Wake-Up Call: Thursday, June 19, 2008

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Moving into the digital age

Acknowledging that his e-mail exchanges with union leader Carla Katz are a political problem as he heads into a re-election campaign, Gov. Jon Corzine said yesterday he might not fight all the way to the Supreme Court to try to keep the messages secret.

But he insisted “it would be wrong” for him to simply drop his claim of executive privilege and release them immediately, saying that could bind all future governors “in the digital world.” (Claire Heininger, The Star-Ledger)

http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/jersey/index.ssf?/base/news-10/1213850218223400.xml&coll=1

Rose takes flight at month’s end

Gov. Jon S. Corzine’s chief economic adviser will leave office later this month.

The administration announced Gary D. Rose’s departure on Wednesday.

Rose, who worked with the governor at Goldman Sachs, has led Corzine’s Office of Economic Growth since January 2006. (Associated Press)

http://www.nj.com/southjersey/index.ssf/2008/06/nj_economic_growth_chief_leave.html

Everybody wants a piece of the pie

Gov. Jon Corzine said yesterday he expects the revised $32.9 billion state budget will win approval from lawmakers next week, even as dozens of advocates for nursing homes, hospitals, towns, the arts and other groups made a last-ditch effort to blunt cuts in the spending plan.

A nearly five-hour hearing in Trenton by the Assembly Budget Committee drew a crowd of more than 150 people, including lobby ists, union workers and even nuns. Assemblyman Louis Greenwald (D-Camden), chairman of the panel, said there still is time for “fine-tuning.” (Joe Donohue and Dunstan McNichol, The Star-Ledger)

http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/jersey/index.ssf?/base/news-10/1213850108223400.xml&coll=1

Leader of the pack

State Sen. Kevin O’Toole (R-Bergen) on Wednesday stepped out in front of the back-static regarding a pairing of U.S. Attorney Chris Christie with state Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth)for GOPgovernor/lt. governor in 2009. (PolitickerNJ.com)

http://www.politickernj.com/max/20914/otoole-salutes-christie-beck-dream-ticket

All bets are on

ATLANTIC CITY – Break open the piggy bank. Would-be gaming moguls will have another chance to buy Atlantic City’s unluckiest casino.

The stte-appointed conservator overseein the sale of the Tropicana Casino and Resort was granted permissino Wednesday to throw out the existing bids and restart the process from scratch. (Donald Wittkowski, Press of Atlantic City)

http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/186/story/186313.html

Friends in high places

PRINCETON – Gov. Jon Corzine’s Tuesday night shout-out to 4th Congressional District candidate Josh Zetiz was the governor’s second public hurrah in as many weeks for the underdog Democrat challenging U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-4).(PolitickerNJ.com)

http://www.politickernj.com/max/20910/zeitz-campaign-happy-corzines-their-corner

Pick up the pace

The former Hercules chemical plant in Gibbstown has been on the nation’s Superfund list since 1983 — one of 38 sites in New Jersey that, for more than 20 years, have been kicking around on the federal list of particularly toxic sites. (Richard Pearsall, The Courier-Post)

http://www.courierpostonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080619/NEWS01/806190393/1006

Menendez attacks Bush’s offshore drilling proposal

TRENTON — New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez is leading the charge against President Bush’s proposal to lift a ban on offshore drilling for oil and natural gas, saying the plan will not give consumers relief from skyrocketing gasoline prices. (Angela Delli Santi, Associated Press)

http://www.thedailyjournal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080619/NEWS01/806190315/1002

Health care takes center stage

The first day of public hearings on legislative leaders’ version of the state budget was dominated yesterday by representatives of hospitals and other health-care providers.

Dozens of advocates appeared before the Assembly Budget Committee in a hearing that lasted nearly five hours. (Adrienne Lu, Philadelphia Inquirer)

http://www.philly.com/inquirer/local/nj/20080619_Health-care_issues_dominate_budget_hearings_Officials_praised_N_J__lawmakers_for_scaling_back_some_of_the_reductions_Gov__Corzine_had_asked_.html

Giving credit where credit is due

A beaming Bob Yudin launched into a low-key gush-a-thon Tuesday night, praising the political lieutenants who engineered his victory over Robert Ortiz for chairmanship of the Bergen County Republican Organization. (Charles Stile, The Bergen Record)

http://www.northjersey.com/politics/Stile_Yudin_has_Unanue_to_thank_for_GOP_post.html

Lautenberg aide makes the move to Orange

An aide to U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) has been tapped to become Orange Mayor-elect Eldridge Hawkins Jr.’s new full-time chief of staff in Orange City Hall.

Hawkins, who will be sworn into office July 1, said he is appointing Tahirah “Tai” Cooper, Lautenberg’s senior project specialist out of the senator’s Newark office, to help run his office in Orange City Hall. (Kevin C. Dilworth, The Star-Ledger)

http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/essex/index.ssf?/base/news-5/1213850127223400.xml&coll=1

Almost there

A month after rejecting a proposed $92.6 million municipal budget, the Linden City Council approved on first reading a slightly re vised $92.4 million version.

While the latest budget — which passed 8-1 Tuesday night — only trims $154,796 from the original, lawmakers said its long-term impact, which will benefit from the consolidation of city departments, will provide the city a stable foundation for the future. (Alexi Friedman, The Star-Ledger)

http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/union/index.ssf?/base/news-4/1213850290223400.xml&coll=1

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Wake-Up Call: Thursday, June 19, 2008