Weekly Advance: Week of Oct. 31

TRENTON  – One week out from the election, money – like airdropped boxes of MREs for warzone refugees – will be falling from the skies in New Jersey.

Having downplayed his party’s chances this cycle, Gov. Chris Christie is nonetheless going to make major plays in key races in his last-ditch effort to “make history.” The other side will reply in kind. By Nov. 8, history – one way or the other – will have been made.

Leadership questions are still percolating for the Democrats in the lower chamber and surely won’t be answered until the final tally of their seats is over. Potential Republican pickups are being watched in LD7 and maybe even LD3, plus likely retentions in LD16; although Democrats will pick up some bodies, like in LD4 and maybe LD11.

The Assembly D’s are triple-checking their math on post-election landscapes while simultaneously clashing and infighting. The guessing games continue for the Dems this week, although what-ifs about the Senate leadership seem to have been headed off at the pass.

State Sen. President Steve Sweeney, (D-3) – even if he loses at-risk comrades in LD2 and LD38 – still likely gains an ally in LD35, putting a potential in-party play on his seat just out of reach, based on sources with knowledge of the Democratic dividing lines.

Christie, even if he gains no seats, can still rejoice in the caucus chaos that reached a tipping point in the pension and benefit reform passage.

The list of lame-duck issues to deal with is growing, but next week all the ducks will be off quacking and strutting on their own ponds.

The rest of the weekly agenda:

Monday, Oct 31, 2011

N.J. After 3 program shutdown implications, 11 a.m., Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Bergen Family Center President Mitch Schonfeld, Bergen Family Center, 44 Armory St., Englewood

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

Tuesday, Nov 01, 2011

Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor, 9 a.m., 39 Broadway, fourth floor, New York

Real Estate Commission, 9:30 a.m., Roebling building, second floor, 20 W. State St., Trenton

Economic Development Authority, 10 a.m., 36 W. State St., Trenton

Energy Master Plan, Board of Public Utilities, 1 p.m., Alternatively Fueled Vehicles Work Group hearing, Rutgers Eco-Complex, 1200 Florence-Columbus Road, Bordentown

Wednesday, Nov 02, 2011
Delaware River Port Authority
, 9 a.m., One Port Center, Camden

Schools Development Authority, 9 a.m., 1 W. State St., Trenton

Tidelands Resource Council, 10 a.m., 22 S. Clinton Ave., Station Plaza 5, second floor, Hudson Conference Room, Trenton

Civil Service Commission, 10 a.m., CSC Boardroom, first floor, 3 Station Plaza, 44 S. Clinton Ave., Trenton

N.J. Apartment Summit, Economic Recovery and What to Expect in the Next Two to Three Years, 7:30 a.m., CapRate Events featuring valuation analyst Jeff Otteau and REIS senior economist Ryan Severino, Grand Summit Hotel, Summit

How To Manage Your Energy Costs, N.J. Business and Industry Association, 8:30 a.m., Pines Manor, Route 27, Edison

Thursday, Nov 03, 2011

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

Health Information Technology Commission, Department of Health and Senior Services, 3 p.m., first-floor auditorium, 369 S. Warren St., Trenton

Friday, Nov 04, 2011

No scheduled events Weekly Advance: Week of Oct. 31