Morning News Digest: September 4, 2009

GOP gov. candidate Chris Christie not issued traffic ticket after accident that injured motorcyclist in 2002

Adding to Chris Christie's campaign trail headaches over his driving record, officials in Elizabeth confirmed tonight the Republican gubernatorial candidate was in a traffic accident that injured a motorcyclist in the city in 2002. (Heininger and Margolin, The Star-Ledger)

Lt. Gov. candidate Guadagno blasts N.J. Attorney General Milgram on immigration policy

Chris Christie's running mate accused state Attorney General Anne Milgram of "hate mongering" in a letter released today. (Megerian, The Star-Ledger)

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty campaigns in Bergen for GOP candidate Chris Christie

The people of New Jersey need "common sense" leadership that will grow the economy and restore fiscal sanity, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty told a crowd of Bergen County Republican campaign workers in Hackensack today. (Larini, The Star-Ledger)

1,000+ turn out for Pascrell health care meeting

A public health insurance option was on the minds of many of the thousand-plus people who attended a town hall meeting with Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. on Thursday. (Yoo, The Record)

N.J. teaching safer way to dry-clean

New Jersey's push to make dry cleaners use fewer toxic chemicals is continuing with officials holding training sessions throughout the state on converting to greener cleaning methods. (Fallon, The Record)

3 Gloucester County schools host mock flu clinics in preparation for expected H1N1 resurgence

School nurses doled out the seasonal influenza vaccine Wednesday to teachers and staff who lined up patiently, part of a mock clinic for swine flu vaccine administration held at the Nehaunsey Middle School. (Counihan, Gloucester County Times)

U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews meets with Gloucester County residents at Times to talk health care

Rose Wakemen is a breast cancer survivor and doesn't want to lose coverage for her frequent visits to oncologists. (Beym, Gloucester County Times)

N.J. will be giving flu shots for free

New Jersey will guarantee free H1N1 flu vaccines to the state's 1.3 million uninsured residents and will try to remove all "financial barriers" for others who wants the shot, Gov. Corzine said yesterday. (DeFalco, AP)

N.J. introduces text, e-mail emergency alerts

New Jersey residents can now receive text message or e-mail alerts with warnings and instructions on major emergencies. (Tamari, The Inquirer)

Rutgers gets $7.65M to study clean energy

Three federal grants totaling $7.65 million have been awarded to Rutgers University to fund graduate research in clean and sustainable energy and continue other research projects previously funded the National Science Foundation. (Asbury Park Press)

Howell lumber yard fire deemed suspicious

Investigators have deemed as suspicious the cause of a fire at a lumber yard on Southard Road Thursday afternoon. (Pais, Asbury Park Press)

Atlantic City councilman and 13 others indicted on voter fraud charges

A state grand jury indicted Atlantic City Councilman Marty Small and 13 members of his failed mayoral campaign Thursday on voter fraud, tampering and conspiracy charges. (Clark and Harper, Press of Atlantic City)

Atlantic City activist plans Labor Day rally on firehouse sex allegations

A local activist arrested last year during a rally on Labor Day is apparently planning to make protests an annual event. (Clark, Press of Atlantic City)

Sayreville lawmaker eyes Assembly speaker post

John Wisniewski of Sayreville, a member of the state Assembly since 1995, has tossed his hat in the ring as a candidate to replace Joe Roberts as Assembly speaker. (Malwitz, Courier News)

Health care pace OK, Andrews says

Rep. Rob Andrews on Thursday framed the public option for reforming America's health care system as the "best way," but conceded that it was "not the only option." (Shamlin, Courier-Post)

Pascrell stands by public healthcare option

Thursday night was U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell's (D-Paterson) turn to walk the gauntlet of rage among those anti-Obama forces fearing government-run health care. Given Pascrell's propensity to turn into the old street fighter at the sign of aggression, his allies worried privately that this encounter with right-wing critics objecting to his championing of a public option could turn into a brawl. (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)

Bergen hosts Minnesota Governor for Christie

Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty gave Bergen County Republicans a pep talk this afternoon while swinging through to raise money for Republican gubernatorial nominee Chris Christie. (Friedman, PolitickerNJ) Morning News Digest: September 4, 2009