Morning News Wakeup Call: August 17, 2010

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Codey vows he will have $2 million COH in 2011

WEST ORANGE – Stopped by the North and South Democratic Party organizations, former state Senate President RichardCodey (D-Roseland) tonight commiserated with Chuck Wepner of Bayonne, who once stretched Mohammed Ali into the 15th round before succumbing, and Gerry Cooney of Fanwood, who took Larry Holmes to the 14th before a referee waved it off over Cooney’s protests. (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)


Runyan on concussions, race for congress

When a student athlete gets head trauma, the New Jersey Assembly wants them out of the game. (Carroll,


Back from vacation, Christie takes on the ‘R’ word and more

 TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie is back from vacation. Upon his return to the statehouse this morning, state Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-West Deptford) told the governor, “You look great,” Christie said at a press conference. “Bad news for you guys,” the governor shot back. (Carroll,


Elimination of 5% downpayment requirement for county and local bonding passes out of committee

TRENTON – The Senate Budget Committee this afternoon passed a bill sponsored by Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-West Deptford) that would kill a 5% down payment requirement for bond ordinances approved by counties and municipalities. “The only way you invest in infrastructure is with long term financing,” argued Senate Budget Committee Chairman Paul Sarlo (D-Wood-Ridge) for the Democratic Party majority. (Pizarro,


On untested legal ground, Suarez braces for impact of recall

If a mayoral recall is endorsed by Ridgefield voters tomorrow, Mayor Anthony Suarez could be out of public office before the clocks strikes midnight, according to a special attorney for the Ridgefield Clerk’s Office overseeing the public referenda. (Carroll,


Gov. Christie responds to criticism over N.J. Supreme Court decision not to hear gay marriage case

TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie lashed out today against critics who question whether his choice to not reappoint a state Supreme Court Justice influenced the court’s recent decision to not hear a lawsuit seeking to legalize gay marriage. (Livio, The Star-Ledger)


NFL, NBA Provide Recruiting Ground for Republicans in November

In a close election race, it doesn’t hurt to have a built-in fan base. (Brower, Bloomberg News)

N.J. Sen. Robert Menendez says Republicans are trying to score points from Ground Zero mosque controversy

GARFIELD — New Jersey’s top Republican and Democrat today decried turning the proposed construction of a mosque near the site of the former World Trade Center into a political issue. (Margolin, The Star-Ledger)


Assembly transportation chairman to hold hearing on NJ Transit disruptions

Assembly Transportation Chairman John Wisniewski (D-Middlesex) Monday said he intends to hold a public hearing in response to published reports that NJ Transit commuters have been faced with numerous major service disruptions since fare hikes went into effect in May. (Hester, New Jersey NewsRoom)


N.J. senator looking for Lockerbie ‘whistleblowers’

Furthering his probe into the release of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi from a Scottish prison, Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) asked Monday for anyone with insider knowledge of the situation to share it with his office. “All correspondence will remain confidential and identities will not be disclosed unless permission is granted,” Menendez said of potential sources. (Viebeck, The


N.J. bill places cap, restrictions on retirement payouts for current public employees

TRENTON — Retirement payouts for current public employees would be capped or frozen under a measure described as compromise to help local governments deal with six-figure payments for employees’ unused sick time. (The Star-Ledger Statehouse Bureau Staff)


from The Back Room

Girgenti’s silence benefits Berdnik

State Sen. John Girgenti’s (D-Hawthorne) status as the Democratic Party favorite to replace Passaic County Sheriff Jerry Speziale on the Nov. 3rd ballot erodes day-by-day as the veteran legislator persists in not showing much interest, according to party sources. Simultaneously, Democratic Party sources say Clifton Police Officer Richard Berdnik continues to impress. (Editor,

Thunder on the right

Already behaving like a candidate for Congress in 2012, movement conservative David Larsen of Tewksbury may help budge the moderate U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-Lebanon) to the right over the next two years, and unwittingly energize a strong Democratic Party challenger to Lance in 2012. (Editor,

  Morning News Wakeup Call: August 17, 2010