Weekly Advance: Week of Nov. 19

TRENTON – New Jerseyans can look at two items in the coming week that indicate the state has largely returned to a state of normalcy.

First, the Statehouse is set to be busy Monday with 14 committee hearings scheduled to take place under the Golden Dome.

Senate and Assembly lawmakers will hold discussions on a variety of proposals, though a meeting not to miss is the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee hearing scheduled for 1 p.m.

Lawmakers will take up the Legislature’s proposed minimum wage bill, which would increase New Jersey’s minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.50 and include automatic annual increases based on inflation. Senate President Steve Sweeney and Speaker Sheila Oliver’s coming together on a final bill now means all eyes will be on Gov. Chris Christie.

The governor has expressed a willingness to take up a minimum wage hike but has shot down the idea of automatic increases.

But now with the Legislature certain to pass a proposal brought forth by Sweeney and Oliver, the decision is in Christie’s hands – who’s well aware Democrats will then put the issue on the ballot in 2013 as a constitutional amendment.

The second indicator that the state has returned to business as usual more than three weeks after being socked by Superstorm Sandy? Hamilton Mayor John Bencivengo.

The embattled mayor’s criminal bribery trial is scheduled to wrap up sometime Monday and jurors will then gather behind closed doors to determine the mayor’s future.

Bencivengo sat in the courtroom last week as jurors and reporters alike heard the government’s star witness rattle off names of township officials she admitted to bribing in order to keep her lucrative contract with the town’s school district.

Sure, the mayor’s trial has little effect on Statehouse affairs. But does the criminal trial of an elected official not return some sense of normalcy for residents of the Garden State?

Monday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Senate

10 a.m., Environment and Energy Committee, Rm. 10, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

10:30 a.m., Transportation Committee, Rm. 7, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

1 p.m., Budget and Appropriations Committee, Rm. 4, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

1 p.m., Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee, Rm. 1, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

Assembly

10 a.m., Appropriations Committee, Rm. 11, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

10 a.m., Judiciary Committee, Rm. 12, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

10 a.m., Labor Committee, Rm. 15, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

10 a.m., Military and Veterans Affairs Committee, Rm. 13, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

10 a.m., Women and Children Committee, Rm. 16, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

1 p.m., Human Services Committee, Rm. 16, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

2 p.m., Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, Rm. 14, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

2 p.m., Environment and Solid Waste Committee, Rm. 9, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

2 p.m., Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee, Rm. 12, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

2 p.m., State Government Committee, Rm. 13, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

Boards and Commissions

10 a.m., Delaware and Raritan Canal Commission, Prallsville Mills, 33 Risler St., Stockton

10:30 a.m., Public Health Council Board, Health Department, 369 S. Warren St., Trenton

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

4 p.m., Site Remediation Professional Licensing Board, Department of Environmental Protection, 401 E. State St., Trenton

7 p.m., Atlantic Coast Shellfisheries Council, Nacote Creek Law Enforcement Office, 360 New York Road, Port Republic

 

Tuesday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Nothing scheduled

Boards and Commissions

10 a.m., Mosquito Control Commission, Department of Environmental Protection, Natural and Historic Resources Conference Room, 501 E. State St., Plaza 5, Trenton

10 a.m., Board of Public Utilities, Rm. 125, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

11 a.m., Election Law Enforcement Commission, 12th floor, 28 W. State St., Trenton

 

Wednesday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Nothing scheduled

Boards and Commissions

9 a.m., Delaware River Port Authority, 11th floor boardroom, One Port Center, 2 Riverside Drive, Camden

11 a.m., Garden State Preservation Trust, Rm. 16, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

 

Thursday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Nothing scheduled

 

Friday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Nothing scheduled

 

 

Weekly Advance: Week of Nov. 19