Wake-Up Call: Tuesday, August 19, 2008

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Governor says he didn't know about Rose stake in Xanadu

NEWARK – Hit with reporters’ questions here today about the business connections of his former chief of economic development, Gov. Jon Corzine said he did not know when he selected him that Gary D. Rose had a financial stake in the Xanadu Meadowlands project. (PolitickerNJ)


Governor had stuck in company building Xanadu aquarium

Governor Corzine says he would not have signed a law that allows a close friend’s company to build a massive aquarium at the Meadowlands if an ethics panel didn’t clear it first. (John Reitmeyer, The Bergen Record)


Dallas-Ricks out in District 20, Quijano poised to succeed Cohen

Sources in Union County say Roselle Councilwoman Cecilia Dallas-Ricks did not muster enough support in Roselle to be a credible Democratic Party candidate and consequently will not be in nomination Tuesday night when the party votes for a successor to District 20 Assemblyman Neil Cohen (D-Roselle). (PolitickerNJ)


Rep. Smith travels to Georgia

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Chris Smith, R-Hamilton, flew to Tbilisi, Georgia, last night on a mission to secure the safe return of two New Jersey girls from the war-torn country. (The Trenton Times)


Pair admit offering bribes to ex-mayor

Two contractors have pleaded guilty to offering bribes to former Irvington mayor Michael Steele in his role as business administrator for the township board of education, state law enforcement authorities said yesterday. (Reginald Roberts, The Star-Ledger)


New Jersey reps lauded for pro-environment votes

TRENTON – When it comes to voting in favor of environmental legislation, New Jersey's congressional delegation scores an A-plus. (Associated Press)


Challenger to school contract regulations

New Jersey's school business administrators have challenged in court the Corzine administration's new limits on their contracts and compensation, joining a similar suit filed by the state's superintendents group. (The Star-Ledger)


Lawyers charges IRS attempted to keep him from aiding taxpayers

A West Windsor attorney has filed a federal lawsuit charging that the Internal Revenue Service misled taxpayers by telling them they didn't need a lawyer when they came in to discuss their tax issues and was obstructive when they hired one anyway. (Linda Stein, Trenton Times)


Codey reaffirms support for Clark as VP

NEWARK – Senate President Richard Codey (D- Essex) stands by retired Gen. Wesley Clark as his top choice to complement a ticket with presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama. (PolitickerNJ)


$400K to settle suit

The Jersey City City Council is expected to OK a $400,000 settlement tomorrow with a veteran woman police officer who sued the Police Department for harassment and sexual discrimination three years ago, officials said yesterday. (Earl Morgan, Jersey Journal)


Council asks fast to fill vacancy

ROBBINSVILLE — Three men have shown an interest in a coming vacancy on the township council, which means the vacant position could be filled as soon as the Sept. 11 council meeting. (Carmen Cusido, The Trenton Times)


Meeting to focus on tax sale idea

Though Mayor Paul Moriarty is still trying to convince township council that an accelerated tax sale is a good idea, as of Monday a majority of the elected officials don't agree. (Jessica Beym, Gloucester County Times)


Iraqi refugees arrive in N.J.

NEWARK, N.J. – Iraqi refugees have begun arriving in New Jersey as part of a nationwide resettlement program to bring 12,000 Iraqis to the United States by the end of next month. (Associated Press)


New car rules in Camden

CAMDEN — All city employees are to cease using their own vehicles while performing their jobs and begin using city vehicles and carpools, according to the latest executive order issued by Camden's Chief Operating Officer, retired Superior Court Judge Theodore Davis. (Joseph Gidjunis, The Courier-Post)


Stricter cab rules in motion

The director of Jersey City's Taxi and Limousine division wants the City Council to amend its taxi code to prevent cabbies – principally at the Journal Square taxi stand – from loading their vehicles with more than one passenger and leaving their vehicles to go inside the PATH Transportation Center to solicit passengers. (Earl Morgan, Jersey Journal)


Christie and Milgram to anchor panel in Atlantic County

Crime fighters U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Christie and state Attorney General Anne Milgram will appear together at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey’s William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy on Thursday. (PolitickerNJ)


Benchmark of integrity of justice

After his name was removed from an arena, former governor Brendan T. Byrne was taking no chances yesterday when Essex County officials dedicated a new plaza outside the county courthouse to him. (Elizabeth Moore, The Star-Ledger)


Officials threatened to condemn Millville Gardens

MILLVILLE — The city threatened to use eminent domain when negotiating the sale of Millville Gardens with its owners, but there's a difference of opinion how committed the city was to using the controversial tool. (Joel Landau, The Daily Journal)


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