Wake-Up Call: Monday, July 14, 2008

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Dems look to pick up more seats

TRENTON – Two congressional seats being vacated by longtime Republican congressmen are being targeted by Democrats seeking to widen their advantage in New Jersey's congressional delegation. (Associated Press)


Just where is the money going?

A few projects stood out last week as state officials detailed plans to dole out $2.9 billion for school construction in the state's poorest districts, the first round of spending since a similar initiative collapsed three years ago. (Duncan McNichol, The Star-Ledger)


Newark mayor calls for gun control

Newark Mayor Cory Booker will hold a press conference Monday afternoon, calling on the state Senate to pass a bill that imposes a barrier on intrastate handgun trafficking. The bill has already passed the Assembly. (The Star Ledger)


Corzine misses the millionaire amendment

PHILADELPHIA — New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine said today he disagreed with the U.S. Supreme Court's decision last month to strike down the so-called "millionaire's amendment" campaign finance provision he championed and that would have affected New Jersey’s U.S. Senate race this year. (PolitickerNJ)


Corzine dodges transportation funding

TRENTON — Republican lawmakers want to spend the summer debating transportation funding. (Associated Press)


Corzine's cash makes him hard to beat

TRENTON — Here's a tip for Republicans thinking about running against Gov. Corzine next year: Bring your own dough for the campaign. And lots of it. (Associated Press)


Edwards stumps for higher pay

TRENTON – Former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards stopped in New Jersey yesterday as part of his push to combat poverty by raising the minimum wage. (Associated Press)


Traffic center is working well

Behind the black exterior of a two-story building next to the Garden State Parkway is a quiet, darkened room that is New Jersey’s version of mission control. Pods of desks with flat-screen computers spew out traffic data, and the room is dominated by a 50-foot-high wall where weather forecasts and real-time images from TV cameras posted on roadways around the state are projected. (Dave Caldwell, The New York Times)


State's budget not good for everybody

New Jersey taxpayers are generating millions of dollars in new business for a national auto parts retailer whose stock is hot on Wall Street while local businesses say they're losing on the deal. (John Reitmeyer, The Bergen Record)


Camden County tries to save nursing program

Camden County and state officials have come up with a plan that could allow about 50 aspiring licensed practical nurses to enter a program that had been marked for elimination by the Camden school board. (Rita Giordano, Philadelphia Inquirer)


Re-developing the state capitol

TRENTON — State Street bustles with newly opened restaurants and shops, residents stroll along the Delaware River and state workers walk to work from attractive new townhouses. (Andrew Kitchenman, The Trenton Times)


Candidates struggle with the Hispanic vote

Hispanics are one of the fastest-growing ethnic groups in America, and the presidential candidates are targeting them with advertising and attention.

Political analysts expect at least 9 million Hispanic voters to cast ballots nationwide in the November election. (Derek Harper, Press of Atlantic City)


Corzine names election chief

Gov. Jon S. Corzine on Friday appointed Stephanie Salvatore to serve as the interim Superintendent of Elections for Gloucester County, a newly created position. (Trish G. Graber, Gloucester County Times)


Small work weeks could lower costs


Washington Township saved more than $1,000 in energy costs last year by closing town hall on Fridays during July and August. (Meghan Van Dyk, The Daily Record)


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