From a statement released a short while ago from Senate President Steve Sweeney:
Earlier today, the Governor called me to his office and agreed to release the documents Majority Leader Buono has sought if the Senate would postpone its vote on granting the Legislative Oversight Committee subpoena powers.
The Governor agreed to release the materials by Wednesday. I have agreed to the Governor’s request.
Gov. Christie is almost certainly not liking the pile-up of criticism of his increasingly opaque executive branch. And he really doesn’t want Buono compelling his staff to do anything. That does not look good. And it’s particularly not the kind of story you want following you around if you’re a media star governor making his first cross-country endorsement whirlwind trip. His move today reads like a man running ahead of a parade that stepped off without him, grabbing a baton to try and look like he’s leading instead of being yanked. The Senate – in session right now – is scheduled to consider granting Senator Buono’s Legislative Oversight Committee subpoena powers. Buono said late last week that she would ask the full Senate for subpoena powers after receiving what she termed a “woefully inadequate response” to her Open Public Records request for documents in the state’s botched Race to the Top application, in which New Jersey lost $400 million coming in 11th in a competitive program where only the top 10 states received funding.