Wake-Up Call: Wednesday, July 23, 2008

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Justices layout guidelines for open-record lawsuits

People who feel they were wrongly denied documents they requested under New Jersey's Open Public Records Act must act quickly if they want to use the courts to force governments to release them, the state Supreme Court ruled yesterday. (Kate Coscarelli, The Star-Ledger)


Mueller tapped for Obama campaign

The Obama campaign announced today that Tricia Mueller, the political director for the New Jersey Regional Council of Carpenters, will serve as state Director of Obama’s New Jersey campaign. Bob Decheine, the Chief of Staff to Rep. Steve Rothman, will serve as a senior advisor to the campaign. (PolitickerNJ)


Obama maintains strong lead in New Jersey

Democrat Barack Obama holds a commanding 14-point lead over Republican John McCain in New Jersey, but more than half of likely voters say they are "not comfortable" with views expressed by religious leaders who have been close to Obama. (Bridget Smith, The Courier-Post)


Ferriero paid a hefty sum

Joseph Ferriero and his law firm were paid at least $4.2 million as general counsel for the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commissioners from July 2002 to December 2006, according to the agency invoices. (Oshrat Carmiel, The Bergen Record)


Stender to attend DCCC fundraiser

WASHINGTON — Assemblywoman Linda Stender (D-Union) will be one of the candidates attending a Wednesday evening fundraiser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s top “Red to Blue” recruits. (PolitickerNJ)


Organ donation becomes firm 'yes' or 'no'

TRENTON – New Jerseyans getting driver's licenses will have to decide whether they will be organ donors. (Associated Press)


Corzine to visit targeted town

TEL AVIV — New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine today plans to visit Sderot, a Southern Israeli town located near Gaza that is a frequent target for rocket attacks. (Claire Heininger, The Star-Ledger)


AG calls for child porn ban

Attorney General Anne Milgram yesterday urged internet service providers to "take the next step" in fighting child pornography by blocking access to websites that offer it. (Robert Schwaneberg, The Star-Ledger)


Corzine gets out-of-state boost

TRENTON – Gov. Corzine has raised about $137,000 since April for his 2009 reelection bid, most of it from out-of-state donors. (Associated Press)


Mason loses lawsuit

HOBOKEN – After winning an Open Public Records Act lawsuit last week, Councilwoman Beth Mason lost one yesterday when the state Supreme Court refused to extend the 45-day deadline to sue over access to public documents and found that she is not entitled to attorneys fees. (Amy Sara Clark, The Jersey Journal)


Myers demands apology

MOUNT HOLLY — Republican Congressional candidate Chris Myers called on his Democratic rival, John Adler, to apologize today for a YouTube video — also posted on the Democrat's Web site — in which Adler praises liberal bloggers as "the new citizen soldiers." (Erik Larsen, Asbury Park Press


Official predicts city residents will pay less taxes

MILLVILLE — City Finance Director and Commissioner Joe Derella said he expects the city to introduce the 2008 budget in either late August or early September, but is confident city residents will pay less municipal taxes in the 2008 calendar year than in 2007. (Joel Landau, The Daily Journal)


Trenton trapped water utility

In the past two years Trenton has taken $9.2 million from its water utility to balance the city's operating budget, a move that is drawing fire from suburban officials whose residents pay into the water system. (Lisa Coryell, The Star-Ledger)


'Fair' state cuts applauded

There were cuts all around, yet New Jersey's arts leaders celebrated yesterday when the state Council on the Arts awarded $18.7 million to the state's theaters, museums and dance troupes. (Peggy McGlone, The Star-Ledger)


Wharton tax-hike approved

WHARTON — The average borough residential property tax bill will go up 16.65 percent this year, under the 2008 municipal budget that was approved by the Borough Council Monday night. (Michael Scholl, The Daily Record)


Finding the funds for land deal

HAMILTON — Now that the courts have told the township it must pay the $4.5 million bill for Klockner Woods, officials are scrambling to find a way to raise the money. (Ryan Tracy, The Trenton Times)


Boyce ruling stands

A judge yesterday upheld the primary nomination of a Republican candidate to run for Andover Township Committee.

Superior Court Judge Theodore Bozonelis, sitting in Morristown, ruled the GOP nomination of candidate Phil Boyce stemming from the June 3 primary should not be overturned. (Jim Lockwood, The Star-Ledger)


Dover budget approved with tax hikes

DOVER — The Board of Aldermen Tuesday night approved an $18.9 million municipal budget for 2008 that will raise the municipal portion of the average property tax bill by about $12 per month. (Michael Scholl, The Daily Record)


Jackson to take over

The second in command of Orange's planning department has been nominated to succeed her former boss at the municipal agency. (Kevin C. Dilworth, The Star-Ledger)



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