Morning News Digest: June 11, 2009

79 absentee ballots in Hoboken election forgotten under a table, still need to be counted

More drama evolved in the extremely tight Hoboken mayoral election Wednesday afternoon when the Hudson County Board of Elections announced that 79 absentee ballots were left uncounted in a mail carton under table last night. (The Jersey Journal)

Gov. Corzine's labor deal will hit future taxpayers despite savings of at least $300M

Gov. Jon Corzine's tentative labor deal with state workers frees up millions of dollars in the short-term, but taxpayers will still wind up paying in the future. (Reitmeyer, The Star-Ledger)

U.S. Sen. Menendez, Rep. Pascrell question record of GOP gov. candidate, poll leader

Christie With new poll numbers showing him slipping farther behind Chris Christie, Gov. Jon Corzine got a boost today from Washington Democrats who tore into the Republican challenger over his conduct as U.S. attorney and stance on federal stimulus money. (Heininger, The Star-Ledger)

N.J. GOP candidate Christie asked again to testify on settlements he brokered as U.S. attorney

New Jersey's Republican candidate for governor has been asked to testify before a congressional subcommittee on white-collar crime settlements he brokered as U.S. attorney. (AP)

N.J. pension director says insurance premiums could rise by double digits

State pension director Fred Beaver continued to deliver bad news about health care coverage today, saying insurance premiums for public employees could rise by double digits next year. (Megerian, The Star-Ledger)

Clergy urge boycott of census

If undocumented immigrants are valuable enough to be counted in the Census, then they ought to be legalized. (Llorente, The Record)

Menendez to NJ Transit: Add weekend service

New Jersey's congressional delegation wants NJ Transit to add weekend service to the Montclair-Boonton line, which passes through Morris and Passaic counties. (Davis, The Record)

Passaic GOP rivals promise to work together

Scott Rumana’s re-election as chairman of Passaic County’s Republican Party on Tuesday night appears to have led to a cease-fire in the angry battle for control of the county GOP. (Cowen, The Record)

Glassboro council adopts budget, 7 hike

Borough council has adopted a $23,060,629 budget for 2009 which will result in a seven-cent tax rate increase. (Driscoll, Gloucester County News)

Delaware River Port Authority begins light rail expansion forums in Camden

As the Delaware River Port Authority kicked off its public information campaign Wednesday for mass transit improvement projects in the area with the first of four public open houses, officials said they most likely would not be able to rely on federal moneys to fund efforts to bring light rail to South Jersey. (Murray, Gloucester County News)

Democrats step up attacks as Christie leads in poll

Republican challenger Christopher J. Christie posted a 10-point lead yesterday over Democratic Gov. Corzine in the first independent poll of the general election, prompting a wave of attacks against Christie by prominent New Jersey Democrats. (Burton, Inquirer)

Gloucester County GOP elects new chairman

Republican leaders in Gloucester County elected a new party chairman this week after a bitter primary splintered the party into several factions. (Hefler, Inquirer)

Camden-Glassboro line a priority despite no federal aid

A planned commuter rail line from Camden to Glassboro won't qualify for federal transit funding, leaving state taxpayers with the full $1.3 billion bill. (Nussbaum, Inquirer)

Brazil high court rejects bid to block return of child

A Brazilian court has rejected an attempt to block the reunion between David Goldman and his 9-year-old son, though the boy's return to the United States is still on hold. (Pais, Asbury Park Press)

Ocean freeholders pan cuts to Respite Care Program

The Board of Freeholders on Wednesday blasted state officials for reducing funds earmarked for the county Respite Care Program by more than $105,000. (Ruscitti, Asbury Park Press)

Casino revenue falls 15 percent for worst May in 12 years

Casinos hoping for some sizzle this summer may find that business won’t be so hot after all. (Wittkowski, Press of Atlantic City)

Manville passes revised ordinance to crack down on graffiti

The writing is on the wall for graffiti in the borough. (Deak, Courier News)

2nd Chief: Security thwarted in Camden schools

Another former chief of security of Camden schools echoed the comments of his successor saying that he too was prohibited from properly training the staff, prevented from running emergency drills and hindered from deploying staff to properly secure city schools. (GIdjunis, Courier-Post)–Security-thwarted-in-Camden-schools

Freeholders table budget in Burlco

The Burlington County Board of Freeholders delayed adoption of its 2009 budget following a jammed public hearing on Wednesday night. (Comegno, Courier-Post)

Ferriero files motion to dismiss corruption case

Former Bergen County Democratic Chairman Joseph Ferriero’s defense attorney filed a motion in federal court today to dismiss the indictment against him. (Friedman, PolitickerNJ)

Hoboken's provisional count set for Friday

Representatives of the Hudson County Board of Elections will count the roughly 150 provisional ballots in the Hoboken mayoral election at 10 a.m. on Friday morning. (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ) Morning News Digest: June 11, 2009