Wake-Up Call: Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Hackett sentencing set for Oct. 1

Originally scheduled for Monday, Sept. 15, the sentencing of former Orange Mayor Mims Hackett has been re-scheduled for Oct. 1, according to Michael Drewniak, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office. (PolitickerNJ)


The Bush factor

TRENTON – The Republicans argue that their presidential candidate is named McCain, not Bush.

"The last time I looked, George Bush was not on the ticket," said Assemblywoman Marcia Karrow (R-Flemington), a common refrain among Republicans eager to put the pedal down and get distance between themselves – and the sitting president. (PolitickerNJ)


Allen won't take herself out of GOP lieutenant governor mix

TRENTON – Happy to be back in the action after being hospitalized for pneumonia, state Sen. Diane Allen (R-Burlington) says now's not the time for a gubernatorial run. (PolitickerNJ)


Once powerful lawmaker's corruption trial begins

At the opening of the federal bribery and fraud trial of former Democratic state senator Wayne Bryant yesterday, prosecutors described how he conspired with a South Jersey medical school dean to funnel millions of dollars in state funding to the school in exchange for Bryant getting a "trumped-up job" that boosted his pension. (Susan K. Livio, The Star-Ledger)


Local Dems won't force out Ferriero

Local Democrats will not try to force indicted Bergen County Democratic Chairman Joseph Ferriero from his post, despite calls for his removal from Governor Corzine and other party leaders. (Scott Fallon, The Bergen Record)


Poll finds Christie could compete with Corzine

U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie could give Jon Corzine a close race for governor next year, a poll shows. (Associated Press)


Obama up, but McCain gains

Sen. Barack Obama maintains his lead for president over Republican Sen. John McCain among New Jersey voters, but his margin among those most likely to vote has narrowed since the summer, according to a new Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey Poll. (Michael Riley, Asbury Park Press)


Jersey braces for Wall Street impact

ATLANTIC CITY — From young stock market professionals in Hoboken who suddenly find themselves unable to pay the mortgage or patronize the city's restaurants and bars to Atlantic City casinos struggling to borrow money to expand or pay down debt, the Wall Street crisis is making itself felt in a big way in New Jersey. (Associated Press)


GOP wants to put brakes on highway toll hikes

State legislators would get the chance to veto the toll increases proposed for the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway under a plan announced yesterday by Republican lawmakers. (The Star-Ledger)


Bill to force tax-control master plans

An Assembly committee yesterday approved a bill that would force local authorities from schools, counties, towns and fire districts to create five-year master plans to figure out how to keep property taxes from soaring. (The Star-Ledger)


Corzine says he'll have to slash budget when tax revenues fall

TRENTON — Fallout from the Wall Street crisis that's left two prominent financial institutions with bleak futures will extend beyond Manhattan and into New Jersey, said Gov. Jon S. Corzine on Monday, as he cautioned that more bad budget news may be lurking. (Gannett)


Mayor takes first step in firing town manager

FAIR LAWN — Mayor Steven Weinstein today took the first step toward firing Borough Manager Tom Metzler. Metzler — a one-time Republican council candidate — and the ruling Democrats have been in a months-long power struggle that began late last year. (Stephanie Akin, The Record)


NJ residents say keep drinking age at 21

TRENTON — A new poll shows few New Jersey residents support lowering the drinking age from 21 to 18. (Associated Press)


Challenger cites LoBiondo's record

Republican Congressman Frank LoBiondo, seeking an eighth term in office, is widely popular in the sprawling 2nd Congressional District. He's often seen at local events from muskrat dinners to county fairs and regularly announces federal grants for fire companies and other organizations in the seven-county region. (Trish G. Graber, Gloucester County Times)


Bill would create alerts for missing elderly

TRENTON – New Jersey would become the 11th state to create an emergency system for locating elderly residents who are missing, under a bill that advanced yesterday in the General Assembly.


N.J. homeowners to find rebate checks in mail

Property tax rebate checks to about 1 million New Jersey homeowners are in the mail. The checks, which are expected to start arriving in mailboxes Tuesday, are meant to provide relief for New Jerseyans struggling to pay property taxes that are the nation's highest. (Associated Press)


Indicted sergeant loses his paycheck

PRINCETON BOROUGH — Suspended police Sgt. Kenneth Riley has been stripped of his pay following his indictment Friday on felony charges he viewed and displayed police tapes of a motor vehicle stop without proper authorization. (Robert Stern, The Star-Ledger)


Somerset ready to conduct 'energy audits'

The Somerset County freehold ers yesterday said they are ready to follow through on a program to help towns and school districts conduct "energy audits" to identify ways they potentially could cut fuel costs. (Joe Tyrrell, The Star-Ledger)


Wake-Up Call: Tuesday, September 16, 2008