Morning News Digest: August 19, 2009

Candidate for New Jersey Governor Apologizes for Failing to Report Loan

A contrite Christopher J. Christie, the Republican former prosecutor running for governor on a platform of corruption busting and ethical reform, apologized Tuesday for failing to report a $46,000 loan to a top aide on his tax returns and financial-disclosure forms. (Halbfinger, New York Times)

AP sources: NJ corruption prosecutor faces probe

The top federal prosecutor in New Jersey is facing an internal ethics investigation over public comments that may have helped his ex-boss' campaign for governor, law enforcement officials told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The probe marks a particularly embarrassing turn for federal authorities charged with weeding out corruption in scandal-scarred New Jersey: An internal affairs investigation has been launched into their handling of a major corruption case just days after they filed charges in the case.

N.J. lawmakers hold teleconferences to discuss national health care reform

Legions of New Jerseyans are telling their congressmen whether they see eye to eye on health care reform — but most of the conversations aren't face to face. (Whitley, The Star-Ledger)

Gloucester County to host pilot program aimed at reducing government, taxes

Gov. Jon Corzine signed legislation today making Gloucester County a pilot for a countywide property tax assessment system, a program that could eventually be undertaken by counties statewide. (Graber, The Star-Ledger)

Fifth person charged with voter fraud in 2007 N.J. Senate election

An ongoing investigation into the stuffing of ballot boxes in Essex County continues to widen, with a fifth person indicted today for election fraud. (Sherman, The Star-Ledger) Acting U.S. Attorney Ralph Marra faces internal ethics probe The top federal prosecutor in New Jersey is facing an internal ethics investigation over public comments that may have helped his ex-boss' campaign for governor, law enforcement officials told The Associated Press today. (AP)

Referendum on hospital to be placed on November ballot

In November, Westwood voters will have an opportunity to have their say on Pascack Valley Hospital (PVH). (Burrow, The Record)

Prospect Park rezones quarry

The Borough Council’s approval of a revised master plan clears the way for development of the Tilcon rock quarry if a contractor submits a suitable plan. (Astor, The Record)

Medford residents angry at construction company, township

The people who settled off Medford's Gravelly Hollow Road sought a quiet idyll in the Pinelands. (Rao, Inquirer)

Christie says failure to report loan was "my mistake"

Gubernatorial candidate Christopher J. Christie said yesterday that his failure to report a $46,000 loan he made to a subordinate when he served as U.S. attorney for New Jersey was an oversight. (Delli Santi, Inquirer)

$2.5M federal grant to aid Glassboro, Paulsboro in fixing up abandoned homes

A $2.5 million federal stimulus award is expected to go a long way in helping to rehabilitate several foreclosed or abandoned homes in two Gloucester County communities. (McCarthy, Gloucester County Times)

Atlantic City prepares for half-million-plus air show spectators

On paper, it looks like a logistical nightmare – 500,000 to 600,000 people expected to descend on the city for today's 2009 Atlantic City Airshow – but organizers of "Thunder over the Boardwalk" and Atlantic City police are working to make sure the crowds move efficiently. (Lemongello, Press of Atlantic City)

Rules simplify going solar

Adding solar power is about to get a little easier for city homeowners. (Gilfillian, Press of Atlantic City)

Stafford council rejects budget cap increase

The Township Council rejected a proposal to increase the cap on its budget from 2.5 percent to 3.5 percent, after concerns were raised from the only re-elected member of the panel. (Huba, Asbury Park Press)

Plainfield council, mayor agree on long-delayed IT and transit plans

Two initiatives that six months ago grinded to a halt after igniting disagreement between the city council and Mayor Sharon Robinson-Briggs' administration now both appear to be headed for approval. (Spivey, Courier News)

Davis silent on why he quit

Camden Chief Operating Officer Theodore Z. Davis on Tuesday thanked Gov. Jon S. Corzine for the opportunity to oversee the city for the past 2 1/2 years and challenged residents to help officials continue making progress. (Hirsch, Courier-Post)

Daggett says he's in it to win

Independent gubernatorial candidate Christopher Daggett will not be content if his candidacy only manages to bring attention to issues that major party candidates might have otherwise ignored. (Friedman, PolitickerNJ)

Merkt and Levine lament trajectory of gubernatorial contest

Far from the gladiatorial clanking of Corzine V. Christie, two former combatants defeated earlier this year assessed the contest from the bowels of Mannion's Tavern tonight, both agreeing the debate took a major nosedive ever since the end of the Republican Primary. (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ) Morning News Digest: August 19, 2009