Weekly Advance: Week of June 25

TRENTON – Coffee and cots are likely to be a necessary staple at the Statehouse Monday.

Lawmakers are slated to move the state’s budget saga onto floors of the Senate and Assembly, and all the while the higher education merger and tax credits will be focal points.

Now the fun begins.

While both budget committees moved the Legislature’s $31.7 billion budget, this past week nine Democrats – led by Assemblyman Joseph Cryan – had presented their demand that the lower chamber hold the higher education reorganization bill until after the November election in exchange for their votes on the budget.

Cryan had been joined by Assembly Democrats Annette Quijano, John McKeon, Jason O’Donnell, Valerie Huttle, Connie Wagner, Tim Eustace, Linda Stender and Mila Jasey, and they had told Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver in a letter signed by all that they planned to withhold their votes on the budget if their demands are not met.

The group – had it stayed intact – had the ability to deliver a major snag to the Democrats’ budget, but Eustace and Wagner broke ranks and are backing the budget, which means that barring any other roadblocks the budget on Monday will pass both the Assembly and Senate and head to the governor’s desk.

Tax credits

Democrats moved a budget out of committees that sets aside $183 million for property tax credits that would only go into effect in January if the state reaches the governor’s revenue projections.

Does Gov. Chris Christie sign off on a budget that would delay tax credits pending a more than 7 percent revenue increase for the next fiscal year, or does he outright veto items and send lawmakers back to the drawing board?

One bill he will veto is the millionaire’s tax, if it gets to his desk.  The Assembly Budget Committee  passed the bill Friday, but Christie consistently has said that it is DOA.

Nominations

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on Monday morning on numerous gubernatorial appointments that will include the nomination of Christie’s former chief of staff, Richard Bagger, to be appointed to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Monday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Senate

10 a.m., Judiciary Committee, Rm. 4, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

12 p.m., Voting session, Senate chambers, Statehouse, Trenton

Assembly

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

1 p.m., Voting session, Assembly chambers, Statehouse, Trenton

Boards & Commissions

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

Daily Events

9 a.m., N.J. Food Industry Showcase, bottom floor, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

 

Tuesday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Nothing scheduled

Daily Events

4 p.m., Lt. Gov.’s N.J. Resource for Business Growth Event, N.J. Chamber of Commerce, College of St. Elizabeth, Morristown

 

Wednesday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Nothing scheduled

 

Thursday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Senate

2 p.m., Voting session, Senate chambers, Statehouse, Trenton

Assembly

TBA, Voting session, Assembly chambers, Statehouse, Trenton

Boards & Commissions

10 a.m., Health Care Facilities Financing Authority, Building 4, Station Plaza, 22 S. Clinton Ave., Trenton

1:30 p.m., Governor’s School of N.J. Board of Overseers, Drew University, Room HS3, Madison

 

Friday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Nothing scheduled