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Top court passes; teen sex offender must notify dates' parents

A convicted teen sex offender must warn the parents of anyone he dates about his crime until he is 18 after the New Jersey Supreme Court declined to hear arguments in the case.

New Jersey Limits Ticket Appeals by Not Answering Phone

Bergen County, New Jersey has come up with a new way to win parking ticket appeals -- the courthouse just doesn't answer the phone. Callers to the Central Municipal Court, which rakes in $4 million a year in parking fines, are greeted with an automated menu. Those who press "1" to speak to someone about fighting a ticket hear a recording telling them the website where the ticket can be paid. Then, after the phone rings a few times, another automated message says:

"Due to the high volume of calls, all our lines are presently busy. Please call back."

GOP and governor decry 'culture of corruption' 'Deeply disturbed' Corzine says 'we need to get our house in order'

The fall of a one-time Senate president and longtime Democratic powerbroker rocked New Jersey's political establishment yesterday and brought calls from Republican leaders and the Democratic governor for cleaning up a "culture of corruption."

Shortly after John Lynch pleaded guilty in federal court in Newark to fraud and tax evasion, Gov. Jon Corzine said he was "deeply disturbed by the breach of public faith, public trust."

"We need to get our house in order," the governor said. "This is a pretty positive step in that direction."

NJ Corruption Glance

The guilty pleas to tax evasion and fraud Friday of former state Senate President John Lynch are just the latest instances of corruption to hit New Jersey, a state that has had more than a few high-profile officials and others disgraced in recent years, including the mayors of Camden and Paterson. A partial list:

Bribes, Payoffs, Politics: Power broker Lynch to admit corruption Guilty plea by ex-Senate president expected to short-circuit federal graft probe

Former state Sen. John Lynch, the brash legislator who for two decades was a dominant force in New Jersey politics, is scheduled to plead guilty this morning to federal corruption charges, according to a knowledgeable source who has been briefed on the planned proceeding.

Such a plea would bring a sudden and extraordinary halt to an 18-month investigation just days before prosecutors were expected to seek an indictment against the Democratic Party leader and onetime Senate president.

Bribes, Payoffs, Politics: Sources: Democratic Party boss John Lynch to plead guilty to corruption charges in federal court

The Beginning of the End....

Sources:
Democratic Party boss John Lynch to plead guilty to corruption charges in federal court
09/14/06

Democratic Party boss John Lynch is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court, Newark tomorrow apparently to plead guilty to corruption charges.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Newark tonight issued a terse statement saying a "political figure'' would appear before U.S. District Judge Stanley R. Chesler at 11 a.m. and that the figure was of statewide interest. But the same memo said no comments would be issued on that person's identity.

WNBC television in New York on its Web site tonight said Lynch, a former state Senate president, is about to plead guilty to corruption charges and his lawyers are working on a deal for Lynch.

A source with close knowledge of the investigation confirmed that report.

Christie calls Lynch plea end of era

U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie called the guilty plea of former state Sen. John Lynch the end of an era.

At a press conference earlier today after Lynch pled guilty to corruption charges, Christie praised prosecutors and FBI and IRS agents for their work in the investigation that brought down one of the state's best-known political power brokers.

"Today, an era of corruption and influence peddling for personal profit has been put to an end," he said.

New Jersey Switcheroo

For pure entertainment value, not much can compete with the blood sport of New Jersey politics. Last week federal investigators launched a probe into whether U.S. Senator Robert Menendez illegally benefited to the tune of more than $300,000 from a rental-income deal he had with a nonprofit agency that received millions of dollars in federal contracts. Even liberal good government groups agree that the relationship may have violated congressional conflict-of-interest rules.

HOMELAND SECURITY SPENDING IN HUDSON

HOMELAND SECURITY SPENDING IN HUDSON

Federal homeland security funding received by Hudson County and some of the purchases it was used for:

Homeland Security: Potential for "double-dipping" has attracted the attention of Gov. Jon Corzine's administration

Municipal agencies, particularly police, fire and health departments can apply for and receive grants directly from the federal government, and they aren't obligated to report to the county or the state just what they're awarded.

Three years ago, Jersey City received a $10.7 million federal Department of Justice grant to build a new communications system for its police, fire and emergency service workers.

Meanwhile, Hoboken received a $500,000 federal grant to upgrade the inter-operability of radio and police radios, a spokesman said.

This creates the potential for "double-dipping" - agencies applying to the state and to the federal government to fund the same project - and that has attracted the attention of Gov. Jon Corzine's administration.