Morning News Digest: June 30, 2009

N.J. Attorney General Anne Milgram plans to unveil mortgage-fraud indictments

New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram today plans to announce multiple indictments for mortgage fraud. (Megerian, The Star-Ledger)

Loch Arbour : Tiny town's tax bills to double under Corzine's 'reform'

Unless a judge intervenes today, by this time tomorrow the residents of the tiny Jersey Shore village of Loch Arbour will see their property-tax bills double overnight. Some will be forced to sell their houses. (Mulshine, The Star-Ledger)

N.J. Gov candidate Chris Christie tries to move past questions on federal contracts

Chris Christie walked out of a blockbuster congressional hearing last week with an air of defiance, saying he survived a political booby trap and would get right back to his own campaign agenda. (Heininger, The Star-Ledger)

Monmouth County uses furlough day to hold free mediation sessions

Although state courts were closed today while judiciary employees were on furlough, members of the Monmouth County Bar Association provided their own version of the People's Court by holding free mediation sessions in what they called "court alternative day." (Spoto, The Star-Ledger)

Corzine scraps plans to freeze insurance program for low-income families

Gov. Jon Corzine is scrapping plans to freeze parent enrollment in the NJ FamilyCare health insurance program for working poor families. (Livio, The Star-Ledger)

Council signs off on estimated tax bills

The owner of the average borough home will pay $227 more in property taxes this year under estimated tax bills approved Monday night by the council. (Astor, The Record)

Quarry eyed for potential redevelopment riches

For now, it’s a rock quarry. By 2013, it could be a gold mine — or a pit of troubles, depending on who’s doing the predicting. (Astor, The Record)

Governor Corzine signs off on state budget cuts to rebates, vice tax hikes

Gov. Jon S. Corzine signed a new $29 billion budget into law Monday that hikes taxes and pares back property-tax relief to balance the recession-year spending plan. (Graber, Gloucester County Times)

Paulsboro sanitation workers hospitalized in chemical spill

Two sanitation workers were taken to a hospital Monday afternoon one of them with third-degree burns after a gallon container of drain cleaner spilled out of the garbage truck where they were working and onto their skin. (Beym, Gloucester County Times)

Corzine signs $29 billion N.J. budget

Gov. Corzine signed a $29 billion budget yesterday that he said managed the national recession by cutting spending but still making "the right choices" to preserve programs for education, the poor, and the elderly. (Tamari, The Inquirer)

Area schools squeezed by budget pinch

No more middle school. Goodbye freshman and J.V. sports. Close a school; slash the music programs. (Hardy and Wood, The Inquirer)

Madoff victims from Bucks pleased by stiff sentence

Michael T. DeVita exited the federal courthouse in the financial district yesterday and flashed a victory signal to a mob of onlookers, TV news crews, and security personnel, signaling his great pleasure at the 150-year prison sentence issued to The Great Swindler. (Fernandez, The Inquirer)

Princeton police chief dies on vacation

Princeton Borough Police Chief Anthony Federico has died. (AP)

Service stations angry about inspection equipment mandate

Some private inspection station owners at the Shore are angry about the state Motor Vehicle Commission requiring them to purchase new emissions testing equipment by Tuesday at a cost of about $8,000. (Amsel, Asbury Park Press)

Deadline finds Bader Field with no takers

Every week for the past six months, Councilman Dennis Mason has called city-hired consultants to get an update on whether the resort's former-airport-turned-prized-parcel was attracting any offers. And every week for six months, they have given the same answer. (Clark, Press of Atlantic City)

Standing-room only crowd attends Plainfield meeting for Connolly tenants

City resident James Taylor looks like the last person anyone would want to cross. (Spivey, Courier News)

RVCC Board of Trustees member resigns after embezzling charges indictment

A former union official charged with embezzling funds has resigned from a seat he held on the Raritan Valley Community College board of trustees, according to the panel's chairman. (Bricketto, Courier News)

Evesham election funding targeted

An Evesham councilman ousted in the May 12 election is asking the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission to investigate the campaign fundraising activity of the Republican-backed slate that won. (Smith, Courier-Post)

No Corzine LG pick this week

Don’t expect Governor Jon Corzine to make a lieutenant governor pick this week. (Friedman, PolitickerNJ)

Battleground Monmouth and the Guadagno LG option

In recent years, a few inter-party contests stand out as wars, and as George W. Bush's numbers threatened to flat-line in New Jersey, Democrats felt a surge of confidence in Monmouth County, where they ramrodded GOP excess and Bush backlash into annual wins on the freeholder board and a Senate victory by Ellen Karcher for territory that could be described as leaning in their favor but finally uneasy. (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ) Morning News Digest: June 30, 2009