Wake-Up Call: Friday, September 19, 2008

Hsing says he's a pinch hitter, not a spoiler

Bridgewater Councilman Michael Hsing, a Republican-turned-independent to run for Congress in the 7th District, doesn’t see his role in the race as a spoiler for Republican Leonard Lance. Rather, he sees himself as a pinch hitter coming in to relieve Lance, who he doesn’t think can win. (PolitickerNJ)


Mercer Republicans take a pass on filing third freeholder candidate

Unable to field a candidate both willing and able to do the job, Mercer County Republicans yesterday took a pass on replacing a freeholder candidate who had dropped out last month. (PolitickerNJ)


Schundler sides with Manzo in attempt to remove Healy from office

Count former Jersey City Mayor Bret Schundler as one ally of former Assemblyman Lou Manzo in his quest to force Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy to forfeit his office. “If what the officer said happened actually happened, then I think Healy should be removed,” he said. (PolitickerNJ)


Legislator wants Corzine to stop out of state campaign trips

Gov. Jon Corzine should have a moratorium on out-of-state campaign trips until he gets New Jersey’s fiscal affairs in order, says Assembly Minority Whip Jon Bramnick (R-Union). (PolitickerNJ)


Judge tosses part of whistleblower's suit against utility board

Parts of a whistleblower's lawsuit against the Board of Public Utilities and board president Jeanne Fox were thrown out this afternoon, but a Mercer County judge ruled that remaining portions of case should proceed through a full trial. (Dunstan McNichol, The Star-Ledger)


Corzine's integrity questioned

TRENTON — Garden State voters are paying attention to Gov. Corzine's relationship with an ousted public employee union leader. (Associated Press)


Witness: School got $2.3 million for hiring Bryant

TRENTON — When funding for the School of Osteopathic Medicine suddenly jumped by $2.3 million in the spring of 2003, administrators there knew who to thank, (Richard Pearsall, The Courier-Post)


N.J. assembly leader pushes for economic summit

New Jersey Assembly Speaker Joseph Roberts Jr. pushed today for lawmakers to hold an emergency economic summit to weigh what can be done to help Garden State residents affected by the crisis on Wall Street. (Associated Press)


Ferriero to respond to sexual misconduct allegation

Bergen County Democratic chief Joseph Ferriero is expected to answer questions relating to sexual misconduct allegations, Hudson County Prosecutor Edward DeFazio said today. (Michael Gartland, The Record)


Smith seeks to avert a rescue redux

TRENTON – Nearly a month after he helped rescue two Monmouth County girls trapped in the Republic of Georgia, U.S. Rep. Chris Smith is pushing to ensure that State Department officials have procedures to help others in similar situations. (Associated Press)


New Hersey may sue Lehman over pension losses

New Jersey may sue Lehman Brothers officials after losing more than half of the $200 million they invested with the bank in June, because, state officials charge, they are not sure they were given accurate information before they paid into the company. (Dunstan McNichol, The Star-Ledger)


Corzine testifies on need for health care reform

Gov. Jon Corzine is in Washington today to testify about the need for nationwide health care reform. Corzine was invited to appear at a House subcommittee hearing. The panel is chaired by New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone. (Associated Press)


Camden workers protest proposed layoffs

Camden city employees wore black yesterday in a show of solidarity and protest as they await an announcement about who will be laid off in city government. (Matt Katz, Philadelphia Inquirer)


GOP falls one short of full slate replacement lacking for freeholder ballot

It hasn't been for a lack of trying that Mercer County Republicans have been shut out from all seven seats on the county freeholder board for the last 11 years.This year, however, the county Republican Party couldn't even draw enough interest from within its own ranks to field a full slate of freeholder candidates for the Nov. 4 election. (Robert Stein, Trenton Times)


Parsippany developer indicted on fraud and bribery charges

Parsippany developer Edward Mosberg was indicted today by a federal grand jury that charged him with paying off a township official to advance construction projects in Morris County's biggest town. (Al Frank, The Star-Ledger)


Cumberland Dems unveil 4-point plan

VINELAND — Future property value growth in Cumberland County will be used to lower taxes, Democratic freeholder candidates pledged Thursday. Their pledge is pegged to another for more efficient government. That includes a call on volunteers to provide muscle and wise counsel to government. (Joseph P. Smith, The Daily Journal)


Approved bill clarifies definition of disability

The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved legislation Wednesday that would clarify the definition of disability under the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act, according to U.S. Rep. Rush Holt, D-Hopewell Township, a longtime supporter of the changes. (The Trenton Times)


Poor economy could increase gambling problems

RED BANK — With the economy continuing to worsen and more forms of legalized gambling available than ever before, experts worry that more New Jerseyans will turn to gambling as a way to supplement their household incomes. (Associated Press)


Wake-Up Call: Friday, September 19, 2008