Morning News Digest: August 11, 2009

New poll finds Corzine gaining slight ground on Christie in N.J. governor's race A new poll out today finds Gov.

New poll finds Corzine gaining slight ground on Christie in N.J. governor's race

A new poll out today finds Gov. Jon Corzine gaining a little ground on his Republican challenger, Chris Christie, with three months to go in the governor's race. (AP)

Gov. Corzine to sign bill forcing outpatient treatment for seriously mentally ill

Gov. Jon Corzine is expected to sign a bill into law today that would give families greater say in determining whether their seriously mentally ill loved ones must undergo outpatient treatment. (Livio, The Star-Ledger)

Gov. Corzine shuffles campaign staff, bringing in two high-powered political strategists

Fighting to erase a double-digit deficit against Republican Chris Christie, Gov. Jon Corzine has brought two high-powered political strategists into his campaign and is overhauling his message to voters as he enters the final 90 days of an already heated race. (Margolin and Heininger, The Star-Ledger)

N.J. Public Advocate joins woman's lawsuit against landlord who refused to lease apartment

The state Public Advocate is backing a woman's legal fight against a rental company who refused to lease her an apartment in Mercer County because she cannot afford to pay her rent without help from the state's rental assistance program. (Livio, The Star-Ledger)

GOP Lt. Gov. candidate Guadagno says N.J. prisons need better management

Rife with thriving gangs, state prisons could be operated more effectively with better management, according to the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, Monmouth County Sheriff Kim Guadagno. (Lockwood, The Star-Ledger)

Great Falls hydroelectric plant slated for solar panels

Alexander Hamilton’s vision in 1791 to harness the power of the Great Falls helped build a nation into an industrial powerhouse. Two hundred and eighteen years later, the Great Falls is still cranking out power — and producing the kind of “clean” energy that President Obama is pushing to rebuild the economy. (Cowen, The Record)

Congressman gets an earful on health care

The passionate, personal and sometimes rowdy national argument over plans to reform health care came to North Jersey on Monday, as cheering, jeering crowds packed into town hall meetings in North Arlington and Elmwood Park. (Washburn, The Record)

NJ cop admits shoplifting while in uniform

A New Jersey police officer who admitted shoplifting $42 worth of items while in uniform is giving up his $113,000-a-year job. (AP)

Religious groups to rally for health care in Camden

A group of health-care activists plans to gather this afternoon outside Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg's Camden office. They're not going to hoist signs or yell slogans. Instead, they'll likely hold hands, bow their heads, and pray. (Spolar, Inquirer)

Call to cost NJ teacher more than $50K

New Jersey's education commissioner says a teacher should forfeit more than $50,000 pay for making a four-minute personal call during class. (AP)

Developers eye Woodbury's G.G. Green Block Building for new theater

The G. G. Green Block building is the linchpin of a redevelopment plan proposed by a local agency, but developers are hoping to receive city backing before moving forward with what they say could precipitate revitalization throughout the whole downtown. (Counihan, Gloucester County Times)

$2.25M boosts affordable housing in Woolwich Twp.

A $2.25 million tax credit has been awarded to help with the construction of an affordable housing project in the township's Weatherby development. (McCarthy, Gloucester County Times)

Stockton's increased fees could cost school stimulus funds

Five of the state's 10 public colleges appear to have exceeded a state mandate that they cap undergraduate tuition and fee increases at 3 percent for the 2009-2010 school year. (Press of Atlantic City)

Hamilton Planning Board makes concessions for new developer to finish former Kara community

The clubhouse for the Horizons at Woods Landing age-restricted development here won't be as luxurious as originally planned. (Barlas, Press of Atlantic City)

Ex-Marlboro police chief pleads not guilty to sex with child

A former Marlboro police chief was formally charged Monday with sexually assaulting a girl when she was between the ages of 12 and 14 in the years 2005-07. (Webster, Asbury Park Press)

Christie's office touted deal he didn't know about

New Jersey GOP gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie said he didn't know about a plea bargain that happened while he was U.S. attorney and is now the subject of a lawsuit, but a Justice Department press release under his name touts the $17 million tax fraud settlement. (AP)

Hillsborough police department among others trying out communication service

Fast, free and safe. (Laush, Courier News)

Democrats attack Christie's 'mandate-free' health care proposal

State Democrats stepped up their criticism of Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie's health care plans Monday, asserting — in a claim Christie denies — that his platform would eliminate mammogram coverage. (Symons, Courier News)

Gloucester County looks to save with consolidation

As Gloucester County officials have urged municipalities to share local services, they have started looking internally to consolidate county government functions. (Rosen, Courier-Post)

Judge clears way for ward system question on New Brunswick's fall ballot

In a victory for local activists, New Brunswick residents will get to vote on a citywide referendum for ward-based City Council elections on November 3, thanks to a decision issued today by Superior Court Judge James P. Hurley. (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ) Morning News Digest: August 11, 2009