Wake-Up Call: Thursday, October 16, 2008

Corzine wants to invest in banks, aid troubled homeowners

Gov. Jon Corzine today will propose a broad stimulus package designed to protect the state against the global financial crisis. (Claire Heininger, The Star-Ledger)

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

Official says Bryant can’t use hand-off work to pad pension

Lawyers who take government jobs and then fob off the work on their junior associates cannot claim pensions from those jobs when they retire, the state’s director of pensions and benefits said yesterday during former state senator Wayne Bryant’s corruption trial. (Susan K. Livio, The Star-Ledger)

http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/jersey/index.ssf?/base/news-11/1224131788209390.xml&coll=1

Many lawmakers had hand in ‘MAC accounts’

More than two years before Camden County State Sen. Wayne Bryant was given control of a $4 million pot of tax dollars for selected projects, news reports detailed his penchant for directing state money to business associates. (Jonathan Tamari, Philadelphia Inquirer)

http://www.philly.com/inquirer/local/nj/20081016_Many_lawmakes_had_hand_in__MAC_accounts_.html

Adler besting Myers in cash campaign

Turn on the television, and amid the cavalcade of political ads, there’s Democratic congressional candidate John Adler. He’s been on TV for three weeks, but his opponent, Chris Myers, has yet to appear on the tube. (Cynthia Burthon, Philadelphia Inquirer)

http://www.philly.com/inquirer/local/nj/20081016_Adler_besting_Myers_in_cash_campaign.html

Romney for Lance, Hoyer for Stender

In the 7th District, Leonard Lance and Linda Stender both brought the heavy hitters in today. (PolitickerNJ)

http://www.politickernj.com/matt-friedman/24488/romney-lance-hoyer-stender

Stile: Double agent

Republican Leonard Kaiser stepped away from a meeting at the Stony Hill Inn in 2002 to say hello to a fierce Democratic Party foe. (Charles Stile, The Bergen Record)

http://www.northjersey.com/politics/stile101508.html

Ex-Passaic councilman hit with 8 new charges

A federal grand jury Wednesday added eight new counts of bribery and attempted extortion to the corruption charges pending against former Passaic City Councilman Jonathan Soto in an alleged scheme to trade votes for government contracts. (The Herald News)

http://www.myheraldnews.com/view.html?type=stories&action=detail&sub_id=47464

Education leaders focus on dropouts

With one in five New Jersey high school students dropping out — and maybe twice that in some urban districts — Gov. Jon Corzine and other top officials launched a campaign yesterday to help devise some solutions. (The Star-Ledger)

http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/jersey/index.ssf?/base/news-11/1224131792209390.xml&coll=1

Monmouth University students see history in the making

WEST LONG BRANCH — As the seconds counted down until the third and last presidential debate kicked off Wednesday night, Monmouth University student Lauren Boyle said she was excited to see how the candidates argued the importance of their policies. (Christina Vega, Asbury Park Press)

http://www.app.com/article/20081016/NEWS/810160521

Climate change heating up Jersey

An environmental group fighting global warming said in a report issued yesterday that the next president of the United States will face the challenge of establishing target dates and goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and investing in clean energy. (Rudy Larini, The Star-Ledger)

http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/jersey/index.ssf?/base/news-11/1224131729209390.xml&coll=1

Garrett’s fundraising outpaces Shulman’s 2-1 in 5th District

As the election approaches, Rep. Scott Garrett has a 2-1 fundraising lead over Dennis Shulman, his Democratic challenger for the 5th District seat, according to campaign finance reports filed Wednesday. (Jim Lockwood, The Star-Ledger)

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

Potential voters register to cast ballots next month

TRENTON — They streamed up the steps of the Mercer County Administration building on South Broad Street and turned down a fluorescent-lighted hall, eager to make sure their opinions will count Nov. 4. (Meir Rinde, The Trenton Times)

http://www.nj.com/news/times/regional/index.ssf?/base/news-14/1224129947121540.xml&coll=5

Republicans go all out after McGettigan

Atlantic County Republican Chairman Keith Davis today filed a complaint against Sheriff Jim McGettigan at the Egg Harbor Township Municipal Court, charging that McGettigan accepted wheeled-in money from the Atlantic County Democratic Committee last year after the county passed an ordinance banning wheeling. (PolitickerNJ)

http://www.politickernj.com/matt-friedman/24496/republicans-go-all-out-after-mcgettigan

DRPA OKs $510M bond sale

CAMDEN — Delaware River Port Authority approved the sale of $510 million in revenue bonds Wednesday for capital projects, which include maintenance of its four bridges and the PATCO Hi-Speedline. (Eileen Stilwell, The Courier-Post)

http://www.courierpostonline.com/article/20081016/NEWS01/810160385

A.C. casino smoking banned for next 11 days

ATLANTIC CITY – As far as vices are concerned, smoking and drinking are said to go hand-in-hand with gambling. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

http://www.philly.com/inquirer/local/nj/20081016_A_C_casino_smoking_banned_-_for_next_11_days.html

Adler calls for 401-K rule changes to aid senior finances

Democrat John Adler, who is running for the U.S. House of Representatives, on Tuesday called for rule changes aimed at helping senior citizens rebuild retirement funds hurt by the current economic crisis. (Press of Atlantic City)

http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/109/story/285568.html

N.J. towns look hard at shared services amid threats to state aid

When Montgomery residents call for help next year, the phone will ring in Somerville. There, at the Somerset County communications center, a dispatcher using a sophisticated computerized phone system programmed to pick up police and fire calls from at least five other towns will alert Montgomery officers that they are needed. (Bev McCarron, The Star-Ledger)

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

State will pay for salary increases

BRIDGETON – The state will reimburse Cumberland County money for mandated increases in the salaries of county clerks, sheriffs and surrogates beginning this year. (Matt Dunn, Bridgeton News)

http://www.nj.com/bridgeton/index.ssf?/base/news-3/1224132903248960.xml&coll=10

County sees virtue in going green

VINELAND — If global warming theory is right, tough times are around the corner. (Joseph P. Smith, The Daily Journal)

http://www.thedailyjournal.com/article/20081016/NEWS01/810160315

Wake-Up Call: Thursday, October 16, 2008