Morning News Digest: September 10, 2009

N.J. Assemblywoman introduces bill supporting green technology Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle on Wednesday announced she's introduced legislation to establish a

N.J. Assemblywoman introduces bill supporting green technology

Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle on Wednesday announced she's introduced legislation to establish a task force to evaluate and study the need for and feasibility of implementing green building technology throughout New Jersey. (The Star-Ledger)

N.J. governor's race virtual debate to begin next week

The Hall Institute's 2009 Governor's Virtual Debate will begin next week with opening statements from the candidates on September 10. (The Star-Ledger)

N.J. gives mixed reviews on Obama's health-care reform speech

In the hours before addressing a joint session of Congress tonight, President Obama as much as admitted he had a tough sell in pitching his vision for health insurance reform to a deeply divided nation. (Corbett and Queally, The Star-Ledger)

Environmental groups, labor union urge N.J. lawmakers to push energy efficiency

Two leading environmental groups and a large labor union joined in Trenton today, urging New Jersey's Congressional leaders to push stronger energy efficiency provisions in proposed federal climate change legislation, citing a new report that claims such measures could create 539,000 jobs in the next 20 years. (Murray, The Star-Ledger)

Green Team Appointments Become Campaign Issue

A discussion about pending appointments to the town's new green team became a campaign issue Tuesday night, with Democrats questioning Republican Mayor Andy Skibitsky's decision making process. (Celock, The Westfield Patch)

Education Commissioner Tours Lincoln School State Education

Commissioner Lucille Davy toured Westfield's second classroom dedicated to autism students in the early childhood grades Wednesday morning at Lincoln School. (Celock, The Westfield Patch)

Environment New Jersey Hosts Gubernatorial Campaign Town Hall

Enviroment New Jersey sponsored a town hall-style debate at the Westfield Memorial Library Tuesday night with Chris Daggett, independent candidate for governor, and representatives from Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine and Republican nominee Chris Christie. (Collura, The Westfield Patch)

Kimmins to Run Unopposed for Reelection

Republican Councilwoman Vicki Kimmins will continue to represent the second ward for another four years, as Democrats have declined to field a replacement candidate against her in the November election. (Celock, The Westfield Patch)

N.J. foreclosure risk rose in Aug.

The number of New Jersey households at risk of losing their homes rose last month, according to RealtyTrac, a California company that tracks the foreclosure market. (Lynn, The Record)

Officer's internal affairs hearing gets under way

An internal affairs hearing for a suspended city police officer began Wednesday but ended before any witnesses could be called to testify in order to allow a court reporter to record the proceedings. (Alvarado, The Record)

Millville conundrum: Pot within a pot

Hanging flower baskets from streetlamps on High Street is just another way for the city of Millville, Cumberland County, to beautify its arts district. (Nark, Inquirer)

Christie says he'd put N.J. ahead of political survival

Christopher J. Christie said yesterday that he would try to fix some of New Jersey's big problems if elected governor and would not worry about whether his decisions might damage his reelection prospects. (Mulvihill, Inquirer)

Final OK goes to '09-'10 Rowan budget

Rowan University adopted its 2009-2010 budget Wednesday after holding off in July to settle union contracts. This budget sees a substantial savings after furloughs were requested by Gov. Jon Corzine and tuition increased by the lowest number in 20 years. (Paciolla, Gloucester County Times)

Prosecutor finds no cause for charges in alleged

Atlantic City firefighter sexual misconduct An alleged sexual incident involving on-duty firefighters and young women inside an Atlantic City firehouse may have been "morally repugnant," but it wasn't criminal, Atlantic County Prosecutor Ted Housel announced Wednesday. (Cohen, Press of Atlantic City)

Report: Freehold cops' tickets target Latinos

Tempers are flaring this week over a controversial report claiming Latinos have been disproportionately ticketed for bicycle and taxi offenses in the borough. (Predham, Asbury Park Press)

Central Jersey communities schedule 9/11 remembrances

A number of Central Jersey communities will mark the eighth anniversary Friday of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon with ceremonies ranging from the placement of wreaths to brief moments of silence. (Courier News)

Rutgers plans full nursing program

In an effort to address national shortages of nurses and nursing professors, a comprehensive nursing school is being planned for Rutgers-Camden. (Rosen, Courier-Post)

Feds won't investigate Christie/Rove talks

The Office of Special Counsel (OSC) will not investigate whether former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie violated the Hatch Act by talking to Bush strategist Karl Rove about a possible run for governor while he was still in office, The AP reports. (Friedman, PolitickerNJ)

Corzine salutes law enforcement and fire officials at packed Irvington church

They bellowed a lot of praise down on Gov. Jon Corzine from the pulpit of Christian Love Baptist Church on Wednesday night but the signature hymn, "Your struggle is over," sung with deep feeling and a full chorus on high volume, hardly projected a Biblical battle cry as the governor faces eight weeks more of hard-slog campaign season before Election Day. (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ) Morning News Digest: September 10, 2009