Wake-Up Call: Thursday, September 25, 2008

Corzine unveils ethics, campaign finance reforms

With fanfare and the lofty promise of a new era in New Jersey politics, Gov. Jon Corzine today announced a series of ethics and campaign finance reforms he said would rebuild the public's trust by cutting the influence of money in politics. (Claire Heininger, The Star-Ledger)


Corzine introduces ethics overhaul measures

Saying "the public has had it" with corruption, Gov. Corzine proposed a sweeping ethics package yesterday that would close significant loopholes in the state's campaign-finance laws and limit the flow of political donations throughout the state. (Jonathan Tamari, Philadelphia Inquirer)


Reform package has immediate and long-term impacts

TRENTON, N.J. – Gov. Jon S. Corzine unveiled a broad package of ethics reform measures on Wednesday aimed at reducing the influence of money on the state's political system. (Associated Press)


Corzine calls reform package 'bold'

Governor Corzine urged the Legislature today to pass new laws that would tighten New Jersey’s campaign-finance rules and also signed an executive order enacting new ethics regulations. (The Bergen Record)


Corzine says reform will end pay to play

With just over a year to go before he’s up for reelection, Gov. Jon Corzine today released a comprehensive package that he said is the final piece of ethics reform that he outlined during his 2005 gubernatorial campaign. (PolitickerNJ)


It's not good enough

If enacted, Gov. Corzine’s reform agenda could curtail the power of county chairs, who would be able to tap donors for less money and wouldn’t be able to wheel money from one county to another. But in solidly Republican Somerset County, GOP Chairman Dale Florio thinks that the reforms don’t go far enough. (PolitickerNJ)


Democrats still favor Andrews by big margin

It didn't matter to the party faithful that U.S. Rep. Robert E. Andrews said he would not run for Congress – and then entered the race. And it doesn't matter to voters either, according to a poll released yesterday by the William J. Hughes Center at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. (Cynthia Burton, Philadelphia Inquirer)


3rd District candidates sound off about economy

PEMBERTON — Chris Myers, the Republican mayor of Medford who hopes to succeed Rep. Jim Saxton, R-N.J., next year, said Congress needs to take "bold action'' now to restore confidence in U.S. financial markets. (Erik Larsen, Asbury Park Press)


Bush v. Rangel

It’s Rangel versus Bush in the 7th Congressional District, where apparently voters will ultimately have to decide which of these two is the more toxic campaign sugar daddy. (PolitickerNJ)


Zimmer praises, but doesn't follow McCain

While former U.S. Rep. Dick Zimmer praised Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz) for suspending his campaign activities and bowing out of Friday’s debate, the Republican U.S. Senate candidate stopped short of temporarily ending his own campaign. (PolitickerNJ)


Bryant didn't ask about UMDNJ job conflicts, witness says

Sen. Wayne Bryant never asked the Legislature's attorneys whether taking a job with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey would create any legal or ethical problems for him, a prosecution witness at Bryant's corruption trial said yesterday. (Susan K. Livio, The Star-Ledger)


The cost of war

U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-Long Branch) and 4th District Congressional District candidate Josh Zeitz want America to pull the plug on the war in Iraq. (PolitickerNJ)


Morris County Prosecutor decries Obama fliers

The content of a racially insensitive flier regarding presidential candidate Barack Obama, distributed in some Roxbury neighborhoods last weekend did not violate any criminal statutes and is speech protected by the First Amendment, according to a review by the Morris County Prosecutor's Office. (Lawrence Ragonese, The Star-Ledger)


Posters they want you to believe in

Barack Obama hasn't endorsed a candidate in Newark's Central Ward council race. But you wouldn't know it from the campaign literature and posters that have cropped up around the city. (The Star-Ledger)


Fake farmer TV ad could hurt Garrett

A new TV ad charges Rep. Scott Garrett is "just another corrupt politician" because he gets "a huge property tax break" on land treated as a farm in Sussex County because "his brother sells $700 worth of shrubs." (Herb Jackson, The Bergen Record)


Holt pushes anthrax review

U.S. Rep. Rush Holt introduced a bill late yesterday to establish a national commission that would scrutinize the 2001 anthrax attacks, probe their investigation by the FBI and make recommendations to prevent and handle bioterrorism in the future. (Robert Stern, The Trenton Times)


State supreme court hears land preservation law challenge

TRENTON — A Morris County developer is complaining that a state land preservation law has tied up its plans to build so much so that it amounts to an "unfair" taking of property. (Associated Press)


GOP factions remain at odds

PATERSON – A banquet room packed with Republicans on Monday honored a former GOP gubernatorial candidate, rallied voters and, for a while, counted former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik among those in the crowd. (Paul Brubaker, The Bergen Record)


State holds final two public hearing on toll-hike plan

About 150 residents, laborers, environmentalists and officials attended public meetings in Woodbridge and Paramus today to voice support or object to the Turnpike Authority's proposed toll increases. (Russell Ben-Ali, The Star-Ledger)


State suspends charity program

PATERSON — The state has suspended a $300,000 program that debuted this summer to help women and minorities join trade unions after the city charity running it did not properly disburse state funds. (Heather Haddon, The Herald News)


Cooper OKs massive payment

Cooper University Hospital has agreed to pay the federal government $3.85 million, plus interest, to settle allegations that it engaged in Medicare fraud by inflating claims to increase revenues from 2001 to 2003. (Eileen Stilwell, The Courier-Post)


Mt. Arlington poised to vote on budget today

MOUNT ARLINGTON — The Borough Council is poised to vote Friday on a municipal budget that's $217,000 less than the original draft, but one that still imposes a significant tax increase. (Matt Manochio, The Daily Record)


Public learns about $60M ballot question

VINELAND — Roughly a dozen city residents attended the first of two Vineland Municipal Electric Utility public forums held Wednesday evening in City Council chambers. (Kristi Funderburk, Daily Journal)



Jackson accepting resumes for interim mayor position

JACKSON — The Township Council is accepting resumes from people interested in becoming Jackson's interim mayor. (Keith Ruscitti, Asbury Park Press)


Punishment 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)



Wake-Up Call: Thursday, September 25, 2008