Wake-Up Call: Monday, September 29, 2008

Economy is on the mind of N.J. voters

New Jersey voters are worrying about the economy more than any other issue right now and they believe Democrat Barack Obama can handle it better than Republican John McCain. (John Reitmeyer, The Bergen Record)


Reform packages go hand-in-hand

Jersey City Councilman Steve Fulop just saw his own municipal pay-to-play ordinance signed into law by the city council on Tuesday. The next day, Gov. Corzine outlined a sweeping ethics reform package that, if passed, Fulop thinks will strengthen the one that Jersey City just enacted. (PolitickerNJ)


New flier takes aim at Lautenberg

As Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dick Zimmer continued his "Where's Frank Lautenberg?" tour yesterday, the Democratic incumbent was in Hoboken, shaking hands, posing for photos and explaining his views on the proposed financial bailout. (Robert Schwaneberg, The Star-Ledger)


New poll shows dead-heat in 3rd District

No wonder the combatants in the Third District congressional race are snapping at each other almost daily. (Cynthia Burton, Philadelphia Inquirer)


Smith cultivates longtime loyalties

When U.S. Rep. Chris Smith's campaign took him to an Acme supermarket in Hamilton and then a beefsteak dinner with the local building trade union council, he was in his element. (Andrew Kitchenman, The Trenton Times)


Dodging the fray

Former Republican Congressman Dick Zimmer approached a patron at the River Edge Diner yesterday morning and explained he is running for U.S. Senate. (Robert Schwaneberg, The Star-Ledger)


Zimmer attacks Lautenberg on theater earmark

In the grand scheme of the federal budget, the $196,000 grant that U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) got for the Scottish Rite Auditorium — a theater in Camden County — isn't even chump change. But to the senator's opponent, former Republican Congressman Dick Zimmer, it represents federal spending at its worst. (Robert Schwaneberg, The Star-Ledger)


Democrats' blue tide fills N.J. voter rolls

TRENTON — In what's been a marathon of a political campaign season, Democrats are outsprinting Republicans in New Jersey in the mad dash to the state's Oct. 14 voter registration deadline. (Gannett)


Garcia, the crowd, and questions

PASSAIC – The streets throb with Mariachi rhythms as the floats and red, white and green-draped cars move slowly through Passaic and the public men and women wave to the crowds that spill finally into the yard of Public School Number 11 in the 2nd Ward: a confluence of food, flags, bodies and music. (PolitickerNJ)


Small, but fierce opposition to new hotel tax

Joseph Riela, owner of the only motel in Bayonne, isn't thrilled with the city's recently adopted 3 percent hotel tax. "We're the only business affected by it in the city. It's not nice to be singled out." said Riela, owner of the Hudson Plaza Motel, located along Route 440 near the city line. (Jonathan Shapiro, Jersey Journal)


Polls play a prominent role in election drama

HAMDEN, Conn. — New Jersey area codes flashed on computer screens as dozens of casually dressed, headset-wearing pollsters asked questions from their hilltop phone bank overlooking the campus of Quinnipiac University. (Claire Heininger, The Star-Ledger)


Official's link to developer causes dispute

ROBBINSVILLE — Council members sparred publicly at a council meeting this week over whether or not it was improper or unethical that one member did not disclose that her employer has had contracts with the developer of Town Center. (The Trenton Times)


Professor tapped as ethics chair

TRENTON – The New Jersey Legislature has tapped an expert on legislative ethics to chair its recently reorganized ethics commission. (Associated Press)


State bedbug bill puts onus on landlords

Two state Assembly members representing Hudson County and a colleague from Newark want to do something about the things that go bite in the night. (Associated Press)


Wake-Up Call: Monday, September 29, 2008