Weekly Advance: Week of July 8

TRENTON – Eyes away from the Statehouse and on the campaign trail.

Last week’s news that the Senate would not gavel in Monday for a session means, without a change in schedule, the Statehouse should remain relatively quiet.

The battle over proposed legislation that would dismantle Rutgers University’s Board of Trustees still lingers between the Senate and Assembly, however, a date to vote on the bill in the lower house that was first introduced by Senate President Steve Sweeney has yet to be determined.

The news, then, will likely turn on the New Jersey Senate race as hopefuls trailing Newark Mayor Cory Booker in the polls hope to gain some traction.

The special election to fill former Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s seat currently being held by Sen. Jeff Chiesa is approaching sooner rather than later.

Congressmen Rush Holt and Frank Pallone, as well as Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver, have a lot of ground to make up if they want to knock Booker off as the top favorite to win the Democratic primary next month.

Weekly Advance: Week of July 8