Guardsmen may be in hot water

The Army is investigating allegations that eight men in a Virginia National Guard company photographed and videotaped up to 21 women in the unit while the women showered at Fort Dix in Burlington County, officials said yesterday. (Colimore, Inquirer)

Parishioners rally at shuttered church

We will not give up our church without a fight.That was the sentiment of an estimated 200 Spanish- and Portugese-speaking parishioners of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church who staged a peaceful demonstration at noon Sunday in front of their now-locked house of worship in protest of the Diocese of Trenton's ruling that the church is to be closed and these parishioners join Our Lady, Star of the Sea, roughly a half-mile away. (McConville, Asbury Park Press)

Experts expect low turnout for N.J. primaries

A small fraction of New Jersey voters could decide which Republican faces Jon S. Corzine in the November gubernatorial election — and that's what might make it interesting. (AP)

Centralize traffic monitoring, lawmakers say

Two New Jersey legislators are proposing a statewide system that would give motorists real-time help to cope with traffic problems. (Barlas, Press of Atlantic City)

Boat spills 100 gallons of fuel near Jersey shore

About 100 gallons of fuel was spilled from a 40-foot recreational boat at a marina along the Manasquan River this morning, according to the Coast Guard. (Courier News)

Increased gun demand seen in South Jersey

Joyce Serra gripped her silver .357 magnum revolver in both hands and methodically squeezed off five shots at a human silhouette target 10 yards away.The 64-year-old hairdresser from Vineland is one of a growing number of first-time gun buyers who have kept weapons and ammunition in high demand in recent months despite the recession. (Mast, Courier-Post)

Camden schools chief gets pay hike

City schools Superintendent Bessie LeFra Young got a pay raise, and jumped three places to become the eighth-highest-paid superintendent in New Jersey. (Gidjunis, Courier-Post)

In LD 23: pro-life and pro-gun versus pro-gun and anti-partial birth abortions

Battling state Sen. Marcia Karrow's (R-Raritan Twp.) earlier week endorsement by the National Rifle Association (NRA), challenger Assemblyman Mike Doherty (R-Washington Twp.) did a Sunday morning church blast touting his backing by the National Right to Life. (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)

Morning News Digest: June 1, 2009