Morning News Digest: August 27, 2009

Rep. Rush Holt to ride train to Trenton to promote N.J. Future campaign

Rep. Rush Holt (D-12th) will participate in "Take Your Legislator to Work Day" by boarding a 9:04 a.m. train in Princeton Junction today that will take him to Trenton, according to a report on (AP)

N.J. property taxes are largely being ignored in governor's race

New Jersey property taxes are at an all-time high and are by far the top concern for voters right now, but the issue is largely being ignored by the leading candidates in this year's governor's race. (Reitmeyer, The Star-Ledger)

U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy's career connected to N.J.

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's larger-than-life political career is most closely tied to Washington, D.C., and his beloved Massachusetts, but it also included some significant connections to New Jersey. (Miller, The Star-Ledger)

Gov. Corzine, Christie continue to attack opponent's ethics

Gov. Jon Corzine and the Democrats pounded away at Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie today, charging officials in the U.S. Attorney's Office had become his political allies, while Republicans countered that Corzine's campaign was rife with conflicts of interest because key campaign advisors also hold appointed government posts and work as lobbyists. (Heininger and Margolin, The Star-Ledger)

Westfield Remembers Senator Edward Kennedy

Tuesday evening's death of U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) closed a chapter in American history and has people remembering the nation's second-longest serving senator. (Celock, The Westfield Patch)

Contaminated dirt removed from hospital site

The site of Hackensack University Medical Center’s new parking garage and cancer building is undergoing an environmental remediation after the discovery of leaky underground oil tanks. (Alvarado, The Record)

Many projects completed district-wide in preparation for school opening

As the 2009-2010 school year draws closer, members of the building services department are out in full force, tending to last minute details before the now quiet hallways are filled with hordes of students eager to learn. (Winters, The Record)

Negative ads start early in N.J. governor's race It's not even Labor Day, and the negative ads are flying in New Jersey's governor's race. (Lu, The Inquirer)

Gadhafi's N.J. plans protested

Gov. Corzine and New Jersey federal legislators joined an angry chorus of opposition yesterday to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's expected stay in the state, where 38 victims of the bombing of Pan American Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, lived before their deaths in 1988. (Epstein, AP)

New Jersey health, school officials debate swine flu plan

"Communication and collaboration" was the major message at a summit held Tuesday, where health and school officials from across the state met to discuss how to handle the threat of swine flu in the coming school year. (Counihan, Gloucester County Times)

Icahn-led group approved for Tropicana ownership

New Jersey gaming regulators Wednesday approved a new ownership structure for Tropicana Casino and Resort that will place it under the control of billionaire financier Carl C. Icahn's gaming empire. (Wittkowski, Press of Atlantic City)

Wildwood mayor, official will ask court to cancel recall vote

Mayor Ernest Troiano Jr. said Wednesday that he and Commissioner William Davenport will ask an appeals court to cancel a recall vote scheduled for December. (Ianieri, Press of Atlantic City)

Freehold extends grace period on property tax bills to Monday

Borough taxpayers now have until the end of the month to pay their August property tax bills. (Asbury Park Press)

Grade-tampering probe ends at N.J. school

State Education Department officials say they believe a guidance counselor at a New Jersey high school altered grades or had someone else do it. (AP)

Bernards votes to spend $5 million of open-space tax funds on a conservation easement

The Township Committee was divided in a 3-2 final vote on Tuesday, Aug. 25, to spend $5 million of municipal open-space tax funds on a conservation easement that would allow public access to almost 60 acres of wooded land off Allen Road. (Sadlouskos, Courier News)

Sentiment grows against Gadhafi visit to New Jersey

New Jersey residents and elected representatives continued on Wednesday to protest a looming visit to the region from Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. (Roh, Courier-Post)

District 31 Republican sounds off on Chiappone indictment

Republican Assembly candidates Irene Kim Asbury and Marie Day now find themselves running in a district where both sitting assemblymen are under indictment for different reasons. (Friedman, PolitickerNJ)

Vying to run for troubled Dems in LD 19, Rodriguez says his record is 'unassailable'

With two candidates already run aground owing to allegations of corruption and Republicans running under the law enforcement banner of Chris Christie, retired Superior Court Judge Mathias Rodriguez said he'd be the best Democrat to complement a ticket for the Assembly in the 19th Legislative District because his integrity is "unassailable." (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ) Morning News Digest: August 27, 2009