Morning News Digest: July 23, 2009

Chris Daggett scores some points campaigning for N.J. governor on the boardwalk

Chris Daggett was campaigning on the Point Pleasant boardwalk last weekend when he ran into the Forlenzas, Matt and Doris. They had driven down from Kearny to enjoy one of those spectacular summer days for which the Jersey Shore is famous. (Mulshine, The Star-Ledger)

Council Campaign Goes to Big Screen

Rialto patrons will have local politics before the movie as a local Town Council candidate has taken to advertising on the screen before the previews start. (Celock, Westfield Patch)

National Politicians Have Mixed Reactions to Loughlin Movie Ad

Fourth Ward Republican Council nominee Keith Loughlin's decision to advertise on the screen at the Rialto has made him the first in Westfield to employ this tactic, which is rare nationally. (Celock, Westfield Patch)

Honor Detective Marc DiNardo by making N.J. an illegal-gun-free zone

Let's do something to honor the memory of Marc DiNardo, the Jersey City cop and father of three small children who died doing his job. Shot twice in the face by someone with an illegally obtained gun from South Carolina. (Braun, The Star-Ledger)

Health insurance rates for N.J. workers to increase by 25 percent

Health insurance premiums for public employees in more than 250 school districts will rise by 25 percent next year, after a state commission voted to approve it today. (Fuchs, The Star-Ledger)

Attorney General nominee Chinh Le approved as N.J. civil rights chief

The New Jersey Commission on Civil Rights today approved the nomination of a new state civil rights chief who is not admitted to practice law in New Jersey despite two lawmakers' questions about his residency and commitment to gay and lesbian issues. (Larini, The Star-Ledger)

N.J. officials express relief over defeat of concealed-weapons law in U.S.

Senate The U.S. Senate today defeated an attempt to override states' concealed-weapons laws, pleasing Gov. Jon Corzine and other elected officials who had feared increased gun violence. (Young, The Star-Ledger)

Feds want 8-10 years for ex-N.J. state Sen. Bryant

A former state senator for Camden who got national attention in the early 1990s for a law requiring women in in New Jersey to work if they received welfare payments faces up to 10 years in prison for his conviction on bribery and pension fraud charges. (AP)

UPDATE: Man claims officer said racial slur during arrest

A Camden County man who is suing Fair Lawn for alleged police brutality said Wednesday that an officer whispered a racial slur in his ear as the officer arrested him on warrants for outstanding traffic tickets. (Akin, The Record)

W. Deptford school may get solar panels

The local board of education may soon be able to install solar panels at the Red Bank School, thanks to the generosity of the Sunoco Corporation. (Counihan, Gloucester County Times)

Fresh For All produce charity expands

Fresh For All, a program that delivers fresh fruits and vegetables directly to people in areas with limited access to these essential foods, is opening its second location in Camden County and partnering with PATCO in Lindenwold as part of the role out of Philabundance's Emergency Relief Initiative. (Gloucester County Times)

Bryant spends campaign money to fight ruling

Former State Sen. Wayne Bryant, who faces sentencing tomorrow for his political-corruption conviction, has been barred from using his campaign money to pay for his criminal defense. (Tamari, Inquirer)

Mr. to Miss, now teacher is resigning

When word got out that Mr. McBeth, a popular substitute teacher at two South Jersey school districts was about to come back to class as Miss McBeth, it caused an uproar. (Parry, Inquirer)

Burlco court ombudsman to go mobile weekly

Burlington County's courts ombudsman is going mobile. In a new program, Heshim "Chip" Thomas will travel from his Mount Holly office twice each week to assist the public in Willingboro and Pemberton Township. (Inquirer)

Erotic convention wants to return to Edison

Officials in a New Jersey town are fighting plans for the return of an erotic convention. (AP)

New Lakewood superintendent chosen over howls from angry crowd

Before a packed hall of supporters for the acting superintendent, the school board voted to hire a Newark educator to replace her Wednesday, triggering howls of protest from a furious crowd and occasional glances from board members to two police officers posted in the corner. (Patberg, Asbury Park Press)

Health care reform may aid 664,000 in New Jersey

While President Barack Obama's proposed health care-reform bill is still a work in progress, a new study is already anticipating how many millions of Americans could be covered under the act if passed. (Leach, Press of Atlantic City)

Atlantic City residents complain about police mistreatment

Several residents of the city's Back Maryland section complained at Wednesday's City Council meeting about alleged disrespectful and violent treatment from second-shift police officers – complaints that council members took seriously as they considered whether to install a civilian public safety director. (Campbell, Press of Atlantic City)

South Plainfield councilman's reported use of racial slur in Web posting causes stir

On Oct. 16, 2008, then-South Plainfield Borough Council candidate Franky Salerno sent his cousin Mike Bell, who is white, a quick Web greeting for Bell's birthday using a word deemed by many one of the most racially offensive in the public lexicon. (Grant, Courier News)

Government grant will help South Brunswick go 'green'

Some South Brunswick buildings will be getting a little greener over the coming months since the township received an energy audit grant. (Sparta, Courier News)

Health premiums will cost taxpayers

A state agency on Wednesday approved premium increases of 11 percent to 23 percent for benefits provided to public workers under New Jersey's health care plan. (Symons, Courier-Post)

Currie stands by Way for LG

The news out of Newark today that Randal Pinkett is interested in the job of lieutenant governor and considers himself still in the running to be on the ticket with Gov. Jon Corzine, seemed to surprise Democratic Party members here at a party unity event at City Hall. (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)

Vitale: Christie will hire 'his own set of hacks'

No matter what Republicans say, there's nothing wrong with being deliberative about choosing a running mate, according to state Sen. Joseph Vitale (D-Woodbridge). (Friedman, PolitickerNJ) Morning News Digest: July 23, 2009