Morning News Wakeup Call: August 24, 2010

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McCormac mum on role in pension debacle

Woodbridge Mayor John McCormac, who served as state treasurer from 2002 to 2006, has so far been mum on his role – or his possible liability – in the state’s recent settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission. (Isherwood, PolitickerNJ)

Veteran chairman Currie on the line this week

One of the last of the old school breed of strong county chairs, Passaic County Democratic Organization Chairman John Currie this week wants to reverse the disrespect created by the sudden departure of former Sheriff Jerry Speziale, who announced he was aborting his re-election run before sending a formal letter to Currie. (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)

Donovan ends audit staredown with Dem-connected firm

Bergen County officials met today with County Clerk Kathe Donovan concerning what was originally classified as three years of audit-dodging by the GOP clerk. (Carroll, PolitickerNJ)

NJ governor picks 2 for county prosecutor posts

TRENTON — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has nominated a municipal prosecutor and a former deputy state attorney general to be prosecutors for Somerset and Hunterdon counties. (AP)

Gov. Christie renominates former assistant U.S. Attorney to head N.J. Division of Consumer Affairs

TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie’s tonight renominated a former assistant U.S. Attorney to run the state Division of Consumer Affairs, two months after the governor withdrew the nomination amid criticism the man did not live in New Jersey. (Livio, Newark Star-Ledger)

Senate approves bill eliminating 40 inactive, outdated N.J. agencies

TRENTON — The Senate unanimously approved legislation today that makes good on Gov. Chris Christie’s promise to shrink the state government bureaucracy by eliminating more than 40 inactive and outdated boards and commissions. (Livio, Newark Star-Ledger)

NJ Gov. Chris Christie vetoes part of unemployment bill

TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has conditionally vetoed a bill that would limit the state’s ability to recover overpayments of unemployment benefits from individuals who received them. (AP)

from the Back Room

Little campaign poll shows GOP challenger within striking distance

The Anna Little Campaign this evening released the results of a poll that show the Republican mayor of Highlands trailing U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-Long Branch) by six points in the 6th Congressional District. (Editor, PolitickerNJ)

Grumbling Dems want money back from Spez

Passaic County sources say numerous contributors to former Sheriff Jerry Speziale’s $1 million warchest want their money back. (Editor, PolitickerNJ)

Runyan spokesman on PEDs: he never used them

The perjury news about major league ballplayer Roger Clemens last week prompted South Jersey Democrats to immediately raise the performance enhancement drugs question of 3rd Congressional District Republican Jon Runyan, a former offensive lineman with the Philadelphia Eagles. (Editor, PolitickerNJ)

Spagnola still in the hunt for sheriff

Former Paterson Mayor Larry Spagnola has submitted a letter of interest to Passaic County Democratic Committee Chairman John Currie to be nominated for Sheriff. (Editor, PolitickerNJ)



Cop out: 6 months study of red decals

Young drivers must continue to put red decals on their license plates under legislation approved by the Senate. Many parents don’t like the decals which are meant to show police there is a young driver in the car subject to curfews and special rules regarding number of passengers. (Ingle, Asbury Park Press)

Gutless pols begat pension nightmare

Last week’s Securities and Exchange Commission complaint accusing New Jersey of fraudulently misleading investors should be titled “Chicken Run” for all the egg it has left on the faces of New Jersey’s political class.
And for all the political cowardice it depicted. (Stile, Bergen Record)

Morning News Wakeup Call: August 24, 2010