Wake-Up Call: Wednesday, June 11, 2008

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Running with the e-mails
Gov. Jon Corzine said yesterday that before the 2009 gubernatorial election, he wants the court case involving his e-mails with union leader Carla Katz resolved "so that people have full knowledge."

The governor, who is appealing a ruling that he make the e-mails public, said he has "every intention" to run for re-election next year, and he is "laying the early foundation" for the campaign by "raising a little bit of money." The Star-Ledger reported Monday that Corzine held his first campaign fundraiser in April in Palm Beach, Fla., and has scheduled five more in the next six weeks. (Claire Heininger, Star-Ledger)

What subpoena?
Bergen County Democratic chairman Joseph Ferriero was elected to a sixth term Tuesday night, earning the overwhelming support of his party weeks after complying with a federal subpoena. (Oshrat Carmiel, The Record)

Someone lacks credibility
An attorney representing Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy was back in court yesterday trying for the second time to get Healy's conviction for fighting with cops in Bradley Beach two years ago overturned.

Before a three-judge appellate panel in Morristown, Philip Matsikoudis argued that the convictions for obstruction of administrative law and resisting arrest should be overturned because Healy's arresting officers lacked credibility. (Ken Thorbourne, Jersey Journal)

Losing to the machine
Newark Mayor Cory Booker suffered his latest defeat in his effort to gain control of the city's Democratic political machinery after his candidate for Central Ward Democratic chairman finished in last place during the party's reorganization earlier this week. (Jeffrey C. Mays and Katie Wang, Star-Ledger)

Will you be canceling the subscription, sir?
He is compared to Will Smith's character in the blockbuster post- apocalyptic movie, "I am Legend," and quoted saying he would take a grenade if it meant saving Newark.

A lengthy Esquire magazine profile about Newark Mayor Cory Booker's quest to transform Newark has drawn sharp criticism from Booker, who said his "blood boiled" while reading passages in the article. (Katie Wang and Jeffrey C. Mays, Star-Ledger)

Why Andrews likes earmarks
U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews, D-N.J., was immersed in one of the major races of his political career when the attack came, first from a Republican opponent and then from U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., the man Andrews unsuccessfully tried to unseat in last week's Democratic primary. (Lisa Grzyboski, Courier-Post)

Rating Mayor Booker
NEWARK – After his loss on Monday night, the last one of this cycle to draw his record to 0-3 in ward fights, Mayor Cory Booker walked outside in the Central Ward and was swarmed instantly by children. (Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ.com)

Bayonne Dems get in line
In the sweltering heat of Monday evening, local Democratic organizations in Hudson County reorganized. Bayonne did them all one better and took time to endorse a candidate for mayor of the Peninsula City in the Nov. 4 election.

Police Director Mark Smith received the unanimous endorsement – with one abstention (guess?) – of the Bayonne City Regular Democratic Organization, which met at the Catholic War Veterans. About 66 people attended the session, where Smith was the only person to receive nominations for the endorsement. (Political Insider, Jersey Journal)

On pins and needles
We’ll have to wait until tomorrow to see the results of the Quinnipiac poll that measures Gov. Corzine’s approval rating and the Senate race between Frank Lautenberg and Dick Zimmer.

But state Senator/Essex County Republican Chairman Kevin O’Toole predicts that the poll on the Senate race will be close. (Matt Friedman, PolitickerNJ.com)

Changing of the guard
LOWER TOWNSHIP – Last week Mayor Walt Craig lost the Republican primary, and this week he decided to step down as the chairman of the local GOP organization. (Richard Degener, Press of Atlantic City)

At odds in Long Branch
LONG BRANCH — Councilman Brian A. Unger, who often casts himself as the champion of transparency and open government, is in the center of a storm over questions he raised about a female city employee — questions he later said were a joke and had no basis in fact. (Carol Gorga Williams, Asbury Park Press)

The slimmest of margins
WINSLOW — A single vote still separates two candidates in the Democratic primary for a Winslow Township Committee nomination. (Courier-Post)

They named a road after Roe?
TRENTON — Legislation removing former congressman Robert Roe’s name from Route 23 — technically a formality, since the honorary signs were never ordered nor installed — was unanimously approved by the state Senate Transportation Committee yesterday afternoon. (Rob Jennings, Gannett)

Open those machines
The American Civil Liberties Union and press associations from throughout New Jersey are asking a Superior Court judge to reconsider her ruling barring computer experts from publicly revealing the results from their tests of Sequoia voting machines. (Diane C. Walsh, Star-Ledger)

No raises in West Windsor
WEST WINDSOR — The gathering storm over proposed raises or reimbursements for township council members dissipated Monday night when council President Will Anklowitz removed both items from the agenda at the last minute and declared them "dead" after losing support from two members of the council. (Joyce J. Persico, Trenton Times)

Sharpe James’ son injured in Afghanistan
Two New Jersey Army National Guard soldiers, including a son of former Newark Mayor Sharpe James, are recovering from minor injuries suffered in an attack in Afghanistan on May 30, officials with the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs said. (Wayne Woolley, Star-Ledger)

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