Wake-Up Call: Friday, September 26, 2008

Business package rushed through Assembly

Taking a cue from Delaware, the state Assembly yesterday unanimously approved a package of bills designed to make New Jersey better for business. (Claire Heininger, The Star-Ledger)


Economic bills sail through Assembly

TRENTON – The New Jersey Assembly yesterday unanimously passed a package of bills to help the state's economy as national leaders grapple with the Wall Street financial meltdown. (Associated Press)


Republicans criticize Corzine for refusing to reopen budget

The entire Republican Assembly caucus sent a letter to Gov. Corzine today urging him to reconsider his reluctance to cut more out of the state budget to deal with the looming financial crisis. (PolitickerNJ)


What the campaign finance reforms mean

The state ban, enacted in 2005, disqualified campaign contributors from receiving lucrative state contracts if they gave to the governor’s party, his campaign, or county committees. One executive order signed by Corzine on Wednesday extends the ban to donations to municipal parties as well. For example, a highway construction company that gave contributions of $300 or more to the Paramus Municipal Democratic Committee would be disqualified from getting a Turnpike contract of $17,500 or higher. (Charles Stile, The Bergen Record)


Myers targets Adler investment

Dogged all week by a Bush fundraiser he attended on Monday, Medford Mayor Chris Myers retaliated today by charging that his opponent in the 3rd Congressional District race has his own issues with tainted money. (PolitickerNJ)


Katz argues Corzine e-mails should be exempt

Former state workers union leader Carla Katz says e-mails she exchanged with Gov. Jon Corzine should be kept secret because they were sent "in connection with" union negotiations. (Claire Heininger, The Star-Ledger)


Economy becomes NJ's top issue

The greatest concern among voters in the most significant congressional elections in South Jersey is the ongoing economic crisis. (Cynthia Burton, Philadelphia Inquirer)


Bryant's cousin sat on UMDNJ's interviewing panel

Sen. Wayne Bryant's cousin said he sat on the committee that interviewed and recommended the veteran legislator for a job at a UMDNJ medical school, according to testimony yesterday at Bryant's ongoing federal corruption trial. (Susan K. Livio, The Star-Ledger)


Christie specter looms over ethics package

Subpoena activity in Paterson on the day Gov. Jon Corzine pulled the cape off of a sweeping new piece of ethics reform provided an ample reminder of another presence on the political landscape. (PolitickerNJ)


Opponents charge state panel on same-sex unions is biased

Opponents of same-sex marriage yesterday denounced as "biased" a state commission that concluded civil unions are not working. (Robert Schwaneberg, The Star-Ledger)


Election board flooded with voter registrations

As the clock ticks down to the Oct. 15 registration deadline for what some are calling the election of the century, Mercer County election officials are scrambling to process the thousands of registration forms and absentee ballot requests streaming into their offices from across the county and around the globe. (Lisa Coryell, Trenton Times)


Assembly approves bill on students' criminal records

The New Jersey Assembly has passed a measure to give high school administrators access to adult students' criminal histories. (Associated Press)


Freeholders questioned about baseball team's new lease

Republican candidates attending the freeholder board meeting last night took up one of their main campaign issues, peppering the all- Democrat board with questions about its approval of a new lease for the Trenton Thunder minor league baseball team. (Meir Rinde, Trenton Times)


Camden delays layoff notices

CAMDEN — City employees will have to wait up to another month to find out whether an anticipated layoff will mean an end to their jobs. (Deborah Hirsch, The Courier-Post)


Washington Twp. council OKs tax plan

WASHINGTON TWP. — Members of township council on Thursday narrowly — and reluctantly — approved an accelerated tax plan meant to balance the municipal budget. (Jim Walsh, Th Courier-Post)


Assembly: Let casino employees run Atlantic City

TRENTON – The state Assembly on Thursday approved a bill to lift the ban on casino employment for Atlantic City elected officials, moving a step closer to allowing casino workers to run for City Council and mayor for the first time. (Derek Harper, Press of Atlantic City)


Monmouth County revenues shrinking

The Monmouth County freeholders have ordered government departments to prepare their 2009 annual budgets with 10 to 15 percent cuts in salaries and other operating costs, because of what Freeholder Director Lillian G. Burry said is a continuing forecast for sharply weakening government revenues. (Bob Jordan, Asbury Park Press)


Consulate coming to N.J.

NEW BRUNSWICK — During a speech in the auditorium of a public school here Thursday night, Mexican President Felipe Calderon announced that Mexico will open a consulate in New Jersey and said Mexican workers will be vital to a resurgence of the embattled American economy. (Karen Keller, The Herald News)


Wake-Up Call: Friday, September 26, 2008