Weekly Advance: Week of Aug. 27

TRENTON – All eyes will be on the national stage over the next couple of weeks.

The end of the summer coupled with back-to-back national conventions will keep the halls quiet in the New Jersey Statehouse.

State pols along with spokesmen and women will focus largely on Gov. Chris Christie, who – Hurricane Isaac permitting – will be delivering the Republican National Convention’s keynote address Tuesday at 10:30 p.m.

The governor offered a rare glimpse into his speech during the week, telling reporters that the words “the Jersey comeback” won’t be a part of the keynote address that millions are excepted to tune in to hear.

“Those three words never were in and aren’t in,” Christie said during a midweek bill signing.

On the same day, however, Christie did point to a message that could likely make its way into the governor’s big speech – leadership.

At the bill signing, the governor cited leadership, referencing himself and Senate President Steve Sweeney, as the driving force behind the success of signing the state’s ambitious higher education restructuring plan.

The same slogan was also present in a new state GOP video promoting the governor.

“Leadership,” reads text during the video, which flips between text and clips of Christie over the course of his time as executive of the Garden State. ” … The difference is leadership.”

If the video and recent leadership comments are to mean anything, it’s that the governor will tout his accomplishments in the statement while refraining from saying “the Jersey comeback,” a phrase Democrats are waiting to pounce on following the state’s most recent unemployment data.

Monday

Gov. Chris Christie

Nothing scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno and Transportation Commissioner James Simpson

10:30 a.m., Announcement of newly designated transit village, Dunellen train station, South Washington Avenue, Dunellen

Legislature

Nothing scheduled

 

Tuesday

Gov. Chris Christie

Nothing scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Nothing scheduled

 

Wednesday

Gov. Chris Christie

Nothing scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Nothing scheduled

 

Thursday

Gov. Chris Christie

Nothing scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Nothing scheduled

 

Friday

Gov. Chris Christie

Nothing scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Nothing scheduled Weekly Advance: Week of Aug. 27