Weekly Advance: Week of May 13

TRENTON – As the state nears the time of the year budget negotiations would usually heat up, a lull in the Statehouse before a possible storm appears to be on the horizon.

We use words like “would usually” and “possible” because an overt battle between the Democrat-controlled Legislature and the Republican executive is at the moment essentially nonexistent. It could become contentious, however, when the real wrangling begins after updated revenue numbers are presented to lawmakers on May 21.

But we’re not there yet.

The upcoming week is top heavy, with a packed Monday – Assembly quorum, ten legislative committees and a Senate session featuring gun bills – and then, well, very little.

The rest of the week’s calendar for events under the Golden Dome is cleared.

But don’t fret, Monday’s schedule won’t be light as Assembly lawmakers pack into the Statehouse for committee hearings and Senate lawmakers take the debate over guns to the Senate floor.

When a gun package went before the Assembly floor, debate was mostly sparse – especially when compared to debate that raged prior to the floor vote in committee.

Much can probably be expected on the Senate side. But, with the exception of one fairly significant caveat: Democrats.

The Democratic Legislature seems more poised to fight amongst themselves on the issue of gun control than to send a unified package to Gov. Chris Christie for his signature.

Newtown, Conn., families came to the Statehouse in recent weeks to lobby for gun reform overall, but mainly focused their attention to further limits on ammunition contained in gun magazines.

The proposal, however, is missing from the Senate package. The omission has irked Assembly Dems, who likely hoped to force Christie to draw a line in the sand on the issue and make the decision whether to approve or deny the restrictions rest solely on him.

But as of now, the legislative majority won’t have their chance to paint any sort of stark contrast between themselves and this Blue State’s Republican governor (in an election year, mind you).

Monday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Senate

10 a.m., Judiciary Committee, Rm. 4, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

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

Assembly

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

11 a.m., State Government Committee, Rm. 16, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

2 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

 

Tuesday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Nothing scheduled

Boards and Commissions

9:30 a.m., Noise Control Council, Rm. 101, operator training center, Cook College campus, New Brunswick

 

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

7 p.m., Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority, Tinton Falls Municipal Building, 556 Tinton Ave., Tinton Falls

Daily events

8:30 a.m., Federal Healthcare Reform: What Businesses Need To Know, N.J. Business and Industry Association, Pines Manor, Edison

9:30 a.m., Eastern Region Community Media Conference, N.J. League of Municipalities, New Brunswick Hyatt (day one of three)

 

Thursday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Nothing scheduled

Boards and Commissions

9:15 a.m., Health Care Administration Board, Health and Agriculture Building, 369 S. Warren St., Trenton

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

5 p.m., Highlands Council, 100 North Road, Chester

9:15 a.m., Health Care Administration Board, Health and Agriculture Building, 369 S. Warren St., Trenton

Daily Events

9:15 a.m., Eastern Region Community Media Conference, N.J. League of Municipalities, New Brunswick Hyatt (day two of three)

 

Friday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Nothing scheduled

Boards and Commissions

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

Daily Events

8 a.m., Salute to New Jersey Workers Breakfast, N.J. Democratic State Committee Annual State Party Conference, Ocean Ballroom, Bally’s, Atlantic City

9:30 a.m., Eastern Region Community Media Conference, N.J. League of Municipalities, New Brunswick Hyatt (day three of three)

12 p.m., Women’s Step-Up Luncheon, keynote speech by Sen. Barbara Buono, N.J. Democratic State Committee Annual State Party Conference, Ocean Ballroom, Bally’s, Atlantic City

7 p.m., NJDSC Conference Dinner Hosted by New Jersey’s Democratic Congressional Delegation, N.J. Democratic State Committee Annual State Party Conference, Ocean Ballroom, Bally’s, Atlantic City

 

 

Weekly Advance: Week of May 13