Weekly Advance: Week of Nov. 11

TRENTON – The post-election day tremors have subsided (we hope), and the Legislature will return to some form of normality with numerous committee hearings this coming week.

Here is a sampling of the bills that are scheduled to be ushered before Senate panels:

*The tuition equality bill, which allows students of undocumented parents to pay the lower, in-state college tuition;

*An internet gaming bill that would allow equipment to be stored at a secure facility other than a casino;

*Establishing a commission to study implications of full-day kindergarten;

*Addressing the problem of drivers who engage in the use of inhalants, so-called “huffing.’’

The tuition bill, in particular, has ramifications as a lame-duck session priority.  Gov. Chris Christie has thrown support behind the concept as a matter of fairness toward such students.

 

The governor will appear on several TV news shows Sunday, basking in the afterglow of his easy re-election victory, and dealing with the inevitable – and unrelenting – questions about his presidential aspirations.

Questions of taste aside, the Time cover this past week had the right idea: Gov. Chris Christie’s presence affects the entire conversation regarding presidential campaigns.  He cannot be ignored.  His claims of bipartisan achievement can be expected to play well nationally in coming years as people remember the inanity of the federal government shutdown.

 

The state has opened a public comment period until Nov. 20 because it wants to shift its plan on how federal Sandy recovery money will be spent.

All this week residents will be able to weigh in.  The state wants to use $145 million to help people still stuck on waiting lists, and to help people stay in their home towns rather than move elsewhere.

The amendment can be viewed in English and Spanish at http://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/sandyrecovery/a… on the DCA website. Written comments on the amendment will be accepted at sandy.recovery@dca.state.nj.us until 5 p.m. Nov. 20.

Monday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Governor 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

Daily Events

6 p.m., “Marriage Equality, the GOP, and the Future of America,’’ Steve Schmidt, senior adviser, 2008 McCain for President Campaign, Rebovich Institute for N.J. Politics, Rider University, 2083 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrence

 

Wednesday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Nothing scheduled

Boards and Commissions

9 a.m., N.J. Board of Education, 100 Riverview Plaza, Trenton

9 a.m., Local Finance Board, Department of Community Affairs, 101 S. Broad St., Trenton

9:30 a.m., N.J. Clean Air Council, Department of Environmental Protection, 401 E. State St., Trenton

1:30 p.m., Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, 2 Montgomery St., Jersey City

7 p.m., Fort Monmouth Economic Recovery Authority, 502 Brewer Ave., Oceanport

Daily Events

8:30 a.m., “Complying with State and Federal Family and Disability Leave,” N.J. Business and Industry Association, Forsgate Country Club, 375 Forsgate Drive, Monroe

 

Thursday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Senate

10 a.m., Education Committee, Rm. 6, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

10 a.m., Higher Education Committee, Rm. 7, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

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., Budget and Appropriations Committee, Rm. 4, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

1 p.m., Military and Veterans Affairs Committee, Rm. 6, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

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

Boards and Commissions

10 a.m., N.J. Environmental Infrastructure Trust, conference room, 3131 Princeton Pike, Building 6, Suite 201, Lawrence

4 p.m., Marine Fisheries Council, Council room, Stafford Township Municipal Building, 260 Bay Ave., Manahawkin

 

Friday

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., Commission on Capitol Budgeting and Planning, 33 W. State St., Trenton

 

 

Weekly Advance: Week of Nov. 11