NEW LEGISLATIVE SESSION (2018-2020)
- Yesterday both houses of the Legislature held reorganization meetings. The key result: Craig Coughlin is the new Assembly Speaker.
- Meet your brand-new state Legislature which took office yesterday.
- Senate Committee Assignments and Assembly committee assignments.
- These 7 longtime Jersey lawmakers are saying this: Goodbye.
- So Long, Wiz – at least for now. Senator Ray Lesniak: “This is not a goodbye.”
- Dana Redd pension bill passes in the Assembly by one vote: 41-19-8.
- 9:30 – 10:30 am Prayer service at Shiloh Baptist Church in Trenton.
- 11:00 – 1:00 pm Swearing In ceremony at the War Memorial in Trenton.
- 7:00 – 11:00 pm Inaugural Ball at MetLife Stadium with an engineered-for-winter tent on the field. To purchase a ticket click here.
- “They’re gonna miss me when I’m gone.” – Christie in NJ.com January 7, 2018. but Final grades in Eagleton Rutgers poll: Chris Christie exits as most unpopular NJ governor on record.
- Christie’s State of the State Speech: near two hours of self-praise, often for what were Democratic initiatives, and a few warnings to Phil Murphy. A typically commanding presentation which almost convinced me he deserves more appreciation. Text of his speech: here.
- Christie gives himself high marks, but glossed over or omitted altogether several key moments from his tenure. (John Reitmeyer) Christie’s final circus: It was the State of the Steve speech (Paul Mulshine). Christie’s Speech that wouldn’t end. (Jeff Tittel). Christie spun his eight years in Trenton as saving New Jersey from the brink of “financial ruin.” (Matt Friedman) Editorial: “It’s a mixed legacy.” (The Record)
- We will shortly find out what bills Christie signs, returns unsigned to the Legislature, and pocket vetoes.
- Christie to decide if N.J. bans “bump stocks” gun device used in Las Vegas shooting.
- He rolls out his Senior Leadership Team.
- He denounces Christie’s State of the State ‘Sunny’ Picture-Painting.”
- Keeping tabs on the new Democratic chairs. (NJ Spotlight)
- Murphy’s new Comella is de Blasio, Clinton alum.
House Democrats increased their efforts to defeat Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen this year, adding challenger Mikie Sherrill to their list of top challengers.
Sen. Booker gets Judiciary panel seat, saying, “It’ll be my mission to check awful actions by Trump & Sessions.”
State Democrats plan to circumvent SALT problem with charitable “support funds.”
Promises aren’t going to bring property taxes down; implementing one or more admittedly difficult reforms might do the trick. (OpEd Richard F. Keevey)
Report urges major investment in NJ’s aging,leaky drinking water pipes.
Hearings highlight depth of problems at NJ Transit.
Ewing Twp. Councilman David P. Schroth (D): prospective candidate in LD15 to succeed Assemblywoman Liz Muoio – Murphy’s choice for State Treasurer.
Matthew Hale asks: So…. What about this? Public/Philanthropy Partnerships. (Opinion)
These are books N.J. doesn’t want prisoners to read. (picture)