Morning News Digest: August 31, 2010

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Rumana’s headache

Assemblyman Scott Rumana (R-Wayne) has a headache and it’s not the kind that a couple of Advil or hair of the dog will cure. For nearly 10 years – since he was the mayor of Wayne – Rumana has been embroiled in a plan to bring a renewable energy and cogeneration plant to the township to power public buildings in what the assemblyman says is an effort to save the taxpayers some $20 million over the next 20 years. (Isherwood, PolitickerNJ)


Schundler’s leftovers

Former Education Commissioner Bret Schundler may have left a document in limbo when he filled a box with his stuff on Friday. Schundler was holding Jersey City Superintendent Charles Epps’ contract hostage for Councilman Steven Fulop, according to one notorious firestarter. (Carroll, PolitickerNJ)


N.J. campaign finance accounts remain long after officials leave office

PASSAIC — Jerry Speziale, who stepped down as Passaic County sheriff earlier this month in the middle of his bid for reelection, has a $1 million campaign account — but no campaign to spend it on. (Reitmeyer, Star-Ledger)


Wayne’s Garcia would fix ‘out of control’ budget

Felix Garcia worked for the Passaic County Sheriff’s Department for 30 years. That’s enough time, he says, to know the department from top to bottom. (Cowen, The Record)


Ex-employee of N.J.’s DYFS is sentenced to prison for $800K tax fraud

A former employee of the state Division of Youth and Family Services was sentenced in federal court today to three years and four months in prison for stealing $800,000 by filing hundreds of phony federal tax returns and claiming refunds using the personal information of clients he pulled from state files. (Ryan, Star-Ledger)



Suddenly, Democrats love ex-foe Schundler

Bret Schundler, the onetime darling of the conservative activists, is now the darling of the New Jersey Democratic Party. (Stile, The Record)


Schundler flap shows Christie’s a born lawyer

There’s an old saying in the legal profession: When the facts are on your side, pound the facts; When the facts aren’t on your side, pound the table. (Mulshine, Star-Ledger)


Sex abuse should be handled by police

We are a nation of laws. Equal justice under the law is our finest accomplishment. That’s why Justice wears a blindfold, it shouldn’t make any difference who you are. There is a disturbing trend in the nation that some groups should be allowed to have and enforce their own laws. (Ingle, Asbury Park Press)


Rachel Maddow on Christie: Obama Derangement Syndrome FAIL

The further misadventures of Gov. Christie, the screwup, the $400 million dollars we won’t get, and the chain of Christie excuses, the timeline that doesn’t quite add up, and some stupid stuff said about Barack Obama that backfires big. (Efthim, BlueJersey)


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