Wake-Up Call: Tuesday, October 7, 2008

New Jerseyans are gripped by economic fears

By the time the Dow Jones industrial average had skidded 500 points Monday, Mary Taylor and her husband had enough. She had watched the stock market tumble all morning. Each gut-wrenching drop – 300 points down, 400 points down – made her more jumpy. Her equally grim husband, Glenn, followed the freefall on the Internet. (Mark Mueller, The Star-Ledger)


Myers-Adler race too close to call

The two candidates for New Jersey's 3rd Congressional District are in a dead heat less than a month before Election Day, according to a new poll released Monday. (Bridget Smith, The Courier-Post)


N.J. lawmakers focus on economic crisis

In a series of what Assembly leaders said were "unprecedented" hearings on the state's economy, lawmakers moved yesterday to trim taxes for New Jersey businesses, expand grants to help keep or create jobs, and help homeowners avoid foreclosure. (Jonathan Tamari, Philadelphia Inquirer)


Treasurer says Codey, Bryant, Kenny controlled $20M in state grants in 2005

Three top senate Democrats, including then-acting Gov. Richard Codey (D-Essex), had exclusive control over a $20 million pot of state funds under a special 2005 budget provision, state Treasurer David Rousseau testified in a fraud trial today. (Dunstan McNichol, The Star-Ledger)


Report on voting machines at issue

With less than a month until the election, it is still uncertain when a crucial report on the reliability of New Jersey's 10,000 electronic voting machines will be made public. (Diane C. Walsh, The Star-Ledger)


Voter registration near 'crunch time'

There is just one week left for New Jersey residents to register to vote in the general election on Nov. 4. (Kristy Davies, The Courier-Post)


McCain's N.J. campaign: 'We're here and plan to stay'

If the McCain campaign’s decision to end operations in Michigan doesn’t exactly produce a rush of new resource opportunities in New Jersey, McCain at least does not intend to fold up his Garden State headquarters, according to spokesman Peter Feldman. (PolitickerNJ)


Essex County stands up main Obama headquarters

NEWARK – It was appropriate that their office should stand across the street from the War Memorial. Sized up as a group, they the veterans of a lot of Essex County wars. (PolitickerNJ)


Newark top cops to share power, officials reveal

A long-standing feud in Newark's police department has ended with an apparent agreement that will give Police Director Garry McCarthy complete control of the department and move Police Chief Anthony Campos to a policy-oriented job, according to officials with knowledge of the compromise. (The Star-Ledger)


Dem ticket not worried about funds for freeholder contest

The well-entrenched Democrats in Gloucester County are again holding a comfortable lead in funding for their freeholder candidates. The three incumbents seeking re-election this year Freeholder Director Stephen Sweeney and freeholders Warren Wallace and Frank DiMarco have some $290,000 in their coffers. In a separate account, Sweeney maintains a $245,000 balance. (Pete McCarthy, Gloucester County Times)


Testa could be victim of Ferriero's legal troubles

It wasn’t going to be an easy election for Diane Testa, but she could have hoped for a better year than this. Testa is the Bergen County Democrats’ hope to unseat four-term Republican County Clerk Kathe Donovan – the final hurdle for the party that controls every other county-wide elected office. (PolitickerNJ)



Adler's special help sought for Cherry Hill, Haddon said

Officials in Cherry Hill and Haddon Townships invoked State Sen. John Adler's name when seeking $20,000 worth of grants from a fund that has become a focal point in a state Senate corruption trial, according to documents requesting the money. (Jonathan Tamari, Philadelphia Inquirer)


Driver found responsible for crash that killed Sen. Joseph Suliga

A Union County jury deliberated for just 1 1/2 hours before deciding today that Nicholas Sorrentino is responsible for the car crash that killed former state Sen. Joseph Suliga outside a Linden go-go bar more than three years ago. (Judith Lucas, The Star-Ledger)


Bill to let Atlantic City casino workers run for office stalls

TRENTON – A bill that would allow casino workers to serve on Atlantic City's governing body will go back to the drawing board for changes, after a majority of the state Senate Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee questioned the potential conflicts between city officials and resort casinos. (Derek Harper, Press of Atlantic City)


Petition calls for added PATH trains at night, on weekends

Council members in Hoboken and Jersey City have created an online petition demanding more PATH trains at night and on weekends. (Tom Shortell, Jersey Journal)


Jersey aims to triple reliance on wind energy

ATLANTIC CITY — New Jersey is powering up its plan for wind energy. Gov. Jon Corzine says the Garden State is tripling the amount of wind-generated energy it plans to use by 2020, to 3,000 megawatts. That would be 13 percent of New Jersey's total energy. (Associated Press)


Democrats: GOP tax-cut plan is flawed

VINELAND — Democratic freeholder candidates on Monday panned a Republican proposal that relies heavily on surplus funds to achieve a $12 million reduction in the county tax levy next year. (Joseph P. Smith, The Daily Journal)


Advocacy group on homelessness grades delegation

A statewide anti-homelessness organization yesterday issued a report card grading New Jersey's two U.S. senators and 13 congressmen on their efforts to solve the problem. (Tom Hester, The Star-Ledger)


Affordable housing funds shifted

Paramus Mayor James Tedesco authorized the transfer of nearly $4 million in affordable housing funds without obtaining the Borough Council's approval, an apparent violation of affordable housing rules, public records show. (Michael Gartland, The Bergen Record)

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