Morning News Digest: September 28, 2009

Crushed under tons of taxes

Gannett New Jersey Newspapers and New Jersey 101.5 FM radio are bringing to the people of this state (and anyone who might consider moving their families or businesses here) an eight-day look at property taxes. Yeah, we all know we have the worst tax structure in the nation, no surprise that. But even for those of us who have covered it for years, the series is revealing and a must-read. (Ingle, Gannett)

Narrowed by one, still seven candidates for Hoboken mayor

And then there were seven. Sal DeMeo, a 60-year-old retired Hoboken police officer who ran unsuccessfully for Hoboken City Council in 2003, said Friday he's withdrawing from the race for mayor. (Clark, Jersey Journal)

Breast cancer becomes curious battle ground for gubernatorial candidates

We now take a break from the silly season in this gubernatorial campaign to focus on a real issue: mammograms that can detect breast cancer in its early stages. (Moran, Star-Ledger)

Passaic GOP unity may be only a mirage

Money has a way of turning political enemies into allies, especially during the homestretch of a campaign. But Totowa Republican leader Peter Murphy's decision to buy 20 tickets for Tuesday night's freeholder fund-raiser in Paterson is not likely to defuse the feud that embroiled Passaic Republicans during the spring. (Stile, The Record)

Christie’s sneers deflect Corzine’s jeers

The campaign of Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie keeps turning to humor. (AP)

MADD’s bad with facts

I got quite an interesting response from readers after a recent column about the practice, common in several heartland states, of forcing drivers to submit to roadside blood extraction by police in the name of fighting drunken driving. (Mulshine, Star-Ledger)

Need more than elected auditor

After the revelations that Sports and Exposition Authority people acted like drunken sailors on shore leave when they left Jersey, Assembly Republican leader Alex DeCroce is calling for an independent elected Auditor General with power to get misspent money back and punish the guilty. (Ingle, Gannett)

In race for Speaker, Greenstein jumps from Wisniewski to the neutral corner

The race for Assembly Speaker is causing political headaches for Linda Greenstein (D-Plainsboro), who will steer clear of an endorsement until her own re-election campaign is over. (Edge, PolitickerNJ)

Lieutenant gubernatorial candidate figure out their roles

Come January, New Jersey will swear in the state's first-ever lieutenant governor, a new position whose holder will have to figure out the job as she goes along. (AP)

Gore makes his case for Corzine

Identifying the touchstone values of their party, Democrats bucked one another up here at the Trump Plaza Casino, trying to build feeling for what amounts now to the last 38 days of their campaign effort to maintain control of Drumthwacket and deliver another four years to Gov. Jon Corzine. (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)

Essex senate delegation will be with Codey, says Thigpen

Senate President Richard Codey (D-Roseland) walked out of the carpeted Trump Plaza Casino on Friday night leaving no doubt that he's ready for a fight, indeed in a fight. (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)

Too hot to stay as partner on project to build affordable on MLK Drive

A former Jersey City council candidate arrested in the massive July corruption sweep has stepped down as president of her not-for-profit community organization and is no longer involved with the development of an affordable housing project being overseen by the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency. (Clark, Jersey Journal) Morning News Digest: September 28, 2009