Weekly Advance: Week of Aug. 12

TRENTON – Another summer week in the New Jersey Statehouse is upon us.

There’s little in the way of excitement brewing beneath the Golden Dome this week. It’s a repeat of last week, just a single day of committee hearings planned – this time, it’s a joint committee.

Statehouse business, sort of

Senate and Assembly environment committees will gavel in this week, albeit not in the Statehouse.

The Senate Environment and Energy Committee and the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee will hold a joint hearing at the Atlantic City Convention Center to hear testimony on the progress of Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts.

The hearing has the potential to be routine by giving legislators an opportunity to check in with Shore residents and officials about the Sandy recovery efforts.

But on the other hand, it is an election year and Gov. Chris Christie is flying high in the polls – especially among Shore residents.  In a gubernatorial matchup against Sen. Barbara Buono, the incumbent has commanding leads in every other area of the state, from 56 – 33 percent in suburban areas to 67 – 21 percent at the Shore.

Christie’s popularity with his response to the storm means Democrats may attempt to knock him down a few pegs if they can sense any weakness.

On the campaign trail

And once again, the bulk of the state’s political news will likely be on the campaign trails.

Christie is back from vacation this week and will likely be traveling the state in his bid to maintain his position as governor. Buono, who had a smattering of public events last week, will likely also do her best to get in front of the cameras.

But most importantly, it’s special primary election week.

Tuesday

What should be a big day for New Jersey political wonks will likely result in the lack of any surprise when voters head to the polls to choose two candidates to vie against one another in the October special election to fill the remainder of Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s term.

Newark Mayor Cory Booker holds a strong lead in the polls among Democrats and Republican Steve Lonegan has an even more commanding lead over his GOP rival.

Candidates will probably do their best to throw last-minute punches over the weekend and leading up to Tuesday, but the scales seemed tipped in the pair’s favor.

 

Monday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Nothing scheduled

 

Tuesday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Nothing scheduled

Boards and Commissions

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

10 a.m., Fish and Game Council, Central Region Office, Assunpink Wildlife Management Area, Robbinsville

 

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

3 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Commission, fourth-floor small conference room, Department of State, 225 W. State St., Trenton

 

Thursday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

11 a.m., Joint hearing into Sandy recovery efforts, Senate/Assembly Environment committees, Rm. 411, Atlantic City Convention Center, One Convention Center Blvd., Atlantic City

Boards and Commissions

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

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

 

Friday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Nothing scheduled

 

 

  Weekly Advance: Week of Aug. 12