Wake-Up Call: Thursday, August 14, 2008

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Pindell Report: N.J. one of the most electorally competitive states

The Pindell Report, a new Politicker.com product released today, shows New Jersey as being one of the most electorally competitive states in the country.


Clinton superdelegate who flipped to Obama loses DNC seat

A Democratic National Committeewoman who was one of the first superdelegates to switch from Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama was defeated for re-election tonight. The New Jersey Democratic State Committee replaced Christine "Roz" Samuels with Stephanie Bush-Baskette, a former Assemblywoman from Essex County. (PolitickerNJ)


Lance will skip GOP convention to raise money

GREEN BROOK — The idea has dogged State Sen. Leonard Lance (R-Flemington) since he started his congressional campaign in the 7th District: that he's well respected as a policy wonk, but doesn't have the political wherewithal to run a federal race in a fiercely competitive district. (PolitickerNJ)


Zimmer targets Lautenberg over Millionaire's Amendment

A move by U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg to repay his own campaign debts has drawn the ire of his opponent, former U.S. Rep. Dick Zimmer. (PolitickerNJ)


CEO again flirting with idea of running

A day after a poll showed Gov. Jon Corzine is vulnerable as he seeks re-election in 2009, a prominent Republican business executive from Princeton refused yesterday to rule out a run for governor. (Claire Heininger, The Star-Ledger)


Obama up by 10 in poll

TRENTON – Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has opened up a clear lead over John McCain in New Jersey, according to a poll released yesterday, though more respondents agreed with the Republican candidate on energy. (Associated Press)


Court allows lawsuit against justice

A civil rights lawsuit against New Jersey Supreme Court Justice Roberto Rivera-Soto can proceed on the claim that he used the power of his office when he intervened in a dispute between his son and another high school student, a judge ruled yesterday. (Kate Coscarelli, The Star-Ledger)


10,000 signatures short

Citing an insufficient number of valid petition signatures, Jersey City Clerk Robert Byrne declined yesterday to certify petitions Councilman Steven Fulop submitted with the aim of placing a referendum on the November ballot to limit City Council members to one public salary. (Ken Thorbourne, The Jersey Journal)


Eminent domain curbs blocked in Westville

In a surprise move, Democratic council members blocked the introduction of an ordinance that would have outlawed the use of eminent domain for economic development purposes. (Slobhan A. Counihan, Gloucester County Times)


City controller hires chief of anti-fraud unit

City Controller Alan Butkovitz has hired a new director to lead the office's antifraud unit, filling a position vacant for nearly two years. (The Philadelphia Inquirer)


Special districts to get aid

TRENTON — Special-needs school districts across New Jersey that have struggled to address health and safety issues such as deteriorated roofs and broken boilers at their schools will soon get state funding to make the necessary repairs. (Lisa G. Ryan, The Courier-Post)


Many superintendents are due six-figure retirement packages

More than 30 New Jersey school administrators could be due six-figure retirement packages at a time the state is trying to rein in administrative costs, according to data the state released Wednesday. (John Mooney, The Star-Ledger)


GOP Assembly members blast park plan

TRENTON — Two Assembly Republicans have called for a halt to the development of an $87 million park planned between the Statehouse and the Delaware River. (Andrew Kitchenman, The Trenton Times)


Healy: Modify the pay-to-play proposal

In the name of looking out for the little guy, Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy is proposing an amendment to the pay-to-play ordinance Councilman Steven Fulop and other activists have qualified for the November ballot. (Ken Thorobourne, The Jersey Journal)


County Dems, GOP unload

MILLVILLE – The Republican and Democratic county campaigns for county freeholders, sheriff and surrogate faced off Wednesday, albeit from separate locations, in a pair of town hall meetings that oddly enough managed to hit on the same issues. (Jason Laday, Bridgeton News)


Newark mayor to discuss leadership at high school

PARSIPPANY — Newark Mayor Cory Booker will return a favor to his onetime mentor, Parsippany High School Principal Bert Ammerman, when he speaks at a student leadership forum today at the high school. (Rob Jennings, The Daily Record)


Newark receives $45M boost

Newark received a $45 million bailout from New Jersey taxpayers yesterday in return for accepting the state designation as a "distressed city," which brings tight spending limits and state oversight of hiring and finances. (Dunstan McNichol and Katie Wang, The Star-Ledger)


Council, SPCA approve deal for short term

VINELAND — The Cumberland County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will remain in service with the city of Vineland on a month-to-month basis for the time being, according to city officials. (Robert Press, The Daily Journal)


Soliman: Elected officials set wrong example

One of the benefits of traveling around the world is the opportunity to see America through the eyes of people from completely different cultures. (Ahmed Soliman, The Bergen Record)


Residents reluctant to take stands on recall

PROSPECT PARK – Over the past several weeks, borough residents have become torn as to whether they should support the recall effort against Mayor Mohamed Khairullah. (Heather Kays, The Bergen Record)


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Wake-Up Call: Thursday, August 14, 2008