Morning News Digest: August 5, 2009

Christie Campaign Looked to Make WHS Roundtable Intimate

Republican gubernatorial nominee Chris Christie's roundtable discussion last Thursday was kept as invitation only in order to provide an intimate environment for the event. (Celock and Solomon, Westfield Patch)

Poll finds N.J. voters not swayed by lieutenant governor's race

A new poll finds that New Jersey voters are not fired up by the addition of lieutenant governor candidates to this year's election. (AP)

GOP governor candidate Chris Christie takes campaign to Franklin

Republican gubernatorial candidate Christopher Christie made a campaign stop in Franklin Township today, speaking to just under 100 township officials, residents and workers at the Rotor Clip Company. (Garlic, The Star-Ledger)

GOP candidate Chris Christie to unveil plan to crack down on political corruption

Linking New Jersey's recent corruption scandal to his bid to unseat Gov. Jon Corzine, Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie will unveil a sweeping plan today to crack down on political corruption, including harsher penalties for officeholders charged with or convicted of crimes. (Heininger, The Star-Ledger)

Three indicted on election fraud charges in N.J. senate race

Three more people were indicted today onelection fraudcharges in connection with Teresa Ruiz's 2007 campaign for the state Senate. (Megerian, The Star-Ledger)

N.J. public schools added 1,200 new positions last year, raising payroll to $9.6B

New Jersey public schools added more than 1,200 new positions, making total payroll about $9.6 billion in 2008, according to a report by the Asbury Park Press. (The Star-Ledger)

GOP criticizes Corzine for linking Carlstadt with Ridgefield

Republicans criticized Governor Corzine on Tuesday for linking the borough with Ridgefield, where the mayor was charged in an extortion conspiracy in a blockbuster federal corruption bust. (Clunn and Gavin, The Record)

Voters will weigh in on future of Pascack Valley

The Borough Council decided Monday to ask voters in November whether it should continue to explore breaking up the Pascack Valley Regional High School District despite doubts about whether the school board or the Montvale Borough Council will back the initiative. (Superville, The Record)

N.J. murder rate drops by 24% in first half

Homicides in New Jersey dropped by 24 percent in the first six months of 2009 compared with the same time last year, Gov. Corzine said yesterday. (Tamari, The Inquirer)

Part of NJ town evacuated after bomb threats

Police say they have evacuated residents and wedding guests from a section of Long Branch after several bomb threats were made against local synagogues. (AP)

GI Bill to be a college draw in New Jersey

New Jersey colleges and universities are ramping up their efforts to receive an expected influx of veterans as a result of the Post-9/11 GI Bill. (Dinges, Gloucester County Times)

Bentley Woods redevelopment OK delayed in Glassboro

No decisions were made as to final site plan approval for the area currently known as Bentley Woods at Tuesday's planning board meeting because, with six members absent, a quorum could not be reached for the public hearing. (Gloucester County Times)

Trump’s New Deal: Restore Atlantic City's mojo

The author of the best-seller "The Art of the Deal" may want to consider writing another book titled "The Art of the Casino Comeback." (Wittkowski, Press of Atlantic City)

DataUniverse: NJ teacher pay up $400 million in one year

New Jersey public schools added more than 1,200 new positions in 2008, bringing the total number of teachers and administrators to 143,733. (Asbury Park Press) North

Brunswick budget cuts spending but hikes taxes

The Township Council has introduced its 2010 budget, which includes more than a half-million dollars in spending cuts and a 5-cent tax-rate increase. (Kaltwasser, Courier-News)

Program to assist veterans in Burlco

A mentor program to assist military veterans and military personnel who enter the court system is expanding into Burlington County. (Comegno, Courier-Post)

Camden middle schools face big changes

The district's five middle schools could be reorganized into magnet schools with their own academic focus as part of a proposal that was unveiled Tuesday. (Gidjunis, Courier-Post)

Stack and the Trenton/Union City convergences

Among the Republican faithful accompanying GOP gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie as he walked New York Avenue hugging and touching hands in a crowd of 100s of mostly Latino Union City residents Tuesday, was state Sen. Minority Whip Kevin O'Toole (R-Cedar Grove). (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)

Fulop headlines anti-corruption protest in Jersey City

In a city where public corruption is considered commonplace, an estimated 250 residents turned out to say it should not be. (Friedman, PolitickerNJ) Morning News Digest: August 5, 2009