Corzine picks Jackson as Chief of Staff

Gov. Jon Corzine has named Lisa Jackson, the state Commissioner of Environmental Protection, as his new Chief of Staff.  Jackson will succeed Bradley Abelow, a former Goldman Sachs partner who has held the job since last year.

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Adler camp hits Myers on terrorism task force attendance

State Sen. John Adler’s (D-Cherry Hill) camp said today that, despite his opponent’s frequent burnishing of his national security credentials on the campaign trial, Medford Mayor Chris Myers hasn’t attended a single meeting of an anti-terrorism task force he was appointed to in five years. 

At issue is Myers’ position on the Burlington County Anti-terrorism task force.  Although he’s still a member, he hasn’t attended any of the group’s meetings since 2003.

"Chris Myers seems to think that once he's elected he can just mail it in," Adler Campaign Manager Mark Warren. "The voters deserve more than that, but it's pretty clear that their interests are far from his top priority. Just think about it: He doesn't even show up in his own home county. And he wants to go to Congress?"

But Burlington County Sheriff Jean Stanfield, a fellow Republican who appointed him to the position, said that Myers was never expected to come to the meetings, but was tapped to play more of an on-call advisory role.

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Weekend TV

This weekend On the Record with Michael Aron will feature U.S. Senate candidate Dick Zimmer and Aron going one-on-on for half an hour. The show airs Sunday at 9 and 11a.m., and on Monday at 6:30 a.m.

On Reporters Roundtable, catch discussion of the financial crisis’s impact on New Jersey, the budget slush fund, voter registration and local congressional races with Star-Ledger reporter Dunstan McNichol, Gannett’s Michael Symons, The Press of Atlantic City’s Derek Harper and WBGO’s Mary Fuchs.

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Poll hours set by law, but voters on line by 8 p.m. can vote

The Secretary of State cannot change the voting hours on Election Day to accommodate new voters, Department of State spokeswoman Susan Evans said in response to a request by U.S. Rep. Donald Payne (D-Newark).

Payne wants the polls open for an additional hour on Election Day, and this week fired off a letter to Secretary of State Nina Mitchell Wells making the request.

It won't happen.

"The hours are set by law, and the Secretary of State does not have the discretion to alter them," Evans said. "The law says the polls are open from 6 to 8 p.m., and anyone standing in line by 8 p.m. will be able to vote."

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Payne calls on secretary of state to extend voting hours

Speaking on behalf of the New Jersey African American Political Alliance, U.S. Rep. Donald Payne (D-Newark) this week called on Secretary of State Nina Mitchell Wells to extend polling hours on Election Day.

The Nov. 4th polls are open from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Referring to a resolution issued by the Alliance on Oct. 18, Payne wants the polls open an additional hour, until 9 p.m.  

"As we all know, the upcoming presidential election has historical implications and record numbers of residents are expected to vote," wrote Payne, in a letter delivered to the secretary of state's office on Thursday. "The projected number of new voters will most likely have most polling sites, particulalry those in urban areas, unusually busy.

"We want to ensure that every registered voter who wants to vote has the opportunity to do so," added the congressman. "Since many will be voting for the first time, it is assumed that they will need extra time to become acclimated to the voting machines."

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Delle Donna and wife get 51 months apiece

Former Guttenberg Mayor David Delle Donna and his wife Anna were sentenced in federal court today on charges of corruption and tax fraud.

The pair each received 51 months in prison.

There is a special election on Nov. 4th to fill the vacancy left by Delle Donna.

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Doctor says Sarlo did not suffer a heart attack

Doctor says Sarlo did not suffer a heart attack
State Sen. Paul Sarlo did not suffer a heart attack, according to a statement released by his office

State Sen. Paul Sarlo suffered from a viral infection in his upper respiratory tract that caused difficulty breathing and a “transient irregular heartbeat” on Monday morning, according to a statement released by his doctor. 

Sarlo was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center at 2a.m. Monday, complaining about shortness of breath and has been at the hospital since.  The incident was initially described as a “cardiac emergency.”

But Sarlo’s cardiologist, Dr. Rick Pumill, said that there was no heart attack. 

“Tests are now conclusive that Senator Sarlo did not suffer a heart attack,” said Pumill. “Senator Sarlo’s episode was caused by a viral infection which triggered a respiratory insufficiency and a subsequent transient irregular heartbeat. This is a rather common occurrence and will have no lasting effects on Senator Sarlo.”

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Inquirer endorses Zimmer

The Philadelphia Inquirer endorsed Republican Dick Zimmer for U.S. Senate today over long-time incumbent Frank Lautenberg (D-Cliffside Park).

The paper said that despite being overshadowed by the presidential race, Zimmer has raised important issues in New Jersey.  It touted his fiscal conservatism and pork busting credentials. 

“Zimmer is a fiscal conservative who supports cutting taxes and pork-barrel spending, but is a moderate on many social issues - which would go a long way in reaching across the aisle,” it read. 

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The Back Room

Stung in NY, Astorino says Christie should think about stepping down as RGA chair

Dissed by Gov. Chris Christie, New York Republican Gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino said Christie should consider stepping down from his post as chairman of the Republican Governors Assocation.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: July 22nd

  Union County Sheriff Ralph Froehlich has died Union County today mourns the loss of the longest-serving sheriff in New Jersey history, who died last night at the age of 83. (Editor/PolitickerNJ) http://www.politickernj.com/77506/union-county-sheriff-ralph-froehlich-has-died     Cryan serving as acting Union County sheriff, poised to run in November ...

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Legislation needed to restore balance in election financing

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