Weekly Advance: Week of Sept. 16

TRENTON – One Jersey Shore community’s progress since Superstorm Sandy was wiped away by a severe blaze on Thursday, and New Jersey lawmakers will reconvene another hearing early this week to take testimony on other areas of progress in the aftermath of Sandy.

Senate and Assembly lawmakers will hold a joint environmental committee hearing Monday in Jersey City to hear testimony on the progress of Sandy recovery efforts. The joint hearing – the second of its kind – comes as the residents of Seaside Heights deal with a devastating setback, a fire that consumed dozens of businesses and a section of the rebuilt boardwalk.

The hearing represents the bulk of the week’s legislative agenda and comes after chairs of both committees expressed outrage last month after hearing horror stories from storm-ravaged residents about post-Sandy battles with government agencies, insurance companies and mortgage lenders.

The two committees held a four-hour joint hearing at the Atlantic City Convention Center on Aug. 15 to explore issues related to last year’s superstorm.

The stories told by residents of dealing with uncooperative state agencies left Sen. Bob Smith and Assemblywoman Grace Spencer outraged.

Now, lawmakers will hear another round of testimony.

The remainder of the week will, again, focus on statewide elections.

The boardwalk fire prompted Gov. Chris Christie to cancel a weekend trip to Florida to celebrate First Lady Mary Pat’s birthday and, depending on the progress, the governor can be expected to  field questions about the blaze into the week.

Sen. Barbara Buono gained little traction in the latest poll to be released last week and still has a ways to go if she’s to be successful in ousting the incumbent governor.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Senate race week ended with potential 2016 presidential contender, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), throwing his support behind former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan. The event will likely give Lonegan a boost in fundraising as he works to catch up to Democratic Senate hopeful Mayor Cory Booker in the polls.

 

Monday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

7 p.m., Senate, Assembly Environment committees, Sandy recovery efforts, Jersey City Council Chambers, City Hall, 280 Grove St., Jersey City

Boards and Commissions

1:30 p.m., Public Health Council, Department of Health boardroom, first floor, 369 S. Warren St., Trenton

3:30 and 6:30 p.m., Board of Public Utilities, PSE&G rate case, Essex County College, J. Harry Smith Hall, Rm. 2131, 303 University Ave., Newark

4 p.m., Site Remediation Professional Licensing Board, Department of Environmental Protection, 401 E. State St., Trenton

7 p.m., Atlantic Coast Shellfisheries Commission, Nacote Creek Law Enforcement Office, 360 New York Road, Port Republic

 

Tuesday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

1 p.m., Joint Legislative Committee on Ethical Standards, Rm. 7, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

Boards and Commissions

10 a.m., Mosquito Control Commission, Department of Environmental Protection, 501 E. State St., Plaza 5, Trenton

10:30 a.m., N.J. Historical Commission, Main exhibit hall, N.J. Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Foundation, PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel

11 a.m., Election Law Enforcement Commission, 28 W. State St., Trenton

Daily Events

8:30 a.m., Breakfast Roundtable with the Business Action Center, N.J. Chamber of Commerce, Forsgate Country Club, 375 Forsgate Drive, Monroe

 

Wednesday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Nothing scheduled

Boards and Commissions

9 a.m., Delaware River Port Authority, 11th-floor boardroom, One Port Center, 2 Riverside Drive, Camden

10 a.m., N.J. Cultural Trust Board of Trustees, Fifth floor, 225 W. State St., Trenton

10 a.m., Board of Public Utilities, Rm. 11, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

10 a.m., Delaware and Raritan Canal Commission, Prallsville Mills, 33 Risler St., Stockton

10 a.m., Endangered and Nongame Species Advisory Committee, Central Region Office, Assunpink Wildlife Management Area, Robbinsville

1 p.m., N.J. State Museum Board of Trustees, N.J. State Museum, third-floor conference room, 205 W. State St., Trenton

1:30 p.m., Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, 225 Park Avenue South, 15th floor, New York

7 p.m., Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority, 502 Brewer Ave., Oceanport

Daily Events

8 a.m., Sustainability Summit, N.J. League of Municipalities, Duke Farms, 1112 Dukes Parkway West, Hillsborough

8:30 a.m., HR101: An Employment Law and HR Primer, N.J. Business and Industry Association, Pines Manor, 2085 Route 27, Edison

 

Thursday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Nothing scheduled

Boards and Commissions

9:15 a.m., Health Care Administration Board, Health and Agriculture building auditorium, first floor, 369 S. Warren St., Trenton

3:30 and 6:30 p.m., Board of Public Utilities, PSE&G rate case, Middlesex County Administration Building, first-floor freeholders meeting room, J.F. Kennedy Square, New Brunswick

4:30 p.m., N.J. Law Revision Commission, Commission offices, seventh floor, 153 Halsey St., Newark

5 p.m., Highlands Council, 100 North Road, Chester

Daily Events

9 a.m., State and Federal Regulation of Sandy Aid Seminar, N.J. League of Municipalities, Robert Meyner Reception Center, PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel

 

Friday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Nothing scheduled

Boards and Commissions

10 a.m., Pension and Health Benefits Review Commission, Division of Pension and Benefits, 50 W. State St., Trenton

Daily Events

8 a.m., Sixth Annual Public Performance Measurement and Reporting Conference, N.J. League of Municipalities, Statehouse Annex, Trenton 

Weekly Advance: Week of Sept. 16