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Liberman: A Nod to Lieberman (for a While, at Least)

A Nod to Lieberman (for a While, at Least)
October 20, 2006 The NYTimes

It was perhaps one of the most short-lived endorsements that Senator Joseph I. Lieberman has received in his independent quest for re-election.

On Wednesday night, the two United States Senate candidates in New Jersey addressed several hundred people at Temple Beth Shalom in Livingston, N.J., as part of a forum sponsored by the Metro West Jewish Federation.

Menendez backs Lieberman, for a few hours

JTA.org  Global News Service of the Jewish People
10/20/2006
 
Menendez backs Lieberman, for a few hours
 
U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) withdrew an endorsement of Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.) hours after he made it to a Jewish audience.

Menendez caught on Lieberman fence

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez's official position on the Connecticut Senate race is complicated enough.

He supported his fellow Democratic senator, Joseph Lieberman, when the Connecticut incumbent was challenged by Ned Lamont in the state's Democratic primary this past summer. But in their second face-off -- Lamont being the Democratic nominee and Lieberman an independent on the general election ballot -- Menendez backs Lamont.

It got even more complicated Wednesday night in Livingston, where Menendez spoke at a forum organized by the United Jewish Communities of MetroWest New Jersey. Menendez left the distinct impression with that audience that he supports Lieberman, who is Jewish.

Let citizens present corruption cases, high court urged They should be allowed to bypass prosecutors, 2 lawyers say

TRENTON — Two public interest lawyers are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to allow ordinary citizens to bypass prosecutors and present evidence of political corruption directly to a grand jury.

The appeal stems from the so-called Palmyra tapes case — allegations of extortion and bribery, raised against South Jersey Democratic power broker George Norcross and others, by Palmyra Mayor John Gural and Palmyra solicitor Ted Rosenberg.

Gural and Rosenberg joined the appeal that was announced Wednesday.

The Port Authority prepares for an era of fewer secrets

After conducting most of its business behind closed doors for 85 years, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is promising a new era of open meetings and greater public disclosure.

Port Authority Chairman Anthony Coscia said yesterday the multibillion-dollar transportation agency will welcome far greater scrutiny of its actions: Votes will be taken openly, time will be set aside for comment from the public, and closed sessions will be limited.

Former Gov. Kean makes campaign appearance for son

UNION, N.J. (AP) -- With less than three weeks left in his son's U.S. Senate race, former Gov. Thomas H. Kean made his first major campaign appearance Wednesday and accused the Democratic incumbent of being unable to rise above a "culture of corruption."

While the former governor and chairman of the Sept. 11 commission stopped short of calling Sen. Bob Menendez corrupt, Kean said there is a "large cloud" over the Democrat because he was the political leader of the most corrupt county in the state, Hudson County.

Like his son, Kean asserted Menendez was under federal investigation, which Menendez has denied.

1 school district per NJ county proposed

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- New Jersey voters would decide whether the state should create 21 county school districts under a plan considered Wednesday by legislators looking to cut the nation's highest property taxes.

The referendum would ask voters to approve the shift next year, a massive undertaking for a state with 616 school districts spread across 566 municipalities.

If the plan goes through and voters approve, new countywide districts would begin operating on July 1, 2009, and would be led by county school chiefs appointed by the governor.

Bryant: U.S. attorney subpoenas legislative records on Bryant

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- The U.S. Attorney's Office has subpoenaed legislative records related to Sen. Wayne Bryant in what appears to be a widening investigation into the influential lawmaker.

Leon Sokol, attorney for the Senate Democrats, said the subpoena was received by the Legislature's Office of Legislative Services.

He confirmed it seeks information on Bryant, but declined to discuss specifics because it involves a grand jury investigation.

OPMA: Keeping notices public Wisdom of online legal ads debated

TRENTON — Lawmakers, often criticized by the media for not cutting government spending and lowering property taxes, turned the table on newspapers Monday, saying they don't help matters by charging governments to publish legal notices in print when it could be done for free online.

But the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee indefinitely postponed voting on a bipartisan measure that would allow Internet postings to replace traditional newspaper advertisements.

Freeholders: Pay-to-play reform plan is illegal

They've complained about no-bid contracts being awarded to party contributors, and in June, members of the Citizens' Campaign set out to do something about it in Bergen County.

First, they drafted an ordinance that would drastically revise the way contracts are awarded in the county -- and gave it to the Board of Freeholders to consider.

Next, they attended every freeholder meeting between June and October to check on their plan's progress.

And when the freeholders raised constitutional concerns about the proposal, the citizens group returned this month with a favorable legal opinion -- drafted by a panel of lawyers that includes a former justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court.