What’s Happening Today Thu. 12/12/2013

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING:

  • Chairman of the NJ Democratic State Committee John Currie: “Given his inconsistent positions on tuition equality for undocumented immigrants, Governor Christie is adding insult to injury with his decision to use Ellis Island for his inaugural event.”

  • Senator Raymond Lesniak (D-20) calls on Governor Chris Christie “to support the expansion of the drug courts in New Jersey, citing the success of the program that diverts substance abusers from the criminal justice system to treatment.”

  • Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) joins 165 House Democrats “urging Speaker John Boehner not to adjourn the House for the year without bringing up an extension of federal unemployment insurance, which is scheduled to expire December 28.” In New Jersey, it means more than 90,300 people will cease to receive unemployment insurance almost immediately.

  • U.S. Senator Cory Booker: “Our nation must have comprehensive immigration reform. It is a matter of urgency — for our economy, for our safety, for growth and wellbeing.”

  • NJ Keep It Green: calls upon the Assembly “To support revised legislation to dedicate a small percentage of sales-tax revenues to fund preservation programs rather than advancing a $200 million stop-gap bond measure (A4541) that would provide only one year of funding.”

  • Star-Ledger Editorial Board: On the Portfront: “Now that Foye has testified, Baroni and Wildstein should get subpoenas, too. The goal should be to find out what happened on the bridge, with an eye toward any communication with the governor’s office. Full disclosure is a top priority.”

  • Matt Taibi (Rolling Stone): “Apocalypse NJ: All over America communities are failing … But in Camden chaos is already here… It’s a major metropolitan area run by armed teenagers with no access to jobs or healthy foods. The first thing you notice about Camden is that pretty much everyone you talk to has just gotten his or her ass kicked. Instead of shaking hands … they show you wounds or scars.”

    NY/NJ Port Authority Chairman David Samson, the top person at the authority, appointed by and closely affiliated with Governor Christie, has said exactly nothing about the Fort Lee lane closures.

    Senate & Assembly Committee Meetings: There are 19 meetings today as the Legislature nears the Holiday season and the end of its current term. Here are just a few bills under consideration:

  • Senate Environment and Energy: 10:00am, SCR146, Amends Constitution to require State’s participation in Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, and S3069 to make “it more difficult for the state to pull out of another multistate plan to promote the development of electric cars and zero-emission vehicles.”

  • Senate Budget & Appropriations: 1:00pm, S2606, Establishes pediatric respite care program licensure requirements. (Has bipartisan support.)

  • Assembly Appropriations: 2:00pm, A1393, Makes companies repay state development subsidies if they don’t uphold the grant’s terms.

  • Assembly Budget: 10:00am, A4225, Tuition Equality Act: Provides In-state tuition for certain foreign-born New Jersey high-school graduates in the country illegally.

    For more information on today’s legislative meetings, go here.

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