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Morning Cup: Jersey's Rich Heritage at Odds With Stimulus

benderbending/Flickr; Krista Kjellman/ProPublicaThis is the latest roundup from our stimulus blog.

In a departure from local traditions like awarding no-bid contracts to companies that make big campaign donations, New Jersey is preparing for "lots and lots of oversight," the Star-Ledger reports. The state's comptroller and the governor's chief of staff are leading a review board to oversee stimulus spending.

A report to the House transportation committee claims the federal government has approved more than 1,000 highway projects for 35 states. Those projects will soak up about 10 percent of the highway pot, the report says.

Gov. Mark Sanford of South Carolina will end his standoff over the stimulus today, becoming the last governor to certify his state's intention of cashing in. But he's giving up less ground by signing the certification than you might think. More on that later.

Project of the day: The Department of Veterans Affairs announced yesterday that some vets can expect a one-time payment of $250 by June.

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