40% decrease in Star-Ledger newsroom

The Star-Ledger said that they have accepted 151 newsroom buyout offers and will continue with 40% less staff by the end of the year. Seventeen buyout requests were turned down. Publisher George Arwady, who gets credit for saving the state's largest newspaper, said that the departues will be staggered. In an e-mail to employees, Editor Jim Willse said his new challenge is to "figure out a way to make a good newspaper with a 40% smaller staff."

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Atlantic Democrats hope to regain losses

Atlantic County Democratic Chairman Patrick D’Arcy, who succeeded Ronald Ruff as county chairman in June, seems to have inherited the helm of the party during at a fortunate time.

Democrats, for the first time ever, outnumber Republicans in Atlantic County – and by a lot.

“This is certainly a traditionally Republican area. Everyone can have philosophical differences, but Obama has energized people who have never been involved before. You’re talking about a 20,000 swing in one year. Last year there were 10,000 less Republicans, now there are 10,000 more,” he said. “When you’re looking at it pro-rata, that’s an insane amount.”

D’Arcy sees that number as a sign that Democrats are going to make up for the freeholder seats they lost last year, after which they’ll be able to make gains on top of it to eventually take control of the board.

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Manzo and Healy await judge's decision

Will former Assemblyman and possible Jersey City mayoral hopeful Lou Manzo’s lawsuit to throw Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy out of office proceed?

We’ll have to wait to see.

Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Lawson heard three parties’ arguments today about whether Manzo has standing to challenge the Monmouth County prosecutor’s decision not force Healy to forfeit his office in light of his 2006 Bradley Beach arrest, but said he will issue a ruling in writing at a later, undisclosed date, according to Manzo.

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Stack signs on to family income disclosure bill

An ethics reform bill that will require greater financial disclosure from legislators has won the support of State Sen. Brian Stack (D-Union City), whose own family's income came under scrutiny last year.

Stack, who’s also the mayor of Union City, hasn’t always been one to vote for ethics reforms legislation. He abstained on the dual office-holding ban, even though it grandfathered in legislators like him, who already held more than one elected office.

The bill Stack just signed on to would require legislators to disclose income that both they and their families receive from public sources or private companies with government contracts,

“We must act quickly and boldly to clean up our own house, to set the highest standards for the entire legislature – and this bill goes a long way toward getting that done,” said Stack in a press release “Legislators are here to serve the people, not their own personal interests. Any income sources relevant to their official duties, as well as the income sources of their immediate family members, should be on the table for the public to see.”

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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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The Back Room

Christie: 'I'm the decider'

While describing to fellow Republicans a conversation he said he had with Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, Gov. Chris Christie borrowed a self-attribution from his old pal George W. Bush.

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NJ Legislature must get behind statewide standard of responsible contracting

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