Weekly Advance: Week of July 29

TRENTON – The big news early this coming week was broken last week by PolitickerNJ: Sen. Barbara Buono has chosen her running mate in her quest to unseat Gov. Chris Christie.

Buono has scheduled a press conference for Monday to formally introduce Milly Silva as her lieutenant governor candidate.

Silva, who has been a presence at previous Buono campaign stops, is executive vice president with health care union SEIU 1199.

She and Buono form only the third all-female governor/lieutenant governor candidacies in history.

Buono, in tapping Silva, is strengthening labor ties in a bid to cut into Christie’s huge lead in the polls.

Expect Buono and Silva on Monday to re-emphasize the attacks on Christie that Buono has been relying on: That his policies hurt New Jersey in the long run, that too many residents remain out of work, that the minimum wage increase – also before voters this November – is overdue.

 

Preservation

One of the major issues for environmentalists may be dealt with next week.

In order for a proposed open space preservation measure to get on the November ballot, the Legislature needed to return from its summer recess and vote by Aug. 1 on the resolution to use sales tax proceeds to provide a new source of funding for dealing with flood-prone areas, preserving historic sites, and maintaining open space.

It appeared for some time that that would be unlikely, and that the resolution might become a casualty of election-year politics and differences between the upper and lower chambers.

But the Senate has now scheduled a voting session for 9 a.m. Monday.  The only measure on the board list to be voted on is SCR160, which would ask voters to approve a constitutional amendment to use the sales tax money.

As of mid-afternoon Friday, the Assembly Democrats reported that they would monitor what happened in the Senate on Monday and then plan accordingly.

 

Candidates

In addition to Buono introducing her running mate, expect the six U.S. Senate candidates to be busy as the Aug. 13 primary draws near.

And as for Christie, he will be back from the governor’s conference in Colorado, but he said previously he plans some vacation time at the shore. That doesn’t necessarily mean he won’t find time to sign or veto bills or make other appearances.

 

Monday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Senate

9 a.m., Voting session, Senate chambers, Statehouse

Boards and Commissions

10 a.m., Lottery Commission, first-floor Lottery Commission meeting room, One Lawrence Park Complex, Brunswick Avenue Circle, Lawrence

10:30 a.m., Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission, Commission’s Executive Offices, 2492 River Road, New Hope, Pa.

Daily Events

10:30 a.m., State Sen. Barbara Buono Announcing Lieutenant Governor candidate, Sheraton Meadowlands Hotel and Conference Center, 2 Meadowlands Plaza, East Rutherford

 

Tuesday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Nothing scheduled

Boards and Commissions

9:30 a.m., Radiologic Technology Board of Examiners, 25 Arctic Parkway, Ewing

 

Wednesday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Nothing scheduled

Daily Events

8:30 a.m., N.J. Green Infrastructure Forum, co-hosted by Rutgers University and Environmental Protection Agency, Duke Farms,  Hillsborough, 80 Route 206

8:30 a.m., N.J. Business and Industry Association, “Digging Deeper: Advanced HR Topics All Businesses Need To Know,” Pines Manor, 2085 Lincoln Hwy., Edison

 

Thursday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Senate

Boards and Commissions

9 a.m., Schools Development Authority, 1 W. State St., Trenton

 

Friday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Nothing scheduled

 

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