It’s Friday morning and New Jersey politicians are still fighting over pensions and guns and Donald Trump’s refugee rebuke.
Quote of the Day: “New Jersey would love to see four leaders in the room with the governor. Let’s get it done, let’s fix it and then we can get the governor to sign it,” – Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick, callling on Democrats to meet with Republicans to discuss a Republican gun control measure.
Laying Pension Blame on Christie, Sweeney Defends Constitutional Amendment
Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) his proposed constitutional amendment to address New Jersey’s $80 billion pension shortfall at the statehouse Thursday, responding to criticism from the Republican caucus calling the plan short-sighted.
Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick and Assembly Republican Whip Scott Rumana held a press call to discuss the recently emphasized gun legislation that had been vetoed by the Governor. In the Senate, that veto was overridden when Democrats under the leadership of Senate President Steve Sweeney were able to secure enough Republican votes. Earlier this month, the Assembly couldn’t match Sweeney’s victory when Democrats failed to secure the number of votes needed to complete the override.
A bill to allow industrial hemp farming and distribution in New Jersey cleared a hearing of the Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee in what sponsor Reed Guscoria (D-15) called a victory for economic development in the state.
2017-Seeking Fulop Makes the Rounds in Essex and Hudson
Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop straddled Hudson and Essex counties on Wednesday night, lending a voice to the projected alliance between Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and Newark North Ward Councilman Anibal Ramos at the latter’s fundraiser; then addressing the Hudson County Young Democrats at an energized event.
Job Training Bill Former Casino Workers Released from Committee
The Senate Labor Committee released a bill (S2840) from committee Thursday morning that would create new job training programs for laid off casino workers following the several casino closures in Atlantic City the last two years.
Christie approval rating drops to new low in New Jersey, poll says
Governor Christie’s popularity may be increasing in New Hampshire, but it has dropped to a new low in New Jersey, according to a poll released Thursday by Rutgers University’s Eagleton Institute of Politics.
Christie lawyer in GWB lane closing probe now raising funds for his campaign
A lawyer who was part of the team hired by Governor Christie last year to investigate his administration’s role in the George Washington Bridge scandal is now raising funds for his presidential campaign.
Déjà vu: Jersey City to vote again on election move
In the latest twist in the never-ending saga that is Mayor Steve Fulop’s attempt to move city elections from May to November, Fulop is withdrawing his support of a measure that would have led to the City Council formalizing the change as early as next week.
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DiVincenzo campaign spending case headed to court
The state Election Law Enforcement Commission is heading to court next week in an effort to keep alive its two-year-old case against Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, accused of spending thousands of dollars in campaign funds on personal expenses, including gym membership fees and tickets to sporting events.