Wake-Up Call: Wednesday, August 27, 2008

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Corzine, New Jersey delegation party with the Clintons

Sen. Hillary Clinton’s (D-N.Y.) speech was over, but the night wasn’t done. (PolitickerNJ)

http://www.politickernj.com/max/22703/corzine-and-new-jersey-party-clintons

PTA president accused of swiping funds

A Lodi PTA president is accused of stealing nearly $9,000 in school funds to pay personal bills, police said this afternoon. (Michael J. Feeney, The Bergen Record)

http://www.northjersey.com/news/Cops_PTA_prez_swiped_funds_to_pay_her_bills.html

Menendez denied

DENVER – Sen. Bob Menendez declined an invitation for a coveted speaking role at the Democratic National Convention because of lingering hard feelings between him and Barack Obama’s camp, according to political and convention officials. (Josh Margolin, The Star-Ledger)

http://www.nj.com/news/jjournal/index.ssf?/base/news-3/1219818366306110.xml&coll=3

Corzine calls for unanimous support for Obama

DENVER — Gov. Jon Corzine said he would like New Jersey to cast all of its votes for Barack Obama in Wednesday night’s roll call, even though Hillary Clinton won the Garden State’s primary in February. (Josh Margolin, The Star-Ledger)

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2008/08/democratic_national_convention_4.html

New Jersey Republicans also placed in no-man’s land

Make that 0 for 2.

New Jersey, which saw its delegation denied any speakers at the podium during the Democratic National Convention, is due for the same treatment at the Republicans’ event next week. (Claire Heininger, The Star-Ledger)

http://www.nj.com/elections/index.ssf/2008/08/nj_republicans_wont_see_podium.html

Jewish delegates refuse to join Carter ovation

DENVER – Former President Jimmy Carter may have been a crowd pleaser to much of the audience at the Democratic National Convention Monday night, but – as the old saying goes – you can’t please all the people all the time. (Josh Margolin, The Star-Ledger)

http://www.nj.com/news/jjournal/index.ssf?/base/news-3/1219818359306110.xml&coll=3

Bush ridiculed repeatedly at Jersey Dems’ breakfast

DENVER — The New Jersey delegation to the Democratic National Convention gathered for breakfast this morning loaded for bear in their hunt to flush Republicans from office this November. (Tom Baldwin, Asbury Park Press)

http://www.app.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080826/POLITICS/80826037

Layoffs likely for city workers

CAMDEN — All City of Camden departments will be required to cut operating expenses by 20 percent and many will likely face layoffs to make up a $24 million budget deficit, the city’s state-appointed leader said Tuesday. (Deborah Hirsch, The Courier-Post)

http://www.courierpostonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080827/NEWS01/808270377

Camden rethinks renewal

The Rev. Al Stewart walks past a group of middle-aged men and women drinking away the day in a shaded junkyard near his church in Camden’s Bergen Square neighborhood. (Matt Katz, Philadelphia Inquirer)

http://www.philly.com/inquirer/local/nj/20080827_Camden_rethinks_renewal__foiling_Bergen_Square.html

Board OKs tighter policy on degrees

ENGLISHTOWN — The Freehold Regional High School District school board Monday night voted unanimously to accept the recommendations of the state Department of Education report that it change its policies so that it accepts only doctoral and other advanced degrees granted by schools with acceptable credentials. (Joshua Riley, Asbury Park Press)

http://www.app.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080826/NEWS/808260431

Romano: Racy e-mail probe a waste of time

VINELAND — Four city employees who face disciplinary action for violating city policy on e-mail use were informed of their pending punishments Tuesday morning. (Kristi Funderburk, The Daily Journal)

http://www.thedailyjournal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080827/NEWS01/808270321

DeIorio: Democrats playing politics with budget

Roselle Park Mayor Joseph DeIorio says dissenting votes on the 2008 municipal budget by the borough council’s two Democrats were politically motivated in an election year. (Jason Jett, The Star-Ledger)

http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/union/index.ssf?/base/news-4/1219725373143840.xml&coll=1

 

State panel probes local judge

A judicial ethics committee is investigating a Bergenfield judge who filed a trespassing complaint against a state investigator. (Serdar Tumgoren, The Bergen Record)

http://www.northjersey.com/news/bergenpolitics/State_panel_probes_local_judge.html

Nothing is ever easy in Vineland

VINELAND – Hans Lampart, head of the development company tasked with the city’s “Four Corners” project, will be asked to appear before the next council work session in an effort to normalize negotiations with area property owners within the redevelopment area. (Jason Laday, Bridgeton News)

http://www.nj.com/bridgeton/index.ssf?/base/news-3/1219812019132010.xml&coll=10

Officials upset about surprise demolition

WEST PATERSON — A historic building on the site of a controversial parking garage has been torn down without borough consent. (Virgin Dickson, The Herald News)

http://www.myheraldnews.com/view.html?type=stories&action=detail&sub_id=42886

Wrap Up: Tuesday’s PolitickerNJ.com coverage from Denver and New Jersey

http://www.politickernj.com/editor/22705/wrap-tuesdays-politickernjcom-coverage-denver-and-new-jersey

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Wake-Up Call: Wednesday, August 27, 2008