TRENTON – Parting thought for the GOP, as we return to the work in Trenton: Does it really matter that you lost? Republican Gov. Chris Christie fought for and attained most of his major initiatives last year, so what does one more seat for Christie-crats matter?
State Sen. Joe Kyrillos, (R-13), of Middletown, tried to chase PolitickerNJ reporter Jim Hooker off the Christie-crat scent Thursday. It was, in a sense, apropos that the GOP was defending the South Jersey and Essex County Democratic blocs empowering the upwardly-mobile governor from being branded Republican enablers.
There are, of course, other ways of looking at it. Like asserting that maybe Democratic state Sen. Steve Sweeney, (D-3), of West Deptford, is less of a Christie-crat, and that Christie is more of a Norcross-ican conservative.
Sweeney and his deep-pocketed backer, George Norcross III, are business-friendly Democrats who have an easy time finding middle ground with Christie because they were there already.
Sweeney’s agenda hasn’t changed with Christie. He has been pursuing field-leveling between private and public labor – embodied in his 2006 pension and benefit reform pitch – since he joined the upper chamber.
Education reform? Essex County chieftain Steve Adubato Sr. has been harassing anyone who will listen about the failing schools in Newark. Is Christie an Adubat-ican in that sense?
Come the new session in January, the Legislative leaderships and the Executive branch will continue to butt heads over minutiae and haggle over final details – some face-offs may even be, gasp, contrived – but everyone will remember what happened to those who were neither Christie-crats or Norcross-icans in 2011. They were converted to back-bench-ians.
Next week, committee assignments will start to solidify and preparations for lame duck will begin, but in between the Garden State’s premier governmental get-together, the League of Municipalities annual convention, will prevail for three days in Atlantic City.
Monday, Nov. 14, 2011
Site Remediation Professional Licensing Board, Department of Environmental Protection, 4 p.m., 401 E. State St., Trenton
Garden State Economic Forum, 9 a.m., State Museum, Auditorium, 205 W. State St., Trenton
Sen. Michael Doherty Town Hall on Fair School Funding Plan, 7 p.m., The Stable, 259 N. Maple Ave., Ridgewood
Tuesday, Nov 15, 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
Maritime Pilot and Docking Commission, 10 a.m., One Penn Plaza East, ninth floor, Newark
N.J. Mosquito Control Commission, 10 a.m., Department of Environmental Protection, Natural and Historic Resources Conference Room, 501 E. State St., Plaza 5, Trenton
Election Law Enforcement Commission, 11 a.m., 28 W. State St., 12th floor, Trenton
1 p.m., Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, 225 Park Ave. South, 15th floor, New York
N.J. State League of Municipalities, 9 a.m., 96th Annual Conference, Atlantic City Convention Center, Atlantic City
Wednesday, Nov 16, 2011
Delaware River Port Authority, 9 a.m., One Port Center, Camden
Local Unit Alignment, Reorganization and Consolidation Commission, 9:30 a.m., DCA Conference Room, Rm. 129, 101 S. Broad St., Trenton
Civil Service Commission, 10 a.m., CSC Board Room, first floor, 3 Station Plaza, 44 S. Clinton Ave., Trenton
N.J. Endangered and Nongame Species Advisory Committee, 10 a.m., N.J. Division of Fish and Wildlife Central Region Office, Assunpink Wildlife Management Area, Robbinsville
Casino Control Commission, 10:30 a.m., Lordi Public Meeting Room, first floor, Tennessee Avenue and Boardwalk, Atlantic City
Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority, 7 p.m., Municipal Building, 47 Broad St., Eatontown
N.J. State League of Municipalities, 8:30 a.m., 96th Annual Conference, Atlantic City Convention Center, Atlantic City
Thursday, Nov 17, 2011
N.J. Sports and Exposition Authority, 10 a.m., The Meadowlands Racetrack, ground floor, East Rutherford
N.J. State League of Municipalities, 8 a.m., 96th Annual Conference, Atlantic City Convention Center, Atlantic City
Friday, Nov 18, 2011
Casino Revenue Fund Advisory Commission, 10 a.m., Rm. 1, Statehouse Annex, Trenton