The governor checked the bully snowball by successfully negotiating a compromise with Democrats on a vital part of his government toolkit reform: limiting annual public sector worker pay increases to 2 percent. Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-West Deptford) and Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver (D-East Orange) secured exemptions for pension and health care costs and could also share the governor’s glow of bipartisanship.
The 14th District state Senator from Plainsboro took the oath of office Monday as reward for her convincing victory over Tom Goodwin in a November special election. Greenstein’s win expanded the Democratic Party majority in the senate to 24-16.
Dawn Marie Addiego
The 8th District Republican from Evesham emerged early as the favorite to fill the seat left by now Superior Court Judge Phil Haines. Following her swearing-in Monday, Addiego became the tenth woman in the current New Jersey Senate.
Dented and forced to pay up, the Jersey City councilwoman nonetheless gets to keep her seat on a judge’s ruling to throw out a complaint that would have nullified the results of Lopez’s victory on grounds that she wasn’t technically a resident of New Jersey, according to tax records.
The former governor stood with Gov. Chris Christie as the latter signed Codey’s concussion bill into law, which requires that an athlete who has suffered a concussion or is suspected of having suffered a concussion be immediately removed from the competition or practice and may not return to competition or practice until written clearance from a physician is provided.
The Fair Lawn Republican councilwoman became chief of staff to Bergen County Executive-elect Kathe Donovan.
The punchline mayorlty that has become the Mack tenure absorbed yet another welt this week as state police took Mack’s half brother into custody on charges of misconduct and theft by deception.
The feds this week delivered a multiple-count superseding indictment against the fallen former Toms River schools superintendent, charging him with conspiracy to defraud the IRS, and making and subscribing to false federal personal income tax returns.
A school board president blocked an effort to scrap the contract of Superintendent LeRoy Seitz, Gov. Chris Christie’s poster boy for induldent supers’ salaries. Over the four year period of his new contract, Seitz’s salary would bulge from $216,040 to $234,065.
The Catholic Church
A church group spokesman argued unsuccessfully against state Sen. Joe Vitale’s (D-Woodbridge) bill to remove the statute of limitations on sex abuse cases, but the legislation yesterday unanimously cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee. The church also choked down a Star-Ledger expose on the organization’s re-shuffling protection of pedifile priests.
Police Benevolent Association
The union from the start “steadfastly” opposed any change in the arbitration law, and Prez Tony Wieners spoke out vociferously against the toolkit reform proposed by Gov. Chrsitie, only to watch Democrats and Christie reach an agreement Thursday.