Weekly Advance: Week of Feb. 4, 2013

TRENTON – Last week, the names dropped like flies in the form of bowing out and were replaced by a steady flow of endorsements for the presumed Democratic gubernatorial nominee Barbara Buono.

Former Gov. Dick Cody? Out.

Senate President Steve Sweeney? Nope.

A New Jersey congressman, perhaps? Nah.

The first Democratic candidate to file her papers appears to be the one D’s will rally behind in the coming weeks and months.

And so, it’s really begun.

The state senator will officially kick off her campaign Feb. 2 as Christie – who already has a war chest of more than $2 million – officially begins his fundraising events early in the week.

Just as soon as it became clear Buono would be the only Democratic challenger prepared to go up against a Republican governor who’s closing in on near rock-star approval ratings, the chatter of a Christie “sweep” grew more serious.

No one predicted a Christie challenger would face anything other than an uphill battle, but the question of just how far Christie’s approval ratings will take him in a blue state have yet to be seen.

All eyes will turn to Buono as reporters and political wonks look to see whether the state senator will come out swinging and receive the full and unbridled support of Garden State Democrats.

Statehouse

Under the Golden Dome Senate lawmakers will meet twice this week to take up Superior Court judge nominations.

The procedural process shows little sign that Democratic Senate lawmakers are going to budge on what the administration says is their refusal to uphold their oaths of office by allowing Christie’s nominees to the state’s high court to get a confirmation hearing.

The governor’s office has made it clear – by way of a waterfall of daily news releases – they intend to begin really hammering Democrats for not giving the next pair of nominees a hearing.

But so far there’s been little indication that Robert Hanna and David Bauman are a moment away from sitting down face-to-face with Senate lawmakers.

Mayors’ Legislative Day

But one group of officials who will have an opportunity to get their time in with state lawmakers is New Jersey’s mayors.

Mayors’ Legislative Day is Wednesday and will give local officials the opportunity to talk with their state representatives and weigh in on such issues as affordable housing and shared services.

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

11:30 a.m., Judiciary Committee, Rm. 4, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

12:30 p.m., Voting session, Senate chambers, Trenton

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

1 p.m., Commerce Committee, Rm. 6, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

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

Boards and Commissions

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

 

Tuesday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Nothing scheduled

Boards and Commissions

9:30 a.m., Radiologic Technical Board of Examiners, 25 Arctic Parkway, Ewing

10 a.m., Board of Public Utilities, 44 S. Clinton Ave., Trenton

6 p.m., Governor’s N.J. SAFE Task Force, Rutgers University Camden, Campus Center, multipurpose room, 326 Penn St., Camden

6 p.m., Delaware Bay Shellfisheries Council, Haskin Shellfish Research Lab, 6959 Miller Ave., Port Norris

Daily Events

4:30 p.m., N.J. Chamber of Commerce, Lt. Governor’s N.J. Resource for Business Growth Event, Kean University, STEM building, 1075 Morris Ave., Union

6 p.m., N.J. School Boards Association, Burlington County Student Achievement Program, Burlington and Ocean counties school boards associations, Rancocas Valley Regional High School, 520 Jacksonville Road, Mount Holly

 

Wednesday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Nothing scheduled

Boards and Commissions

10 a.m., Tidelands Resource Council, 501 E. State St., second floor, Hudson Conference Room, Trenton

1:30 p.m., Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, 225 Park Ave. South, 15th floor, New York

3 p.m., Governor’s N.J. SAFE Task Force, Brookdale Community College, Warner Student Life Center, 765 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft

Daily Events

8 a.m., N.J. Business and Industry Association, Meet the Decision Makers: Health Commissioner Mary O’Dowd, Forsgate Country Club, 375 Forsgate Drive, Monroe

8:30 a.m., N.J. League of Municipalities, 21st Annual Mayors’ Legislative Day, Rm. 4, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

7 p.m., N.J. School Boards Association, Governance II, III and IV training programs, Piscataway High School, 100 Behmer Road, Piscataway

 

Thursday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Senate

9:30 a.m., Judiciary Committee, Rm. 4, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

2 p.m., Voting session, Senate chambers, Statehouse, Trenton

Boards and Commissions

4 p.m., N.J. Dept. of Health, State Health Planning Board, hearing on Elective Percutaneous Coronary Angioplasty, Public Health Environmental and Agricultural Laboratory, 3 Schwartzkopf Drive, Ewing

6 p.m., Governor’s N.J. SAFE Task Force, Rutgers University School of Law Newark, Center for Law and Justice, Baker Trial Courtroom, Rm. 125, 123 Washington St., Newark

Daily Events

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

 

Friday

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. Pinelands Commission, Richard J. Sullivan Center for Environmental Policy and Education, 15C Springfield Road, New Lisbon

 

 

 

Weekly Advance: Week of Feb. 4, 2013