Christie will review Assembly plan, office says no bills should be ‘part of a partisan campaign’

TRENTON – Responding to Assembly Democrats’ plan to introduce legislation aimed at spurring economic growth in the state, Gov. Chris Christie’s office said Tuesday that a bipartisan plan should not be part of a partisan campaign.

The governor’s spokesman, Michael Drewniak, said the administration plans to review a bill package announced earlier today by Assembly Democrats, who called on other lawmakers and the governor to work together in a post-Sandy recovery to help curb the state’s economic woes.

“We’ll take a look at it. But any such bills package should be a true bipartisan effort, not part of a partisan campaign, and be realistic in terms of cost, funding and effectiveness,” Drewniak said in a statement.

“Given our shared experience and new demands posed by Hurricane Sandy, most New Jersey residents are acutely aware of the need to be fiscally prudent and non-partisan on these matters,” he said.

The statement comes after Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver, (D-34), and Assemblyman Louis Greenwald, (D-6), Voorhees, called on officials to come together to get New Jerseyans back to work, but also sharply criticized the governor on his economic policies.

“Gov. Christie talks a game about the fundamentals of economy, but the reality is that the outcomes are atrocious,” Greenwald said earlier in the day.

The Assembly bill package, which includes legislation previously passed by the Legislature and later vetoed by the governor, will include more than 20 proposals focusing on job creation and economic development initiatives for the state.

The chairman of the Assembly Budget Committee, Assemblyman Vincent Prieto, (D-32), Secaucus, who was also present during the Assembly news conference, said he planned to take up the bill package during his committee’s next meeting.

The Assembly will vote on the package during the Assembly’s next voting session, Oliver said.

"Whatever. Get in line. I’ve been sued lots of times before. Get in line. I’m happy to take it on."
—Gov. Chris Christie, in reference to an Ebola quarantine nurse's threat to sue him