Morning News Digest: October 7, 2009

Some guy named Steele is getting 12% of statewide vote head-to-head against Corzine and Christie

Gary Steele, a 50-year-old tax attorney and former hockey coach from Kinnelon, has never run for office before. He has no apparent political base, practically no money, and has attracted little attention since he announced his candidacy for Governor as an independent four months ago. But he's polling at 12% statewide against Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine and Republican Christopher Christie in a poll of likely voters conducted by Fairleigh Dickinson University. (Edge, PolitickerNJ)

Manzo and brother indicted on corruption charges

Former Assemblyman Louis Manzo (D-Jersey City), who was arrested on July 23 as part of Operation Bid Rig, was indicted today on charges that he took a $27,500 bribe from a government witness – believed to be Solomon Dwek – in exchange for help on a development matter after he became Mayor. Manzo lost his bid to unseat incumbent Jerramiah Healy last spring by a wide margin.(Editor, PolitickerNJ)

In Jersey City, another pol goes down

Today’s guilty plea by Jersey City Councilman Phil Kenny caught local politicos off guard, but the story was all too familiar. (Friedman,PolitickerNJ)

Corzine, Christie sidestep state laws with out-of-state donations

To get a good view of who is paying for New Jersey’s governor race, you have to go to Virginia. There, in that state’s campaign finance database, you will find hundreds of thousands of dollars recently funneled into the coffers of two key national governors groups that have been strategically aiding the campaigns of Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine and Republican Chris Christie. (Sherman, Star Ledger)

Corruption junction: today it’s Jersey City

Former Assemblyman Louis Manzo and his brother Ronald have been indicted and charged with accepting $27,500 in cash cash in exchange for Louis’ official assistance on development matters if he had become mayor of Jersey City. They were a part of the gang of 44 rounded up by the FBI. (Ingle, Gannett)

Codey defiant in Paterson, open to all-Essex leadersip in Assembly and Senate

If Senate President Richard Codey (D-Roseland) endorsesAssemblywoman Sheila Oliver (D-East Orange) for speaker,hewouldn't seethe move asa self-destruct button on his own leadership chair. (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)

Corzine stands by environmental record

Appearing at the Brownstone at a beefsteak dinner hosted by state Sen. John Girgenti (D-Hawthorne), Gov. Jon Corzine this evening swatted aside news of the New Jersey Environmental Federation's endorsement of GOP challenger Chris Christie. (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)

Christie shows stronger leadership than Gov. Corzine in NJ War on Drugs

After spending seven years throwing bad guys in prison, Chris Christie doesn’t have to worry much about looking like a wimp. (Moran, Star Ledger)

Candidates Christie, Corzine, and Daggett spar in t.v. forum

New Jersey’s three candidates for governor hammered familiar themes but largely avoided taking swipes at each other in separate televised interviews tonight. (Megerian, Star Ledger)

Christie on property taxes: no wonder Corzine’s pulled even

If you're wondering why Jon Corzine has pulled even with Chris Christie in the polls, look no further than this video of the Republican candidate at the Star-Ledger editorial board meeting Monday. (Mulshine, Star Ledger)

Glatt steps up mayoral campaign in Hoboken

Tired of sending their mayors here in front of judges, the voters should simply save a lot of people -40,500, or roughly the population of Hoboken -a lot oftrouble and heartache and simply make a judge mayor, or at least that's what the backers of Kimberly Glatt believe. (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)

Councilman with county job wasn’t in July’s sweep

Newly elected Jersey City Councilman Philip J. Kenny pleaded guilty to federal extortion charges in Newark yesterday and admitted accepting $5,000 in bribes as part of the massive New Jersey corruption case that broke over the summer. (Conte, Jersey Journal)

Biden coming to A.C. for rally

Vice President Joseph Biden will be in Atlantic City this morning, first to rally union workers and then to raise cash for Gov. Jon S. Corzine's campaign. (Harper, Press of Atlantic City)

Plainfield mayoral hopeful escorted from city meeting by police

A rapidly intensifying city mayoral race turned ugly Tuesday when Republican candidate Jim Pivnichny was escorted out of the city senior center during an appearance by Democratic incumbent Sharon Robinson-Briggs. (Swivey, Gannett)

Middlesex County Democrats form united front, announce endorsements

Members of Middlesex County's Democratic Party delegation in the state Assembly have formed a united front behind a potential Assembly speaker — a move that may significantly boost the county's influence in Trenton. (Malwitz, Gannett)

Local elections increasingly going green

It’s a sign of the times: Some municipal candidates are snubbing the ubiquitous lawn signs and using greener campaign tactics; they say their motive is to preserve the environment. (Yellin, The Record)

Weinberg to keynote Sturgeon fundraiser

State and local politics will intersect Monday night when state Sen. Loretta Weinberg appears as the keynote speaker at a fundraiser for Democratic council candidate Wendy Sturgeon. (Newhouse)

2nd district GOP has long lead on money

If money equals votes, then Republicans should easily hold onto their 2nd Legislative District Assembly seats in November. (Parlas, Press of Atlantic City)

Corzine signs ovarian cancer bill

Legislation sponsored by Assemblywomen Linda Greenstein, D-Plainsboro, and Valerie Vainieri Huttle, D-Bergen, to promote awareness of the symptoms of ovarian cancer has been signed into law by Gov. Jon Corzine.(Times of Trenton)

Threat in Atlantic City mob case was litigation, not harm

It was the threat of a lawsuit – not violence – that made a key government witness abruptly stop testifying against a New Jersey construction company owned by relatives of the mob, a state prosecutor said yesterday. (Parry, AP) Morning News Digest: October 7, 2009