Weekly Advance: Week of Feb. 11

TRENTON – The week’s action will be in the Statehouse.

Senate lawmakers sitting on the upper chamber’s Budget Committee will convene in Toms River on Sandy issues, but Assembly legislators will be under the Golden Dome Monday, and the majority of the week’s activity will focus on the General Assembly.

Assembly lawmakers will fill the house Monday for more than a half dozen committee hearings, including the re-emergence of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey with the term “subpoena.”

Assemblyman John Wisniewski, (D-19), chairman of the Assembly Transportation, Public Works and Independent Authorities Committee, is slated to introduce AR91. The resolution effectively extends the deadline for the panel’s subpoena power over the Port Authority.

Currently, the power is set to expire in March.

The hearing comes months after Assembly Democrats followed through on their promise to subpoena the agency after they accused the authority of failing to respond to lawmakers about toll increases and Gov. Chris Christie’s decision to cancel the Access to the Region’s Core project.

The subpoenas were issued after weeks of heated debate among Democrats and Republicans over the motivation for the Port Authority.

The debates played out during fiery exchanges between lawmakers in committee hearings, abruptly canceled joint Port Authority hearings between New York and New Jersey lawmakers and by way of blistering exchanges between Christie and U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.).

Now, months later and after things simmered down, Wisniewski can be expected to brief lawmakers on the status of the current subpoenas and, perhaps, breathe some life into the debate.

Minimum wage

The General Assembly will gather Thursday for a full voting session, during which at least one item that could be expected to make the board list is the minimum wage hike proposal by way of constitutional referendum.

It wouldn’t be the first time – or even the second, for that matter – that Assembly lawmakers would be debating the proposal on the floor. However, if the resolution is voted on this week it will mark an end to what Democrats have been promising the governor: Sign the package or let voters decide.

Polls indicate minimum wage will be approved by voters, but will it be enough to drive voters to the polls? And if so, which party will it benefit?

The gov

The governor is scheduled to attend at least four fundraisers in the Golden State this week, including one at the home of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

In addition to a Feb. 13 event at Zuckerberg’s Palo Alto home, Christie also has scheduled fundraisers in Beverly Hills, La Jolla and Santa Barbara during the West Coast swing.

To date, the governor has raised more than $2.6 million for his bid, including $500,000 at a New Brunswick event last week. He has declined to accept state matching funds in the primary election and is expected to do the same for the general election.

State Sen. Barbara Buono, the presumptive Democratic nominee, has so far raised about $400,000 for her campaign, enough to qualify to receive state matching funds.

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Senate

10 a.m., Budget and Appropriations Committee, L.M. Hirshblond Room, second floor, Toms River Municipal complex, 33 Washington St., Toms River

Assembly

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

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

10 a.m., Transportation, Public Works, and Independent Authorities Committee, Rm. 11, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

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

1 p.m., Education Committee, Rm. 11, 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

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

9:30 a.m., N.J. Commission on Environmental Education and Interagency Work Group, Department of Environmental Protection, 401 E. State St., Trenton

9:30 a.m., N.J. Clean Air Council, Department of Environmental Protection, 401 E. State St., Trenton

10 a.m., N.J. Health Care Facilities Financing Authority, Finance Committee, Building 4, Station Plaza, South Clinton Avenue, Trenton

10 a.m., N.J. Fish and Game Council, Central Region Office, Assunpink Wildlife Management Area, Robbinsville

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

Daily Events

9 a.m., N.J. League of Municipalities, Professional Development Program, “Ethics, Conflicts of Interest, and Preventing Sexual Harassment,” Robert Meyner Reception Center, PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel

7 p.m., It’s ALL Politics: The Borowitz Report, Andy Borowitz, best-selling author and comedian, Nicholas Music Center, 85 George St., New Brunswick

Wednesday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

11 a.m., Joint Senate and Assembly Human Services committees, seventh-floor conference center, University Hall, Montclair State University, Montclair

Assembly

10 a.m., Law and Public Safety Committee, Rm. 11, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

Boards and Commissions

9 a.m., Local Finance Board, Department of Community Affairs, 101 S. Broad St., Trenton

Daily Events

8 a.m., N.J. Business and Industry Association, Meet the Decision Makers: Business Assistance and Economic Development, speakers include Economic Development Authority CEO Michele Brown; Choose New Jersey President Tracye McDaniel; Business Action Center Executive Director Mike Van Wagner; Forsgate Country Club, 375 Forsgate Drive, Monroe

 

Thursday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Assembly

1 p.m., Voting session, Assembly chambers, Statehouse, Trenton

Boards and Commissions

10 a.m., Sports and Exposition Authority, ground-floor conference room, Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford

10 a.m., N.J. Environmental Infrastructure Trust, main conference room, 3131 Princeton Pike, Office Building 6, Suite 201, Lawrence

 

Friday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Nothing scheduled

Boards and Commissions

10 a.m., Pensions and Health Benefits Review Commission, Division of Pension and Benefits, 50 W. State St., Trenton

Daily Events

9 a.m., Fifth Annual Rebovich Campaign Managers Conference, Rebovich Institute for N.J. Politics, Rider University, 2083 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrence

 

 

Weekly Advance: Week of Feb. 11