Morning News Digest: July 27, 2009

Corzine calls for tougher gun control laws

Days before he is expected to sign a contentious gun-control bill into law — and motivated by shooting deaths last week that included a Jersey City police officer and a Newark mother — Gov. Jon Corzine convened a press conference today with his running mate and several Democratic allies to call for additional reforms. (Whitley, The Star-Legder)

N.J. to limit disclosure on deaths of children

Leaders at the agencies most responsible for New Jersey's child-protection agency say the state no longer will publicly disclose the details of DYFS prior actions when a child it has supervised dies from abuse or neglect. (Livio, The Star-Ledger)

N.J. lawmakers look to market Garden State produce

Two New Jersey lawmakers believe a simple marketing change could help boost the sales of products made with Garden State produce. (AP)

New Jersey's corruption arrests and 'due diligence'

When I have a question about cars, I talk to my old high-school buddy Zeke, who is a mechanic. But when I have a question about corruption, I call my old high-school buddy Luke. (Mulshine, The Star-Ledger)

Corzine touts lieutenant governor selection Loretta Weinberg at rally

Gov. Jon Corzine introduced his pick for lieutenant governor, state Sen. Loretta Weinberg, to a packed house at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood this afternoon. (Heininger, The Star-Ledger)

Thousands hop on board new Meadowlands rail service

A new $185 million rail link to the Meadowlands Sports Complex appeared to survived an early test Sunday, as thousands of soccer fans boarded trains to avoid traffic or to simply make up for their lack of a car. (Clunn, The Record)

Law shields religious charities from scrutiny

One of the key elements of the money-laundering case brought Thursday against several leaders of the Syrian Jewish communities in Brooklyn and Deal was the use of charities linked to religious groups as conduits. (Lipman, The Record)

New Jersey on short green job list

New Jersey has been tapped along with four other states to develop a model program that will train today's students for the green jobs of the future. (Beym, Gloucester County Times)

Corzine taps 'feisty' senator as running mate

Gov. Jon Corzine today will introduce state Sen. Loretta Weinberg, a progressive Democrat and feisty Statehouse veteran, as his running mate on this year's ticket. (Margolin, Gloucester County Times)

N.J.'s Bryant gets 4 years on corruption charge

Former State Sen. Wayne Bryant, convicted last year on political-corruption charges, was sentenced yesterday to four years in federal prison and ordered to return more than $100,000 in salary he received in exchange for political influence. (Boyer, Inquirer)

Fewer butterflies in Garden State

Children in New Jersey have fewer butterflies to chase this summer. (AP)

Weinberg to disillusioned: Don't write off government

State Sen. Loretta Weinberg's first speech as the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor Saturday had the typical goals — rally support for Gov. Jon S. Corzine, criticize his opponent, introduce herself — plus one born from last week's dizzying events. (Symons, Asbury Park Press)

State to return millions of dollars to developers

Gov Jon S. Corzine is expected to sign legislation that give developers back millions of dollars they were taxed to pay for affordable housing. (Harper, Press of Atlantic City)

Port of Cape May reels in $73.7 M., climbs to fourth in nation

You won't hear too many commercial fisherman in the Port of Cape May complain about the government's sea scallop regulation. (Degener, Press of Atlantic City)

Bus tour aims to show Middlesex County affordable housing in new light

Some housing advocates are trying to change perceptions of affordable housing. (Sparta, Courier News)

Recruits sought for 'green' training

To union leaders, the green movement is the membership opportunity of a lifetime. (Stilwell, Courier-Post)

Weinberg goes on the road with Corzine and breaks a coconut on the first try

Setting out on its second day of the campaign three days after Corruption Thursday and the handcuffed image of Hoboken Mayor Peter Cammarano still dominant on the political landscape, the Corzine/Weinberg team attended the annual Indian American Festival this evening where the governor's new running mate, thrown onto the ticket in the 11th hour apparently because of her street cred as a reformer, registered a ceremonial slamdunk. (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)

Morning News Digest: July 27, 2009