Weekly Advance: Week of June 17

TRENTON – The humming continues this week with all signs pointing toward a less than spectacular budget showdown finale.

Legislative and executive staffs have been working behind closed doors to craft a budget, and sooner than later it will be time for Gov. Chris Christie and the legislative leadership to sit down at the table.

And if public comments leading up to this point have been any indicator, the budget compromise will likely be little in the way of contentious.
Late last week, the Senate Budget Committee’s chairman, Sen. Paul Sarlo, said during a committee hearing that he planned to schedule a budget hearing for this week.

Sarlo said legislators submitted to the administration areas of possible cuts and additions and that they were waiting for a response from the front office.

It was possible the differences could be hammered out over the weekend, he said, which would mean a final budget could hit the governor’s desk ahead of schedule.

Political races

 The state’s gubernatorial race shows little sign of coming to a head anytime in the immediate future.

Christie and Sen. Barbara Buono faced off for the first time last week since the race officially got under way. The pair shared a stage and addressed the state’s business community in Princeton, and the result gave little indication of a neck-and-neck race.

The crowd gave the state’s incumbent Republican governor a warm reception. They laughed at his jokes and peppered his speech with applause before responding at the end of Christie’s remarks with a standing ovation.

Buono’s jokes, on the other hand, fell short of garnering laughs and the crowd gave little in the way of applause breaks during her remarks.
The state’s political race to watch, then, is the run for U.S. Senate.

The upcoming weeks will be interesting to watch as two Democratic congressmen and the speaker of the state’s General Assembly battle to take Newark’s mayor out of the running.

Votes

Both the Senate and Assembly will have voting sessions on Thursday.

Expect some key bills to face votes as the fiscal year winds down.

Monday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Senate

10:30 a.m., Economic Growth Committee, Rm. 1, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

10:30 a.m., Law and Public Safety Committee, Rm. 10, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

1 p.m., State Government, Wagering, Tourism, and Historic Preservation Committee, Rm. 7, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

Assembly

10 a.m., Budget Committee, Rm. 11, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

Boards and Commissions

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

7 p.m., Atlantic Coast Shellfisheries Council, Nacote Creek Law Enforcement Office, 360 New York Road, Port Republic

Daily Events

8 a.m., Cyber Terrorism and Health Care, Rutgers Student Center, 126 College Ave., New Brunswick

4 p.m., Tour of Community Farmers Market, Agriculture Secretary Douglas Fisher, Robbinsville Farmers Market, corner of routes 526 and 33, parking lot across from Washington Towne Center, Robbinsville

 

Tuesday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

11 a.m., Legislative Black Caucus, hearing into state control of schools, Bethany Baptist Church, 275 W. Market St., Newark

Boards and Commissions

10 a.m., State Mosquito Control Commission, Department of Environmental Protection, 501 E. State St., Plaza 5, Trenton

11 a.m., Election Law Enforcement Commission, 28 W. State St., Trenton

Daily Events

9 a.m., N.J. League of Municipalities, “A Review of the Open Public Records Act,” Crowne Plaza Monroe, 390 Forsgate Drive, Monroe

1 p.m., Jobs and Economy Roundtable, Assembly Republican Policy Co-Chair Caroline Casagrande and business leaders, Turrell Boardroom, second floor, Bey Hall, Monmouth University, 400 Cedar Ave., West Long Branch

 

Wednesday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Senate

9:30 a.m., Education Committee, Rm. 6, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

11 a.m., Legislative Oversight Committee, Rm. 10, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

Boards and Commissions

9 a.m., Delaware River Port Authority, One Port Center, boardroom, Camden

9:30 a.m., Commission on Radiation Protection, Bureau of X-Ray Compliance, 25 Arctic Parkway, large conference room, Ewing

10 a.m., Board of Public Utilities, Rm. 11, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

10 a.m., Delaware and Raritan Canal Commission, Prallsville Mills, 33 Risler St., Stockton

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

Daily Events

6:30 p.m., N.J. Policy Perspective Forum: Garden State Giveaways, Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair, 67 Church St., Montclair

 

Thursday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Senate

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

Assembly

TBA, Voting session, Assembly chambers, Statehouse, Trenton

Boards and Commissions

4 p.m., State Health Planning Board, public hearing, elective percutaneous coronary angioplasty, Essex County College, 303 University Ave., J. Harry Smith lecture hall, Newark

4:30 p.m., N.J. Law Revision Commission, seventh floor, 153 Halsey St., Newark

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

Daily Events

8:30 a.m., N.J. Chamber of Commerce, Summer Member Networking Breakfast, Lambertville House, 32 Bridge St., Lambertville

 

Friday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Nothing scheduled

Daily Events

8 a.m., N.J. Business and Industry Association, Meet the Decision Makers: DEP Commissioner-Environmental Policy, Forsgate Country Club, 375 Forsgate Drive, Monroe

Weekly Advance: Week of June 17