Wake-Up Call: Friday, July 11, 2008

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Mob probe launched in EnCap investigation

Federal and state law enforcement officials are investigating potential mob influence in the failed $1 billion EnCap project, according to sources close to the investigation. (Jeff Whelan and Laura McDermott, The Star-Ledger)


Former mayor backs Fulop's ideas

Former Jersey City mayor and two-time gubernatorial candidate Bret Schundler, who’s mulling a return to City Hall, said today that he supports the ballot initiatives championed by Steve Fulop, another prospective mayoral candidate, and would go as far to hold a press conference supporting it. (PolitickerNJ)


Katz abused CWA leadership position

An internal investigation of state-worker union leader Carla Katz found evidence that she hired a staffer specifically to work on her bid for a higher post and spent more than $71,000 in dues money to send union members to a conference to campaign for her election. (Josh Margolin, The Star-Ledger)


McCain coming back to Jersey

Republican presidential candidate John McCain will tap North Jersey donors at a Teaneck fundraiser next month, party officials confirmed today. (Charles Stile, The Bergen Record)


Katz seeks restraining order

TRENTON — Ousted state worker union leader Carla Katz, who once dated Gov. Jon S. Corzine, plans to ask a judge to bar national union officials from taking over her union. (Associated Press)


Judge buckles under police pressure

A Superior Court judge hearing a lawsuit alleging police wrongdoing in Belleville has removed himself from the case, in part because he heard rumors that police would pull him over if he came through town. (William Kleinknecht, The Star-Leder)


State could dramatically boost wind power

NEWARK – If the state Board of Public Utilities agrees next month to build offshore windmills, then projects covering as much as 40 square miles of the Atlantic Ocean could be built locally over the next several years. (Derek Harper, Press of Atlantic City)


Tax troubles continue to plague Washington Twp.

WASHINGTON TWP. — Facing the possibility of increases in municipal taxes over the next two years, township council found little to agree on at a workshop meeting here Thursday. (George Mast, The Courier-Post)


Lautenberg calls for extra troop pay

Members of the military forced to remain on duty after their tours were supposed to end deserve extra pay for the disruption caused to their lives and their families, Sen. Frank Lautenberg said Thursday. (Herb Jackson, The Bergen Record)


Myers speaks for affordable housing

MOUNT LAUREL – Standing in the middle of 153 acres of preserved open space, Republican Chris Myers upbraided his 3rd Congressional District opponent today for voting in favor of changing New Jersey’s affordable housing guidelines. (PolitickerNJ)


Stealing from the dead

FREEHOLD — A Monmouth County Sheriff's Officer was arrested for allegedly misappropriating more than $100,000 from his former wife's elderly aunt, who was in an assisted living facility, authorities said. (Asbury Park Press)


School location search begins

MILLVILLE — After a year of looking at all of their options, Millville Public Schools officials will now narrow their focus in the search for a site for their new high school. (Kristi Funderburk, The Daily Journal)


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