Wake-Up Call: Friday, October 17, 2008

Business leaders praise Corzine’s stimulus plan

Gov. Corzine’s plan for promoting business growth, part of a broader economic-stimulus plan announced yesterday, was greeted warmly by many of the state’s business leaders. (Joseph Hannan, Philadelphia Inquirer)

http://www.philly.com/inquirer/local/nj/20081017_Business_leaders_praise_Corzine_s_stimulus_plan.html

Corzine proposes stimulus package

TRENTON — Gov. Corzine unveiled an economic stimulus plan Thursday intended to immediately assist New Jersey’s neediest households, spur short-term employment, support long-term economic development and hold state spending in check. (Gannett)

http://www.app.com/article/20081017/NEWS/810170403

Legislators here hail Corzine financial package

Local Democratic legislators applauded Gov. Jon S. Corzine’s financial rescue plan on Thursday, saying certain measures such as expanding the property tax freeze for seniors, and providing financial incentives for creating jobs are critical to helping South Jersey residents rebound from the failing economy. (Jessica Beym, Gloucester County Times)

http://www.nj.com/gloucester/index.ssf?/base/news-3/1224226522278800.xml&coll=8

Stender vs. Ledger

Linda Stender’s campaign chastised a Star-Ledger columnist for writing that a piece of campaign literature from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee came from her own campaign. (PolitickerNJ)

http://www.politickernj.com/matt-friedman/24571/stender-vs-ledger

House incumbents hold the fiscal edge

Democrats running for two open House seats have a lot more money to spend in the final weeks of their campaigns than their oppo nents, while in other congressional races around New Jersey, the incumbents hold the cash advantage, according to the latest campaign fi nance reports. (The Star-Ledger)

http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/jersey/index.ssf?/base/news-11/1224217001298090.xml&coll=1

Pension chief testifies Bryant didn’t break law

Former state senator Wayne Bryant did not break the law when he sought to boost his pension by taking a job with Gloucester County but having junior associates at his private law firm perform most of the actual work, the state pension director testified yesterday. (Susan K. LIvio, The Star-Ledger)

http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/jersey/index.ssf?/base/news-11/1224217165298090.xml&coll=1

In Trenton, Obama camp counters McCain’s ‘class warfare’ argument

In their televised debate last night, Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) criticized Sen. Barack Obama’s (D-Il.) tax plan, arguing that it would unfairly punish business and redistribute wealth. (PolitickerNJ)

http://www.politickernj.com/max/24561/trenton-obama-camp-counters-mccains-class-warfare-argument

Pundits: Democratic registration edge doesn’t assure Corzine second term

Political pundits tend to agree that the surge in Democrats on the voter rolls will help New Jersey Democrats this election cycle, from those running for federal office down to freeholder. (PolitickerNJ)

http://www.politickernj.com/matt-friedman/24551/pundits-democratic-registration-edge-doesnt-assure-corzine-second-term

Ellen mum on source of alleged bribe offer

Passaic mayoral candidate Carl Ellen appeared Thursday before a federal grand jury that was looking into his statement that he was offered $25,000 to drop out of the race. (Karen Keller, The Bergen Record)

http://www.northjersey.com/news/passaicpolitics/31152129.html

Corzine’s stimulus plan

Gov. Corzine’s economic-stimulus plan for New Jersey includes proposals to provide immediate relief to struggling homeowners, boost short-term employment and economic activity, and enhance the state’s business climate. (Associated Press)

http://www.philly.com/inquirer/local/nj/20081017_Corzine_s_Stimulus_Plan.html

Health care a hot topic at mock presidential debate

WEST WINDSOR — Jon Kozicz has a question for both presidential campaigns: How will you stop my health insurance company from trying to cancel my coverage every six months? (Meir Rinde, The Trenton Times)

http://www.nj.com/news/times/regional/index.ssf?/base/news-14/1224216357257330.xml&coll=5

Local voters: Obama ‘ scored a shutout’

PLEASANTVILLE – Democratic candidate Barack Obama won the final presidential debate, according to a panel of local voters who evaluated it for The Press of Atlantic City. (Press of Atlantic City)

http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/185/story/286806.html

Advocate proposed to back workers in comp cases

Fresh off a series of reforms of New Jersey’s workers compensa tion insurance system, lawmakers yesterday considered creating a special advocate to help injured workers avoid delays or other problems with the $1.8 billion program. (Dunstan McNichol, The Star-Ledger)

http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/jersey/index.ssf?/base/news-11/1224217106298090.xml&coll=1

Preparing for education vote delay, Healy raps state education chief

Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy lashed out at the state commissioner of education this week for trying to stymie his efforts to establish a new type of school board in Jersey City. (Ken Thorbourne, The Jersey Journal)

http://www.nj.com/news/jjournal/jerseycity/index.ssf?/base/news-7/1224224719225371.xml&coll=3

Senator cries foul over taxes on Rep. Scott Garrett’s farm

A Democratic state senator from Bergen County is calling for a tax investigation into the farmland assessment of a New Jersey congressman’s farm in Sussex County. (Jim Lockwood, The Star-Ledger)

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2008/10/senator_cries_foul_over_taxes.html

Vaccine foes rally for bill

TRENTON — Four-month-old Gianna DiFiglia died only two days after being injected with four different vaccines at a routine doctor visit. (Gannett)

http://www.courierpostonline.com/article/20081017/NEWS01/810170359

More response to Corzine’s economic stimulus plan

http://www.politickernj.com/editor/24546/response-corzines-economic-stimulus-plan

Wake-Up Call: Friday, October 17, 2008