Morning News Wakeup Call: August 19, 2010

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Girgenti doesn’t attend Passaic County Dems screening for sheriff’s job – phones it in

WOODLAND PARK – At a screening of prospective Democratic Party candidates for county sheriff tonight, state Sen. JohnGirgenti (D-Hawthorne) was a no-show for his penciled-in 7:45 p.m. time slot, leaving at least three other men to eagerly audition for the job in person, as Girgenti made a play to county committee members with a late evening phone call. (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)

http://www.politickernj.com/girgenti-doesnt-attend-passaic-county-dems-screening-sheriffs-job

 

GOP’s Bergen Freeholder hit with ethics complaint

A state ethics complaint filed this month claims that in his first meeting on the governing body, Bergen County Freeholder Rob Hermansen approved Wachovia Bank, a subsidiary of his employer Wells Fargo, as the depository for Bergen County funds. (Carroll, PolitickerNJ)

http://www.politickernj.com/gops-bergen-freeholder-hit-ethics-complaint

 

Glading tries to take his anti-Andrews message to Camden

A year after Gov. Chris Christie opened a campaign headquarters in Newark and pledged to work for the cities, Republican congressional candidate Dale Glading is attempting a similar arm reach around First Congressional District urban voters in the midst of Camden’s struggles – and at the expense of 1st District incumbent U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews (D-Haddon Heights).  (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)

http://www.politickernj.com/glading-tries-take-his-anti-andrews-message-camden

 

N.J. report questions municipal tax-abatement deals

TRENTON – A program that allows towns to give out tax breaks to attract development receives little state oversight and causes school districts to lose out, according to a report released Wednesday by the state Comptroller’s Office. (Rao, Philadelphia Inquirer)

http://www.philly.com/inquirer/local/nj/20100819_N_J__report_questions_municipal_tax-abatement_deals.html

 

NJ settles SEC fraud charges over bond sales

WASHINGTON — The state of New Jersey has settled federal civil fraud charges of failing to inform bond investors that it had not met obligations to its largest pension plans, federal regulators said Wednesday. (Gordon, AP)

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5j6L-1QShcCoEQm3lsgmbneqfHpiQD9HM8E680

 

Poll: Majority of N.J. voters approve of Gov. Chris Christie’s job performance

TRENTON — A majority of New Jersey voters approve of Gov. Chris Christie’s job performance, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released this morning. Fifty-one percent of voters approve of Christie, while 36 percent disapprove. (Friedman, Newark Star-Ledger)

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2010/08/majority_of_nj_voters_approve.html

 

NJ police boss turns self in, gets speeding ticket

TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey’s state police superintendent has been ticketed for speeding after turning himself in. (AP)

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gu-d6REfpjT0jFCms1MuGKJZQNWgD9HM89200

 

N.J. police union posts billboard warning Atlantic City is unsafe after officer layoffs

ATLANTIC CITY — Visitors to Atlantic City will find a billboard warning them the seashore gaming resort isn’t safe. (AP)

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2010/08/police_union_puts_up_billboard.html

 

from the Back Room

New Deputy Editor

Please join me in congratulating Max Pizarro on his promotion to deputy editor of PolitickerNJ. (Isherwood, PolitickerNJ)

http://www.politickernj.com/back_room/new-deputy-editor

 

Is McNerney in seclusion?

With 77 days left in a major election, the County Executive in Bergen has been, let’s say, quiet recently. So much so that one state Dem said today it looks like they have Dennis McNerney in “seclusion.” (Carroll, PolitickerNJ)

http://www.politickernj.com/back_room/mcnerney-seclusion

 

Unemployment rate uptick

Government jobs shrinkage shows up in New Jersey’s unemployment rate this month, which rose 0.1 percent to 9.7 percent in July, the first monthly increase since reaching a recessionary high of 10.0 percent in Dec. 2009, according to the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development. (Editor, PolitickerNJ)

http://www.politickernj.com/back_room/unemployment-rate-uptick

 

Columns

Stile: N.J. politics is awash in special-interest cash

A rising tide of special interest money is seeping into New Jersey campaigns despite landmark pay-to-play reforms enacted five years ago to stop its flow. (Stile, Bergen Record)

http://www.northjersey.com/news/state/politics/101052459_N_J__awash_in_cash_as_PACs_take_up_slack.html

 

Chris Christie’s No Conservative, Part Whatever

That mosque at Ground Zero is one of those issues that is visceral to conservatives. No way, we all say. (Mulshine, Newark Star-Ledger)

http://blog.nj.com/njv_paul_mulshine/2010/08/chris_christies_no_conservativ.html

Morning News Wakeup Call: August 19, 2010