Bill would require governor to notify legislative leaders when out-of-state

TRENTON – Sen. Loretta Weinberg, (D-37), Teaneck said she will introduce legislation that would require Gov. Christie to notify legislative leaders whenever he leaves the state.

The proposal is in response to recent reports that Christie transferred power to Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno without alerting anyone else, Weinberg said.

“No man is an island, and the Governor needs to recognize that he has a responsibility to the people of New Jersey to at least assure for the orderly transfer of power if he does decide to leave the State in search of right-wing campaign donations,” Weinberg said in a release.

The issue has drawn scrutiny since details have emerged of a meeting earlier this summer that Christie had with the influential conservative magnate David Koch.

Christie said this week he will not divulge details publicly every time he leaves the state.

But Weinberg said that notifying legislative leaders seemed to be a reasonable compromise between security concerns of publicizing every aspect of the Governor’s schedule, the Governor’s own right to a small measure of privacy, and the public’s right to know about the actions of their elected officials.

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Bill would require governor to notify legislative leaders when out-of-state