Wake-Up call: Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Bush in Jersey to boost congressional candidates

President Bush came to New Jersey yesterday taking a heavily guarded route through the sprawling estates and horse farm country in Colts Neck for a congressional fundraiser. (Gabriel H. Gluck, The Star-Ledger)

http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/jersey/index.ssf?/base/news-11/1222143910262500.xml&coll=1

Adler, Myers play blame game

Neither state Sen. John Adler nor Medford Mayor Chris Myers have ever held federal office before, but to hear their campaigns tell it, both are in some way responsible for the nation’s economic turmoil. (PolitickerNJ)

http://www.politickernj.com/matt-friedman/23738/adler-and-myers-play-blame-game

Ferriero pleads not guilty

Bergen County Democratic chairman Joseph Ferriero pleaded not guilty to corruption charges yesterday and now faces trial in September 2009. (Jeff Whelan, The Star-Ledger)

http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/jersey/index.ssf?/base/news-11/1222144013262500.xml&coll=1

Supremacist group blankets Roxbury with anti-Obama literature

Some neighborhoods in Roxbury were blanketed over the weekend with campaign literature from a white-supremacist, anti-immigration group that bluntly raised the issue of race regarding presidential candidate Barack Obama, offending some recipients and angering Democratic leaders. (Lawrence Ragonese, The Star-Ledger)

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

Corzine urges public works spending to spur state's economy

Gov. Jon Corzine today proposed accelerating state spending on public works projects such as schools, roads and mass transit and encouraging the creation of new energy conservation jobs — all in a bid to forestall the dire economic consequences of the Wall Street financial crisis. (The Star-Ledger)

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

Andrews, Glading agree on bailout

CHERRY HILL — The Democratic and Republican nominees seeking to represent New Jersey's 1st Congressional District agreed Monday that the government should act swiftly on the proposed $700 billion economic bailout, but they differ on the deal's structure. (Joseph Gidjunis, The Courier-Post)

http://www.courierpostonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080923/NEWS01/809230355

Democrats rip GOP over Bush fundraiser

TRENTON – Wall Street is melting down while President George W. Bush fundraises in Colts Neck for candidates who will continue his failed policies, argued Democrats at a Statehouse press conference this afternoon. (PolitickerNJ)

http://www.politickernj.com/max/23728/democrats-rip-gop-over-bush-fundraiser

Experts consider Jersey's options

NEWARK – An emergency economic forum convened by Gov. Jon S. Corzine yesterday to address the plummeting economy's effect on New Jersey discussed numerous potential responses including raising the minimum wage, forming a consortium of small lenders and creating jobs by jump-starting infrastructure improvements. (The Jersey Journal)

http://www.nj.com/news/jjournal/index.ssf?/base/news-3/1222151160174580.xml&coll=3

Economic slump gets lawmakers' attention

TRENTON – With the federal government proposing a quick $700 billion rescue program to bail out the nation's financial system, New Jersey's state government is wondering what its role should be in propping up the economy. (Associated Press)

http://www.philly.com/inquirer/local/nj/20080923_Economic_slump_gets_N_J__lawmakers__attention.html

Aide: Bryant quit showing up for work

When state Sen. Wayne Bryant was hired as a program support coordinator for the School of Osteopathic Medicine of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, paperwork filed with the school's human resource department showed he would work three days each week at the Stratford campus. (Associated Press)

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

Hoboken Dems' Big Apple boost

New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn stressed party unity when she crossed the Hudson River last night to attend a fund-raiser for the Hoboken Democratic Organization. (The Jersey Journal)

http://www.nj.com/news/jjournal/hoboken/index.ssf?/base/news-1/1222151119174580.xml&coll=3

Jersey legislators among nation's richest

United States Sen. Frank Lautenberg and U.S. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen are two of the richest legislators in the country, according to a report from the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call. (PolitickerNJ)

http://www.politickernj.com/matt-friedman/23740/lautenberg-and-frelinghuysen-are-among-nations-richest-legislators

State backs off charging hefty fee for rebuilding destroyed homes

A state agency on affordable housing decided yesterday to scrap one of its new regulations that requires disaster victims to pay a costly fee to rebuild destroyed homes. (Jim Lockwood, The Star-Ledger)

http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/jersey/index.ssf?/base/news-11/1222144025262500.xml&coll=1

Saxton urges support for bases

In the final news conference of his 24-year congressional career, U.S. Rep. Jim Saxton (R., N.J.) yesterday called on the communities of Burlington and Ocean County to support the military bases there or face the possibility of losing them in the next round of military cuts. (Edward Colimore, Philadelphia Inquirer)

http://www.philly.com/inquirer/local/nj/20080923_A_retiring_Saxton_urges_support_for_bases.html

Santiago resigns rather than move to city

TRENTON — Joseph Santiago's tenure as head of city police, in which he became a magnet for both controversy and acclaim, ended yesterday with his resignation. (Andrew Kitchenman, Trenton Times)

http://www.nj.com/news/times/index.ssf?/base/news-5/1222142798220130.xml&coll=5

Begley: Petition achieves results

BRIDGETON – It appeared just a few weeks ago as if voters would not only have to consider the city's first-ever citizen initiative ballot question before heading to the polls on Nov. 4, they would have three to ponder. (Sean C. McCullen, Bridgeton News)

http://www.nj.com/bridgeton/index.ssf?/base/news-3/1222150224156160.xml&coll=10

Ocean County surrogate candidates debate issues

NEPTUNE — The Democratic and Republican candidates for Ocean County surrogate appeared this afternoon at an Asbury Park Press editorial board meeting to make the case for their respective campaigns. (Erik Larsen, Asbury Park Press)

http://www.app.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080922/NEWS/80922057

Education chief on hot seat over bogus degrees

TRENTON — State Education Commissioner Lucille Davy endured a grilling Monday from the chairman of the Assembly Education Committee, who questioned how school administrators were permitted to adorn their credentials with academic degrees from fly-by-night institutions. (Gannett)

http://www.app.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080923/NEWS/809230380

Lawmaker wants probe of N.J. Open Space program

A North Jersey lawmaker is calling for legislative hearings to determine whether politics is influencing a state program that awards millions annually for open space preservation. (John Reitmeyer, The Bergen Record)

http://www.northjersey.com/news/bergenpolitics/Lawmaker_wants_probe_of_NJ_Open_Space_program.html

States schools agency reformed, CEO to quit

Scott Weiner, the veteran state bureaucrat credited with coordinating a turnaround of New Jersey's scandal-plagued school construction program, announced yesterday he will step down at the end of the year. (Dunstan McNichol, The Star-Ledger)

http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/jersey/index.ssf?/base/news-11/1222144028262500.xml&coll=1

Vineland mayor targes eyesores

VINELAND — City officials and land development consultants surveyed vacant homes and businesses Monday to weigh their options for repairing the unsightly buildings. (Kristi Funderburk, The Daily Journal)

http://www.thedailyjournal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080923/NEWS01/809230323&referrer=FRONTPAGECAROUSEL

Wake-Up call: Tuesday, September 23, 2008