Wake-Up Call: Tuesday, July 15, 2008

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Leaving on a jet plane

Gov. Jon Corzine is scheduled to leave Saturday for a long- awaited trade mission to Israel, his office announced yesterday. (Claire Heininger, The Star-Ledger)

http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/jersey/index.ssf?/base/news-11/1216096579275920.xml&coll=1

New Jersey politicians respond to Bush’s ban lift

President Bush lifted the presidential ban Monday on offshore drilling for oil and natural gas, while urging Congress to reverse its own moratorium on the practice as a way to increase supply and ease $4-a-gallon gas prices. (Jessica Coomes and Trish G. Graber, Gloucester County Times)

http://www.nj.com/news/gloucester/index.ssf?/base/news-3/1216095931253020.xml&coll=8

Zimmer pleased with fundraising efforts

United States Senate candidate Dick Zimmer raised about $273,000 last quarter, bringing his total raised since entering the race in April to $751,555. (PolitickerNJ)

http://www.politickernj.com/matt-friedman/21497/zimmer-raises-751555

McCain’s New Jersey visit to benefit New Mexico GOP

New Mexico Republicans should be thankful for John McCain’s visit to Teaneck next month. (Charles Stile, The Bergen Record)

http://www.northjersey.com/politics/McCains_visit_to_Jersey_to_benefit_everyone_but__Jersey.html

South Jersey towns face looming economic crisis

Just like many residents, municipalities across New Jersey are struggling to pay their bills.

Fuel costs are up, as are state-mandated contributions to employee pensions and libraries, among other areas. The cost of health insurance continues to soar.

Local officials received one more piece of ugly news when they learned exactly how much – or, in their eyes, how little – aid they can expect from Trenton. (Adrienne Lu and Jonathan Tamari, Philadelphia Inquirer)

http://www.philly.com/inquirer/local/nj/20080713_S__Jersey_towns_look_for_answers_as_aid_drops.html

Judges see pay grade bump

The 10 judges sitting in Jersey City Municipal Court are in line for a pay hike, officials said yesterday. The Jersey City City Council will introduce an ordinance tomorrow raising the base salary of full-time judges from $90,000 to $100,000, while part-time judges are bumped from $40,000 to $45,000. (The Jersey Journal)

http://www.nj.com/news/jjournal/index.ssf?/base/news-6/1216103159158281.xml&coll=3

Sex tape scandal

Councilman Eugene Robinson intends to send a letter Tuesday to New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram objecting to the possibility of a rival councilman receiving little punishment for his alleged role in an organized sexual blackmail attempt. (Michael Clark, Press of Atlantic City)

http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/186/story/205508.html

Princeton adopts budget

PRINCETON TOWNSHIP — The township committee last night adopted the $34.5 million municipal budget for 2008, which carries a $242 increase in the average local property tax bill over last year.

The spending plan is $1.7 million — or about 5.2 percent — more than the township’s $32.8 million 2007 base budget. (Robert Stern, Trenton Times)

http://www.nj.com/news/times/regional/index.ssf?/base/news-14/1216094746218760.xml&coll=5

Councilman quits campaign, leaves seat

RED BANK — Councilman John Curley, the GOP sparring partner of ex-mayor Edward McKenna Jr. and candidate for Monmouth County Freeholder shocked his colleagues by resigning Monday night. (Larry Higgs, Asbury Park Press)

http://www.app.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080714/NEWS/80714069

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Wake-Up Call: Tuesday, July 15, 2008