Wake-Up Call: Monday, September 22, 2008

Corzine's job growth strategy faulted

Soon after Jon Corzine was sworn in as governor in 2006, he created a high-profile job and filled it with an unfamiliar face. Gary Rose, a former colleague at Goldman Sachs, became Corzine's economic czar — overseeing every state panel dealing with economic growth and equipped with powers that convinced many Trenton insiders that he was a de facto lieutenant governor. (Claire Heininger, The Star-Ledger)


Corzine suffers in latest poll

Just one in four New Jerseyans think Gov. Jon S. Corzine should be re-elected next year, and even fewer support a new plan for increases on toll roads, a new poll shows. (Gannett)


Public purchase benefited Democratic party donors

New Jersey taxpayers paid hundreds of thousands of dollars more than the appraised value for a 4-acre plot of land at the center of the federal government’s indictment of Bergen County Democratic chief Joseph Ferriero. (The Bergen Record)


The party swap

Governor Corzine today said that, if state Sen. Leonard Lance really is so different from President Bush, he hasn’t demonstrated it enough. (PolitickerNJ)


Bush to stump for Lance, Myers

While GOP congressional candidates across the country are keeping their distance from President Bush, the chief executive is expected to visit New Jersey Monday to raise funds for several candidates, including Hunterdon County Sen. Leonard Lance, who is seeking the open seat in the 7th Congressional District. (Gabriel H. Gluck, The Star-Ledger)


Myers, Adler spar in debate

CHERRY HILL — State Sen. John H. Adler and Medford Mayor Chris Myers agree the economy is in crisis. They don't necessarily agree on what caused the economic meltdown that has plagued the country for months now, or on who is to blame for the situation. (Bridget Smith, The Courier-Post)


A financial meltdown

The turmoil in the financial sector could cause a “meltdown” in state finances, according to Governor Corzine. Corzine was on Capitol Hill yesterday urging Congress to help bail out the states with increased federal matching funds for Medicaid, the health care program for the poor that usually sees enrollments shoot up when the economy sours. (Herb Jackson, The Bergen Record)


Corzine to create financial crisis panel

TRENTON — Gov. Corzine Friday announced he is creating a special panel that will convene Monday to try to pilot New Jersey through the fast-paced financial crisis, with an eye toward the state actually benefiting. (Gannett)


Corzine weighs in on Ledger woes

While Governor Corzine makes occasional campaign stops for Barack Obama touting an economic plan that will create new jobs, New Jersey faces a potential loss of 2,000 jobs if The Star-Ledger and its sister publications go under. (PolitickerNJ)


N.J. takes final losses on Lehman

New Jersey may sue Lehman Brothers officials after losing more than half of the $180 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)


Obama not feeling the surge

WEST WINDSOR – The sense here on Saturday is the presidential race is no longer deadlocked nationally. At this moment. So when State Democratic Chairman Joseph Cryan asks the crowd of 260 Obama canvassers to demonstrate an upbeat mood, they respond with full-throated gusto in the packed headquarters of Obama’s campaign headquarters. (PolitickerNJ


Menendez plan focuses on foreclosure prevention

Sen. Robert Menendez outlined his plan for economic recovery today, focusing on preventing foreclosures and helping out small businesses. (Associated Press)


Dean stumps for Obama in county visit

It was more of a pep rally than anything else, but Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean was in town Friday night for a fundraising event. (Pete McCarthy, Gloucester County News)


State suit puts Abbott system in the balance

The names atop New Jersey Supreme Court Docket No. 42170 have become synonymous with the controversial debate over the funding of public education that has raged in New Jersey for 30 years. (John Mooney, The Star-Ledger)


Doblin: Jersey is to corruption as Hershey is to chocolate

If you want to study chocolate, go to Hershey, Pa. If you want to study corruption, come to New Jersey. Better still, go to Newark. (Alfred Doblin, The Bergen Record)


27 months for downtown shakedown

A former union local president involved in the construction of Jersey City's Goldman Sachs tower has been sentenced to 27 months in prison for shaking down contractors on the waterfront project for $112,000 in bribes, authorities said. (Michaelangelo Conte, The Jersey Journal)


Corzine to skip latest round of toll hike debate

The first time toll hikes became Topic A in Trenton this year, Gov. Jon Corzine was very much the public face of the effort — launching an unprecedented series of town hall meetings that put him front and center before skeptical and sometimes hostile crowds. (Claire Heininger, The Star-Ledger)


Belmar mayor wrong abotu Staten Islanders

TRENTON — The summer may be over for Belmar Mayor Ken Pringle, but the controversy he stirred up by poking fun at Staten Islanders refuses to die. (Associated Press)


Republicans pick Gaglione to challenge Quijano

Union County Republicans have chosen Union Township Board of Education President Linda Gaglione to challenge Assemblywoman Annette Quijano in the 20th Legislative Direct. (PolitickerNJ)


Statehouse park plan raises parking worries

TRENTON – New Jersey's Statehouse is getting a makeover, and the project could mean parking hassles when residents go to see their government in action. (Jonathan Tamari, Philadelphia Inquirer)


NJ lawmakers aiding Rutgers athletics

TRENTON — New Jersey lawmakers have reportedly been approving special grants to the Rutgers University athletics program even as academic aid is being slashed. (Associated Press)


N.J. women losing ground in gender pay gap fight

TRENTON — The pay gap between male and female full-time workers is closing nationally, but the same can't be said of New Jersey, where the trend toward equal pay between genders has reversed course. (Gannett)


$2M in overdue Bayonne taxes someone else's problem now

For the fiscal year that ended June 30, the owners of 675 Bayonne properties owed the city more than $2 million in taxes and water bills, by the reckoning of city Tax Collector Joanne Sisk. (Ronald Leir, The Jersey Journal)


Union takes rat battle to the high court

Is a towering rat balloon used by a union to draw attention to its protest protected free speech or merely an improper sign that's banned under a Lawrence Township ordinance? (Linda Stein, Trenton Times)


Mayor revises Ewing budget

EWING — Mayor Jack Ball wants to freeze the municipal tax rate at its current level under a revised 2009 budget proposal that would slash about $2.2 million from the original spending plan unveiled by his administration on Sept. 8. (Robert Stern, Trenton Times)


Judge who also was the 'queen' in charge retires from the bench

The cardboard boxes are stacked on the conference table at Sybil Moses' chambers in Superior Court in Hackensack. The photos will come down in a few days. The ceremonial gavels and other mementos are ready to go. (Kate Coscarelli, The Star-Ledger)


Dem activist perseveres despite long odds

HAWTHORNE — It can be lonely being a Democrat in a borough like Hawthorne, where all but one member of the council is Republican and it's been nearly half a century since there was a Democratic mayor. (Heather Kays, The Herald News)


Bayonne pols: No pay raise, for now

A proposal by Interim Bayonne Mayor Terrence Malloy to boost the pay of the mayor and City Council members misfired Wednesday night when the council refused to go along. (Ronald Leir, The Jersey Journal)


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