Wake-Up Call: Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Stender, Lance debate in 7th Congressional District race

The gloves came off tonight in the 7th Congressional District race as state Sen. Leonard Lance (R-Hunterdon) and Assemblywoman Linda Stender (D-Union) squared off on issues ranging from taxes to the war in Iraq. (Gabriel H. Gluck, The Star-Ledger)


Poll: N.J. government broken

It's like something out of a late-night comedian's opening monologue. "Boy, New Jerseyans are sooo angry with their state and local governments." "How angry are they?" They are massively peeved, according to a Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey Poll released today. (Gannett)


Rinaldo remembered for bi-partisan relationship with colleagues

Friends and rivals remember Matthew J. Rinaldo, a former Republican Congressman who died yesterday after a long bout with Parkinson's disease at age 77, for his bipartisan style and top notch constituent services. (PolitickerNJ)


Third District candidates argues over taxes

As New Jersey's tense Third District congressional race enters its final laps, each candidate is calling the other a tax hiker. (Cynthia Burton, Philadelphia Inquirer)


Officials knew Bryant passed work to others

The retired director of the Gloucester County Board of Social Services, the agency that paid Democratic state Sen. Wayne R. Bryant $265,709 for legal services over five years, testified today that board members knew those services were being performed by associates in his law firm. (Associated Press)


N.J. Republicans propose sales tax holiday

New Jersey Republicans today proposed a steep cut in the sales tax to fuel the state's economy during the holiday shopping season – a move that met with a cool reception from Democrats including Gov. Jon Corzine. (Claire Heininger, The Star-Ledger)


Corzine's office pans GOP sales-tax holiday plan

TRENTON — Republican lawmakers proposed today halving the state's sales tax during the holiday shopping season as a way to give consumers relief, keep people in jobs and businesses afloat. (Gannett)


Threat sent to Obama office

The South Philadelphia headquarters of Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama were evacuated for about an hour yesterday after an envelope bearing threats and a suspicious powder was delivered to the building, at 15th and Christian Streets. (Philadelphia Inquirer)


National Democratic committee now sees 5th District as viable

National Democratic leaders have long considered New Jersey's 5th Congressional District a Republican stronghold beyond its reach. (Jim Lockwood, The Star-Ledger)


Housing crisis deepens

Even as the presidential candidates offer competing anti-foreclosure plans and the state Legislature works to help people stay in their homes, the housing crisis continues to worsen in Mercer County. (Meir Rinde, The Trenton Times)


Asian-Americans like Obama, survey finds

For Anthony George, the key issue in the presidential election is the economy and that's why he's voting for Barack Obama. "I talk to many people and most of them are supporting Obama," said George, an Asian-Indian who manages the Saravanaa Bhavan Indian Restaurant on Oak Tree Road in Edison. (Rudy Larini, The Star-Ledger)


Judge seeks tighter security around N.J. voting machines

The state Superior Court judge, who issued the landmark ruling ordering testing of New Jersey's electronic voting machines, wants security tightened around the machines as the Nov. 4 presidential election quickly approaches. (Diane C. Walsh, The Star-Ledger)


A surge in potential voters for the Garden State

Even before the voter registration deadline passed yesterday, New Jersey had already set a record.

More than 5.2 million people are signed up to vote in the Nov. 4 presidential election, according to statistics from the Secretary of State's office Monday morning, the most recent available. The final number is expected to climb higher next week, after procrastinators who filed at the last minute are counted. (Susan K. Livio, The Star-Ledger)


State tells veterans: It's okay to need help

Joe Nyzio was partially blinded by a blast from a rocket-propelled grenade in Baghdad in 2003 and then spent nearly two years recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, most of that time at the hospital's infamous Building 18. (Wayne Woolley, The Star-Ledger)


N.J. launches dropout reduction effort

NEWARK — Gov. Jon Corzine will join Newark Mayor Cory Booker today to launch New Jersey's yearlong high school graduation campaign in a bid to further reduce the state's 17 percent dropout rate, which is already one of the lowest in the nation. (Associated Press)


Romney endorses Myers

MEDFORD TOWNSHIP – Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney formally endorsed Chris Myers, the Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in New Jersey's 3rd District on Tuesday. (Rob Spahr, Press of Atlantic City)


McCain unveils endorsements of Latino businessman in New Jersey

The McCain campaign issued a list of endorsements from 50 Hispanic business leaders around the country, with a heavy emphasis on California and Texas. Among the names was one from New Jersey: Alfredo Gutierrez. (PolitickerNJ)


State dropping charges against man in casino probe

New Jersey authorities have decided to drop conspiracy, gambling and money-laundering charges against a South Philadelphia man indicted in the multimillion dollar, mob-linked bookmaking investigation at the Borgata casino in Atlantic City. (George Anastasia, Philadelphia Inquirer)


Kurkowski not spot on ballot

Don't call Dave Kurkowski an underdog. Despite having a smaller war chest than his opponent and less name recognition, the Democrat from Cape May is ready to make a run in the 2nd Congressional District. (Pete McCarthy, Bridgeton News)


Currie stays out of the fray

As five candidates for mayor continue to slug it out in Passaic City, John Currie, chairman of the Passaic CountyDemocratic Party,said he doesn't want to get in the middle of the action. (PolitickerNJ)



Campbell kicks off expansion

For Mayor Gwendolyn Faison, Campbell Soup has been more than just a company that has conducted business here for nearly 140 years. Addressing a crowd of Campbell's employees on Tuesday, Faison recalled how the company also meant survival for her in tough times. (Lucas K. Murray, Gloucester County Times)


More Dems register

BRIDGETON – The number of registered Democrats in Cumberland County exceeding the number of registered Republicans is not a new trend. (Matt Dunn, Bridgeton News)


EnCap parent sues for $8.8M refund

Cherokee Investment Partners — EnCap's parent company — is suing the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission for the return of $8.8 million it paid toward closure of the 1-E Landfill in North Arlington. (John Brennan, The Bergen Record)



Zaro named new economic czar

Gov. Jon Corzine today named former New Jersey Highway Authority chairman Jerold L. Zaro as New Jersey's new economic czar. (The Star-Ledger)


Dems sign contract with county

VINELAND — A Democratic strategy to make government salaries an election issue resumed Tuesday with eight elected officials and candidates signing a "Contract with Cumberland County." (Joseph P. Smith, The Daily Journal)


Vineland to receive 1st payment in settlement

VINELAND — The city soon will receive roughly $400,000, the first payment out of a $10 million pollution settlement following a 2004 federal class-action lawsuit. (Kristi Funderburk, The Daily Journal)


Candidates criticize council heavily at first public debate

PASSAIC — In their first public debate, the six candidates vying to win the one City Council seat up for election Nov. 4 criticized the council for being overpaid and inefficient. (Karen Keller, The Herald News)

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