Lautenberg cancels Springsteen fundraiser

U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg has cancelled a fundraiser at a Bruce Springsteen concert on Sunday evening after the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority decided not to seek his campaign premium seats at face value, according to a report from The Record’s Charles Stile.  Lautenberg had asked for a block of 40 tickets the sports authority reserves from VIP’s and political insiders, which he planned to but for $108 each and resell them to donors for $1,500 per ticket. 

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Corzine reports from Israel

Gov. Jon Corzine: Politicker photoGov. Jon Corzine: Politicker photo 

Thirty-six hours into his trip to Israel, Gov Jon Corzine says he feels as though he's in New Jersey because of the large numbers of New Jersey visitors he keeps encountering.

He's hoping to build on the good connections.

"There is an enormous opportunity since Israel is focused on biotech and alternative energy," Corzine told reporters in an afternoon conference call. "There is a great opportunity to expand our business."

He noted the recent move of what he described as a small Israeli video telecom business to Fairlawn as an example of the kind of investment that benefits New Jersey.

Must of the geo-political discussions the governor says he has engaged in during his trip have had to do with the potential threat of Iran. He says among Israelis with whom he has talked, there is support for building an international coalition and imposing economic sanctions on Iran.

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Codey to receive top legislative award on Wednesday

Senate President Richard Codey (D-Essex) will receive the nation’s highest state legislative honor this Wednesday in New Orleans at the 34th Annual National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)

Codey, and Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry commissioner Steve Sviggum are scheduled to receive the 2008 Excellence in State Legislative Leadership Award.

"These two men demonstrate a deep loyalty to the legislative institution and exemplify the varieties of legislative leadership that we have in this country," said NCSL Executive Director William T. Pound.

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GOP senators call for maximum sentencing for James

A week before former Newark Mayor (and state senator) Sharpe James is scheduled to to be sentenced in federal court, five state senators are requesting the maximum sentencing.

"We implore you," state senators Bill Baroni (R-Mercer), Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth), Gerald Cardinale (R-Begen), Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth), and Kevin O'Toole (R-Essex), said in a co-authored letter sent this morning to U.S. District Judge William Martini.

"I was surprised to see Sharpe James's attorney advocating for lesser sentencing," said Beck. "This is a mayor who openly abused his power in office. We are at a low point in terms of public trust, and if citizens don't believe in their public officials it erodes our ability to administer our democracy."

According to the Star-Ledger, James's attorneys plan to meet with Martini on Wednesday to urge him to impose far less than a decade in prison on the 72-year old former mayor, who was convicted earlier this year on corruption charges.

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Roberts favors Watson Coleman for lieutenant governor

Assembly Majority Leader Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Ewing)Assembly Majority Leader Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Ewing)Assembly Speaker Joe Roberts (D-Camden) told PolitickerNJ.com he believes Gov. Jon Corzine would do well to select Assembly Majority Leader Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Ewing) as his running mate in 2009.

Watson Coleman, a veteran of the Assembly and former state party chair, would be the state’s first lieutenant governor if Corzine were to run with her and win re-election.

"He’s got to pick someone who’s compatible with his style, of course," said Roberts. "I happen to be a big fan of Bonnie Watson Coleman’s. Her strengths are that she is highly respected, very well thought of in the legislature, where she was unanimously elected majority leader, and she is highly committed to the faith-based, African-American community."

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Adler lands firefighters union endorsement

State Sen. John Adler (D-Camden), who’s running for Congress in the Adler in Mount Laurel todayAdler in Mount Laurel today3rd District, this morning officially received the endorsement of the Professional Firefighters Association of New Jersey (PFANJ) at a press conference at Mount Laurel Fire Headquarters.

"I am honored that the firefighters of New Jersey have decided to support my candidacy and stand with me in my campaign to bring common sense solutions and real change to Washington," Adler said in a release.

"Every day the brave men and women who comprise the Professional Firefighters Association of New Jersey risk their lives to keep us out of harms way," the candidate added. "In Congress, I will fight to make sure that all firefighters have access to affordable health care and the prescription drug coverage that they so rightly deserve."

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Zimmer 'outraged' over Lautenberg's Springsteen fundraiser

Frank Lautenberg wants to buy 40 premium seats for Bruce Springsteen's concert for $108/EA and sell them to donors for $1,500/EA: Getty ImagesFrank Lautenberg wants to buy 40 premium seats for Bruce Springsteen's concert for $108/EA and sell them to donors for $1,500/EA: Getty ImagesCalling a published report that Democrat Frank Lautenberg used political connections to buy 40 premium tickets to a Bruce Springsteen concert for $108 and resell them to campaign donors for $1,500 “an outrage”, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dick Zimmer wants the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority to give him forty equivalent seats to distribute to “real Springsteen fans at face value, rather than fat cat political contributors.”

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Councilman Rice believes Rone should stay on council

 Fearing political motivation, Newark Councilman Ronald C. Rice Councilman Ronald Rice: Politicker photoCouncilman Ronald Rice: Politicker photoquestioned the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office decision to ask a Superior Court Judge to remove Councilwoman Dana Rone from office.

"That’s what’s wrong with New Jersey: selective prosecution and selective enforcement of our laws," said Rice. "That’s why other people laugh at us."

Found guilty of obstruction of justice last year after a 2006 traffic stop involving her nephew, Rone appealed in state Superior Court two months ago and lost.

According to the Star-Ledger, Prosecutor Paula Dow now wants the court to enact a state statute requiring officials who have been convicted to forfeit public office. In this case, it means Rone, who ran twice with Team Booker - once in 2002, unsuccessfully; and a second time, successfully, in 2006 - would be gone.

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