Weekly Advance: Week of Oct. 21

TRENTON – It’s the second to last full week ahead of November’s election.

Don’t anticipate a lot of Statehouse happenings this week.

In fact, the only Legislative matter on the agenda for the week is the last of a handful of Superstorm Sandy recovery update hearings that have been hosted in various parts of the state. A joint Senate and Assembly environment committee will be held Monday in Toms River to take testimony on the recovery effort.

Like before, Gov. Chris Christie administration officials were invited to attended but are unlikely to appear at the 4 p.m. hearing.

And that’s the Legislative focus for the week.

Instead of Statehouse happenings, the focus of the week’s attention will be on district races and New Jersey’s gubernatorial election.

Sen. Barbara Buono is trailing Christie in the polls by sizeable double-digit margins.

The gubernatorial debates are over and the Buono campaign recently aired its first television ad of the general election, so now it’s up to the Democratic hopeful to find a game changer of sorts if she hopes to inch closer to sending Christie packing.

Absent of any game changers, the state’s competitive races could come down to the legislative districts.

Democratic Senator-elect Cory Booker may have beaten Republican Steve Lonegan by double digits last week, but some have looked to the 11 percentage-point win as a possibility for underdogs to make waves in competitive districts.

Plus, add that to Christie’s soaring approval ratings.

Sure, polls have shown the governor’s coattails aren’t likely to act as coattails at all. But, with Lonegan’s ability to chip away at Booker in a blue state, Republicans are certainly hoping to be able to cash in on whatever they can.

These races could get interesting.

 

Monday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

4 p.m., Joint Assembly/Senate Environment committees, Sandy hearing, LMH Room, Toms River Town Hall, 33 Washington St., Toms River

Boards and Commissions

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

Daily Events

9 a.m., Understanding the Affordable Healthcare Act, N.J. League of Municipalities, Robert Meyner Reception Center, PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel

6 p.m., First District legislative debate, Old Courthouse, Cape May Courthouse, Middle Township

 

Tuesday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Nothing scheduled

Daily Events

8:30 a.m., HR201: Putting It All into Practice, N.J. Business and Industry Association, Pines Manor, 2085 Lincoln Hwy., Edison

7 p.m., An Evening with Barbara Buono, Rebovich Institute for New Jersey Politics, Rider University, Bart Luedeke Center Theater, 2083 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrence

 

Wednesday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Nothing scheduled

Daily Events

5 p.m., Forum 2013: An Evening with Morning Joe, N.J. Chamber of Commerce, Pines Manor, 2085 Lincoln Hwy., Edison

6 p.m., Ninth District legislative debate, Campus Center Theatre, Stockton College

 

Thursday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Nothing scheduled

Boards and Commissions

9:30 a.m., N.J. Commission on Environmental Education and Interagency Work Group, conference call, 609-984-9802

10 a.m., N.J. Health Care Facilities Financing Authority, Building 4, Station Plaza, South Clinton Avenue, Trenton

 

Friday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Nothing scheduled

 

 

Weekly Advance: Week of Oct. 21