Wake-Up Call: Thursday, October 23, 2008

Lawyer: Bryant did what Republicans did

The attorney defending former state Sen. Wayne Bryant against criminal fraud charges played the "Republicans did it too" card yesterday. (The Star-Ledger)


Treasurer says Dems used applications for MAC money

The controversial "MAC account" that New Jersey Democrats used to dish out taxpayer money to select causes included formal applications similar to those used for previous grant programs, state Treasurer David Rousseau testified yesterday in the corruption trial of former Sen. Wayne Bryant. (Jonathan Tamari, Philadelphia Inquirer)


Governor discusses economic revival

TRENTON — Gov. Jon Corzine said yesterday his proposed economic stimulus plan will help New Jersey cities, but also warned the federal government needs to kick in more aid, and soon. (Meir Rinde, The Trenton Times)


Soto pleads not guilty

TRENTON — Jonathan Soto, a former Passaic city councilman, issued a statement that boldly proclaimed his innocence Wednesday morning. But, when he appeared before U.S. District Court Judge Anne Thompson, he remained silent while his attorney, Jose Ongay, entered a plea of not guilty. (Meredith Mandell, The Herald News)


Lautenberg leads Zimmer by 52% to 36%

A new Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey poll shows incumbent Frank Lautenberg with a 16 point lead over Dick Zimmer in the race for U.S. Senate — 52%-36% among likely voters. A Quinnipiac University poll released this week has Lautenberg ahead by 22 points. Zimmer, a former Republican Congressman, remains unknown to 56% of voters. (PolitickerNJ)


Gannett will host Lautenberg and Zimmer

TRENTON — Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg is set to appear today with his Republican challenger, former Rep. Dick Zimmer, for the first time this campaign, in an editorial board meeting featuring an online forum allowing the public to participate. (Gannett)


Harsh ads in District 3 race

As the Third District House race enters its final days, the campaigns of Democrat John Adler and Republican Chris Myers are launching harsh ads and burning up residents' phone lines with automated calls. (Cynthia Burton, Philadelphia Inquirer)


More drama in the overheating 5th District congressional race

There’s plenty of outrage to go around in the 5th Congressional District. Today, the Dennis Shulman campaign decried a mailer from incumbent U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett (R-Wantage) that put a small picture of Shulman, a rabbi, in front of a much larger picture of a Hamas member carrying an AK-47. (PolitickerNJ)


A record of saying 'no'

Most people barely noticed the marble block outside the Longworth House Office Building. But to Rep. Scott Garrett, the block — destined to replace a functional but boring cement base holding up a sign — screamed of government waste. (Herb Jackson, The Bergen Record)


Corzine looks at aid options with urban mayors

Gov. Jon Corzine told urban officials yesterday he would like the federal government to buy houses facing foreclosure and lease them to the residents until they can regain financial stability as a way of preventing the destabilization of neighborhoods. (Tom Hester, The Star-Ledger)


Corzine to mayors: Expect tight budgets

TRENTON — Gov. Jon S. Corzine varnished his urban credentials before some of the state's big- and small-city mayors Monday but warned that state budgets over the next two years, and their support for city halls, will be as challenging as ever. (Gannett)


Hudson seeks money from foreclosure plan

Hudson County will seek to get its share from Gov. Jon Corzine's proposed foreclosure relief package and is in a strong position to vie for state funds for education and green energy development, county spokesman Jim Kennelly said. (Jacon Kamaras, Jersey Journal)


Toricelli backs Shulman, slams Garrett

Former U.S. Sen. Bob Torricelli has endorsed blind Rabbi Dennis Shulman in his race against three-term U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett (R-Wantage). (PolitickerNJ)


Corzine articulates vision for energy sources

TRENTON — Gov. Jon S. Corzine has laid out a vision for New Jersey's energy future. (Associated Press)


N.J. council blocks Corzine plan to charge small towns for state police

A powerful state council today shot down the Corzine administration's plan to make 89 rural towns pay part of the cost of State Police protection. (The Star-Ledger)


State program urges early prenatal care

The state's health commissioner wants women to think about parenthood long before their pregnancy tests turn positive. (Carol Ann Campbell, The Star-Ledger)


School mandate crippling

MAURICE RIVER TWP. – School administrators say compliance with another state mandate for schools will be almost impossible for small, rural districts. (Jean Jones, Bridgeton News)


Vineland utility plots to add solar

VINELAND — The Vineland Municipal Electric Utility is preparing a solar-energy program that would complement a proposed new generator and bolster the utility's current power-producing systems. (Kristi Funderburk, The Daily Journal)


  Wake-Up Call: Thursday, October 23, 2008