Morning News Digest: July 29, 2009

N.J. Assemblyman Daniel Van Pelt , charged in corruption sting, still in office, but not on website

A New Jersey assemblyman who was arrested in a corruption sweep remains in office. (AP)

Officials investigate death of Hudson County political consultant charged in corruption sting

A veteran Hudson County political consultant charged last week in a sweeping corruption sting was found dead today in his Jersey City home, and authorities were investigating whether he committed suicide. (Rothman and Mueller, The Star-Ledger)

Majority of N.J. police departments not receiving portion of $26.8M in federal funds

New Jersey will receive $26.8 million in federal economic stimulus money to hire and retain police officers this year, but most departments that applied for the money — including the State Police — were turned down. (Megerian and Heininger, The Star-Ledger)

Political consultant Jack Shaw found dead in Jersey City

Jack Shaw, a Jersey City political consultant who was among 44 people charged in a federal corruption probe, has died. (The Star-Ledger)

Assemblyman Wisniewski asks running mate South Amboy Mayor O'Leary to reconsider bid for office

Assemblyman John Wisniewski today asked his running mate, South Amboy Mayor John O'Leary, to reconsider his bid for state office. (Haydon, The Star-Ledger)

Hoboken mayoral aides maintain controversy hasn't affected services

City Hall was quiet Tuesday, in stark contrast to a day earlier, when hundreds of angry residents gathered on the front steps to demand that Mayor Peter Cammarano resign in the wake of corruption charges against him. (Ax, The Record)

Secaucus mayor's resignation greeted by applause at council meeting

Secaucus residents applauded loudly at a council meeting Tuesday night when officials announced that an absent Mayor Dennis Elwell had done what every other elected officials arrested in a corruption sting last week has refused to do. (Van Dusen, The Record)

Deptford settles police brutality lawsuit for $200,000

A Philadelphia man, whose claims of brutality led to three Deptford police officers being charged in 2006, received $200,000 to settle a lawsuit he filed against the township. (McCarthy, Gloucester County Times)

Agreements push along Paulsboro port project

The South Jersey Port Corporation approved significant agreements Tuesday for the funding, design and project management and development of the $274 million Port of Paulsboro, including authorizing the issuance of up to $56 million in bonds to begin site preparation. (Counihan, Gloucester County Times)

Camden chocolate plant fined $1,151.85

A Municipal Court judge yesterday fined the operator of a Camden cocoa plant, where a man died earlier this month, for failure to obtain a mercantile license. (Spolar, Inquirer)

Rowan program aims to groom girls as engineers

About 160 middle school girls brewed lip gloss, built bridges, and manipulated fiber optics last week – just like professional engineers. (Henry, Inquirer)

Somerset detective hurt in drug sting may sue county

The detective struck by a car during a Feb. 25 undercover drug sting in Manville may sue Somerset County. (Bricketto, Asbury Park Press)

New business administrator in Toms River named

Paul J. Shives, whose term as Stafford business administrator ends Friday, has been named township business administrator here. (Michels, Asbury Park Press)

Atlantic City mayor orders police chief to halt use of K-9 unit

Mayor Lorenzo Langford is ordering his police chief to call off the dogs. (Clark, Press of Atlantic City)

Atlantic City's budget needs millions; generous emergency aid in doubt

The Langford administration is confident about its chances of receiving much-needed emergency aid from the state – at least publicly. What officials are saying privately is a different story. (Clark, Press of Atlantic City)

Central Jersey arts groups hit hard by big cut in state funding

New Jersey awarded nearly $14.5 million for arts grants and projects Tuesday, down 23 percent, or $4.3 million, from last year and reflecting a nearly one-third cut from its arts-funding peak two years ago. (Symons, Courier News)

Residency law toughened in Camden

City Council members voted unanimously Tuesday to extend the length of time that job applicants for police and fire jobs must reside in the city. (Hirsch, Courier-Post)

Evesham will allow vote on election

Evesham voters will get to decide the future of their election date, after all. (Smith, Courier-Post)

GOP leader thinks Ridgefield mayor arrest puts 38th in play

Bergen County Republican Chairman Bob Yudin said today that the corruption allegation against Ridgefield Mayor Anthony Suarez helps put the 38th Legislative District in play. (Friedman, PolitickerNJ)

Wisniewski says Smith offered him Dwek legal work and he turned it down

Assembly Deputy Speaker John Wisniewski (D-Sayreville) says that he is the "DOT official" described in a criminal complaint against Assemblyman L. Harvey Smith (D-Jersey City) and that he told Smith he was not interested in doing legal work for someone later identified as federal informant Solomon Dwek. (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ) Morning News Digest: July 29, 2009