Archive: June, 2012
Full story's in Sunday's paper, with Christie interview, here
Gov. Christie has called legislators back to Trenton on Monday -- after some have already left for vacation down the Shore -- to deal with his tax cut proposal.
Christie, who crossed out spending in the Democrats' budget yesterday before signing it, sent the announcement about the special session at 11 a.m. today, giving legislators the constitutionally-mandated 48 hours -- and not a minute more -- before they need to be back in Trenton. He will address both the Assembly and Senate and then ask legislators to debate his tax cut bill.
Today is the day we expect Gov. Christie to sign, veto or line-item veto the Democrats' budget. (He has until tomorrow at midnight to act, but he wants us to have Saturday off, doesn't he??)
This is the most important document that passes through the Statehouse each year, affecting New Jerseyans in ways big and small: your taxes, schools, roads, housing, health care and so much more.
Last year, Christie took the Democrats' budget and line-item vetoed a range of funding for the poor, elderly, sick, students and urbanites. Democrats reacted angrily, with Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester) calling Christie a "rotten prick."
With the state Assembly's recent passage of a bill decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana, Gov. Christie was asked yesterday on Twitter by a Willie Nelson-inspired pro-pot political party if he ever smoked reefer.
He tweeted his response: The answer is no.
And no means no for you too, potheads. Christie said last week that he would veto the Assembly's pot legalization bill if it comes to his desk (which now appears unlikely, since the Senate is not planning on voting on the bill soon).
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Despite a few questions about her involvement in a wrongful termination whistleblower suit, Gov. Christie's former attorney general, Paula Dow, cruised through a confirmation hearing this morning before the Senate judiciary committee.
The full Senate is expected to confirm Christie's appointment to Burlington County Superior Court later today.
Today, I wrote about a lawsuit against Dow filed by Bennett Barlyn, a former high-ranking county prosecutor in Hunterdon County:
Updated, 4 pm.
Gov. Christie is getting ready to crack some skulls this summer.
Or so he said yesterday at a town hall meeting in Brick (full coverage: here), vowing to "fight" Democrats and "kick their rear ends" after they "lied" about putting a tax cut into their budget.
In case you missed it, in today's paper I recapped the drama related to the budget crunch and the proposed reorganization of the state's system of higher education:
TRENTON - On a day so busy that the Statehouse cafeteria stayed open an extra three hours for hungry lobbyists who were monitoring dozens of bills, Democrats scampered in and out of meetings to try to put together a $31.7 billion budget to send to Gov. Christie.
Turns out, they also needed to put out a fire that began Thursday and lasted well into Friday afternoon.
Click here for the full story in Friday's paper on the Democratic insurgency and Democratic budget proposal.
Amid a hectic day of haggling over the budget at the Statehouse, the planned vote on the biggest restructuring of higher education in a half-century has been postponed until next week, Senate President Stephen Sweeney said moments ago.
My colleague, James Osborne, reports that Sweeney attributed the delay on today's scheduled Senate vote to last-minute amendments to the plan. "We're not going to rush this thing," he said.
Inquirer reporter Matt Katz chats about his quest for open records in N.J. Read his Sunday story here.