House delegation goes 8-5 in favor of bailout bill

Of the seven congressmen who earlier in the week voted "no" on the $700 billion Wall Street bailout package, only U.S. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-Harding), and U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson) flipped their votes to support the bill this afternoon.

Those who dug in against it were U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-Hamilton), U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-Vineland), U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett (R-Wantage), U.S. Rep. Steve Rothman (D-Fair Lawn), and U.S. Rep. Donald Payne (D-Newark).

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Rothman votes 'no' on revised bailout package

After voting against the $700 billion bailout package earlier in the week, U.S. Rep. Steve Rothman repeated what he described as his good conscience "nay" vote this afternoon.

"First, I won’t be steamrolled into spending hundreds of billions of dollars of taxpayer money on an approach that will not solve the economic problems we face," Rothman said in a statement. "A vote against this bill is not a vote for inaction. I am prepared to stay in Washington as long as it takes, knowing that infinitely better solutions are right at hand and can be implemented immediately to properly address liquidity, home mortgage failures and the urgent need for a sizable economic stimulus package."

Having passed Wednesday evening in the Senate with the support of both U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-Hoboken) and Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-Cliffside Park), the revamped bailout bill moved back to the House today, where it also passed by a vote of he measure passed, 263-171.

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Corzine set to rally in Roselle for Obama campaign

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

Governor Jon S. Corzine on Saturday afternoon plans to address a rally in support of Sen. Barack Obama (D-Il.) at Warinanco Park in Roselle.

According to Obama campaign spokesman Andrew Poag, in his remarks the governor intends to detail why he believes Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) healthcare plan is wrong for New Jersey.

"Additionally, Obama’s New Jersey Campaign for Change will continue to hit the pavement across the state contacting voters in the run up to Election Day," Poag said.

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Pascrell changes vote to affirmative as Congress passes Wall Street bailout package

U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson) was one of 20 congresspeople who switched their votes from "nay" to "yea" on the revamped Wall Street bailout bill that passed moments ago by a margin of 263-171.

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Challenger goes on the offensive in Ocean County clerk's race

Ocean County Clerk Carl Block and his Democratic challenger, Jason Varano, headed into the offices of the Asbury Park Press editorial board last week in what Block figured would be a routine exercise in parry and thrust.

Truth be told, he hadn’t seen or heard much from Varano and hardly had the sense that his opponent was mounting an aggressive campaign against him.

So it came as a bit of a surprise when Varano unloaded on Block in the presence of the editors, a tactic that caused the first term incumbent to straighten in his chair and dismiss a charge the challenger repeated today in a press release, which Block again calls totally bogus.

Reiterating his call for an independent audit of a trust account maintained by Block, Varano suggested the clerk is making improper use of public funds.

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Myers demands answers from Adler on LeBlanc testimony


Medford Mayor Chris Myers: Politicker file photoMedford Mayor Chris Myers: Politicker file photoSeizing on a corruption trial newsflash, Medford Mayor Chris Myers tried to put flesh and bones on his repeated campaign trail depiction of 3rd Congressional District opponent state Sen. John Adler (D-Camden) as a Trenton hack.

In the trial of former Sen. Wayne Bryant (D-Camden), Senate Democratic Budget Officer George LeBlanc told jurors yesterday that in 2004 and 2005, legislators reached into a $40 million dedicated Property Tax Assistance and Community Development fund to fish out money for pet projects in their respective districts.

Today, Myers demanded that Adler "immediately and fully disclose whether he illegally controlled any taxpayer dollars from that fund, and if so, where he directed those dollars to be spent."

"This revelation of a huge secret trust fund, together with the obviously close relationship between Bryant and Adler raises serious red flags about Adler’s knowledge of, and participation in, this growing scandal of taxpayer abuse and self enrichment," Myers said.

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Winners & Losers of the Week

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Tornoe's Toons: Vice-Presidential Debate sketchpad

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The Back Room

NYT Mag: What's Christie doing in Iowa?

It's not the only place he's traveled to in recent weeks -- New Hampshire, Colorado, Tennessee, and, Thursday, back to New Hampshire again, are a few others -- but Gov. Chris Christie's visit to the Hawkeye State earlier this month has some wondering: what exactly is he doing?

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: July 29th

  Faced with violent crime wave, Baraka, Fulop and Torres forge three-city partnership JERSEY CITY – And then there were three. That’s what it looked like, at least, when a late-arriving and widely beaming Paterson Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres in cream-colored suit joined political allies Jersey City Mayor Steve...

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NJ Legislature must get behind statewide standard of responsible contracting

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