Morning News Digest: September 25, 2009

Meanwhile, next door, Obama is on Team Corzine While President Obama’s political team seeks to nudge David A. Paterson out

Meanwhile, next door, Obama is on Team Corzine

While President Obama’s political team seeks to nudge David A. Paterson out of the New York governorship, they are fully engaged in trying to get Gov. Jon S. Corzine re-elected here. (Halfbinger/Kocieniewski, New York Times)

Cumberland Republicans ask AG to investigate Magazzu’s NACo fund

The chairman of the Cumberland County Republicans has asked Attorney General Anne Milgram to investigate an account Freeholder Director Lou Magazzu used to fund an unsuccessful race for a position in the National Association of Counties (NACo). (Friedman, PolitickerNJ)

King pleads guilty to extortion

Former Jersey City council candidate Jimmy King, a veteran of the Hudson County political scene with a deep resume in government, pleaded guilty today to accepting bribes from a federal informant posing as a developer. (Friedman, PolitickerNJ)

Stack pledges full support for Corzine

No stranger to political theater, renegade state Sen./Mayor Brian P. Stack played the unlikely role of Hamlet this summer as he projected indecision about who to support in the race between Gov. Jon Corzine and GOP challenger Chris Christie. (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)

Czaplicki reappointed HEDC head

Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy has reappointed his former chief-of-staff as executive director of the Department of Housing, Economic Development and Commerce. (Clark, Jersey Journal)

Corzine picks up union endorsement

New Jersey's major police and fire unions say they will endorse Gov. Jon S. Corzine's re-election bid despite his opponent's background in law enforcement. (Delli Santi, AP)

Camden fire chief to resign as part of $1.5M settlement

Camden Fire Chief Joseph Marini is to retire under a tentative agreement to settle a racial discrimination suit against the fire department, an attorney said Thursday. (Hirsch, Courier-Post)–1.15M-settlement

Nidia Lopez agrees to pay Florida taxes

Jersey City Councilwoman Nidia Lopez lives in Jersey City and a court challenge to her residency should be dismissed, according to a brief Lopez's attorney has given the court. (Clark, Jersey Journal)

No recession for these guys

Reporter David Matthau of New Jersey 101.5 FM radio did some digging into the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority’s spending habits. Apparently, the recession never hit them. Matthau reports no Motel 6 for this crowd. (Ingle, The Record)

Second whistle-blowing brother arrested in Linden extortion case

Angered over the escalating cost of extortion, Anthony Rose took down his brother, the former corrupt head of Linden's Neighborhood Preservation Program, and as a result took down himself. (Serrano, Gannett)

Race on for independent voters in gubernatorial contest

After casting his vote for Democrat Jon Corzine four years ago, Daniel Wilson is backing the Republican challenger this time around, claiming the New Jersey governor has not eased the high tax burden on state businesses and residents. (Delli Santi, AP) Morning News Digest: September 25, 2009