Morning News Digest: August 18, 2009

Christie Failed to Disclose Loan to Federal Prosecutor

In 2007, while he was New Jersey’s ranking federal prosecutor, Christopher J. Christie — now the Republican candidate for governor — lent one of his top aides $46,000. But he failed to report the loan as required under federal and state ethics rules. The aide, Michele A. Brown, borrowed the money from Mr. Christie while he was United States attorney for New Jersey and she was his executive assistant and counsel, according to mortgage records in Morris County, N.J. (Halbfinger, New York Times)

Gov. Corzine to sign $400M open space referendum into law

New Jersey voters will be asked to consider a $400 million land-preservation bond issue this November. Gov. Jon Corzine today is scheduled to sign the open space bill into law. (The Star-Ledger)

State-appointed overseer of Camden will resign

The state-appointed official who has been running New Jersey's most impoverished city is resigning. (AP)

GOP Governor candidate Chris Christie lent $46K to federal prosecutor who repays him in monthly installments

Former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie, the Republican gubernatorial candidate, has an ongoing financial relationship with one of the top federal prosecutors in his old office, mortgage records show. (Margolin and Heininger, The Star-Ledger)

Gov. Corzine hires new N.J. representative to Waterfront Commission

A week after he fired the state's representative to the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor over ethics charges, Gov. Jon Corzine today named a former deputy attorney general to the watchdog agency. (Sherman, The Star-Ledger)

Christie calls for opening of Pascack Valley Hospital Republican gubernatorial candidate

Chris Christie said Monday that he wants Pascack Valley Hospital to reopen — adding another political voice to the ongoing battle between Bergen County’s biggest hospitals. (Fallon, The Record)

Sierra Club endorses Chris Daggett for governor

The New Jersey chapter of the pro-environment Sierra Club organization has decided not to renew its endorsement of Governor Corzine and is instead supporting independent Chris Daggett in this year's gubernatorial election. (Reitmeyer, The Record)

Camden COO leaves the 220G post, with no explanation

New Jersey's highest-paid employee has resigned as chief operating officer of one of the nation's poorest and most dangerous cities, Camden's mayor said yesterday. (Nark, Inquirer)

6 charged with theft from N.J. fuel program

A local administrator of the New Jersey Home Energy Assistance Program was indicted yesterday, along with five family members, on charges of stealing $24,086 from the program, according to the New Jersey Attorney General's Office. (Boyer, Inquirer)

Gloucester County residents look to stay cool, utilites prepared for summer's 1st official heat wave

The mild, balmy days of earlier this summer are long gone, as temperatures scorched the region starting Sunday, hitting highs of 90 degrees and up. (Counihan, Gloucester County Times)

Gloucester County freeholders set to take fight against graffiti

Gloucester County is ready to take its fight against graffiti to the streets. (McCarthy, Gloucester County Times)

Judge says Atlantic City Mayor Lorenzo Langford wrong to demote coordinator

Mayor Lorenzo Langford acted beyond his authority when he demoted the city's emergency management coordinator last year, a Superior Court judge has ruled. (Clark, Press of Atlantic City)

Coast Guard center making women admirals

The path to becoming a woman Coast Guard admiral, and maybe someday the first woman commandant, is looking like it goes directly through Cape May. (Degener, Press of Atlantic City)

Police go high-tech to inform citizenry

With a few keyboard strokes Friday morning, Little Silver police quickly let residents know about construction work that required a road closure and disrupted water service. (Sahn, Asbury Park Press)

NRC will give out details of leak at Oyster Creek

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says it soon will release detailed information concerning the release of radioactive tritium from two buried but corroded pipes at the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant, though it is still weighing whether to provide the utility's full report on the incident. (Vosseller, Asbury Park Press)

South Plainfield councilman criticized for using racial slur issues statement at meeting

South Plainfield Borough Councilman Franky Salerno, who apologized three weeks ago for using a racially insensitive expression in an e-mail nine months ago, briefly addressed the matter during last night's council meeting — the first session since news of the e-mail broke. (Grant, Courier News)

Judge Davis gives notice

Theodore Z. Davis is stepping down as the city's top official, an abrupt exit that surprised some of the people working with him toward Camden's turnaround. (Walsh, Courier-Post)

NJ city considers curfew in wake of shootings

One New Jersey city might keep people from gathering on streets overnight as a way to curb violence. (AP)

O'Leary steps aside in LD 19, calls Spicuzzo to give party chair the news

Mayor John "Jack" T. O'Leary ended his troubled 19th Legislative District race this afternoon, citing corruption allegations he doggedly denies but that nonetheless have pinned him down and prevented him from waging an all-out campaign to represent this blue collar Middlesex County district anchored by Woodbridge and filled out by riverside and maritime towns like his own South Amboy. (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ) NJN:

Christie gave First Assistant U.S. Attorney a $46k loan

As U.S. Attorney, Republican gubernatorial nominee Chris Christie gave high ranking staffer Michele Brown a $46,000 mortgage loan that she continues to pay off, NJN reported in its news cast tonight. (Friedman, PolitickerNJ) Morning News Digest: August 18, 2009