Wake-Up Call: Thursday, September 11, 2008

McGreevey ex-wife drops fraud suit

TRENTON – Dina Matos has decided to drop her fraud claim against her ex-husband, former Gov. Jim McGreevey, bringing finality to a bitter parting that raised the question of whether she knew he was gay when they wed. (Associated Press)


Ferriero & Oury surrender

Bergen County Democratic Chairman Joseph Ferriero and party counsel Dennis Oury voluntarily surrendered today to the FBI in Newark, where they were arrested on federal corruption charges in a scheme to conceal their interest in a grant-writing firm marketed to Bergen municipalities. (The Bergen Record)


Adler and Myers: Closing arguments

MOUNT HOLLY – In their respective closing arguments at Rancocas Valley Regional High School, State Sen. John Adler (D-Camden) and Medford Mayor Chris Myers went to their base camp arguments. (PolitickerNJ)


Iraq takes center stage in Third District debate

MOUNT HOLLY — A call to end the war in Iraq was met with both applause and jeers in the first of a series of debates by the two candidates running to represent the 3rd Congressional District. (Erik Larsen, Asbury Park Press)


Paterson mom stays busy to cope with 9/11 loss

For Sandy Grazioso, her internal conflict begins about a month before Sept. 11 every year. She says she wants to put behind her the tragedy of losing her sons John and Timothy in the terror attacks. But she also sees the importance of the newspaper articles, memorial services, movies and documentaries in making sure that no one forgets that infamous day. (Heather Kays, The Herald News)


Legislators to introduce Blakely-inspired bill

The struggle of the late political consultant Tom Blakely’s widow to secure payment from the life insurance policy her husband signed just days before he died may lead to legislation in New Jersey. Last month, four state Senators wrote a letter to TransAmerica Life Insurance Corp. CEO Patrick S. Baird inviting him or a representative of the company to meet with them over legislation they plan to propose next month that would change the way life insurance companies operate in New Jersey. (PolitickerNJ)


Edison mayor's proposed budget includes tax hike

Edison Mayor Jun Choi unveiled his $118 million budget proposal for the new fiscal year today, which features $1 million in revenues from Hartz Mountain Industries, the redeveloper of the old Ford automotive plant. (Diane C. Walsh, The Star-Ledger)


Lautenberg enjoys a comfortable lead

A poll shows incumbent U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg enjoys a comfortable lead over Republican challenger Dick Zimmer heading into the fall election season. (Associated Press)


Bergen official spared indictment

The alleged third founder of the consulting firm whose activities led to corruption charges against two other partners has been spared a similar fate, but references to him appear throughout the text of the indictment. (Nick Clunn, The Bergen record)


Ex-Clayton police chief admits theft

CLAYTON — Former borough police chief Frank Winters faces seven years in jail after admitting he stole $180,000 from Mothers Against Drunk Driving, state officials said Wednesday. (Jeremy Rosen, The Courier-Post)


Republicans whoop it up in Hoboken

'Are there any Obama signs in here? Are you sure there aren't any Obama signs hidden in here?" That's what one man asked as he made his way into the back room at Avenue bar and lounge in Hoboken last week. There, about 50 John McCain supporters gathered to watch the Republican presidential nominee give his acceptance speech. (Carly Baldwin, The Jersey Journal)


State takes over Hoboken's finances

HOBOKEN — State officials have taken control of Hoboken's finances after the city failed to pass a budget due to political infighting. (Associated Press)


All say no to porno

Mayor Dennis Elwell and other town officials scheduled a press conference Monday to announce they are taking legal action to prevent a three-day pornography industry convention scheduled to start tomorrow at the Meadowlands Convention Center from taking place. (The Jersey Journal)


N.J. facilities accused of discharging Medicaid residents

More than 100 people have agreed to be interviewed by the New Jersey Public Advocate as part of an investigation of a company that operates eight assisted living homes in South Jersey. (Maya Rao, Philadelphia Inquirer)


Judge upholds rules limiting school perks

TRENTON – A federal judge has agreed to keep new rules in place that allow New Jersey to limit perks and retirement benefits for school administrators. But the judge yesterday ordered revisions to ensure the oversight rules don't violate tenure laws. (Associated Press)


Morris County government considering layoffs

Morris County might use voluntary furloughs and retirement incentives to reduce its labor force — or even resort to layoffs — to make up for increased costs and declining revenues, county officials said on Wednesday. (Michael Daigle, The Daily Record)


A familiar face

VINELAND — She was there when the late Joseph Romano was mayor and during former mayor Anthony Campanella's tenure. And now longtime City Hall employee Mimi Bernard is back as secretary to Vineland's current mayor, Robert Romano. (Robert Press, The Daily Journal)

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