Weekly Advance: Week of June 10

TRENTON – The Statehouse will be humming this week as the legislative session edges to a close.

Both chambers will be in attendance over two separate days to vote on a host of proposed bills as lawmakers continue to meet behind closed doors for budget negotiations.

The Assembly is slated to meet under the Golden Dome Monday and Senate lawmakers will gather Thursday. All told, there’s more than a dozen committee hearings scheduled for the week.

But where the legislative session lacks with flare this week, the state’s Democratic Party will more than make up for any excitement.

Party leaders are slated to vote this week on a new party chairman to take the reins as the state gears toward the November election

It was no secret among politicos that Democratic gubernatorial nominee Sen. Barbara Buono’s decision to tap Assemblyman Jason O’Donnell as state chairman was going to be an uphill battle. However, immediately following the state’s primary election last week it’s now clear the Democratic establishment intends to fight her at every corner on the issues.

South Jersey power broker George Norcross tipped his hand to supporting Sen. Ray Lesniak last week. Since that time, the floodgates have opened and support for Lesniak to become the party’s next state chairman has rushed through corners of the state.

Both camps said last week each is confident that their pick will have enough votes. But, by the end of the week the guessing game will be over.

The bigger question surrounding the issue is what does it mean for Buono’s gubernatorial campaign, and will a fractured party jump ship on throwing its support behind the state senator in hopes of focusing instead on local races?

Monday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

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

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., State Government Committee, Rm. 13, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

Boards and Commissions

10 a.m., Medical Assistance Advisory Council, N.J. Forensic Science Technology Center, 1200 Negron Drive, Hamilton

10:30 a.m., N.J. Public Health Council, Department of Health, board room, 369 S. Warren St., Trenton

 

Tuesday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

10 a.m., Joint Committee on the Public Schools, Rm. 16, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

Boards and Commissions

10 a.m., Economic Development Authority, Waterfront Technology Center, 200 Federal St., Camden

10 a.m., N.J. Health Care Facilities Financing Authority, fourth floor, Station Plaza, Building 4, 22 S. Clinton Ave., Trenton

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

Daily Events

8:45 a.m., N.J. League of Municipalities, “The Prospects, Politics and Potential Impact of Property Tax Reform on New Jersey Municipalities, the Real Estate Market and the State’s Economy,” Woodrow Wilson Hall Auditorium, Monmouth University, West Long Branch

 

Wednesday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Nothing scheduled

Boards and Commissions

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

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

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

10:30 a.m., N.J. Historical Commission, 225 W. State St., conference room 2, fourth floor, Trenton

Daily Events

6 p.m., N.J. Business and Industry Association Employer Legislative Committee, Gubernatorial candidates Gov. Chris Christie, Sen. Barbara Buono, Hyatt Regency, Route 1, West Windsor

 

 

 

Thursday

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 a.m., Labor Committee, Rm. 6, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

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

12 p.m., Environment and Energy Committee, (Sales tax/open space) Rm. 10, Statehouse Annex, 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

10 a.m., Sports and Exposition Authority, Meadowlands, East Rutherford

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

Daily Events

5 p.m., N.J. Chamber of Commerce, 16th Annual Open House and Reception, N.J. State Museum, 205 W. State St., Trenton

 

Friday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Nothing scheduled

Boards and Commissions

9:30 a.m., Pinelands Commission, Richard J. Sullivan Center for Environmental Policy and Education, 15C Springfield Road, New Lisbon

Daily Events

7:30 a.m., N.J. League of Municipalities, Mini One Day Conference, Conference Center at Mercer County Community College, 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor

8:45 a.m., Building a Sustainable Infrastructure After Sandy, NJ Spotlight Conference, Trenton War Memorial

 

Weekly Advance: Week of June 10