Morning News Digest: August 25, 2009

Sen. Frank Lautenberg joins effort to limit N.J. travels of Libyan leader

Moammar Gadhafi Sen. Frank Lautenberg, (D – N.J.) Monday asked the State Department to restrict Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's travels to the area around the United Nations next month, according to a report in The Record. (The Star-Ledger)

N.J. senator vows to continue fight to allow sports betting

Senator Raymond J. Lesniak (D-Union), who is leading the charge to overturn a federal ban on sports betting in all but a handful of states as an unconstitutional and unfair infringement on states' rights, said New Jersey will continue its fight despite Monday's federal appeals court decision declaring Delaware's attempt to establish sports betting as illegal. (The Star-Ledger)

Former N.J. state Sen. Wayne Bryant reports to prison in West Virginia

A once-powerful New Jersey lawmaker is due to report to a federal prison in West Virginia today. (AP)

Report says Burlington County Democratic Chair Rick Perr resigns

Burlington County Democratic Committee Vice Chair Alice Furia will become acting chair Sept. 1, according to a report on, after Chairman Rick Perr resigned Monday night. (The Star-Ledger)

Gov. Corzine, N.J. Assembly Democrats name re-election team

Fighting to keep the governor's office and state Assembly in Democratic hands, Gov. Jon Corzine and party leaders projected unity today as he introduced the chairs of his re-election campaign. (Heininger, The Star-Ledger)

Mental hospital cited for unsafe conditions

Ancora Psychiatric Hospital patients live in unsafe conditions and do "not receive appropriate treatment and rehabilitation," according to the findings of a U.S. Department of Justice investigation announced Monday. (Livio, The Record)

Rabbi joins opposition to Gadhafi visit

A rabbi who lives next to property where Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi may stay during an upcoming visit has said he plans to sue his neighbor, the Libyan government, for cutting down trees and removing a section of fence on his property. (Yoo, The Record)

Christie calls it 'fake hysteria' over loan

A week after word got out that Republican gubernatorial candidate Christopher J. Christie and his wife had lent $46,000 to a subordinate of Christie's who had fallen on hard times, the former U.S. attorney said he didn't think he did anything wrong in lending money to a friend. (Lu, Inquirer)

Nonprofit wins appeal to build low-income houses

Eastampton already had more affordable housing units than required under New Jersey law. (Rao, Inquirer)

A.C. official gets deal in blackmail case

An Atlantic City councilman charged in a sex-video blackmail case has been admitted into a pretrial intervention program, allowing him to avoid jail time and to have the charges against him dismissed. (DeFalco, Inquirer)

South Jersey residents turn out to voice concerns over health care plan at town hall meeting hosted by U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews

U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews was met with a mix of cheers and boos Monday night as he spoke to a packed crowd at Rowan University's Wilson Hall about the president's proposed health care reform plan. (McCarthy and Graber, Gloucester County Times)

Ocean County firm hopes to construct 106 wind turbines in Delaware Bay

Imagine more than 100 wind turbines dotting the Delaware Bay. (Walsh, Press of Atlantic City)

Atlantic City casino hearing scrutinizes construction firm with reputed mob ties

Were they family affairs, or the affairs of a different type of family? (Wittkowski, Press of Atlantic City)

Hundreds of hay bales ablaze in south Jersey

Firefighters are trying to gain control of flames that are burning hundreds of hay bales in southern New Jersey. (AP)

Woodbridge raid turns up illegal rooming house marketed as hostel for Asian Indians

Hostel living, shared accommodation, opposite Metropark train station … Booking available for people coming from out of state or out of country," said the online advertisement at (Aloor Amuthan, Courier News)

Andrews hears reform debate

Facts were often disputed but feelings were never in doubt at an emotional town hall meeting on health care reform here Monday. (Walsh, Courier-Post)

Forum to offer assistance on foreclosure

Facing mortgage foreclosure or already in it? (Comegno, Courier-Post)

Christie seeks transition from loan flap to Corzine's Wall Street record

After a tough week answering questions about his loan to his former employee, career federal prosecutor Michele Brown, Republican gubernatorial candidate Christopher Christie this afternoon tried to change the subject with an offensive on Gov. Jon Corzine, accusing the Democratic incumbent of engineering an income reporting loophole that allowed major corporations like Enron to hide debt. (Friedman, PolitickerNJ)

Four Democrats vie in special LD 19 contest

Four candidates have emerged as likely contenders for an empty seat in the 19th Legislative District a week in front of a special Democratic Party convention to choose a successor to South Amboy Mayor Jack O'Leary. (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ) Morning News Digest: August 25, 2009