Wake-Up Call: Friday, August 15, 2008

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Welcome to New Jersey, media wasteland

Is New Jersey really that uninteresting?

Since the start of summer, The New York Times emptied out its two New Jersey bureaus in Trenton and Newark; in June, The Record of Bergen County announced it would shut down its headquarters and its reporters would be homeless; in July, The Star Ledger announced that it was cutting about a third of its newsroom, and its owners said they would consider selling the paper. (John Koblin, New York Observer)

http://www.observer.com/2008/media/welcome-new-jersey-media-wasteland

Latina group endorses Corzine assistant counsel to replace Cohen

A group dedicated to increasing the number of elected Hispanic female officials has endorsed Annette Quijano, assistant counsel to Gov. Corzine, for Assembly in District 20. (PolitickerNJ)

http://www.politickernj.com/matt-friedman/22303/latina-group-endorses-corzine-assistant-counsel-replace-cohen

Corzine urged to ask EPA if state can limit ethanol use

Critical of a federal mandate to increase the use of corn-based ethanol for fuel, Gov. Jon Corzine is considering a petition to the Environmental Protection Agency to freeze or reduce that requirement for New Jersey. (Brian T. Murray, The Star-Ledger)

http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/jersey/index.ssf?/base/news-11/121877496865900.xml&coll=1

Camden police union protects reorganization

The Camden Police Department's officers' union filed a complaint this week with the state labor board, protesting the recent reorganization of the city's police force. (Allison Steele, Philadelphia Inquirer)

http://www.philly.com/inquirer/local/nj/20080815_Camden_police_union_protests_reorganization.html

Zeist issues debate challenge to Smith

Josh Zeitz, Democratic candidate for Congress in the 4th Congressional district, today mailed U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-Hamilton) an invitation to four public debates, in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Lincoln-Douglass debates. (PolitickerNJ)

http://www.politickernj.com/max/22298/zeitz-issues-debate-challenge-smith
Former Paterson housing official admits taking bribes

A former high-ranking Paterson housing official has pleaded guilty to taking thousands of dollars in bribes. (Associated Press)

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2008/08/former_paterson_housing_offici.html

Fulop's reform bid gets assist from Schundler

The war of words between Jersey City Councilman Steven Fulop and Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy over Fulop's pay-to-play referendum that's set to appear on the November ballot has widened to include former Mayor Bret Schundler, who confirmed yesterday he's running for mayor. (Ken Thorbourne, The Jersey Journal)

http://www.nj.com/news/jjournal/jerseycity/index.ssf?/base/news-6/1218781537275590.xml&coll=3

Former Passaic mayor to be sentenced today

A federal judge today will sentence former Passaic Mayor Samuel "Sammy" Rivera for accepting a $5,000 cash bribe in exchange for city contracts. (Jeff Whelan, The Star-Ledger)

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2008/08/former_passaic_mayor_to_be_sen.html

McCain's daughter to appear in Morris

MENDHAM — John McCain's 23-year-old daughter, Meghan, will visit Morris County to sign copies of her new children's book about the Republican presidential candidate. (The Daily Record)

http://www.dailyrecord.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080815/COMMUNITIES27/808150336/1203

Big buyout plans for some Jersey school officials

In Medford, the superintendent of schools could take home a nearly $273,000 payout when he retires, and his top assistant could be due $107,350 after his last day. (Jonathan Tamari, Philadelphia Inquirer)

http://www.philly.com/inquirer/local/nj/20080815_Big_buyout_plans_for_some_S__Jersey_school_officials.html

Foreclosures spike 11 percent

NEWARK — Foreclosure filings in New Jersey rose 11.2 percent last month compared to July 2007, according to data released Thursday. (Associated Press)

http://www.thedailyjournal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080815/NEWS01/808150323/1002/NEWS01

Medford steps up fight with state over affordable housing

MEDFORD — Township officials on Thursday stepped up their fight against new rules for affordable housing, vowing to challenge the measures in court and in a first-ever complaint to a state-appointed council. (Jim Walsh, The Courier-Post)

http://www.courierpostonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080815/NEWS01/808150359

Mayor's petition questioned

BRIDGETON – City Council President Celeste Riley is among those questioning the legality of Mayor Jim Begley's heading a petition drive seeking to have a controversial security-related ordinance put to city voters in November. (Sean C. MuCullen, Bridgeton News)

http://www.nj.com/bridgeton/index.ssf?/base/news-3/121877341928750.xml&coll=10

The proof of the recall is in the pudding

I don't know whether Prospect Park Mayor Mohamed Khairullah is doing a good job. I've had less interest in following the day-to-day goings-on in Prospect Park since the departure of former Mayor Will Kubofcik in 2005. It's hard to replace a mayor who thought nothing of wrestling for charity in a ring covered in pudding. (Alfred Doblin, The Bergen Record)

http://www.northjersey.com/opinion/editorials/27006999.html

Council members seek to ban cars for new workers

Republican council members in Parsippany are taking another stab at preventing township employees from taking municipal cars home, restrictions Democratic Mayor Michael Luther has said are unnecessary. (Al Frank, The Star-Ledger)

http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/morris/index.ssf?/base/news-5/121877501865900.xml&coll=1

City gives resort more time on loan

LONG BRANCH — The redeveloper of the hotel/campus zone is being given additional time to come up with more than $1 million it owes the city, after missing a March payment and ignoring a May demand to pay the city in full. (Carol Gorga Williams, Asbury Park Press)

http://www.app.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080815/NEWS/808150418/1001/NEWSFRONT

Open space tax may go to voters

The Township Committee discussed possibly raising the local open-space tax after it spent the better part of Thursday evening refining big plans for this small municipality in two consecutive meetings. (Press of Atlantic City)

http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/186/story/229805.html

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