Wake-Up Call: Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Pindell report forecasts biggest Election Day for Democrats in 60 years

NEW YORK — With two weeks until Election Day, Democrats are set to pick up seven seats in the U.S. Senate and 16 in the House, according to James Pindell, the editor of Politicker.com's Pindell Report, which provides independent analysis of federal- and state-level races.


Corzine remains a pillar of charity

His checkbook has brought Gov. Jon Corzine political trouble in the past, but his charitable giving continues unabated, according to documents released yesterday. (Claire Heininger, The Star-Ledger)


Obama takes big lead in N.J, two polls shows

Democrat Barack Obama is way ahead of Republican John McCain in New Jersey, according to two polls out this morning. (Associated Press)


Opening Obama office stirs a storm

The opening in Bayonne of a campaign office for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has set off a war of words among local Democratic operatives. (Ronald Leir, The Jersey Journal)


Bryant defense: Everybody did it

Attorneys for former Sen. Wayne Bryant yesterday kicked off his defense in a federal corruption trial with a witness who highlighted a theme they have framed for the past five weeks: that Bryant did not illegally pad his pension and simply followed past practices in New Jersey government. (Susan K. Livio, The Star-Ledger)


Slow N.J. economic recovery forecast

TRENTON – Two of New Jersey's leading economic experts painted a grim picture of the state and national economies yesterday, saying New Jersey could lose 246,000 more jobs before financial conditions improve. (Associated Press)


Congressional hopefuls square off

The two major-party candidates vying for New Jersey's 2nd Congressional district seat squared off in a one-on-one debate at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey Monday night for the first and only time leading up to the Nov. 4 election. (Sean C. McCullen, Gloucester County Times)


State accuses firms of running predatory 'foreclosure rescue' schemes

Forty-eight New Jersey property owners have lost more than $3 million in home equity through "foreclosure rescue" schemes operated by Vest Financial and JP Global Property Management Inc., according to civil lawsuits filed by the state Attorney General's office. (Rick Hepp, The Star-Ledger)


Gloucester County GOP says 2008 is their year

The three Republican candidates for the Gloucester County freeholder board have been running an aggressive campaign this year, pointedly referring to two of the incumbents as double-dippers and noting that the third was part of a high-profile federal investigation. (Jan Hefler, Philadelphia Inquirer)


Garrett, Shulman spar over economic bailout

WOODCLIFF LAKE – Rep. Scott Garrett and his Democratic challenger, Dennis Shulman, squared off Sunday on issues ranging from the economic bailout plan and energy to health care and stem-cell research. (Karen Sudol, The Bergen Record)


Adler camp: Myers + Freedom's Watch = Bush

State Sen. John Adler’s congressional campaign today charged that the involvement of conservative third-party group in the race proves that Republican Chris Myers is inextricably linked to the Bush Administration. (PolitickerNJ)


New Jersey's pension funds lost $5.3B in September

New Jersey's pension funds lost more than $5 billion last month, sliding to a value of $70.7 billion and continuing a swoon that has lasted more than a year. (Dunstan McNichol, The Star-Ledger)


Somerset freeholder candidates debate taxes, ethics

In Somerset County, the question is who “talks the talk,” and who “walks the walk.” (PolitickerNJ)



Absentee voters advised about postage on ballots

TRENTON — Mercer County Clerk Paula Sollami Covello yesterday advised voters that a single 42-cent, first-class postage stamp is sufficient for mailing absentee bal lots back to the county Board of Elections for tabulation. (The Trenton Times)


State senator hospitalized after cardiac episode

TRENTON — A northern New Jersey state senator will remain hospitalized at least overnight after suffering what appeared to be a cardiac emergency. (Associated Press)


Jackson mayor still hasn't submitted resignation

JACKSON — Mayor Mark A. Seda had said he was going to step down effective Friday, but the township clerk has yet to receive his written resignation. (Keith Ruscitti, Asbury Park Press)


Mayor has challenger in bid for fourth term

In two weeks, West Paterson voters will choose between electing Democratic Mayor Pat Lepore for a fourth three-year term or selecting Republican Steve Fazio, who has served on the Board of Education for the past 18 months. (Heather Appel, The Herald News)

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