Morning News Digest: July 28, 2009

N.J. officials ensnared in federal corruption probe are pushed to step down From the Statehouse to mayors' offices, calls for

N.J. officials ensnared in federal corruption probe are pushed to step down

From the Statehouse to mayors' offices, calls for the resignations of elected officials snared in a sweeping federal corruption probe intensified across the state today. (Rothamn and Whitley, The Star-Ledger)

Gov. Corzine signs N.J. stimulus bill giving more incentives to businesses, developers

New Jersey businesses and developers are getting more incentives to combat the bad economy under a stimulus bill Gov. Jon Corzine signed into law today. (Reitmeyer and Kindgergan, The Star-Ledger)

N.J. Supreme Court rules immigrants must understand deportation laws before a guilty plea

The state Supreme Court ruled today that legal immigrants must fully understand they will be forced to leave the country if they plead guilty to violent crimes or sexual abuse of a minor. (Fuchs, The Star-Ledger)

N.J. officials arrested in corruption probe face growing calls for resignation

Demands for the resignation of New Jersey public officials caught up in a sweeping corruption probe are growing, with Republican lawmakers saying it's time to pass new rules governing how officials' public responsibilities are handled when there are charges against them. (AP)

Gov. candidate Chris Daggett picks Kean University dean as running mate

Independent gubernatorial candidate Chris Daggett today tapped a veteran educator as his running mate, and seized on last week's political corruption arrests to call for a change from major party leadership. (Heininger, The Star-Ledger)

11 letters with white powder sent to NJ offices

The FBI is investigating 11 suspicious letters containing a white powder that were sent to various New Jersey government offices this month. (AP)

Embattled mayors defy calls for resignation

Two embattled North Jersey mayors defied mounting calls for their resignations Monday, as hundreds of protesters besieged Hoboken City Hall and Ridgefield residents sat shoulder-to-shoulder to hear Mayor Anthony Suarez proclaim his “complete innocence.” (Van Dusen and Fabiano, The Record)

Corzine signs economic stimulus bill

New Jersey businesses and developers are getting more incentives to combat the bad economy under a stimulus bill that was signed into law by Governor Corzine on Monday. (Reitmeyer and Kindgergan, The Record)

Government, business officials promise growth as Paulsboro port project advances

As groundbreaking on the $250 million Port of Paulsboro quickly approaches, officials reached out to local businesses and industrial representatives at a special meeting Monday to let them know that the project is well on its way. (Counihan, Gloucester County Times)

Appeals court increases sentence for ex-Carneys

Point mayor in attempted bribe A state appeals court has increased the sentence of former Carneys Point Mayor John "Mack" Lake from three to five years in prison for his attempt to bribe a political opponent in the 2006 township committee race. (Clark, Gloucester County Times)

Deptford Township summer camp giving kids an edge up come

Fall Working diligently on a word matching exercise with her fellow campers, Fiona LaForgia, 5, laughed and smiled with her friends as she improved her skills in language arts. (Driscoll, Gloucester County Times)

Daggett names Frank Esposito as running mate

Independent New Jersey gubernatorial candidate Chris Daggett named a Kean University history and education professor as his running mate yesterday. (Lu, The Inquirer)

Deported Camden man wins new trial

The New Jersey Supreme Court yesterday overturned the conviction of a legal U.S. immigrant deported from Camden to the Dominican Republic after he admitted that he repeatedly sexually assaulted his teenage neighbor. (Boyer, The Inquirer)

Survey says: Rutgers parties hard

A new book profiling the nation's top schools paints New Jersey's largest public university as a place where students prefer the Scarlet Knights to the professors and where hitting the booze is more prevalent than hitting the books. (Bichao, Asbury Park Press)

Jersey City employees nabbed in bust suspended

Embattled Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy has taken action against elected and appointed officials arrested in last week's corruption sweep. (AP)

Atlantic City union adds to its complaint regarding hirings

One can only hope that the city's White Collar Professional Association is filling out its unfair labor complaint in pencil, or the changes they have been making could get messy. (Clark, Press of Atlantic City)

State sues to take land from Atlantic City's McCall-Clark

The state Attorney General's Office wants to strip an indicted former councilwoman of city land she allegedly acquired illegally through her political influence, court documents show. (Clark, Press of Atlantic City)

Congressman Lance holding series of mobile office hours in Central Jersey

Representatives of Congressman Leonard Lance's office next month will be holding a series of mobile district office hours with an aim to address the concerns of more constituents. (Sroka-Holzmann, Courier News)

Colleges address drinking

Incoming freshmen at Rowan University already are facing their first test — an online program that addresses drinking habits. (Walsh, Courier-Post)

Evesham rejects proposal to repeal vote referendum

Township council unanimously defeated a proposal Monday night that would have repealed a previous decision to ask voters this November whether they want to move the date of municipal elections. (Smith, Courier-Post)

Destination community center: Council prez gets set for public outpouring in Ridgefield

While Hoboken by virtue of name ID and status inevitably drains a lot of attention in the wake of last Thursday, harder-to-find Ridgefield in Bergen County is now going through its own anti-corruption contortions. (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)

Healy responds to Levin and Fulop

In response to a resignation demand from good government activist and former mayoral candidate Dan Levin, and accused of “tacit acceptance” of corruption — if not worse — by Councilman Steven Fulop, Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy today once again proclaimed his innocence. (Friedman, PolitickerNJ)

Morning News Digest: July 28, 2009