Wake-Up Call: Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Bergen Republicans try to get Shulman on the record on Ferriero

The Joe Ferriero indictment has spilled over into the 5th District Congressional race. Bergen County Republican Chairman Bob Yudin today asked Democrat Dennis Shulman, who’s challenging U.S. Rep. E. Scott Garrett in the Bergen-dominated district, to call on Ferriero – who was indicted last week on eight corruption counts along with former BCDO general counsel Dennis Oury – to permanently resign from his chairmanship. (PolitickerNJ)


Andrews mum on Zimmer's debate challenges to Lautenberg

Those who followed the Democratic U.S. Senate primary heard it again and again: U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews complaining that incumbent Sen. Frank Lautenberg wouldn’t engage him in enough debates. (PolitickerNJ)


Governor reminds supporters: Jersey is a blue state

With new polls showing Republican John McCain gaining ground on Democrat Barack Obama in the Garden State, Gov. Jon Corzine yesterday stood in front of a roomful of eager Obama campaign workers and stated the obvious. (Claire Heininger, The Star-Ledger)


Poll: Lautenberg holds 13-point lead over Zimmer

Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg maintains a commanding 13-point lead over Republican challenger Dick Zimmer among registered voters in the Garden State, according to the latest Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey Poll. (Gannett)


Bryant witness felt pressured

TRENTON A former college president testified Tuesday that he felt pressured to hire once-powerful state Sen. Wayne Bryant, who as head of the Senate budget panel had the ability to influence the distribution of public money statewide. (Trish G. Graber, Gloucester County Times)


Prosecutors outline Bryant case

TRENTON — Former Democratic Sen. Wayne R. Bryant and a medical school dean —struck a corrupt deal" that misdirected millions of taxpayer dollars, a federal prosecutor alleged Monday during opening statements in the pair's criminal trial. (Elisa Young, Bergen Record)


McCain cuts into Obama's lead

Two presidential race polls out today indicate Republican John McCain has cut into Barack Obama's lead in New Jersey. (Associated Press)


As N.J. loses population, it's gaining brains

New Jersey has lost population in recent decades because low-income residents are fleeing to states with a reduced cost of living, while those moving into the Garden State are generally better educated and earn higher salaries, according to a Princeton University study released yesterday. (Ron Marsico, The Star-Ledger)


Corzine renews drilling objection

WASHINGTON — As the House of Representatives debates legislation to allow some oil and gas drilling, Gov. Corzine is reiterating his opposition to opening up the north and mid-Atlantic coasts. (Gannett)


Councilwoman in court today

PROSPECT PARK — Paterson Councilwoman Vera Ames-Garnes will be in Municipal Court today to face three misdemeanor disorderly conduct charges, stemming from a confrontation last November with a Prospect Park police officer who had pursued a driver into Paterson. (Alexander MacInnes, The Herald News)


Trenton mayor hints as deadline solution for police director

Mayor Douglas H. Palmer hinted yesterday that Police Director Joseph Santiago, under court order to leave his position by Tuesday because he is in violation of the city's residency law, will somehow remain as head of the police department. (Kevin Shea, The Trenton Times)


Mideast policy dominates Lance-Stender debate

State Sen. Leonard Lance and Assemblywoman Linda Stender debated a range of domestic and international issues tonight as they battled to represent the 7th Congressional District, with American foreign policy toward Israel and the Middle East emerging as a major concern for their standing-room-only audience. (Gabriel Gluck, The Star-Ledger)


N.J. panel: Fire truck sales need monitoring

The New Jersey Commission of Investigation has called for an overhaul of how the state's fire departments purchase fire trucks, saying the process is rife with conflicts of interest and wastes tax dollars. (Allison Steele, Philadelphia Inquirer)


NJ homeowners seek end to eminent domain case

LONG BRANCH — A group of homeowners in Long Branch wants the state Supreme Court to put an end to the dispute over whether the city can seize their properties for a (Associated Press)


Booker to headline Middlesex Democratic rally

Newark Mayor Cory Booker is headlining the Middlesex County Democratic Organization's campaign kickoff tonight in Edison, where more than 1,000 party faithful are expected to rally. (Diane C. Walsh, The Star-Ledger)


Five BEOF measures on city council's agenda tonight

The City Council tonight is expected to vote on five separate resolutions concerning the Bayonne Economic Opportunities Foundation, two of which deal with funding of the day-to-day operations for BEOF's fair housing services and its homeless prevention program. (Jonathan Shapiro, Jersey Journal)


GOP hopefuls planning Italian food fundraiser

HAMILTON — Republican candidates for countywide offices will hold a fundraiser Sept. 24 here. (Trenton Times)


Three brothers sentenced in state rebate scam

JERSEY CITY — Three Jersey City siblings face prison time and fines for their part in a scheme that netted more than a half million dollars in bogus Homestead Rebate checks. (Associated Press)


Fairfield mayor helped with suit

FAIRFIELD TWP. – Township resident Clarence Custis wants to clarify some things about the lawsuit he's pursuing. (Sandra Johnson, Bridgeton News)


Council seeks to resolve land use

WEST WINDSOR — Two council members, weary of long meetings and prolonged discussions on redevelopment around the Princeton Junction train station, have succeeded in passing a resolution to speed up the process. (Joyce J. Persico, Trenton Times)


First woman elected to Ridgewood council has died

Helen McIlwraith, the first woman on Ridgewood’s Village Council, died Sept. 8 in New London, N.H. She was 85. (Jay Levin, Bergen Record)


Millville schools get money for safety's sake

MILLVILLE — Millville Public Schools will add security equipment and safety training thanks to a nearly $40,000 joint grant with Millville Police Department. (Kristi Funderburk, The Daily Journal)


Wrap Up: PolitickerNJ's Tuesday coverage of the Lance vs. Stender race


Wake-Up Call: Wednesday, September 17, 2008