Morning News Digest: June 8, 2009

Two-thirds of N.J. hospitals face loss in Medicaid funds Two-thirds of New Jersey's cash-strapped hospitals stand to lose money under

Two-thirds of N.J. hospitals face loss in Medicaid funds

Two-thirds of New Jersey's cash-strapped hospitals stand to lose money under a proposal that would change how the state doles out $400 million for patients on Medicaid, the health insurance program for the poor. (Livio, The Star-Ledger)

Gov. Corzine to join federal lawsuit to overturn ban on sports betting

Gov. Jon Corzine said today he will seek to join Sen. Ray Lesniak's legal fight to allow sports betting in New Jersey. (Fuchs, The Star-Ledger)

N.J. Sen. Minority Leader Tom Kean Jr. says he's not interested in running with Chris Christie

Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean Jr. said today he will not be the running mate for Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie this fall. (Heininger, The Star-Ledger)

Delaware's expanded gambling worries Atlantic City

For years, Atlantic City could mostly ignore the three slots parlors at racetracks in Delaware. (AP)

Rumors swirl on Corzine's pick for No. 2

State Sen. Loretta Weinberg says she’s not angling to be Governor Corzine’s lieutenant governor sidekick, but speculation persists. (The Record)

New push to impose sex offender residency limit

Just weeks after New Jersey's Supreme Court ruled that towns cannot ban sex offenders from living near schools, parks or other places where children gather, some state lawmakers are pushing legislation that would give municipalities that right. (AP)

Kean says no to lieutenant gov State Senate Minority Leader

Tom Kean Jr. said Friday that he will not be the running mate for Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie this fall. (Heininger, The Record)

Young candidate might represent county Republican Party's future

A new face in the Republican Party of Gloucester County has emerged and it's young and clean-shaven. (Beym, Gloucester County Times)

No debate agreement in Westfield

Republican Mayor Andy Skibitsky has declined Democratic challenger Bill Brennan’s proposal that the pair meet for four debates, one in each of the town’s council wards. kibitsky said he prefers to meet Brennan for one debate, the traditional League of Women Voters candidates’ night in October. He said until then he would prefer talking with voters during door-to-door visits and attending meetings with community groups. (Celock, Westfield Patch)

Swedesboro cuts into a tax hike

Taxpayers in the borough will see a slight increase on their municipal tax rate this year, but officials here claim it could have been worse. (Murray, Gloucester County Times)

Software offers real-time election-day data

As campaign workers barbecued on his Atlantic City lawn, Fourth Ward coordinator Anthony Cox was hunkered down in the garage, discerning from a laptop the next move in the push to get Mayor Lorenzo Langford a victory by the time polls closed in two hours. (Rao, Inquirer)

Stimulus funds will bring summer jobs for disadvantaged

Twenty-year-olds looking for summer work commonly wind up stocking shelves at the local supermarket, or taking orders at the fast-food place down the street. (DeMarco, Inquirer)

Whatever happened to N.J. ethics reform?

Eight months after Gov. Corzine promised to push comprehensive campaign-finance and contracting limits into law, key parts of his ethics-reform pledge are languishing in the Legislature. (Tamari, Inquirer)

Gay pride on parade in Asbury

Thousands of local residents and visitors from the tri-state area packed both Bradley and Atlantic parks Sunday afternoon for the 18th annual Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered and Intersexed Pride Celebration. (Vega, Asbury Park Press)

Scholarship fund named for Union Beach GI killed in Iraq

Veterans whose duties spanned conflicts ranging from World War II to Vietnam have donated money to start a scholarship fund in memory of a serviceman young enough to be their son or grandson, someone they never knew. (Higgs, Asbury Park Press)

Healthy community banks struggle with industry's tarnished image

Since the financial crisis last fall, banking has been in the news repeatedly for government bailouts, forced mergers and stress tests to see which institutions need more help to survive. (Post, Press of Atlantic City)

Bottom of ticket now top priority in governor's race

Now that Democrats and Republicans have settled on who they want to run for governor, the big question remains: Who would they want to replace the governor should he vacate his seat? (Harper, Press of Atlantic City)

Somerville schools superintendent gives one-year notice of intent to retire

Superintendent Carolyn F. Leary has announced her retirement after nearly two decades as the district's chief administrator. (Bricketto, Courier News)

Cherry Hill service honors veterans

Army chaplain Joanne Martindale was summoned in the middle of the night to the base camp hospital near Tikrit, Iraq, where nearly two dozen U.S. soldier casualties had been brought from an incendiary roadway explosion. (Comengo, Courier-Post)

Christie says CWA bullied Corzine

Republican gubernatorial nominee Chris Chrsitie seized on the first post-primary issue to arise today, saying that Gov. Corzine was bullied by the Communications Workers of America into making concessions in his recent agreement with the group. (Friedman, PolitickerNJ) Morning News Digest: June 8, 2009