What’s Happening Today Mon. 12/23/2013

How do you read a Christie press release which consists of short quotes from other sources? The answer: with skepticism. The Governor’s office on December 20 issued a release with quotes from Hispanic leaders and others. It led off with: Frank Argote-Freyre, President of the Latino Action Network: “This is a wonderful day for DREAMers in New Jersey and we are proud to be part of this historic moment.” What was omitted was Mr. Argote-Freyre also “expressing disappointment in Governor Chris Christie’s decision to remove tuition aid from the bill.” Just one more of several examples: Christie’s press release quotes a Star-Ledger editorial: “This is a big step forward.” However, the editorial goes on to say, “These students will still pay more. This is a broken promise, plain and simple.” Does this remind you of movie ads that provide a favorable blurb even if it is the only one in a negative review?

Healthcare Insurance: Today is the last day to acquire insurance effective January 1. March 31 is the last day to get insurance without being fined. Enrollment in NJ lags other neighboring states largely because Gov. Christie has been grossly negligent in not spending the $7 million in federal funds for education purposes. People who want free assistance from a navigator go here. To view insurance company options and check for subsidies go here.

On the Portfront: Governor Christie last week continued to claim, “It’s not that big a deal.” In the meantime the Assembly Transportation Committee is reviewing lane closure documents obtained under subpoena. Committee Chair Assemblyman John Winiewski says, “Questions still remain about how a decision that threatened public safety was made.” John Currie, Chair of the NJ State Democratic Committee says, “It’s been a bad couple of weeks for Governor Chris Christie, a politician who is unaccustomed to being held accountable and visually uncomfortable when it happens.”

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Bills on Christie’s Desk: As a result of last week’s legislative voting session 25 bills are now awaiting action from the governor. To see the complete list go here. Below are some them:

  • A321 AcaAcsAs (AS) Dancer,R/Singleton,T+6 Lisa’s Law-monitor violent offender

  • A1523 AcaSca (2R) Burzichelli,J/Quijano,A Telecommunications co.-info. via website

  • A1545 AcaAaAaSca (4R) Burzichelli,J/Rumana,S+9 Prof./occupational lic., cert-revise law

  • A2887 Aa (1R) Chivukula,U/McKeon,J+11 Energy Master Plan-incl capacity plans

  • A3445 Aca (1R) Quijano,A/Wagner,C+3 Animals-bd pub trans in emerg evacuation

  • A3586 AcaSca (2R) Conaway,H/Jimenez,A+2 Neurological criteria-death upon basis

  • A3625 Eustace,T/Benson,D+7 Sr. occupied bldgs-emerg operation plans

  • A3972 AaSca (2R) Wagner,C/Jasey,M+20 Full-day kindergarten-estab. task force

  • A3997 Casagrande,C/Singleton,T+5 Sch. superintendents-concerns contracts

  • A4097 Vainieri Huttle,V/Gusciora,R+5 Sex change-revise birth cert. procedure

  • A4339 Aca (1R) Riley,C/Mosquera,G+8 Mom2Mom Peer Support Prog.-estab.

  • S450 Turner,S/Greenstein,L+5 Prop. tax bills-contain tax relief info

  • S1219 Sca w/GR (2R) Codey,R/Lesniak,R+4 Wrongful imprisonment-incr. comp.

  • S1264 Sca (1R) Vitale,J/Coughlin,C Mail-in ballots-clarify request deadline

  • [S2479 ScaSca w/GR (3R) Ruiz,M/Pou,N+19 In-St. tuition-concerns qual. criteria (conditionally vetoed;  tuition rate equality but not eligibilty for state financial aid signed into law.)]  

  • S2965 Scs (SCS) Sweeney,S/Gill,N+10 Coll. Affordability Study Comm.

    For more information on the bills go here, and enter the bill number.

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