Wake-Up Call: Thursday, September 18, 2008

Internal poll shows most N.J. voters question Corzine's integrity

Jon Corzine won the governorship three years ago by using integrity as an issue, saying he would not be bossed by political warlords or bought by special interests. (Josh Margolin, The Star-Ledger)

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2008/09/poll_most_nj_voters_question_c.html

Sussex County political callers unexpectedly hear sex chat offer

Some callers trying reach the Sussex County Democratic organization have instead been connected to a phone sex service. That's due to a misprint in a recently released telephone book from Embarq, which serves some towns in the western part of the state (Associated Press)

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2008/09/sussex_county_political_caller.html

Corzine touts Obama's economic plan in Florida

Gov. Jon Corzine campaigned for Barack Obama in Florida today, a visit Republicans called "outrageous" given the severe economic troubles facing New Jersey and the country. (Claire Heininger, The Star-Ledger)

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2008/09/gov_corzine_stumping_for_obama.html

Corzine denounces GOP's 'drill, baby, drill' approach to energy

It's a battle cry sounded by the Republicans on the issue of energy. But Gov. Jon Corzinedenounces the "Drill baby, drill" philosophy as a monothematic way to furtherAmerican dependency on oil, at odds with a multi-pronged approach, in whichdeveloping other energy sources, including solar, wind and biofuels, is foundational. (PolitickerNJ)

http://www.politickernj.com/max/23608/corzine-denounces-gops-drill-baby-drill-approach-energy

DeCroce wonders why Corzine is in Florida

Assembly Minority Leader Alex DeCroce lashed out at Gov. Corzine today for stumping for Barack Obama in Florida while New Jerseyans deal with the impact of the economic downturn and brace for job losses on Wall Street. (PolitickerNJ)

http://www.politickernj.com/matt-friedman/23593/decroce-wonders-why-corzines-florida

Corzine: DeCroce attack unfounded

Hitting back at Assembly Minority Leader Alex DeCroce’s (R-Morris Plains) criticism for campaigning for Barack Obama in Florida, Gov. Corzine said that the Republican’s complaints about people fleeing the state over the cost of living and rising taxes are deeply flawed. (PolitickerNJ)

http://www.politickernj.com/matt-friedman/23610/corzine-decroce-attack-unfounded

FBI arrests Passaic councilman

FBI agents today arrested Passaic Councilman Gerardo Fernandez on charges of lying to a federal grand jury in a corruption investigation that led to bribery charges against three fellow city officials and others across the state. (Peter J. Sampson, The Bergen Record)

http://www.northjersey.com/news/FBI_arrests_Passaic_councilman.html

Lautenberg well-ahead of little-known ZImmer in Senate race

Seven weeks before the election, U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D- N.J.) holds a comfortable lead over former GOP congressman Dick Zimmer, according to two polls re leased yesterday. (Robert Schwaneberg, The Star-Ledger)

http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/jersey/index.ssf?/base/news-11/122171195924890.xml&coll=1

Bryant hired for his clout

TRENTON – Before former State Sen. Wayne Bryant was put on the School of Osteopathic Medicine's payroll, the institution was getting too little state funding and suffering from a lack of political clout. (Troy Graham, Philadelphia Inquirer)

http://www.philly.com/inquirer/local/nj/20080918_Official__N_J__university_hired_Bryant_for_his_clout.html

GOP and Democrats wrangle over veto power on toll hikes

Lawmakers traded barbs yesterday over whether the Legislature can block a plan to pay for transportation projects by raising tolls on the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway. (Claire Heininger, The Star-Ledger)

http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/jersey/index.ssf?/base/news-11/122171191324890.xml&coll=1

Five file to be Bayonne mayor

Now there are five – signed, sealed, and delivered. All five Bayonne mayoral hopefuls have filed their nominating petitions with the Hudson County Clerk's Office for the special election slated for Nov. 4. Yesterday was the filing deadline. (Ronald Leier, The Jersey Journal)

http://www.nj.com/news/jjournal/bayonne/index.ssf?/base/news-4/1221719173299820.xml&coll=3

Menendez: Middle class needs bailout too

The middle class needs a financial bailout as much as Wall Street titans, a group of Democratic senators, including New Jersey’s Bob Menendez, said Wednesday. (Herb Jackson, The Bergen Record)

http://www.northjersey.com/politics/Menendez_Middle_class_needs_bailout_too.html

Students beg state to tighten standards

TRENTON — Students who had to take remedial courses in college because their high schools didn't properly prepare them for secondary education pleaded with the state Board of Education on Wednesday to adopt more rigorous high school requirements. (Gannett)

http://www.courierpostonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080918/NEWS01/809180393

County GOP celebrates new digs this weekend

HAMILTON — Mercer County Republicans will officially open their new headquarters at 941 Whitehorse Ave. here Saturday, Republican Committee Chairman Roy Wesley said yesterday. (The Trenton Times)

http://www.nj.com/news/times/regional/index.ssf?/base/news-14/1221710711303070.xml&coll=5

WT council sees no alternatives on budget

WASHINGTON TWP. Claiming that their hands are tied by the state, township council members are reluctantly preparing to adopt a 2008 municipal budget next week that uses an accelerated tax sale to bring in more revenue this year to offset a larger tax hike. (Jessica Beym, Gloucester County Times)

http://www.nj.com/gloucester/index.ssf?/base/news-3/1221724512125210.xml&coll=8

Fairfield tax collector's office probed

FAIRFIELD TWP. – Authorities are investigating irregularities in the township tax collector's office, Fairfield officials reported this week. (Sandra Johnson, Bridgeton News)

http://www.nj.com/bridgeton/index.ssf?/base/news-3/122172003331450.xml&coll=1

GOP blames Dems for courthouse flaws

BRIDGETON — Republican freeholder candidates upped the campaign ante Wednesday with a press conference pointedly held at Cumberland County Courthouse. (Joseph P. Smith, Daily Journal)

http://www.thedailyjournal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080918/NEWS01/809180315

Wake-Up Call: Thursday, September 18, 2008