Morning News Wakeup Call: August 12, 2010

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Epps’ contract a battleground in Jersey City

JERSEY CITY – There was no vote tonight, but the Jersey City Board of Education is supporting Schools Superintendent Dr. Charles Epps, Jr. and his $268,200-per-year contract. Sources have confirmed that Epps will find the votes when the time comes. (Carroll,


Thunderstruck! Dems scour landscape for Speziale stand-in

Jerry Speziale’s Tuesday vanishing act from the Passaic County Sheriff’s race threw Democrats into a Harry Houdini huddle-up today as they desperately tried to summon a stand-in for the $1 million dollar man in a county where long-ruling Dems went 0-4 in last year’s county races. (Pizarro,


With Speziale gone, acting sheriff looks to settle down department

While Jerry Speziale reported to his new job with the Port Authority Police on Wednesday, acting Sheriff Charles Meyers spent his first day trying to restore calm to the Passaic County Sheriff’s Department. (Cohen, The Record)


Englewood Cliffs council’s two Democrats quit

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS — Claiming they were fed up with the constant bickering along party lines since a Republican majority took over in January, both longtime Democratic council members announced they were calling it quits at a public meeting Wednesday night after 15 years in office. (Fabiano, The Record)


Maxell’s U.S. headquarters moves to Woodland Park

Maxell Corp. of America has moved its U.S. headquarters from Fair Lawn to Woodland Park, bringing 65 jobs. As he officially welcomed the company to its new office in Garret Mountain Plaza on Wednesday, Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., D-Paterson, urged company officials to consider manufacturing some of their products in the U.S., which has lost millions of factory jobs over the past several decades. (Lynn, The Record)


Sierra Club gives NJ ‘F’ grade for protection of Highlands region

TRENTON – An environmental group says state government is failing to adequately protect the picturesque Highlands Region of northwest New Jersey that is the source of drinking water for 5 million residents. (AP)


Two N.J. lawmakers request preservation of Delaware Water Gap buildings slated for demolition

Morris County – Two New Jersey members of Congress today asked the National Park Service to halt, at least temporarily, plans to demolish dozens of dilapidated structures at the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. (Lockwood, The Star-Ledger)


Protesters block Newark traffic, criticize Mayor Boooker’s plan to layoff 230 sanitation workers

NEWARK – At least a hundred protesters stopped traffic on Broad Street today protesting Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s plan to lay off 230 sanitation workers and outsource their jobs to a private firm. (Giambusso, The Star-Ledger)


Governor Christie’s Atlantic City Cleanup Plan

Four years ago, Morgan Stanley (MS) began developing the biggest casino resort in Atlantic City. Then came the credit crunch, recession, competition from nearby states, and record drops in gambling revenue. In April the bank walked away from the casino, called Revel. Now its wave-shaped glass exterior and empty interior stand as a spectacular monument to a $1.2�billion losing bet on a shorefront in decline. (Dopp and Jinks, Businessweek)


Snooki ‘Too Good-Looking for Jail, John McCain Agrees, Jersey Shore Starlet Addresses Obama and Christie

“Jersey Shore” party girl Snooki responded to her recent arrest by declaring that she’s “too pretty” to be thrown in jail. And it appears that at least one politician has her back. (Ziegbe, MTV)


South Brunswick’s new budget would cut spending, reduce tax-rate hike

An amended $47.063 million budget that lowers the municipal tax-rate increase by 3 cents was introduced Tuesday by the Township Council. (Prato, Gannet)


NJ Attorney General Assumes prosecution of Hunterdon County Sheriff Deborah Trout

Somerville – The state Attorney’s General Office has assumed the prosecution of Hunterdon County Sheriff Deborah Trout. Deputy Attorney General Christine Hoffman appeared Monday before Superior Court Judge Paul Armstrong for a status conference on the case in which Undersheriff Michael Russo and former Sheriff’s Office investigator John Falat Jr. are co-defendants.(Deak, Gannett)


South Jersey Congressmen differ on $26B teacher jobs aid bill

Two of South Jersey’s Congressmen split their votes on a $26 billion jobs bill passed Tuesday in the House, with U.S. Rep. Robert Andrews, D-Haddon Heights voting in favor and U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo, R-Ventnor, voting against it. (Barna, Gloucester County Times)


From The Back Room

McGuire lost out

Bergen County Sheriff Leo McGuire may be a little jealous this afternoon of his Passaic County counterpart. According to two sources, McGuire was in the running for the first deputy post in the Port Authority Police Department that Passaic County Sheriff Jerry Speziale snagged yesterday. McGuire still may be looking for a backdoor, according to one source, but the sheriff shot that down: “Absolutely not.” (Carroll,



All should be able to laugh a bit

You read about the flap on the boardwalk in Seaside Heights? It seems like one of those boardwalk games featured a likeness of Barack Obama holding plastic plates … Participants try to knock the plates out of the “president’s” hand with baseballs. (Snowflack, The Daily Record)


Guest Column: Christie makes the tough decisions

Looking back at his first six months, Gov. Chris Christie didn’t enjoy the luxury of inheriting a prosperous economy and an overflowing state treasury. With a state battered by a national recession and long-term fiscal problems, this governor approached the challenge with gusto, grabbing the budget by its lapels and shaking some common sense into it. Whether we’re ready to face economic reality or not, the days of wine and roses are over. With a state constitutional mandate to balance the state budget you cannot spend what you don’t have. (Mazza) Morning News Wakeup Call: August 12, 2010