Morning News Digest: June 4, 2009

Civil-liberties group says N.J. police routinely mishandle civilian complaints The majority of New Jersey's local police departments routinely violate state

Civil-liberties group says N.J. police routinely mishandle civilian complaints

The majority of New Jersey's local police departments routinely violate state law when handling civilian complaints about police misconduct, according to an American Civil Liberties Union report that will be released today. (Megerian, The Star-Ledger)

Former Millville Mayor Emil Van Hook dies

Emil Van Hook, a former mayor and prominent businessman, died Wednesday at his home, according to a report in The Daily Journal. He was 62. (The Star-Ledger)

N.J. picks JPMorgan Chase for $2B summer loan Financial giant

JPMorgan Chase has won the assignment to extend a$2 billion line of credit to New Jersey to cover expected summer revenue shortfalls, according to a report in the Courier Post. (The Star-Ledger)

Stile: Usual right-left battles may not matter in governor's race

Ridgewood's Barbra Lewis would never vote for ultraconservative Steve Lonegan, even if he was "running for dogcatcher." (Stile, The Record)

Bergen freeholders approve $481 million budget

The Bergen County freeholders unanimously passed a $481 million budget tonight after hearing union leaders protest the prospect of furloughs and layoffs in the coming fiscal year. (Gartland, The Record)

Primary over, gloves come off

Governor Corzine says Chris Christie is out of step with mainstream New Jersey values. (Heininger and Margolin, The Record)

Independents vie for town posts

An incumbent committeeman in Elk Township has filed for re-election as an independent. (Barna, Gloucester County Times)

Clayton budget calls for 5.06-cent tax hike

The average homeowner here will be paying $56 more to support local services under the borough's $6.72 million budget for 2009. (Slovak, Gloucester County Times)

Corzine, Christie come out swinging

New Jersey is set for a highly competitive governor's race that pits a former Marine who learned how to wield a shovel as a farm boy against a swashbuckling ex-prosecutor with a Jersey-size chip on his shoulder. (Burton, Inquirer)

Burlington County freeholders wrangle over budget

Should government stop at nothing to cut taxes during tough economic times, even if it means laying off dozens of employees and cutting important programs? (Rao, Inquirer)

Clean campaign in NJ? Good luck with that.

First off, let me say that The Star-Ledger is a strong newspaper that does an excellent job, especially when it comes to covering state government and politics. But their editorial page had a headline that made me laugh out loud today. (Tamari, Inquirer)

Union may OK pay freeze, furloughs for public worker union

Gov. Jon S. Corzine said Wednesday that the state had reached a deal with its largest public worker union to freeze wages and impose unpaid furlough days in fiscal 2010 — but that apparent success also sparked political campaign fallout. (Symons, Asbury Park Press)

Problems persist with Monmouth election computer system

Monmouth County's multimillion-dollar computerized voting tabulation system stumbled again on Tuesday night, though delays in collecting primary election tallies weren't as problematic as the extended lags that occurred during school board votes in April. (Jordan, Asbury Park Press)

No one expected Atlantic City mayoral landslide

If you asked Councilman Marty Small for his predictions on Tuesday’s Democratic primary, he would have responded with confidence. Most politicians know what to expect on Election Day, but rarely are publicly candid about it. (Clark, Press of Atlantic City)

State attorney general investigates Atlantic City messenger ballots

The state Attorney General’s Office opened an investigation into Atlantic City’s messenger and absentee ballots Wednesday, according to various Atlantic County elections officials. (Clark, Press of Atlantic City)

Ricigliano savors upset victory over incumbent mayor in Edison Dem primary

High voter turnout and a hard-fought grassroots campaign were the keys, said Councilwoman Antonia Ricigliano as she discussed her stunning upset of incumbent Mayor Jun Choi in Tuesday's Democratic primary battle for mayor. (Amuthan, Courier News)

Economy likely to decide outcome of governor's race

A tough-talking former federal prosecutor will take on a disliked governor in New Jersey, a long-anticipated matchup that could test the weight of the Democratic incumbent's baggage and whether the wave of Obama's popularity can wash him to victory. (Delli Santi, AP)

Ripa takes oath as clerk

Recalling an exchange with the late labor leader George Norcross Jr., incoming Camden County Clerk Joseph Ripa Jr. called on his supporters Wednesday to assist the less-fortunate and vowed to help "anyone and everyone" he can. (Smeltz, Courier-Post)

Democratic Party leaders call Christie too conservative for New Jersey

Democrats gave Chris Christie no room to savor his day-old GOP gubernatorial primary triumph, smothering him today with a flurry of examples of why they believe he's too conservative for New Jersey, the country's most diverse state. (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)

Republican leaders upset over Corzine labor deal

The legislature’s two top Republicans criticized Gov. Corzine for allegedly making concessions to a public workers’ union for fear that their protest of his campaign kickoff would force Vice President Joe Biden to cancel his appearance there. (Friedman, PolitickerNJ) Morning News Digest: June 4, 2009