Wake-Up Call: Thursday, July 31, 2008

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Stender campaign rids itself of Cohen donations

Linda Stender’s campaign has returned all of the donations it received from former Assemblyman Neil Cohen, according to Stender Chief of Staff Ed Oatman. (PolitickerNJ)

http://www.politickernj.com/matt-friedman/21901/stender-campaign-rids-itself-cohen-donations

Corzine hears budgetary echoes

HILLSIDE – Gov. Jon Corzine thought he heard a familiar tone of woewhen New York’s new governor, David Paterson, addressed the dire state of the New York State budget this week. (PolitickerNJ)

http://www.politickernj.com/max/21925/corzine-hears-budgetary-echoes-new-york-govs-woes

James ruling shows shift in judicary

The decision Tuesday by U.S. District Judge William Martini to sentence former Newark mayor Sharpe James to 27 months in prison — barely one-tenth the top term the government wanted — started a buzz throughout offices and e-mail networks statewide. (Jeff Whelan and John P. Martin, The Star-Ledger)

http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/jersey/index.ssf?/base/news-11/121747903740810.xml&coll=1

Stanhope demands funds back

The Stanhope board of education voted Wednesday to seek reimbursement of $65,125 paid to its former superintendent for unused sick and vacation days when he left for a new job. (Jim Lockwood, The Star-Ledger)

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2008/07/stanhope_wants_former_superint.html

Suspicious package causes scare in Princeton

PRINCETON – Officials yesterday were trying to determine what caused government workers to feel ill after a letter from a Louisiana nursing-home resident to a New Jersey mayor was opened. (Associated Press)

http://www.philly.com/inquirer/local/nj/20080731_Suspicious_package_causes_scare_in_Princeton.html

New leaders called right move for the city

CAMDEN — Less than seven months after making what she described as the “right, next step for Camden,” Attorney General Anne Milgram was back in the city, doing the same thing. (Leo Strupczewski, The Courier-Post)

http://www.courierpostonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080731/NEWS01/807310369&referrer=FRONTPAGECAROUSEL

Fulop cries foul

In a last-minute move, Jersey City officials have dramatically upped the number of signatures Councilman Steven Fulop needs to collect to qualify one of two reform initiatives he is championing for the November ballot – and Fulop is crying foul. (Ken Thorbourne, Jersey Journal)

http://www.nj.com/news/jjournal/jerseycity/index.ssf?/base/news-6/1217485530290031.xml&coll=3

School board president to resign

Hopewell Valley School Board president Linda Mitchell, who headed the board through rocky patches of infighting and financial cutbacks that made for some testy board meetings, will step down tonight after five years on the board — the latest in a string of resignations to hit the district in recent months. (Jeff Trently, Trenton Times)

http://www.nj.com/news/times/index.ssf?/base/news-4/1217477190305500.xml&coll=5

New Jersey joins in on lawsuit

California and four other states — including New Jersey — will sue the Environmental Protection Agency if it does not act soon to reduce pollution from ships, aircraft and off-road vehicles, Attorney General Jerry Brown said Wednesday. (Associated Press)

http://www.dailyrecord.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080731/UPDATES01/807310348

Towns face charges for state cop services

TRENTON — Towns that depend on the New Jersey State Police for all or part of their police protection received letters this week indicating how much they’ll have to pay the state if they want to keep the service. (Lisa G. Ryan, Gannett)

http://www.courierpostonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080731/NEWS01/807310377

South Harrison hit by cop costs

Bills have gone out to 89 towns with part-time or no local police departments that would begin paying for state police patrols for the first time in January if they decide to continue the service. (Trish G. Graber and Pete McCarthy, Gloucester County Times)

http://www.nj.com/news/gloucester/index.ssf?/base/news-3/121747833629050.xml&coll=8

Corzine praises housing bill

Governor Corzine is crediting President Bush for signing into law a housing bill he once threatened to veto, but said more needs to be done to help the nation’s struggling economy. (John Reitmeyer, Bergen Record)

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

Camden names new police chief

Camden Deputy Police Chief John Scott Thomson yesterday was promoted to chief of police, taking over a department struggling to control drug dealing, gang warfare, and a homicide rate on a record pace. (Allison Steele, Philadelphia Inquirer)

http://www.philly.com/inquirer/local/nj/20080731_N_J__names_new_Camden_police_chief__triples_street_officers_1.html

NJ bridges need work

NEWARK, N.J. – Although New Jersey has dramatically increased spending for bridge repairs in recent years, it has fixed just one of its 20 busiest structurally deficient bridges in the year since the deadly Minneapolis bridge collapse. (Associated Press)

http://www.philly.com/inquirer/local/nj/20080731_Bridges_in_state_of_disrepair_An_analysis_shows_that_19_of_N_J__s_20_busiest_structurally_deficient_spans_still_need_work_.html

Dover mum on payment

DOVER — Former town administrator Bibi Stewart Garvin has continued to received biweekly paychecks from the town even through she left her position on June 10. (Michael Scholl, Daily Record)

http://www.dailyrecord.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080731/COMMUNITIES13/807310329/1203

School district wants money back

The Stanhope school district will demand that former superintendent Nicholas P. Brown, who currently holds the same title in New Milford, pay back more than $65,000 in sick and vacation time that he received when he resigned from the district. (Ashley Kindergan, Bergen Record)

http://www.northjersey.com/news/School_district_will_demand_65000_from_ex-superintendent.html

Stile: Dibs on The Boss

The Boss sings about the working class loners, wandering down empty railroad tracks. (Charles Stile, Bergen Record)

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

Vineland sees hunger fund boost

VINELAND — Gov. Jon S. Corzine’s focus on making sure the state cares for those in need will mean nearly $68,000 for local assistance programs. (Robert Press, The Daily Journal)

http://www.thedailyjournal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080731/NEWS01/807310312

Rone’s position safe

In a reversal of her earlier position, Essex County Prosecutor Paula Dow yesterday asked a Superior Court judge not to force Newark Councilwoman Dana Rone to forfeit her position after a conviction for obstructing justice. (Jeffrey C. Mays, The Star-Ledger)

http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/essex/index.ssf?/base/news-5/121747907340810.xml&coll=1

A lack of pressure

Residents in parts of Montgomery and neighboring Princeton Township may be experiencing reduced water pressure due to a water pump failure at a station near Princeton Airport in Montgomery. (The Star-Ledger)

http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/somerset/index.ssf?/base/news-3/121747890940810.xml&coll=1

State extends review for windmill project

NEWARK – The state Board of Public Utilities decided Thursday it would not sign off on an offshore windmill project until at least Oct. 2, allowing project reviewers to ask the proposed developers more questions. (Derek Harper, Press of Atlantic City)

http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/186/story/218587.html

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Wake-Up Call: Thursday, July 31, 2008