Countdown to shutdown: As the N. Y. Times reports this morning, “The Senate is expected to reject decisively a House bill that would delay the full effect of President Obama’s health care law as a condition for keeping the government running.” Then it’s back to the House. Will Republicans continue to insist that in order to keep our government open we must delay or end Obamacare, which is not only a law, but has passed Supreme Court muster? Our N. J. Republican Congressmen so far have voted in lock step to defund the ACA in spite of the fact that the Senate will not agree with such action and the President has emphatically said he would veto the bill. Sen. Jeff Chiesa has also joined this pointless quest. In a perverse way both parties have profited from this quagmire by upping their fundraising – the Democrats reminding their base how stupid the Republicans are acting, and the Republicans extolling their brave stand against the evil Obamacare. It’s no way to run a government, and on that point even Chris Christie is now in agreement.
Buono/Silva gubernatorial campaign: Milly Silva: 6:15pm, Democratic Committee of Bergen Hall Fame Induction, Stony Hill, Hackensack.
Christie/Guadagno gubernatorial campaign: Chris Christie: 4:00pm, “Soul of Hunger” roundtable discussion with the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank; 6:30pm, address members of Laborers’ International Union of North America, Newark.
U. S. Senate candidate Cory Booker: 2:30pm, the New Jersey Democratic State Committee’s Newark field office to thank get-out-the-vote volunteers; evening reception at the home of Tracy Higgins and Jim Leitner, Montclair, RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org; 8:30pm, jogging with Montclair Democratic Chairman and Freeholder Brendan Gil, and others, Montclair.
U. S. Senate candidate Steve Lonegan: 7:00pm, Fundraiser, The home of Seth and Avigail Rothenberg, 126 Amsterdam Avenue, Passaic.
Senate President Steve Sweeney, Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg and Sens. Nia Gill and Raymond Lesniak: noon, a news conference to discuss the latest developments in efforts to make it legal for gay couples to marry in New Jersey, Statehouse Room 103, Trenton. Gov. Christie has said he will appeal the summary judgment which calls for same-sex marriages to commence October 21. He continues to argue for a ballot initiative for this civil rights issue, but the legislature disagrees and will not vote to permit the initiative.
Senate: Noon, quorum call, Senate chamber.
Senate and Assembly environment committees: 10am, joint hearing with testimony about the progress of Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts from Community Affairs Commissioner Richard Constable III and Marc Ferzan, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Recovery and Rebuilding, Committee Room 4, Statehouse Annex. Recovery is far from complete for many who continue to have difficulty navigating through state and federal red tape.
Assembly Health & Senior Services Committee: 10:00am, testimony about “changing health care practices and improvements in access, cost and quality,” Room 16, Statehouse Annex.
Senate Commerce Committee: 10am, Room 6, Statehouse Annex.
U.S. Rep. Rush Holt: 9:00am, hosts a workshop to help small-business owners understand the health reform law, East Brunswick Library. The NJ Health exchange opens tomorrow. To become a member at the earliest date, January 1, 2014, people must enroll by by December 31. To learn more about the exchange and whether you qualify, go to this federal website.
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