Morning News Digest: August 13, 2009

Five Years Since Governor McGreevey's Resignation

Five years ago today, Gov. Jim McGreevey announced his resignation from office moments after announcing that he was a "gay American." In the five years since the resignation, the former governor and his ex-wife, former First Lady Dina Matos, have both relocated to Union County and have continued to be in and out of the news. (John Celock, Westfield Patch)

Successor selected for N.J. Assemblyman Daniel Van Pelt, charged in corruption sweep

Long Beach Township Commissioner DiAnne Gove will succeed former state Assemblyman Daniel Van Pelt, who resigned his seat after he was arrested in a corruption sweep in New Jersey. (AP)

Prosecutors say Morris County developer hiding money owed after admitting tax evasion

Even as 77-year-old Morton Salkind stands before a judge today to be sentenced for perpetrating one of the biggest individual tax frauds in New Jersey history, prosecutors say he is still swindling. (Ryan, The Star-Ledger)

Election Smackdown

Every politician wants to be the un-politician — no stagecraft, no slick polish. (Heininger and Margolin, The Star-Ledger)

Chris Christie ranked by Bush administration officials as 'loyal' U.S. Attorney, documents show

As early as 2005, the Bush Administration was ranking federal prosecutors by their allegiance to the president as well as their job skills — and then-U.S. attorney Chris Christie was considered one of most loyal, according to newly released documents. (Heininger and Margolin, The Star-Ledger)

Bergen freeholders appoint 4 to utilities authority

The Bergen County Freeholder Board on Wednesday approved the appointment and reappointment of four commissioners to the Bergen County Utilities Authority. (The Record)

Hackensack developer turns himself in

Finbar O’Neill, a Hackensack-based developer recently indicted in a labor racketeering case, surrendered to authorities Wednesday, six days after the indictment was unsealed, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. (The Record)

Disaster aid sought for 6 N.J. counties

Roger Kumpel was stunned by the storm damage to his hay over the spring. About 50 percent of the crop at his farm in Southampton, Burlington County, was damaged or destroyed by heavy rains. (Colimore, The Inquirer)

NJ mayor falls behind on taxes

A New Jersey mayor who has blasted a bankrupt developer for failing to pay property taxes has not paid his own this year. (AP)

State overpaid contractors, report says

New Jersey overpaid 10 contractors who help care for the developmentally disabled in fiscal 2008, costing the state at least $1.4 million, according to a report released yesterday by state Comptroller Matthew Boxer. (Tamari, Inquirer)

Ex-Vineland youth soccer coach takes the stand, denies sexual assault of boys he instructed

A former Vineland youth soccer coach vehemently denied allegations that he molested three young boys during overnight stays at his home. (McCarthy, Gloucester County Times)


Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office Marine Unit has eye on the waterfront

Cruising swiftly down the Delaware River in a 20-foot inflatable boat, Capt. John Porter has a very different view of the waterway than most recreational crafts. (Beym, Gloucester County Times)

Housing prices stabilize: Median costs hold steady for two quarters in Atlantic County

In a strong sign that the southern New Jersey real estate market has stabilized, home prices in Atlantic County held firm in the second quarter, according to a National Association of Realtors survey released Wednesday. (Post, Press of Atlantic City)

Investigators of Atlantic City land dealings want councilman’s tax returns

State investigators recently sought the tax returns of a city councilman and his life partner as part of an ongoing investigation into resort land dealings. (Clark, Press of Atlantic City)

NJ mayor to give charities tainted campaign money

In an attempt to distance himself from an FBI informant at the center of a New Jersey corruption probe, Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy is planning to donate the equivalent of all campaign contributions he received from people with ties to Solomon Dwek. (AP)

Christie campaign defends Rove conversation

New Jersey GOP gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie's campaign said there was nothing improper about a conversation he had more than four years ago with top White House adviser Karl Rove about a possible challenge to Gov. Jon Corzine. (AP)

State OKs Piscataway affordable-home plan

The state has given the township a boost to its efforts to provide low- and moderate-income housing with an endorsement of the township's plans to date. (Grant, Courier News)

Atlantic City casinos push for promotion

Many Americans know that "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas." (Parry, AP)

Marra defends his office's response to Corzine campaign's FOIA requests

Acting U.S. Attorney Ralph J. Marra, Jr., released a statement tonight in answer to charges from the Corzine campaign that his office has been slow to act on Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) queries concerning the renure of former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie, now a Republican candidate for governor. (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ) Morning News Digest: August 13, 2009