The N.J. Supreme Court (soon to be the Christie Court?): has opened its 2013-14 session during which it might pass down important decisions on school education, marriage equality, affordable housing, gun laws and more. In the meantime Gov. Christie is in the midst of attempting to re-make the court in his image. He has already refused tenure for no good reason (other than he wants someone else) to both Democratic Justice John Wallace and Republican Justice Helen Hoens. Next year he may deny tenure to Chief Justice Stuart Rabner – another Democrat. With the departure of Justice Hoehns in October there will be three vacancies on the count, which the Chief Justice can continue to fill with temporary appellate judges. There are also three judges in waiting – nominated by the Governor but not currently under consideration by the Senate because their appointment removes balance from the Court membership. Having already successfully appointed one Republican (Justice Anne Patterson), he has an opportunity now to appoint three or four more (to create the Christie Court) unless Senate Democrats prevent it. Vacancies on the court are not desirable but are acceptable. Allowing one man and one party to dominate the court is unacceptable.
Barbara Buono at 2:00pm with other officials will discuss her plan to revitalize urban communities across New Jersey. At the event she will outline the core points of her plan, including expanding economic opportunities, advocating for local businesses, supporting a robust public school system and protecting community values and social justice. (See Public Schedule below.)
Medical Marijuana for kids: After the Assembly voted yesterday 70 to 1, the bill is expected to be signed today by the governor. He had conditionally vetoed the earlier bill and imposed restrictions which the legislature accepted in order to gain the bill’s passage.
New Jersey League of Conservation Voters (NJLCV) releases its 2013 Environmental Scorecard: “NJ Legislature’s environmental record is slipping.” See the full report and how individual Senators and Assemlypersons scored.
Buono/Silva gubernatorial campaign: 12:00pm, Barbara Buono: Environment New Jersey Press Conference, (on power plants and putting NJ back into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative), 588 Duncan Ave., Jersey City.
Barbara Buono, Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly and some 17 mayors, and councilpersons: 2:00pm, Press Conference with Urban Leaders, City Hall Steps, 1 Civic Square, Irvington.
Christie/Guadagno gubernatorial campaign: Our absentee Gov. Christie returns to NJ: 11:30am, Riletta Twyne Cream Family School, Camden with Camden Mayor Dana Redd and Schools Superintendent Paymon Rouhanifard; 4:00pm, campaign announcement, Point Pleasant Borough Fire Co. #2.
U. S. Senate candidate Cory Booker, news conference with Sierra Club state director Jeff Tittel, Hoboken’s Pier A.