Wake Up Call

By Editor | April 14th, 2009 - 6:48am
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N.J. breeders see surge in interest in Portuguese water dogs

With a Portuguese water dog taking up residence in the Obama White House, New Jersey Porties breeders say interest has surged. Mitch Horowitz, owner of Furball's Pet Grooming in Bayville, breeds about one litter of Portuguese water dogs each year. He has two female Portuguese water dogs, one of which will come into heat soon. He expects puppies in about two months. (Whitley, Star-Ledger)


Sen. Cunningham to endorse Jersey City Mayor Healy for re-election

State Sen. Sandra B. Cunningham is scheduled to endorse Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy for re-election tomorrow at a City Hall event at 1:30 p.m., according to a release from the Healy campaign. (Jersey Journal)


N.J. Congressman Donald Payne speaks after attack in Mogadishu

The plane carrying a New Jersey congressman on a fact-finding mission to war-torn Somalia was fired on by errant mortars as it took off from Mogadishu airport but arrived safely in Nairobi, Kenya. U.S. Rep. Donald Payne (D-10th Dist.) said in a telephone interview from Kenya that he did not learn of the attack until landing in Nairobi. (Ortega and Larini, Star-Ledger)


Sen. Menendez: N.J. may need more federal stimulus funding

Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today said another round of federal stimulus funding may be necessary to boost New Jersey and other states struggling against the recession, but that the need won't be clear until the billions already authorized seep into the economy. (Heininger, Star-Ledger)


Booker to Corzine: Nets must play in Newark if Brooklyn move fails

In a strongly worded letter, Mayor Cory Booker raised the stakes dramatically in his effort to get the state to close the Meadowlands' Izod Center arena in favor of the new Prudential Center in downtown Newark. (Margolin and Ortega, Star-Ledger)


Court allows worker's bias suit

A longtime Gloucester County employee, who has alleged gender discrimination against the county, can have a jury hear her case, a state Appellate Court panel ruled Monday. Sherry Gilkin, who currently serves as a senior clerk typist in the county Office on Aging, claims she was twice passed over for jobs in favor of a male employee. (McCarthy, Gloucester County Times)


Senator ponders stimulus increase

TRENTON Even as the $787 billion federal stimulus is making its way into the coffers of states across the country, some officials are discussing whether another infusion of federal cash could be needed to help the economy rebound, U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez said Monday. (Graber, Gloucester County Times)


Attorneys clash in Coniglio closing arguments

Federal prosecutors rejected the “no-juice Joe” defense Monday and argued “that people don’t get raises for nothing” as the government summed up its case in the federal corruption trial of former state Sen. Joseph Coniglio. (Sampson, Record)


Coniglio is no Clooney, but is he innocent?

One indisputable fact emerged Monday in the closing arguments of Joe Coniglio's grueling federal corruption trial: The former Paramus senator is no Danny Ocean, the suave, fast-talking thief of the action movie "Ocean's Eleven," or the box-office idol who starred in the role. (Stile, Record)


Corzine's capital budget a record $3.6 billion

A stretch of Admiral Wilson Boulevard that often spends rainy days underwater is due to receive a $13.9 million fix under a record $3.6 billion transportation capital plan unveiled by Gov. Corzine yesterday. (Lu, Inquirer)


Lawyer quits Burlco Democrat post

Tracy Riley, the lone Democrat on Mount Laurel's township council, yesterday resigned from the Burlington County Democratic Committee after citing "irreconcilable differences" with party leaders in connection with her private legal work. (Rao, Inquirer)


Red Bank borough hall to shut down on Fridays this summer

RED BANK — The borough will move to a four-day, 10-hour-per-day workweek beginning June 1 as a cost-cutting measure, said Stanley Sickels, borough administrator, Monday night. (Higgs, APP)


$77.5 million to ease travel in region

TRENTON — Outdated bridges, roads that need a new coat of asphalt and tricky intersections that need detangling in southern New Jersey will see at least $77.5 million from the state’s $3.6 billion transportation spending plan, according to the project list announced by Gov. Jon S. Corzine and filed Monday by the state Department of Transportation. (Harper, Press of Atlantic City)


Prosecutors describe accused lawmaker Coniglio as hospital's 'senator for hire'

Joseph Coniglio was a hard-working plumber who became a state senator in 2002 and broke no laws when he took thousands of dollars a month to become a good-will ambassador for Hackensack University Medical Center, according to Coniglio's attorney. (Serrano, Courier News)


Official resigns after criminal case pick Mount Laurel councilwoman

Tracy Riley resigned from the Burlington County Democratic Committee on Monday, citing conflicts with her private work as an attorney. (Smith, Courier-Post)


Feds make their quid pro quo bribery case against Coniglio

NEWARK – Closing arguments are underway in the corruption trial of former state Sen. Joe Coniglio’s (D-Paramus), who illegally advocated for Hackensack University Medical Center while serving as a state senator, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)


Bergen Republicans challenge District 39 primary candidate

An unknown candidate in District 39 has brought about a petition challenge from Bergen County Republicans. (Friedman, PolitickerNJ)


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