Three stories to watch today

It’s a big political news day for New Jersey, with three important stories playing out in Trenton and Washington.

Republican gubernatorial nominee Chris Christie will testify before a congressional subcommittee about the way he assigned deferred prosecution agreements as U.S. Attorney. Also testifying will be his chief critics on the matter – U.S. Reps. Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson) and Frank Pallone (D-Long Branch) – who have authored legislation regulating the way federal monitoring contracts are assigned. will be in Washington to cover it.

The budget, now with another $400 million put towards property tax relief, is set for a vote in both the Assembly and state Senate.

And the state Senate will vote on whether to give state Supreme Court Justice Barry Albin tenure. Although Republicans have accused Albin of judicial activism and made a political issue out of his reappointment, the Democratically-controlled senate is widely expected to approve his him. Albin, 56, will then be able to serve on the court until his mandatory retirement at age 70. Three stories to watch today