Wake-Up Call: Thursday, July 24, 2008

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Corzine finishes up trip to Israel

TEL AVIV — Gov. Jon Corzine today began to wrap up his five-day trade mission to Israel with a visit some talk about basketball. (Claire Heininger, The Star-Ledger)


Obama signs cause controversy

BAYONNE – Assemblyman Anthony Chiappone (D-Bayonne) criticized the chairman of the Democratic Party here for failing to display campaign signs for presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, which the chair claims is a ludicrous charge. (PolitickerNJ


Lautenberg maintains lead

Despite some lukewarm job approval ratings, Democratic U.S. Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg leads Republican challenger Dick Zimmer by 11 percentage points, according to a Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey poll released today. (Alan Guenther, Asbury Park Press)


Feds accept guilty pleas in Superfund kickbacks

The owner of a Camden County wastewater treatment supply company and a former contracts administrator pleaded guilty today to big rigging, fraud and tax charges involving work at two Superfund sites in New Jersey, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. (Carol Ann Campbell, The Star-Ledger)


Obama lead holds steady

TRENTON – Sen. Barack Obama holds a sizable lead over Sen. John McCain in the presidential race in New Jersey, according to a poll released yesterday. (Associated Press)


Traffic jams down in Jersey

Traffic and tolls on New Jersey's busiest highways are down this summer, which might come as a surprise to travelers caught in weekend jams. (Sam Wood, Philadelphia Inquirer)


Mayor holds meeting to save cash

CHERRY HILL — Looking to minimize the municipal tax increases facing the township, Cherry Hill Mayor Bernie Platt will host the first of three town hall-style meetings tonight. (Adam Smeltz, The Courier-Post)


Developer, city at odds over 'ready to collapse' warehouse

Before the Powerhouse building on Washington Street can be remade into the jewel of Jersey City's new Downtown arts district, it will have to shed the humming transformers that it houses – they power the PATH trains. (Paul Koepp, The Jersey Journal)


NJ congressman reports on progress in Iraq

WASHINGTON — A New Jersey congressman who recently went to Iraq says the Iraqis have made significant progress in assuming control over their country since his last visit 16 months ago. (Raju Chebium, Asbury Park Press)


State employee faces drug charges

EWING — A 31-year-old township man was arrested Tuesday by state authorities on felony cocaine pos session and distribution charges, officials said yesterday. (The Jersey Journal)


Land deal comes after 30-year standoff

For three decades, environmentalists and residents of Washington Valley in Morris County have fought to keep major development away from their community of Colonial-era homes and genteel woods where George Washington's army once camped.(Bill Swayze and Paula Saha, The Star-Ledger)


Groups at odds over dolphin safety

BRIGANTINE, N.J. – A marine-mammal rescue group wants plans drawn up soon to coax or scare from 15 to 20 dolphins out of a river near the Shore and back to sea, but federal wildlife officials are in no hurry. (Associated Press)


Baseball team to stay in Trenton

The Trenton Thunder have committed to staying at Waterfront Park for the next 15 years under a deal that sharply reduces the team's payment to Mercer County and gives the team potentially lucrative naming rights to the stadium. (Meir Rinde, The Trenton Times)


Pressing for change in New Brunswick

The attorney representing the grass-roots organization working to change New Bruwnswick's form of government from an at-large to ward-based council system plans to file a complaint next week in Superior Court in Middlesex County. (Chandra M. Hayslett, The Star-Ledger)


County GOP candidates hit the road

VINELAND — Republican candidates in this year's Cumberland County government races took to the road Wednesday night for the first in a series of "town hall" meetings. (Joseph P. Smith, The Daily Journal)


Ethics chairman resigns

Closter Ethics Board Chairman Michael Prigoff resigned his post last night, saying he will be representing one of his clients in a matter tonight before the zoning board. (Catherine Wilde, Northern Valley Suburbanite)


Mayor's budget rejected

The township council voted unanimously Wednesday to introduce a budget that calls for a 17.8-cent increase on the tax rate Ð more than double the increase proposed under the budget presented by Mayor Paul Moriarty. (Jessica Beym, Gloucester County Times)


Drug arrest causes political scandal in Bermuda

Federal authorities in New Jer­sey say they have broken up a drug trafficking ring that was a major supplier of marijuana to Bermuda — in the process, touching off a political scandal on the island. (Guy Sterling, The Star-Ledger)


Lawsuit on the way in Berkeley Heights

Berkeley Heights Mayor David Cohen and the township council — at odds over several major issues since he took over as mayor 19 months ago — may be headed to court to resolve their latest dispute over a proposed bond issue. (Gabriel H. Gluck, The Star-Ledger)


Cumberland County issues payout

BRIDGETON – Cumberland County is preparing to pay out $4.5 million to settle a class action lawsuit brought against it by a man, who among many others, was illegally strip searched at the county jail. (Matt Dunn, Bridgeton News)


Coal-burning concerns

VINELAND — The city's utility may only have two months to stop burning coal in one of its five generating stations. (The Daily Journal)


Paterson council settles lawsuit

PATERSON — A settlement agreement for three Paterson fire personnel who sued the city will pay $260,000, but most of that will go to the lawyers representing them. (Alexander MacInnes, The Herald News)


Bill contains coastal evacuation provisions

TRENTON – Local legislators will announce bills today designed to speed people away from the shore in case of an emergency. (Derek Harper, Press of Atlantic City)


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