What’s Happening Today Fri. 09/13/2013

Following the devastating boardwalk fire in Seaside Heights and Seaside Park, public events today are subject to change. We express our deep sympathy to those affected and our hope for a successful recovery.

The Rand Paul and Steve Lonegan show is comin’ to Clark today: There will be a Champagne Brunch and photo opportunity at 10:30am. Space is limited for this intimate event. Steve Lonegan and Senator Rand Paul will host a Liberty and Victory Lunch Reception at 11:15am. Ticket price is $250 per person and will include a photo with Senator Rand Paul. At Noon, the public is invited to attend a free Rally for Liberty and Victory. Go here for more information or to RSVP for your tickets today! Or read this Blue Jersey diary for the enlightenment we can expect from this event.

Economic Opportunity Act: (A3680) The Senate has now concurred to the governor’s conditional veto, ensuring that the legislation overhauling New Jersey’s business tax subsidy programs will become law. NJ Policy Perspective President Gordon MacInnes says, “This legislation throws more resources at New Jersey’s subsidy programs, despite the fact that tax subsidies have only marginal effects on location decisions. The lack of a spending cap, in particular, is distressing, as it all but ensures the state will continue the surge in subsidy awards that have marked the past few years, further straining future state budgets.”

Legislation to improve the reporting, tracing and collection of illegal firearms: (S2718) sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-37) received final approval in the state Senate. The measure was conditionally vetoed by the governor, but maintains key provisions that would require law enforcement officers seizing or recovering firearms to follow a reporting procedure.

Legislation to authorize horse racing on the beach: (S2899) sponsored by Senator Donald Norcross (D-5) and Senator Jim Whelan (D-2) has been approved by the Senate. It now goes to the governor’s desk for his signature. I always thought one should not race horses on the beach because it increased their risk of serious injury.


Public Schedules:

Buono/Silva gubernatorial campaign: 12:30pm, Barbara Buono: Construction Roundtable of NJ’s 4th Annual Diversity Conference, Merck World Headquarters, 1 Merck Dr., Whitehouse Station.

Christie/Guadagno gubernatorial campaign: Gov. Christie: 10:30am, a media briefing to provide an update on the Seaside Boardwalk fire, Lot at Porter and Ocean Avenues, Seaside Park. It is unclear as to whether he will go to Florida today with his wife Mary Pat to celebrate her 50th birthday, as was originally planned.

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