Weekly Advance: Week of Dec. 9

TRENTON – The week gets off to a roaring start. The executive director of the Port Authority – responding to

TRENTON – The week gets off to a roaring start.

The executive director of the Port Authority – responding to a subpoena – is scheduled to testify before the Assembly Transportation Committee on Monday.

Patrick Foye will be on the carpet regarding a September snafu involving lane closures at the George Washington Bridge that some Democrats feel still has not been explained adequately.

Two weeks ago the Authority’s Number 2 man, former Senator Bill Baroni, answered questions before the committee but the event turned into a taffy pull: Baroni wanted to keep talking about why the traffic study was needed; Chair John Wisniewski wanted answers about who made the call to shut lanes down and why.

Could there be more of the same contentiousness?

Gov. Chris Christie dismissed Dems’ concerns this week over the closures, and agreed with Baroni that what matters is exploring why one town, Fort Lee, has three dedicated lanes at the expense of other motorists.

Wisniewski has been a thorn in the Authority’s side for some time, describing the Authority as out of control and unresponsive to the public it serves.

Whatever happens in Room 11 of the Statehouse Annex Monday, it won’t be dull.

 

Two bills will be up for committee consideration Monday that would be of interest to veterans.

Sen. James Beach will have two bills up in the Military and Veterans Affairs Committee he chairs that would involve school security and tax credits.

In the first one, the Education commissioner would set up a three-year, 12-school-max pilot program to study placing veterans in school security positions.

In consultation with the Attorney General’s office, the Education department would select and train veterans, and then place them in schools to help improve security.

The program would seek to include schools from all areas of the state. The state would consider a school’s record regarding problems such as bullying, vandalism, harassment and intimidation.

 

The other veterans-related bill sponsored by the Camden County Democrat would provide for a tax credit to developers if they build housing for veterans.

The credit amount would be calculated based on the developer’s expenditures to create rental housing restricted to occupancy by veterans. 

The bill provides that expenditures for a wide array of construction and real estate development activities would be considered “allowable costs” that qualify for the credit. 

The credit amount could be up to 10 percent of the developer’s allowable costs.

 

Want an early glimpse into next year’s politicking as it concerns crafting budgets and cutting taxes?

The N.J. Business and Industry Association will host a forum on Tuesday at the Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel in Iselin that will include a who’s who of Statehouse figures.

How about this roster? Former U.S. Sen. Jeff Chiesa and Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno will bookend the event with remarks.

In between, one of the events will feature the Speaker-elect and Assembly Budget Chair Vincent Prieto, Senate Budget Chair Paul Sarlo, and the Minority Leaders Sen. Tom Kean Jr. and Assemblyman Jon Bramnick.

You can expect there will be comments about tax cut and budget proposals interspersed with partisan barbs.

 

Monday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Senate

10:30 a.m., Economic Growth Committee, Rm. 1, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

11 a.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

2 p.m., Judiciary Committee, Rm. 4, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

Assembly

10 a.m., Transportation, Public Works and Independent Authorities Committee, Rm. 11, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

Boards and Commissions

10:30 a.m., Public Health Council, first-floor boardroom, Department of Health, 369 S. Warren St., Trenton

5 p.m., Pinelands Commission, public hearing, memorandum of understanding regarding construction of natural gas transmission line, Galloway Township Municipal Building, 300 E. Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway

Daily Events

9 a.m., Understanding the Affordable Healthcare Act, N.J. League of Municipalities, Conference Center at Mercer County Community College, 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor

7:30 p.m., An Evening with Chris Matthews, Host of MSNBC’s “Hardball,” Douglass Campus Center, Rutgers University, 100 George St., New Brunswick

 

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

Daily Events

7:45 a.m., Public Policy Forum, N.J. Business and Industry Association, featuring Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, Assembly Speaker-elect Vincent Prieto, Senate Budget Chairman Paul Sarlo, Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean Jr. and Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick, Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel, 515 Route 1 South, Iselin

 

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

9 a.m., Delaware River Port Authority, 11th-floor boardroom, One Port Center, 2 Riverside Drive, Camden

9:30 a.m., Clean Air Council, IBEW Local 94, 219 Franklin St., Hightstown

 

Thursday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

12:30 p.m., Joint State Leasing and Space Utilization Committee, Rm. 7, Statehouse Annex, Trenton

Boards and Commissions

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

 

Friday

Gov. Chris Christie

Not yet scheduled

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Not yet scheduled

Legislature

Nothing scheduled

Boards and Commissions

9:30 a.m., Pinelands Commission, Richard J. Sullivan Center for Environmental Policy and Education, 15C Springfield Road, New Lisbon

  Weekly Advance: Week of Dec. 9