Morning News Digest: May 13, 2010

Corzine Starting Small in Bid for Redemption For Jon S. Corzine, it has come to this: a bare Manhattan office

Corzine Starting Small in Bid for Redemption

For Jon S. Corzine, it has come to this: a bare Manhattan office still littered with mementos from the previous occupant, at a company few outside Wall Street have heard of. It is a long way from Goldman Sachs, which he once ran, or Drumthwacket, the New Jersey governor’s mansion, from which he was booted by the voters in November. (Schwartz, New York Times)

South Ward remains elusive for Booker

Mayor Cory Booker wanted to win every ward, but he especially craved a win in the South, home to some of his most dogged critics. But while Booker defeated challenger Clifford Minor 59%-41% on Tuesday, the South proved to be the only one of Newark’s five wards where he could not subdue his elder rival. (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)

Unger: Dwek drama ginned up Schneider support

After absorbing a Tuesday pounding from Mayor Adam Schneider, Councilman Brian Unger credited the 20-year incumbent with running a strategically sound campaign, and admitted to failures within his own operation. “Long Branch is south of the Driscoll Bridge,” said Unger, who received 1,610 or 35.34 percent to Schneider’s 2,476 or 54.45 percent. “It is urban, but it’s south of the bridge. Adam put together a tremendous ticket that did very well. I made the classic error of using outside consultants, who alienated grassroots advisors. I’m afraid that happened. I did not run the grassroots campaign I would have wanted.” (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ) 

Paterson proves the other side of Newark on Election Night

 Two days before Election Day, Newark Mayor Cory Booker drove up to Paterson to stand on a stage and endorse Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres. The two big city, big money mayors raised their arms in homage to their coming victory on Tuesday night. Only one of them would remain standing. (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ) 

Booker defeats 3 to win 2nd term as Newark mayor 

Cory Booker has won a second term as mayor of Newark. The 41-year-old handily defeated three challengers Tuesday night. Former county prosecutor Clifford Minor ran a distant second. With 98 percent of precincts reporting, the city’s website has Booker with more than 21,000 votes compared to about 12,500 for Minor. (AP) 

Republican congressional hopeful Jon Runyan talks openly of past mistakes 

 Candidates don’t typically advertise their unsavory behavior, but Republican congressional hopeful Jon Runyan yesterday opened his closet and let the skeletons tumble out — revealing late property tax payments, two lawsuits and a tax lien. “I take ownership of every mistake I’ve ever made,” said Runyan, a former Philadelphia Eagles lineman. (Friedman, The Record) 

Paterson’s mayor-elect wins despite being out-funded by incumbent Joey Torres 

Paterson was abuzz with this question on Wednesday: how did Jeffery Jones topple Mayor Joey Torres’ $900,000 reelection machine? Jones, the City Council president, defeated Torres by 598 votes Tuesday, though the mayor had outpaced Jones in fund raising by a margin of 17-1. (Mandell, The Record) 

Lawyer: Ex-NJ lawmaker mum on consulting fee 

A former Assemblyman didn’t mention that he had accepted $10,000 from a developer before he asked for advice on doing consulting work, a lawyer who advises New Jersey legislators on ethics issues testified Wednesday. Marci Hochman said Daniel Van Pelt did not mention the payment when he phoned her two days after accepting a cash-stuffed envelope from an FBI informant who was posing as a crooked developer. (Delli Santi, AP)

Ingle: Closed to the press, eh? 

Gov. Christie’s office sends out to media his schedule daily and if there is something the press is not invited to cover, it is marked “closed”. That’s the case for tonight’s event where the governor and lieutenant governor will attend the annual Trenton Correspondents’ Dinner and Show — the performance put on by news folks who cover Trenton. (Ingle, Gannett) Morning News Digest: May 13, 2010