Weekly Advance: Week of Dec. 10

TRENTON – As the weeks pass after superstorm Sandy slammed into the Jersey coast, further signs emerge that the bipartisan honeymoon is over.

Speaker Sheila Oliver unveiled a package of more than 20 bills last week focusing on job creation and economic development initiatives for the state. The bills will be the focus of an Assembly Budget Committee hearing this coming week and are set to be voted on by the full Assembly later in the month.

Oliver and other Assembly Democratic leaders touted the proposals as worthwhile measures that should be welcomed by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.

The speaker said Democrats are “throwing out a hand of bipartisan participation and cooperation,” but not long into the same news conference the conversation quickly turned into the New Jersey economy under Gov. Chris Christie.

“The reality is, though, that the Sandy cleanup will be temporary (economic) relief and it ignores the fact that going into this tragedy New Jersey was already facing one of the worst economies in the country,” said Assemblyman Louis Greenwald.

“Now we are three years into the administration of Gov. Christie and the economic results so far are troubling. Gov. Christie talks a game about the fundamentals of economy, but the reality is that the outcomes are atrocious,” he said during the news conference.

The tone of the hearing will indicate whether Democrats are prepared to steer the conversation back to New Jersey’s higher-than-the national average unemployment – a topic that has been seldom discussed since Sandy approached the Jersey shore.

Public policy forum

The New Jersey Business and Industry Association is bringing Christie, Senate President Steve Sweeney, Oliver, Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean Jr. and Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick under one roof Tuesday.

The governor and legislative leaders are slated to take part in the NJBIA’s 2012 Public Policy Forum, which will focus on presenting ideas on the economy and job creation to more than 300 business owners and managers, according to the business advocacy group.

Christie is set to deliver the keynote address at the Woodbridge event. Legislative leaders are slated to take part in a panel discussion led by 101.5’s Kevin McArdle.

Still outstanding

Christie told reporters at the end of last month that his mind is made up on who he plans to nominate to the state’s high court. The governor, who said he planned to drop both names at the same time, can be expected to introduce his nominations sometime this coming week.

Two nominees for the vacant spots were shot down by the Democratic-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this year, leading Christie to accuse the Democrats of playing politics with the court.

Democrats have countered that the governor is hoping to secure a court that will rule in line with his beliefs.

 

Monday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Assembly

10 a.m., Judiciary Committee, Rm. 12, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

10 a.m., Labor Committee, Rm. 15, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

10 a.m., Military and Veterans Affairs Committee, Rm. 13, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

10 a.m., Transportation, Public Works and Independent Authorities Committee, Rm. 11, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

1 p.m., Quorum, Assembly chambers, Statehouse, Trenton

1 p.m., Human Services Committee, Rm. 16, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

2 p.m., Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, Rm. 14, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

2 p.m., Environment and Solid Waste Committee, Rm. 9, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

2 p.m., State Government Committee, Rm. 13, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

Boards and Commissions

10:30 a.m., Public Health Council, 369 S. Warren St., Trenton

4 p.m., Board of Public Utilities, Hurricane Sandy utility responsiveness hearing, Bernards Town Hall, Courtroom, main floor, 1 Collyer Ave., Basking Ridge

 

Tuesday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Senate

3 p.m., Budget and Appropriations Committee, Genevieve M. Hawley Cafetorium, Henry Hudson Regional School, One Grand Tour, Highlands

Assembly

10 a.m., Budget Committee, Rm. 11, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

Boards and Commissions

10 a.m., Economic Development Authority, 36 W. State St., Trenton

Daily Events

7:45 a.m.-2 p.m., N.J. Business and Industry Association, Public Policy Forum, featuring Gov. Chris Christie, Senate President Steve Sweeney, Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver, Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, and Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick, Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel, 515 Route 1, Iselin

9:30 a.m., Noise Control Council, Rutgers University, Labor Education Building, Rm. 101, Cook College Campus, New Brunswick

10 a.m., Fish and Game Council, Assunpink Wildlife Refuge Area, Central Region Office, Robbinsville

7 p.m., Delaware Bay Shellfisheries Council, Haskin Shellfish Research Lab, 6959 Miller Ave., Port Norris

 

Wednesday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

10 a.m., Joint Committee on Public Schools, Rm. 11, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

Boards and Commissions

9 a.m., Local Finance Board, Department of Community Affairs, 101 S. Broad St., Trenton

7 p.m., Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority, Eatontown Municipal Building, 47 Broad St., Eatontown

Daily Events

8:30 a.m., N.J. League of Municipalities, New Jersey’s Infrastructure: What Is Needed and How to Fund It, Mercer County Community College Conference Center, 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor

 

 

Thursday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Senate

10 a.m., Higher Education Committee, Rm. 7, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

12 p.m., Quorum, Senate chambers, Statehouse, Trenton

1 p.m., Judiciary Committee, Rm. 4, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

Assembly

11 a.m., Joint State Leasing and Space Utilization Committee, Rm. 3, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

TBA, Quorum, Assembly chambers, Statehouse, Trenton

Boards and Commissions

10 a.m., Sports and Exposition Authority, Meadowlands Racetrack, ground-floor conference room, East Rutherford

10 a.m., Environmental Infrastructure Trust, main conference room, 3131 Princeton Pike, Building 6, Suite 201, Lawrence

 

Friday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Nothing scheduled

Boards and Commissions

9:30 a.m., Pinelands Commission, Richard J. Sullivan Center for Environmental Policy and Education, 15C Springfield Road, New Lisbon

Daily Events

8:30 a.m., Breakfast roundtable with Economic Development Authority CEO Michele Brown and COO Tim Lizura, Forsgate Country Club, Monroe

 

 

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—Michael Kempner, addressing a roomful of Democratic powerbrokers organizng for Hillary Clinton