Wake-Up Call: Wednesday, July 9, 2008

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A state of denial

A day after national officers of the Communications Workers of America took over her office, changed the locks and said she misappropriated funds, state workers union leader Carla Katz tried to attend a meeting with her staff. She was turned away. (Robert Schwaneberg, The Star-Ledger)

http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/jersey/index.ssf?/base/news-11/1215579367143950.xml&coll=1

Obama compared to O.J. Simpson

A banner slogan on the Pemberton Republican Club's Web site that said, "Obama loves America like O.J. loved Nicole," disappeared yesterday after local Democrats alleged racist campaign tactics. (Cynthia Burton, Philadelphia Inquirer)

http://www.philly.com/inquirer/local/nj/20080709_N_J__GOP_club_accused_of_racism.html

Lautenberg has money in the bank

Now the cash rebuilding effort begins for Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ).

Coming off of a blowout victory over South Jersey challenger U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews (D-1)in the Democratic Primary, Lautenberg is starting with $1.3 million in the bank inmid-summer as he heads toward his November mano-a-mano with Republican candidate and former U.S. Rep. Dick Zimmer. (PolitickerNJ)

http://www.politickernj.com/max/21358/after-costly-fight-andrews-lautenberg-begins-13-million

Corzine signs health care bill

Gov. Jon Corzine enacted the first phase of New Jersey's universal health care plan yesterday by mandating coverage for all children within three years and offering affordable, subsidized policies to needy parents.

The goal is to cover 1.3 million uninsured state residents by 2011 through a state program administered by private insurers at a lower cost. (Susan K. Livio, The Star-Ledger)

http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/jersey/index.ssf?/base/news-11/1215579354143950.xml&coll=1

Onslaught of school projects begins

In Gloucester City, a $53.5 million middle school will finally fill a vacant lot that has left a hole in the community.

Three- and 4-year-olds in Pemberton Township will trade classrooms in trailers for a new building. Camden will move students out of elementary schools built in the late 1800s. (Jonathan Tamari, Philadelphia Inquirer)

http://www.philly.com/inquirer/local/nj/20080709_State_details_school_construction.html

Student joins education commission

Bayonne resident Christopher Keating has spent his time at Rutgers University advocating on behalf of keeping down the cost of higher education, and now his hard work is paying off.

Keating was appointed to the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education by Gov. Jon Corzine yesterday, making him one of two students on the commission. (Megan DeMarco, The Jersey Journal)

http://www.nj.com/news/jjournal/index.ssf?/base/news-4/12155847426550.xml&coll=3

The path to paved roads

Gov. Jon Corzine yesterday said a proposal to let private investors operate some lanes on the New Jersey Turnpike is "worthy of examination" but represents just one of the options under consideration while the state develops a long- range strategy for improving its roads and bridges. (Joe Donohue and Susan K. Livio, The Star-Ledger)

http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/jersey/index.ssf?/base/news-11/1215579323143950.xml&coll=1

Paying more to get less from Washington

New Jersey now gets less back from every $1 sent to Washington than any other state.

It's one of those things, like traffic, pollution and a seemingly non-stop parade of corrupt officials in handcuffs that makes living in the Garden State a struggle. (Herb Jackson, The Herald News)

http://www.myheraldnews.com/view.html?type=stories&action=detail&sub_id=38875

Lanning Square to be redeveloped

CAMDEN — The city council concluded Tuesday night that blight has overtaken the Lanning Square neighborhood, and the governing body approved, 4-0, the first of two steps to redevelop the 51-acre area. (Joseph GIdjunis, The Courier-Post)

http://www.courierpostonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080709/NEWS01/807090370/-1/newsfront2

Home size law killed

OCEAN CITY – Mayor Sal Perillo vetoed a measure designed to curb the size of single-family homes on the island. (Michael Miller, Press of Atlantic City)

http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/287/story/201128.html

Jobs that will cost you

New Jersey has offered Wall Street brokerage Lehman Brothers $20 million of incentives to put 500 jobs in Jersey City. (Associated Press)

http://www.dailyrecord.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080709/BUSINESS/807090413/1003

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  Wake-Up Call: Wednesday, July 9, 2008