Archive for March 4th, 2009

STATE—Gov. Jon Corzine’s standing with the New Jersey public is suffering along with the economy.

According to the most recent poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind, 40 percent of voters approve of the job Corzine is doing while 46 percent disapprove—a reversal from January when 46 percent approved and 40 percent disapproved. “The governor is taking his lumps along with the rest of New Jersey,” said Peter Woolley, a political scientist and director of the poll.



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TRENTON – Don’t look for a property tax rebate check this year. Unless you’re a senior citizen, it’s probably not coming.

In a meeting with the Legislature’s top Democrats next week, Gov. Jon Corzine suggested that curtailing the popular property tax rebate program may be necessary to balance the state’s budget. Last year, New Jersey spent $1.7 billion on property tax rebates; $1.1 billion went to non-seniors.

Corzine and state lawmakers emphasized the senior citizen tax rebates would not be cut. “I can’t imagine the circumstances where any of the senior rebate programs are under threat,” the governor said.


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TRENTON – Gov. Jon Corzine issued an executive order to extend the deadline for candidates to file to run in April’s school board election because Monday’s snowstorm closed most of the schools in the state.

The deadline had originally been Monday afternoon, but in many school districts no one was in the office to accept the petitions. The governor extended the deadline to 4 p.m. Wednesday.

“We need to make sure we have the ability to have people fully have a chance to participate in the electoral process,” Corzine said.

A list of all candidates who filed will be printed in next week’s newspaper, and will be available tomorrow on cmdmedia.wordpress.com.

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hoopsBy Jim Whelan

After a five year absence from the Union County Finals, the Elizabeth Minutemen made it back this year. The Minutemen beat #4 state-ranked Plainfield convincingly 88-78 during last Wednesday’s night semi-final match-up at the Elizabeth Dunn Center.

St. Pat’s defeated Linden 49-36 in a hard-fought defensive struggle last Thursday night. The two teams met in the final the two previous years and split the series. Linden coach Phil Colicchio did a masterful job in turning the season around after losing 6-foot 9 center David Bruce to an academic issue.

The two schools met in an all-Elizabeth final in the 73rd Frank Cicarell Union County Tournament on Saturday.


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 irs-sealGregg Semanick-New Jersey’s IRS Spokesperson

IRS.gov provides a wealth of information.  You can access tax forms and publications; learn about electronic filing; check the status of your refund; calculate the amount of withholding on your W-4; and, request an online payment agreement.   You can even get information about a career with the IRS.  Best of all, you can access IRS.gov 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

For more information on IRS tax tips, go to the IRS.gov Web site at www.irs.gov.

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