Wake-Up Call: Monday, August 18, 2008

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Corzine aide owned stock in company behind Xanadu

Governor Corzine’s hand-picked chief of economic development helped direct a $1.5 billion bail out of Xanadu while owning stock in a company poised to lose over a billion dollars if the Meadowlands project failed. (Jeff Pillets and John Reitmeyer, The Bergen Record)


Fonseca on short list to serve as Obama's political director

Sources in the Barack Obama campaign say that veteran Newark operative Pablo Fonseca "is in the mix" to serve as political director for the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. (PolitickerNJ)


DCCC spends on Stender's behalf

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is continuing its general election advertising and mail effort, this weekend reporting expenditures in key districts in New Jersey, Illinois, Ohio, Virginia, Alaska and Pennsylvania. (PolitickerNJ)


Ricks backed for Cohen's old seat

The Roselle Democratic County Committee voted Thursday night to support Councilwoman Cecila Dallis Ricks for the open 20th district State Assembly seat vacated by Neil Cohen. She won 17 votes, followed by 5 for Mayor Garret Smith. There were two abstentions, and fourteen County Committee members did not attend. (PolitickerNJ)


Corzine becomes TV fixture

It was the dust-up of the moment, titillating political types thirsty for controversy: Videos of Hillary and Bill Clinton, talking about her supporters' need to vent and sounding less than sold on presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama. (Claire Heninger, The Star-Ledger)


School chiefs' salaries not tied to district size

It stands to reason that the chief of New Jersey's largest and arguably most complex school system would draw the highest pay, as retired Newark superintendent Marion Bolden did in her final year, with a $260,000 salary plus perks. (John Mooney, The Star-Ledger)


Running like she's 14 points behind

Tricia Mueller didn't grow up with typical hobbies.

On weekends she studied electoral maps. The daughter of a mayor and Camden County surrogate, she helped Democrats stuff campaign mailers and rode in the back of station wagons to deliver flyers. (Jonathan Tamari, Philadelphia Inquirer)


Offshore drilling is still far off for N.J.

WASHINGTON — Even if Congress lifts its 27-year offshore drilling ban tomorrow, it would take energy companies years to drill for oil and natural gas off New Jersey, experts say. (Raju Chebium, The Courier-Post)


Monitor for Hoboken

HOBOKEN – Just days before the state Department of Community Affairs was scheduled to petition state Superior Court to place Hoboken under state supervision for not passing a budget, city officials decided to turn themselves in and hope for leniency. (Amy Sara Clark, The Jersey Journal)


Senate considers vote-by-mail law

TRENTON — The Assembly has approved doing away with New Jersey's absentee voter system and replacing it with vote-by-mail — a simpler system for mailing in votes. (Associated Press)


Bryant's jobs are at core of legal tiff

Former State Sen. Wayne Bryant may no longer face a criminal charge related to his employment at Rutgers University-Camden, but federal prosecutors still want to talk about that job during his fraud trial next month. (Troy Graham, Philadelphia Inquirer)


Open space tax increase is on ballot

HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP — Come November, Hopewell Township residents will have more to think about than just John McCain or Barack Obama. (Erin Duffy, The Trenton Times)


Windmill plan bashed for delays

TRENTON — When then-Gov. Codey signed an executive order paving the way for New Jersey's first offshore wind farm in 2005, he didn't imagine it would take so long to get turbines spinning off the coast. (Associated Press)


Byrne to be honored in Essex county

Gov. Corzine and other dignitaries are coming to the Essex County court complex in Newark today to celebrate the achievements of former Democratic Gov. Brendan T. Byrne. (Elizabeth Moore, The Star-Ledger)


State criticized over 'diploma mill' case

New Jersey's Education Department is facing criticism over the way it handled the case of some Freehold school administrators who received degrees from what some have called an "apparent diploma mill." (Associated Press)


Oil spill dangers keep state wary of drilling

The specter of an oil spill ruining New Jersey beaches is keeping state officials from even considering the potential benefits of what could be vast supplies of natural gas discovered nearly three decades ago about 90 miles off Atlantic City. (Herb Jackson, The Bergen Record)


Lack of funding scares Highlands owners

During the past four years $143.3 million was spent on farmland preservation throughout Northwest New Jersey. (Paula Saha, The Star-Ledger)


County trend is taxes up

It is the case for nearly every homeowner in Gloucester County Ð higher taxes mostly due to ever-rising energy costs. (Pete McCarthy, Gloucester County Times)



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Wake-Up Call: Monday, August 18, 2008