Weekly Advance: Week of July 15

TRENTON – Most of last week’s action was outside of the Jersey Statehouse, and much of the same can likely be said for the upcoming days.

As of Friday afternoon, little in the way of a full agenda was posted on the Legislature’s website and all signs point to the news cycle continuing to revolve around campaign races. However, it doesn’t mean there isn’t unfinished business under the Golden Dome that could bring a crowd.

The Senate and Assembly have yet to reconcile a couple of bills left over from the budget season that could spur lawmakers to gather in Trenton.

Senate President Steve Sweeney unveiled an advertising campaign – dubbed “R-U kidding me?” – that keeps Rutgers University’s Board of Trustees in his crosshairs. The proposal to dismantle the governing body stalled in the Assembly, but the rolling out of the ad signals the state’s top Senate lawmaker isn’t ready to let up on the call to disband the trustees.

Speaking of the Senate, a handful of upper-chamber lawmakers will be in the Statehouse Thursday for a pair of committee hearings.

The Senate Environment and Energy Committee is slated to host a public hearing on a proposal, S2268, the Bio-Based Heating Oil Bill, that would set up a schedule for all heating oil sold in the state to have increasing amounts of biodiesel content.

Then the committee will hold a hearing on a resolution, SCR160, to amend the state’s Constitution to dedicate $200 million annually for open space preservation that includes areas prone to flooding.

Aside from the scant Statehouse schedule, the focus of the attention will likely remain the state’s special U.S. Senate race and, possibly, the upcoming gubernatorial race.

The Senate primary is just weeks away and there are two clear frontrunners for both sides.

Additionally, Gov. Chris Christie is back in town this week and can be expected to have a public appearance. His gubernatorial challenger, Sen. Barbara Buono, is rumored to be close to tapping a running mate and could make her lieutenant governor selection public this week, as well.

Monday

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

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

 

Tuesday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Nothing scheduled

Boards and Commissions

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

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

6 p.m., State Health Planning Board, public hearing into ownership transfer of Chilton Hospital, Pequannock Township Library, 477 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Pompton Plains

 

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

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

10 a.m., Endangered and Nongame Species Advisory Committee, Central Region Office, Assunpink Wildlife Management Area, Robbinsville

6 p.m., Department of Environmental Protection and State Police, Nuclear Emergency Response Plan public hearing, Salem County Office of Emergency Management, 135 Cemetery Road, Emergency News Center, second floor, Woodstown

7 p.m., Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority, Eatontown Municipal Building, 47 Broad St., Eatontown

 

Thursday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

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

Senate

10 a.m., Environment and Energy Committee, Rm. 10, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

10 a.m., Legislative Oversight Committee, Rm. 1, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

Boards and Commissions

10 a.m., N.J. Lottery Commission, first-floor Lottery Commission meeting room, One Lawrence Park Complex, Brunswick Avenue Circle, Lawrence

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

10:30 a.m., N.J. Historical Commission, Pane Room, first floor, Archibald Alexander Library, Rutgers University, 169 College Ave., New Brunswick

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

Daily Events

8:30 a.m., N.J. League of Municipalities, NGIC presents “Combined Heat and Power: The Next Generation,’’ EcoComplex, 1200 Florence-Columbus Road, Bordentown

 

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, 50 W. State St., Trenton

 

 

 

Weekly Advance: Week of July 15