Canceled: NJ League of Municipalities Conference

“What’s next” after New Jersey elections has been for 97 years the annual League of Municipalities Conference in Atlantic City. But this year it’s canceled. Blame Sandy.

Just this morning I was urging Flemington’s newly-elected Dem councilwoman to go, even before her swearing-in. The League actually canceled late Monday, but I missed it in the election din.

This morning I talked to Councilman Chuck Chiarello, League immediate past president. State officials are always key players at these things and Chiarello told me the League’s decision rested partly on Gov. Christie’s expectation that he and other officials would still be on storm duty next week.

The conference was Monday-Thursday at the Atlantic City Convention Center. About 20,000 people were expected; electeds at all levels of NJ government, plus spouses, vendors, lobbyists. It’s one of AC’s cash cows, and the second scrapped this week. NJEA’s would have started tomorrow.

Three meetings required by League bylaws and normally folded into the AC schedule will all be held next month in Princeton. That’s the business of deciding which issues the League will pursue with the Legislature, an annual business meeting and a nominating meeting for League officers.

Newly-elected municipal electeds ready to get their feet wet can still attend one of two orientations the League hosts; Jan. 12 in Eatontown and Jan. 26 in Rutherford. There’s also a well-regarded 15-hour class given by Rutgers, Powers and Duties of Municipal Elected Officials but the Continuing Education Center for Government Services was not reachable as I was writing this.  

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