Morning News Digest: August 20, 2009

Stile: Christie's loan error tarnishes his armor

Two weeks ago, Christopher J. Christie promised to convert the closed caucus room of Trenton into a temple of transparency. The public deserves a more detailed, warts-and-all accounting of a public official's personal income and interests, he said. Current disclosure rules are a "joke" that provide only a superficial summary. (Stile, The Record)


Gov. Corzine, N.J. Dems continue to attack Chris Christie over unreported $46K loan

Gov. Jon Corzine and his top aides turned up the heat today on Republican gubernatorial challenger Chris Christie over a controversial loan Christie gave to one of the state's top federal prosecutors. (Margolin, The Star-Ledger)

Nearly all of N.J. public school teachers are 'highly qualified'

When New Jersey's 1.39 million public school students enter their classrooms next month, almost all will find highly-qualified teachers waiting for them. (Rundquist, The Star-Ledger)

Gov. Corzine, challenger Christie spar over N.J.'s unemployment numbers

New Jersey's new report on unemployment and jobs drew vastly different reactions from the major candidates for governor on the campaign trail today. (Margolin, The Star-Ledger)

Judge dismisses lawsuit against Essex County sheriff claiming retaliation

A federal judge in Trenton today threw out a lawsuit brought by former members of the Essex County Police Department who claimed retaliation by the county sheriff for supporting his election opponent in 2006. (Graber, The Star-Ledger)

Housing, commerce planned for Paterson tract

Land along Railroad Avenue that’s been vacant for decades will be used by the city for housing and commercial development and to encourage use of public transportation. (Rivera, The Record)

Newark deals with surging summer violence

A violent summer in New Jersey's largest city has boosted shootings and homicides. (AP)

Ethics issues have Christie on defensive

Since the day he announced his candidacy, New Jersey Republican gubernatorial candidate Christopher J. Christie has been pitching himself as the corruption-busting lawman who will return ethics to state government. (Lu, The Inquirer)

Camden's state-appointed police director resigns

The top police official in Camden resigned yesterday, becoming the third city leader to quit this week and leaving the department with its seventh leadership change in as many years. (Katz, The Inquirer)

Towns support police merger

It's been a surprisingly smooth ride since Westville took over police services in National Park one year ago today, according to officials from both boroughs. (Counihan, Gloucester County Times)

Atlantic City set to adopt $201.5 million budget today

City officials are touting this year's $201.5 million budget as better than expected. (Clark, Press of Atlantic City)

AtlantiCare joins study to cut hospital costs

AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center is one of 12 New Jersey hospitals participating in a pilot program to determine whether doctors can bring hospital expenses down while improving the quality of care delivered to patients. (Press of Atlantic City)

Lakewood homes, synagogue target of burglaries

Two burglaries, an attempted burglary and an act of vandalism were reported in the Westgate Community between 6:32 and 9:51 a.m. Wednesday, police said. (Bonafide, Asbury Park Press)

Rep. Lance secures $1 million for Branchburg in House bill

U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance said one of the last times he was at the municipal building here was to meet someone he would be campaigning with that day for the 7th District seat Lance now holds. (Bricketto, Courier News)

Bedminster joining 'Sustainable Jersey' program

The township will move ahead to seek participation in a state program that could reward the municipality with grant money for "going green.' (Sadlouskos, Courier News)

Housing deadline nears for 2 towns

Interested residents have less than a month to complete preliminary applications for affordable homes in Woodbury and Paulsboro. (Courier-Post)

Dem consultant sues Manzo: 'He's under criminal investigation and he's perjured himself. It just boggles the mind'

Former Assemblyman Louis Manzo (D-Jersey City), who was arrested last month for allegedly taking bribes from an FBI informant, still faces a civil suit from a former fundraiser who says he owes her $40,000 for his unsuccessful bid for the Democratic State Senate nomination in 2007. (Friedman, PolitickerNJ) Morning News Digest: August 20, 2009