Morning News Digest: June 25, 2009

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New Jersey lawmakers are scheduled today to consider a state budget that boosts several taxes while cutting the property-tax-rebate checks that will be sent out later this year. (Reitmeyer, The Star-Ledger)

Chris Christie prepares for questions from congress about monitoring contracts

Republican New Jersey gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie today will testify before a congressional subcommittee about million-dollar monitoring contracts he awarded while U.S. attorney. (Heininger, The Star-Ledger)

N.J. GOP gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie's deferred prosecution agreements

New Jersey GOP gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie approved seven deferred prosecution agreements while U.S. Attorney for New Jersey. (AP)

N.J. adult medical day centers still in danger of closing despite reduction in cuts

Cuts to adult medical day care facilities statewide will be less severe than originally proposed, but advocates for such centers believe the reduction will still negatively impact the industry, and in turn, senior citizens who rely on those services. (Juri, The Star-Ledger)

President Barack Obama says he is 'confident' Gov. Corzine can win re-election

President Obama today said Gov. Jon Corzine is a "friend" and he believes the Democratic governor will be re-elected this fall. (Margolin, The Star-Ledger)

Stile: Bergen's 'Political Queenpins' on short list for lt. governor

They are Bergen County’s Political Queenpins, equally skilled at charming a room of Canasta-playing seniors and provoking hair-pulling rage among (mostly male) intra-party rivals. (Stile, The Record)

Montvale to add to police force

The Borough Council has agreed to add two officers to the 20-member Police Department and has begun interviewing candidates. (Superville, The Record)

Valdes seen as shoo-in for prosecutor

Camelia M. Valdes of Wayne appears likely to be confirmed as New Jersey's first Latina county prosecutor when the state Senate meets today for its final legislative session. (Cowen, The Record)

County settles jail illness suit

Five Gloucester County Jail corrections officers have settled a lawsuit they filed against the county after claiming they contracted staph infections while working at the jail in Woodbury. (McCarthy, Gloucester County Times)

Corzine budget builds deficit later, GOP claims

Republican lawmakers, gearing up for today's budget vote, said Wednesday that the $29 billion spending plan would set the state up for an estimated $10 billion structural deficit next year. (Graber, Gloucester County Times)

N.J. lawmakers to vote on stimulus bill

While many New Jerseyans are bracing for the pinch of a tight state budget, lawmakers are expected to approve an economic-stimulus bill that would give developers significant tax breaks. (Lu, The Inquirer)

Campbell's asks Camden to acquire, raze Sears Building

Campbell Soup Co. has asked Camden officials to acquire the city's historic Sears, Roebuck & Co. store through eminent domain so that it can be knocked down to make way for an office park the company is developing. (Katz, The Inquirer)

Christie spends as Corzine raises money

Campaign finance reports released yesterday show Gov. Corzine and Republican challenger Christopher J. Christie took contrasting approaches just before and after the June 2 primary. (The Inquirer)

Supremacist blogger accused of threatening judges

A white supremacist blogger was arrested at his New Jersey home Wednesday and charged with threatening to assault or murder three Chicago-based judges who refused to overturn local ordinances banning handguns. (Robinson, AP)

New Jersey budget set to pass despite Republican objections

Lawmakers are expected to approve Gov. Jon S. Corzine's $29.9 billion election-year budget today, while Republicans promise to withhold their votes, saying the budget will increase taxes by $2 billion while leaving a structural deficit of about $10 billion. (Harper, Press of Atlantic City)

Hamilton official drops re-election bid despite primary win

A longtime Republican official announced Tuesday that he will not seek re-election in November. (Previiti, Press of Atlantic City)

New Brunswick hospital reports first-ever implant of self-contained artificial heart

Surgeons at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital became the first in the nation to successfully implant a self-contained artificial heart in a patient since its approval by the Food and Drug Administration. (Racz, Courier News)

Party chairman aims to regain Democrats' grip on Linden's reins

Chris Hudak loves his hometown and the city's Democratic Party. (Courier News)

Legislature set to tackle budget today

Lawmakers are expected to consider a $29 billion state budget for the fiscal year that begins Wednesday and more than $1.2 billion in tax increases needed to support it today in marathon sessions in the Senate and Assembly. (Symons, Courier-Post)

GOP Strong not appeased

Two weeks after failing to topple Assemblyman Scott Rumana (R-Wayne) from his perch on top of the beleaguered Passaic County Regular Republican Organization (PCRRO), leaders of the dissident Republican faction GOP Strong are unsatisfied with his efforts to unite the party. (Friedman, PolitickerNJ)

Morning News Digest: June 25, 2009