- Gov. Corzine stepped into the fray and demanded that legislators comply with the U.S. Attorney’s subpoena and release all requested records. Minority Leader Assm. Alex DeCroce called for a meeting of the Legislative Services Commission to investigate why the records haven’t been released. The Star-Ledger could get no comment from Roberts or Codey. The focus of Attny. Chris Christie’s investigation is potential legislative conflicts during budgeting procedures and the so-called “Christmas Tree Items.” Both sides are to appear before a U.S. District Judge tomorrow.
- Wayne Bryant is retiring from his law firm. Apparently he hasn’t made a decision about whether or not to step down from his Senate seat, which is no surprise- he’s shown time and again that he gets confused about the right thing to do.
- Gov. Corzine, Sen. Lautenberg and Sen. Menedez blasted Bush’s proposed budget as dangerous due to flat funding or reductions in several programs that affect Our Fair State’s security. Menendez: “This budget is a crystal clear indication of the president’s priorities. His charitable giving is to oil tycoons.”
- Chief Justice James Zazzali wants the state judges to get their first pay raise in seven years, warning that low pay may push out quality judges. Corzine agreed that our judges are underpaid and may include a raise in his upcoming budget.
- In the wake of last week’s report showing the high numbers of autistic children in Our Fair State, a package of bills relating to autism is heading to the Assembly in the next couple of weeks. Included are increased funding for research and training for emergency personell.
- Bergen County Democrats are being criticized about high spending for celebrations and “party-building” occasions.
- Some oceanfront property owners don’t want the beach replenishment project to go forth. They have banded together to file an amicus brief in the appeal to overturn the Attorney General’s ruling that property owners can refuse to sign the easement required to replenish the Long Beach Island beach.
- Florists are worried that the predicted snow and rain could hamper the usually copious last-minute rose sales for tomorrow. You did remember it’s Valentine’s day tomorrow, right?
Open Thread: What’s on your minds today, Blue Jersey?