MURPHY GIVING WOMEN THEIR DUE
- After Sheila Oliver as LG, Elizabeth Muoio as Treasurer, and Tahesha Way as Secretary of State,
- Assemblywoman Marlene Caride, born of Cuban immigrants, is selected by Murphy to be state’s banking and insurance commissioner.
- It was reported yesterday that Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti, former Turnpike boss, will be nominated to serve as head of the Department of Transportation.
- Murphy for Governor operative Elizabeth “Liz” Gilbert is in a sturdy position to serve as the next executive director for the New Jersey Democratic Committee, sources tell InsiderNJ.
- HOUSE passed yesterday afternoon Tax “Reform” 227 to 203. Four of our five NJ Republican Representatives voted against it (hoping to save their asses?) while MacArthur voted in favor. All Democrats voted against it. For technical reasons having to do with the reconciliation process the Senate had to make several modifications, so the bill will go back to the House for a re-vote today.
- House Republicans pass Trump-backed bill that will gut your big tax breaks.
- Want to know how the Trump-Republican tax bill will affect you? It’s all here.
- SENATE passed last night the tax bill 51 to 48. All Republicans voted YES and all Democrats, including our two senators, voted NO.
- G.O.P. finally notches 2017 victory while bracing for 2018 verdict.
- WHAT’S NEXT: Congress has to pass a bill by Friday to continue funding the government. Democrats have been trying to get Republicans to include protection for DACA Dreamers, fund CHIP, and fund the federal community health centers. With talks in flux, showdown gets closer.
UNDER THE DOME
Making sense of last-minute madness that can be the lame duck.
Gun owners are already prohibited from possessing ‘bump stocks,’ which can convert a rifle into a fully automatic weapon. The Legislature wants to ban these devices across the board.
Legislators fall short of votes to override Christie’s veto of the bill to improve oill train safety.
Former CD 5 Representative Scott Garrett loses again. A Senate panel rejected his nomination by Trump to head the Export-Import Bank.
CHIP reauthorization takes center stage in New Jersey’s Third District.
Allies of Gov. Chris Christie got jobs or promotions at NJ Transit as the beleaguered agency struggled to fund its operations and staff.
OUR NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS
- Murphy says the plants should keep running, but stops short of taking stance on subsidy bill.
- A $300 million PSE&G money grab that must be stopped (Tom Moran)
At South Jersey’s Ritz, a marquee effort to attract new audiences.