Morning News Digest: August 28, 2009

Stile: Potential for long, lucrative relationship key incentive in sting

Assemblyman L. Harvey Smith appeared jittery with Solomon Dwek’s indiscreet, payments-for-public-approval talk. The Jersey City lawmaker just wanted him to shut up. “You gotta stop talking like that, and I’ll tell you why,” Smith allegedly told Dwek, a developer acting as a government informant. “Because we are forging a relationship and whatever I can do to help you, I will, and when you talk like that, it puts me….” Dwek cut him off: “Say no more.” (Stile, The Record)

How Many Debates Should Westfield Mayor Candidates Have?

As the summer comes to a close, the mayor's race will take more of a front seat. (Celock, The Westfield Patch)

Neither Gov. Corzine nor Chris Christie are model drivers, records show

With a Lambertville traffic stop drawing attention to the driving record of Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie, a look at the candidate's history behind the wheel shows a man clearly in a hurry. But, for that matter, his opponent has been no model for driving instructors. (Heininger and Margolin, The Record)

Gov. Corzine signs racial profiling reforms into law

Signaling an end to a decade of federal monitoring of the State Police, Gov. Jon Corzine today signed legislation mandating state oversight intended to prevent racial profiling. (Megerian, The Star-Ledger)

N.J. Assemblyman Anthony Chiappone denies campaign finance misconduct

Assemblyman Anthony Chiappone wasn't going to let criminal charges spoil his wife's birthday dinner on Wednesday. (Megerian, The Star-Ledger)

Camden's 'ugliest house' a hazard, but still standing

As about 40 people looked on, a Camden activist climbed the step at 923 N. 27th St. in the city's Cramer Hill section yesterday and tacked a bright-orange "Imminent Hazard" sign to the entrance of the abandoned shell. (Spolar, The Inquirer )

EPA audit finds DEP flawed

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's hazardous-waste and wetlands programs lack effective oversight and quality control, according to a federal audit released yesterday. (Henry, The Inquirer) oters in

NJ town may change name back

Voters in one New Jersey town will be asked to change the town's name back. (AP)

Less water used this summer

The first half of the summer was so rainy and cool that parts of North Jersey actually used more water in January than in June. (O'Neill, The Record)

Hudson remedy sought

A midair collision that killed nine people earlier this month shows the Federal Aviation Administration's procedures for preventing plane crashes over the congested Hudson River corridor are "not enough," federal investigators said Thursday. (Davis, The Record)

Cooper Hospital unveils new trauma unit

A thin, pale-green curtain is all that separates one patient from the next in the current trauma intensive care unit at Cooper University Hospital. (Beym, Gloucester County Times)

Race a factor in phone threats to Atlantic City man, police say

A local man is running scared after he received a phone call from someone who threatened to kill him out of racial hatred, police said Thursday. (Press of Atlantic City)

Suit against A.C., two councilmen likely to go to trial

City attorneys' failed to get a judge to dismiss a lawsuit accusing two City Council members committed ethical violations in their dealings with a local casino developer, according to court documents obtained by The Press of Atlantic City. (Clark, Press of Atlantic City)

Lavallette police detail arrest of Bridgewater judge

A judge for a Municipal Court in Somerset County, charged with drunken driving and accused of being belligerent to officers here, was taken to a hospital following his arrest Saturday, police said. (Richardson, Asbury Park Press)

NJ authorities hunting fugitive with 17 aliases

New Jersey corrections officials say a criminal who's used at least 17 aliases, including John Doe, has gone missing from a Newark halfway house. (Courier News)

State Republicans suggest elected auditor general

Questioning spending by state authorities for meals, mints and professional sports events in Texas, Assembly Republicans said Thursday they will push to merge state oversight offices under an elected, nonpartisan auditor general. (Symons, Courier-Post)

Chiappone, back at work, rebuffs Roberts Assemblyman Anthony

Chiappone (D-Bayonne) today fired back at Assembly Speaker Joseph Roberts (D-Camden), who yesterday called on him to resign after he was indicted for allegedly funneling his aides' state-issued checks into his personal and campaign bank accounts. (Friedman, PolitickerNJ)

Kenny backs out and appears to strengthen Woodbridge ally

Coughlin's first-ballot hand The special Middlesex Democratic County Committee convention candidacy of former Edison Municipal Judge Craig Coughlin of Woodbridge in the 19th Legislative District received a boost this afternoon as veteran Woodbridge Councilman Charles Kenny aborted his run and threw his support to Coughlin in a maneuver apparently designed to do more than simply upset the candidacy of retired Superior Court Judge Mathias Rodriguez of Perth Amboy. (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ) Morning News Digest: August 28, 2009