Wake-Up Call: Tuesday, July 22, 2008

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Israeli leaders welcome Corzine

TEL AVIV — The British flags flying overhead made it clear that Prime Minister Gordon Brown was yesterday's guest of honor. The breathless chatter on the streets was about today's arrival of presidential hopeful Barack Obama. Yet in the course of eight hours, nearly every big-name door in Israel opened for Jon Corzine. (Claire Heininger, The Star-Ledger)


Baroni okay with 'being a jerk'

Sen. Bill Baroni (R-Mercer), statechairman of John McCain’s Republican presidential campaign, joked that he first knew he was ok with McCain when the gruff war vet called Baroni a jerk. (PolitickerNJ)


Corzine recall attempt flops

TRENTON – The bid to recall Gov. Corzine appears to be sputtering toward an unsuccessful finish. (Associated Press)


More Ferriero-related subpoenas issued

Federal officials extended their investigation into a now-defunct consulting firm and its politically connected patrons Monday, delivering subpoenas to at least 12 North Jersey towns. (Michael Gartland and Serdar Tumgoren, The Bergen Record)


Lautenberg promotion comes under fire

It was supposed to be a nice bonus for people who paid $1,500 to attend a fundraiser for U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) — a ticket to the Bruce Springsteen concert Sunday at Giants Stadium. (Robert Schwaneberg, The Star-Ledger)


Divorce terms get messy for ex-governor

If Dina Matos has her way, former Gov. James E. McGreevey will have to hand over up to half of his earnings and assets — as much as $1 million — to win a divorce. (Judith Lucas, The Star-Ledger)


Cherry Hill schools under state review

The state investigator charged with seeking out waste, mismanagement and fraud is reviewing the operation of the Cherry Hill schools, according to the district. (Jonathan Tamari, Philadelphia Inquirer)


Legislators demand state releases bear count

With complaints about New Jersey's troublesome bears up 44 percent over last year, legislators from the heart of bruin country demanded state environmental officials release bear population esti mates they suggested are being suppressed. (Brian T. Murray, The Star-Ledger)


Cop keeps his job

A Jersey City cop accused of logging excessive overtime following the 9/11 attacks and then refusing to cooperate with an investigation will keep his job, a state appeals court ruled Friday. (Paul Koepp, The Jersey Journal)


Online enrollment up with gas prices

High gas prices have triggered an increase in online enrollment at colleges and universities in southern New Jersey.

"We are up for summer enrollment about 17 percent in online students over last summer," said Susan Coulby, Camden County College media relations manager. "That's about 190 to 200 additional students. We are thinking that has a lot to do with the increase in gas prices." (Felicia Homan, Gloucester County Times)


Hamilton is stuck with land

HAMILTON — The state Supreme Court has decided it will not weigh in on Hamilton's agreement to buy Klockner Woods.

The court's action ends the appeal process by the township and a legal battle over one of the most politically contentious issues to grip the township in recent memory. (Ryan Tracy, The Trenton Times)


Corzine talks up Obama in Israel

TRENTON — Gov. Corzine, on a trade mission to Israel, told reporters stateside Monday that he sees good fits between New Jersey and Israeli commerce, then fielded questions concerning presidential politics and the West's standoff with Iran. (Tom Baldwin, Asbury Park Press)


Rone's council seat in jeopardy

On the night Dana Rone was elected as a councilwoman in Newark, a throng of her supporters burst into celebration outside her headquarters on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. (Katie Wang and Jeffery C. Mays, The Star-Ledger)


Gilmour shows off local beaches

ASBURY PARK — "See how nice our beaches are?" city Commerce Director Thomas Gilmour asked New Jersey's Secretary of State. (Nancy Shields, Asbury Park Press)


Town's problems are not unique

UPPER TOWNSHIP – If Strathmere thinks it has gripes, township Engineer Paul Dietrich on Monday said the island community is hardly alone. (Michael Miller, Press of Atlantic City)



Camden police force to lose leader

CAMDEN — For the past six months, Camden police chief Edward Hargis has been bridging long-neglected gaps between community groups and law enforcement, reconnecting with members of his 400-member department and instituting anti-crime plans. (Leo Strupczewski, The Courier-Post)


Baseball field blame game

VINELAND — A city baseball field sits unused in the Joseph E. Romano Youth Sports Complex as city officials and the general contractor overseeing the project disagree over whether it's a successful work in progress or a field of nightmares. (RObert Press, The Daily Journal)


County future mapped

VINELAND — An immense list of movers and shakers in Cumberland County will convene on Thursday, July 31, at Cumberland County College for the kickoff of the county's "Road Map For The Future" initiative. (Matt Dunn, Bridgeton News)


Cheap housing works its way into Meadowlands

A new task force will make recommendations about where affordable housing should be built in the Meadowlands district's 14 towns, officials said Monday. (Scott Fallon, The Bergen Record)


Herzog misrepresents self as CPA

A longtime active volunteer in Branchburg has resigned from various township posts after admitting he misrepresented himself professionally as a certified public accountant. (Cathy Bugman, The Star-Ledger)


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