Wake-Up Call: Tuesday, July 29, 2008

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Cohen resigns

Under fire for child pornography allegedly found on his legislative office computer, Assemblyman Neil Cohen has resigned his seat, effective immediately. (PolitickerNJ)

http://www.politickernj.com/editor/21821/cohen-resigns

T-minus 35 days

Charlotte DeFilippo, chair of the Union County DemocraticCommittee, issued a statement this afternoon inresponse to the resignation earlier today of Assemblyman Neil Cohen (D-Roselle). (PolitickerNJ)

http://www.politickernj.com/max/21844/defilippo-cohens-seat-be-filled-within-35-days

Fellow Assemblymen wary of Cohen prior to incident

Former Assemblyman Neil Cohen (D-Roselle) was suspected of harboring pornography on his district legislative office’s computer system a year before he was allegedly caught with child pornography last week, according to several sources familiar with the Cohen investigation. (PolitickerNJ)

http://www.politickernj.com/matt-friedman/21853/sources-lesniak-cryan-reported-cohen-previous-pornography-incident

Estrada vies for Cohen’s slot

Union County Freeholder Director Angel Estrada picked up a phone today and told top Union County Democratic officials that he wants to be considered among the candidates to replace Assemblyman Neil Cohen (D-Roselle). (PolitickerNJ)

http://www.politickernj.com/max/21840/estrada-puts-his-name-out-there-succeed-cohen

Corzine engages in economic meeting with Obama

WASHINGTON — Gov. Jon S. Corzine was among the panel of advisers talking with Barack Obama about the economy today. (Associated Press)

http://www.app.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080728/NEWS/80728056

Ferriero subpoena requested

WOOD-RIDGE – The borough received a subpoena Friday requesting information on Bergen County Democratic chief Joseph Ferriero, the party’s lawyer Dennis Oury and a now-defunct grants-writing firm. (Michael Gartland, The Bergen Record)

http://www.northjersey.com/politics/Wood-Ridge_gets_subpoena_related_to_Ferriero_Oury.html

Congressional race fuels heated rhetoric

At a veterans’ memorial in Medford, Republican congressional candidate Chris Myers yesterday accused his Democratic opponent of attacking his military record. (Cynthia Burton, Philadelphia Inquirer)

http://www.philly.com/inquirer/local/nj/20080729_Congressional_race_fuels_heated_rhetoric.html

Court date looms for James

Since his conviction three months ago on fraud and conspiracy charges, former Newark mayor Sharpe James has accomplished the once unthinkable: he has been largely unseen and unheard in the city that defined him. (John P. martin and Jeff Whelan, The Star-Ledger)

http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/jersey/index.ssf?/base/news-11/1217306133235280.xml&coll=1

Conservative political activist sues state

Conservative political activist and possible gubernatorial candidate Steven Lonegan filed a lawsuit yesterday that challenges New Jersey’s pending plan to borrow $3.9 billion to build dozens of new schools around the state. (Joe Donohue, The Star-Ledger)

http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/jersey/index.ssf?/base/news-11/1217306157235280.xml&coll=1

Schultz’s pre-trial intervention

MAYS LANDINGAn Atlantic City councilman should be denied an opportunity to avoid criminal sentencing for his alleged role in a political extortion scheme, the head of Atlantic County’s Pre-Trial Intervention program said. (Michael Clark, Press of Atlantic City)

http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/186/story/216898.html

Menendez pushes better detainee care

After touring an immigration detention center in Elizabeth yesterday, U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) said he wants to ensure a trip to such facilities doesn’t mean a “death sentence” for detainees. (Ana M. Alaya, The Star-Ledger)

http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/jersey/index.ssf?/base/news-11/1217306123235280.xml&coll=1

Dems aim for LoBiondo’s seat

Democratic congressional candidate Dave Kurkowski spends his days in the shore town of Cape May, where horse-drawn carriages shepherd tourists from the quaint bed and breakfasts to the beach, and trolleys cart out-of-towners between the boutique shops that dot the city. (Trish G. Graber, The Sunbeam)

http://www.nj.com/news/sunbeam/index.ssf?/base/news-4/1217308283304090.xml&coll=9

Say no to toll hikes

State Sen. Diane Allen (R., Burlington) has come up with an idea for stopping the proposed toll hikes on Delaware River bridges: A veto by Gov. Corzine. (Paul Nussbaum, Philadelphia Inquirer)

http://www.philly.com/inquirer/local/nj/20080729_Allen_presses_Corzine_to_veto_bridge_toll_hikes.html

Prosecutor seeks records of former Orange board of ed president

A state grand jury has issued a subpoena to the Orange Board of Education for records related to former board president Monique Van Wells. (Kevin Dilworth, The Star-Ledger)

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

Hamilton discusses transit plans

HAMILTON — The township has revived talks about development at the Hamilton train station, bringing NJ Transit to the table with a developer poised to build hundreds of housing units near the transit hub. (Ryan Tracy, Trenton Times)

http://www.nj.com/news/times/index.ssf?/base/news-4/1217304526184400.xml&coll=5

Solar panel cash-saver en route

Sunny days could soon be money-savers for Cherry Hill. (Adam Smeltz, The Courier-Post)

http://www.courierpostonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080729/NEWS01/807290356/1001/NEWS

Legal bills questioned

WASHINGTON TWP. — A committeeman with a legal background is reviewing the township’s legal bills, citing concerns that officials are overburdening the township attorney with frivolous requests. (Meghan Van Dyk, The Daily Record)

http://www.dailyrecord.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080729/COMMUNITIES47/807290319/1005/NEWS01

Council approves work on ball field

The city council has awarded a bid for the installation of an irrigation system for one of the baseball fields at the Frances Avenue Field. (Siobhan A. Counihan, Gloucester County Times)

http://www.nj.com/news/gloucester/local/index.ssf?/base/news-10/1217308319305030.xml&coll=8

Orange mayor to forgo salary

Facing criticism for appointing himself to a full-time job as Orange’s civilian fire director, Mayor Eldridge Hawkins Jr. said yesterday he will forgo the mayor’s part- time salary. (Kevin C. Dilworth, The Star-Ledger)

http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/essex/index.ssf?/base/news-5/1217306196235280.xml&coll=1

Suit asks for Frankford records

The developer of a proposed outlet mall in Frankford is suing the township committee, alleging it has failed to provide requested public records, including e-mails of elected and appointed officials. (Jim Lockwood, The Star-Leder)

http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/sussex/index.ssf?/base/news-2/1217306303235280.xml&coll=1

Corrections officers resign

Two corrections officers at Cumberland County Jail under investigation for allegedly smuggling drugs and cell phones into the facility resigned last week. (Matt Dunn, Bridgeton News)

http://www.nj.com/news/bridgeton/index.ssf?/base/news-3/121730921231780.xml&coll=10

Montville race loses weight

One of the two Democrats vying for seats on the township committee has withdrawn from the race, citing personal reasons, and the township’s Democratic County Committee is weighing three possible candidates to replace him. (Tehani Schneider, The Daily Record)

http://www.dailyrecord.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080729/COMMUNITIES30/807290323/1005/NEWS01

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Wake-Up Call: Tuesday, July 29, 2008