Morning News Digest: June 10, 2009

Chris Christie opens double-digit lead vs. Jon Corzine in N.J. governor's race

Republican Chris Christie leads Gov. Jon Corzine by 10 percentage points in New Jersey's race for governor, according to a poll released today. (AP)

UMDNJ to pay federal government $2M in Medicaid settlement

The state's medical university agreed today to pay $2 million to resolve long-standing civil charges in connection with an ongoing federal investigation over Medicaid fraud. (Sherman, The Star-Ledger)

N.J. reaching out to families to enroll children in free, low-cost health care

State officials have mailed applications to 54,000 homes in four central Jersey counties, encouraging parents to enroll their children in the free and low-cost health insurance plan, FamilyCare. (Livio, The Star-Ledger)

N.J. taxpayer advocates, restaurant association join to oppose Gov. Corzine's budget

A state taxpayer advocacy organization has joined forces with the New Jersey Restaurant Association and other groups in an effort to give the average taxpayer a louder voice in Trenton. (Reitmeyer, The Star-Ledger)

Corzine doesn't dispel Weinberg rumors

Governor Corzine did little today to dispel rumors that Teaneck state Sen. Loretta Weinberg was at the top the list of candidates being considered as his lieutenant governor running mate. (Superville, The Record)

Restaurant owners denounce proposed tax increase

New Jersey restaurant owners say they'll have no choice but to pass on to customers a proposed 25 percent tax increase on wine and liquor. (The Record)

River Edge train stop renamed after historic park

It may have been the site of George Washington’s retreat from the British hundreds of years ago, but those who gathered at the Historic New Bridge Landing Park Tuesday said the park is moving forward into a bright future. (Kindergan, The Record)

Fey tops Oglesby in Gloucester County GOP vote

It will be a fresh start for Republicans in Gloucester County after Tuesday night's vote to unseat the chairwoman of the executive committee. (McCarthy, Gloucester County Times)

Gloucester County Freeholders save 400 acres of farmlands

Nearly 400 acres of farmland will be preserved soon after the Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders purchased the rights to five farms in Harrison and Franklin Townships. (Paciolla, The Record)

Groups want NJ to restore cuts to immigrant outreach

New Jersey's percentage of uninsured immigrant children is higher than the national average, and the state has a poor track record of making sure those children receive health coverage, according to a Rutgers University report released yesterday. (Henry, AP)

The who, the what of lieutenant governor

For the first time, New Jersey voters will be asked to elect a lieutenant governor, a role so loosely defined it could be turned into a stepping stone for higher office or a forgotten seat on the back bench. (Burton, Inquirer)

Lawyer from Willingboro considered for N.J. judgeship

A "squeaky clean" lawyer who investigated racial profiling by New Jersey state police, and now works as an employment lawyer in Philadelphia, is under consideration for a judgeship. (Boyer, Inquirer)

Cost concerns spur N.J. hospital labor disputes

Recent friction between hospital management and its workers has been fueled by increased costs in a health-care industry grappling with more uninsured patients, the prospect of reduced insurance payments with health-care reform, and fewer elective surgeries that bring in money. (AP)

Shop owner wages war on Brick water prices

For four years, Jason Blair, a car electronics shop owner, has fought a war of quarterly battles with the township Municipal Utilities Authority over how it charges his business — and all businesses — for water. At first glance, he is losing. (McGrath, Asbury Park Press)

Atlantic City vote charges ‘ridiculous,’ election worker for Marty Small says

LuQuay Q. Zahir knew the messenger ballots he collected for this year’s Democratic primary would be under heavy scrutiny. That didn’t stop him from aggressively pursuing them — he just took added precautions. (Clark, Press of Atlantic City)

Deductions for credit card interest proposed

Suffering under the weight of a heavy credit card bill? Some local legislators say you should be able to let the state take care of some of the interest. (Harper, Press of Atlantic City)

UPDATE: Franklin school bus driver facing charges in 2 New Brunswick sex assaults

A Franklin man who works as a school bus driver in the township was arrested Tuesday and charged with sexually assaulting two women in separate incidents in New Brunswick. (Serrano, Courier News)

Muslim community leader Zia Rahman dies at age 64

Zia Rahman, who overcame stiff opposition to establish a Voorhees mosque and then worked to build interfaith cooperation in South Jersey, died Tuesday. (Walsh, Courier-Post)

Fey says his work starts now

Newly elected Gloucester County Republican Chairman Bill Fey said tonight that his work starts immediately. (Friedman, PolitickerNJ)

Menza leads in Hillside

Unofficial results in Hillside now show real estate developer Joe Menza ahead of At-Large Councilman Jerome Jewell by six votes after machine and absentee vote tallies. (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ) Morning News Digest: June 10, 2009