Wake-Up Call: Tuesday, August 12, 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.


Corzine hopes to focus former Clinton fundraisers

The paneled surroundings of Pal’s Cabin have turned rancor to languor in the case of many an Essex County political rivalry, enabling the likes of North Ward Democratic leader Steve Adubato, for example, to occupy the same friendly booth as his old political foe, Senate President Richard Codey (D-Essex). (PolitickerNJ)


Bowser definitely running in East Orange again

Having already spread the word unofficially that he plans to pursue a fourth term in 2009, East Orange Mayor Robert Bowsertonight told PolitickerNJ.comthat he's certain. (PolitickerNJ)


Corzine's road remains rocky on transit plan

As he and other Northeastern governors commiserated yesterday on the obstacles to funding transportation infrastructure, Gov. Jon Corzine said he is "not taking anything off the table" as he develops a new plan to pay for the state's roads, bridges and mass transit. (Claire Heininger, The Star-Ledger)


James attempts to appeal conviction

Former Newark mayor Sharpe James has filed a notice that he intends to appeal his corruption conviction, but in an unusual twist, his court papers say he's now representing himself. (Jeff Whelan, The Star-Ledger)


Dina Matos gambled – and lost

TRENTON – Dina Matos took a calculated risk and lost.

Offered a settlement said to top $300,000 early in divorce talks with her husband, former New Jersey Gov. James E. McGreevey, Matos turned it down. The four-year drama that ensued cost each a half-million dollars and drained the well in the court of public opinion. (Associated Press)


Corzine rejects gas tax hike

ATLANTIC CITY — Gov. Jon S. Corzine on Monday described a projected $8 billion deficit in the federal Highway Trust Fund as shocking, but opposed raising the state's gas tax to offset any shortfall in federal funding for New Jersey transportation projects. (Lisa G. Ryan, The Courier-Post)


Paterson says housing group misused $3 million

The City of Paterson has accused officials at a nonprofit group that runs a homeless and low-income housing project of mismanaging $3 million in federal funds, according to a report in The Record. (The Star-Ledger)


Cherry Hill no-bid contract records subpoenaed

Federal investigators have subpoenaed Cherry Hill officials, seeking "all documents" related to no-bid professional contracts going back more than five years, a township spokesman said yesterday. (Jonathan Tamari, Philadelphia Inquirer)


Council member resigns from post

ROBBINSVILLE– Citing family needs and responsibilities at his new job, Tim McGough will resign from township council Aug. 30. (Carmen Cusido, The Trenton Times)


E-ZPass freebies for insiders decried

TRENTON – Gov. Corzine's office yesterday repeated calls for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to discontinue giving free E-ZPass tags to employees and retirees. (Associated Press)


Mulling over Rone's replacement

NEWARK – They could end up coming out of their offices tomorrow and standing unified behind their fallen colleague with a statement of support, but a prospective City Council vote on whether or not to replace embattled former Councilwoman Dana Rone summons an inevitable question. (PolitickerNJ)


Governors push bridge repair

Governors from five northeastern states on Monday said the feds need to increase support for repairs to the country's aging roads and bridges, a tab estimated at $1.6 trillion over the next five years. (Trish G. Graber, Gloucester County Times)


Jersey takes next step in reducing debt

TRENTON — Less than two months after creating a special fund to pay down state debt, the Corzine administration has taken a significant next step: identifying the bonds that will be paid off early. (Associated Press)


Mine Hill court selection causes a stir

MINE HILL — Township Council President Marc Sovelove on Monday defended his request to give Colleen Cicchetti, deputy and acting court administrator and the wife of a council member, a promotion that would result in a $20,000 pay raise. (Michael Daigle, The Daily Record)


Candidate: Let voters shape MOT

A retired merchant seaman, Bayonne's Raymond Rokicki sees himself as the man to take the helm of his city. (Ronald Leir, The Jersey Journal)


Speziale unsuccessful in bid for Texas post

The Passaic County sheriff was so besieged by the county budget crisis earlier this year that he applied to become a police chief in Texas, the county's Democratic Party chairman said Monday. (Ed Beeson, The Bergen Record)


Council changes budget plan for housing statutes

The city council voted unanimously Monday to amend its budget to include money it must spend to develop a plan to satisfy its third-round affordable housing requirements. (Slobhan A. Counihan, Gloucester County Times)


Tewksbury weighs referendum to hike its open-space tax

Tewksbury officials are considering a referendum on the November ballot that would allow the township to hike its open-space tax. (Cathy Bugman, The Star-Ledger)


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