Morning News Digest: August 4, 2009

Christie Uses Incorrect Data During Westfield Event

Data on public higher education that Republican gubernatorial nominee Chris Christie provided during an appearance in Westfield last week has proved inaccurate. (Celock, Westfield Patch)

Democratic poll shows Christie leading Corzine

A poll released Monday by the Global Strategy Group shows gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie leading Gov. Jon Corzine by seven points, according to a report on politckernj. (The Star-Ledger)

N.J.'s credit outlook is 'negative,' a Wall Street agency says

New Jersey's credit outlook is now "negative" according to a Wall Street agency that reviewed state finances in advance of an upcoming bond sale. (Reitmeyer, The Star-Ledger)

N.J. Parole Board receives national award for experimental program

New Jersey's Parole Board has received a national award for an experimental program designed to lower the number of parolees returning to prison. (Megerian, The Star-Ledger)

N.J. environmental groups call for investigation of DEP in light of corruption arrests

Environmental groups today called for new ethical controls in state government, saying recent arrests of two assemblymen involving land deals are only "the tip of the iceberg" when it comes to the influence developers wield over the Department of Environmental Protection. (Graber, The Star-Ledger)

Gov. Corzine targets towns with officials in N.J. corruption probe

In his boldest play yet to force the resignation of Ridgefield's mayor, Gov. Jon Corzine signed an executive order today freezing state approvals for development projects in any city or town where a mayor has been charged with public corruption but refuses to step down. (Mueller, The Star-Ledger)

Corzine halts Ridgefield projects

Governor Corzine ordered all development requiring state approval halted in Ridgefield on Monday, threatening a possible state takeover of the borough if a defiant Anthony Suarez refuses to resign as mayor amid corruption charges. (Reitmeyer, Van Dusen and Lamb, The Record)

Lawsuit accuses NJ GOP candidate of abusing power

Democrats have seized on a new opportunity to raise ethics questions about the Republican running for New Jersey governor, using a recent federal lawsuit alleging Chris Christie abused his power as U.S. attorney in a multimillion-dollar tax fraud case. (AP)

Gloucester County freeholders look to trim spending by another $1M

After seeing the results of cuts made to government already this year, the Gloucester County freeholders are ready for more. (McCarthy, Gloucester County Times)

Newfield school officials offer details on merger with Franklin Township, Delsea Regional districts

Officials for the borough board of education on Monday provided the public with details on Newfield's breakaway from Buena School District and integration into Franklin and Delsea schools. (Paciolla, Gloucester County Times)

Six N.J. charter schools get final approval

Elementary charter schools in Camden and Burlington Counties were among six proposals that received final approval yesterday to open in September. (DeMarco, Inquirer)

Corzine puts squeeze on mayor

The embattled mayor of this Bergen County city refused to leave office yesterday despite a corruption charge against him and a state-imposed freeze that could bring business dealings here to a halt. (Porter, Inquirer)

NJ hospital to offer care, restraining orders

Domestic violence victims will get treatment and can obtain temporary restraining orders at a New Jersey hospital. (AP)

NJ to get swine flu funding

Health officials say New Jersey will receive $10 million in federal funds to help it prepare for a possible swine flu pandemic. (AP)

More arrests possible in Atlantic City voter-fraud probe

More arrests are likely in a voter-fraud case involving supporters of a failed Atlantic City mayoral candidate Marty Small, according to information from the state Attorney General's Office and a defense attorney. (Cohen, Press of Atlantic City)

'The Donald,' Beal Bank buy Trump Entertainment Resorts out of bankruptcy

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss: It's Donald Trump. (Parry, AP)

Vioxx suits settled for $80 million

Health insurers, unions and other private groups that paid for prescriptions for withdrawn painkiller Vioxx have reached an $80 million settlement with its maker, ending another part of the multipronged litigation. (Johnson, AP)–80-million

Comebacking Mack starts making moves to run for mayor of Trenton I

n the lead-up to what looks like the end of the 20-year era of Mayor Doug Palmer in Trenton, Tony Mack measures his words carefully. (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)

Monmouth poll puts Christie up by 14 with likely voters, 4 with registered voters

Republican gubernatorial nominee Chris Christie leads Governor Jon Corzine by 14 points among likely voters but only four points among registered voters, according to a Monmouth University/Gannett poll released this morning. (Friedman, PolitickerNJ) Morning News Digest: August 4, 2009