Weekly Advance: Week of Feb. 18

TRENTON – The week may get off to a slow start but don’t expect the halls of the capitol building to remain quiet.

A committee vote on a controversial gun bill package was enough to fill the Statehouse with hundreds of fired-up New Jersey residents last week. And for the third time is as many weeks, Second Amendment advocates are expected to gather under the Golden Dome to protest the proposals they say are overreaching and infringing on their rights.

The Assembly will gavel in Thursday for a voting session. Among the bills expected to be on the agenda are 20 proposals dealing with firearms.

The vote will come after an Assembly panel hosted a marathon hearing on the bills this past week in which lawmakers heard about seven hours worth of testimony.

The fiery debate will surely rage on in the Assembly chambers Thursday.

Subpoena power

Also planned in the Assembly but not confirmed as of late Friday is news that the chairman of the Assembly Budget Committee will follow through on his promise to seek subpoena power against uncooperative state officials.

Assemblyman Vincent Prieto, (D-32), Secaucus, said he will hold a committee hearing as soon as this week to vote on a resolution he hopes will pressure state departments and employees to cooperate with lawmakers.

The proposal, AR151, was introduced Thursday in response to the state Treasurer’s repeated refusal to appear before the Assembly panel.

Last week, Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff declined to appear before the committee to answer questions regarding oversight of Superstorm Sandy recovery funds.

The gov

Gov. Chris Christie is back in New Jersey and plans to return to the Jersey shore this week.

The governor is expected to make stops along the coast as part of his ongoing shore-rebuilding tour. Christie returned to the Garden State after a West Coast fundraising tour.


Weekly Advance: Week of Feb. 18