Buono’s “Opportunity Tour”: Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Barbara Buono today kicks off a week-long “Opportunity Tour” to highlight the need to restore the opportunities that made her story possible. The daughter of an immigrant butcher who rose up to become the first woman Majority Leader in state history, the tour will trace sites that enabled Senator Buono and so many others to overcome their circumstances and succeed in New Jersey. The tour begins this afternoon at the deli shop of Senator Buono’s cousin James Buono.
New Jersey’s 2nd disaster-recovery Sandy block grant, expected to amount to over $1 billion, will be announced at 3:00pm by U.S. Housing & Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, and Sens. Robert Menendez and Jeffrey Chiesa, joined by Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. and Little Ferry Mayor Mauro Raguseo at the First Aid Building, Little Ferry. Conspicuously absent: Gov. Christie.
Environmental groups: 4 pm news conference to oppose South Jersey Gas’ sponsorship of the Sustainable Jersey South Jersey Leadership Forum. The company advocaties a new pipeline built partially in the Pinelands, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Galloway.
Board of State Canvassers: meets at 10:00am to certify Cory Booker’s election as our next U. S. Senator in room 7 at the Statehouse Annex, Trenton.
Buono/Silva Gubernatorial campaign: Barbara Buono: 10:30am, with South Brunswick Mayor Frank Gambatese, Press Conference with the New Jersey Superior Officers Association, South Brunswick Municipal Hall, 540 Ridge Rd., Monmouth Junction; Barbara Buono: 12:30pm, AFT Retiree Luncheon, Forsgate Country Club, 375 Forsgate Dr., Monroe Township; Barbara Buono, 2:00pm, with Deli owner James Buono, “Opportunity Tour”: Small Business, Buono’s Prime Meats & Deli, 470 Main St., Little Falls.
Christie/Guadagno gubernatorial campaign: Chris Christie: 10:00am, unveiling of a statue of Steve Adubato Sr., North Ward Center, Newark; Chris Christie: 11:45am, ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Route 206 Hillsborough Bypass.
U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. and Sea Bright Mayor Dina Long: 9:45am, tour of Ocean Avenue to view buildings and businesses damaged by Superstorm Sandy, starts at Borough Hall, ends at the firehouse, Sea Bright.
Rep. Bill Pascrell: 11:00am, joined by Moonachie Mayor Dennis Vaccaro and Little Ferry Mayor Mauro Raguseo, news conference marking Sandy’s anniversary, Moonachie Borough Hall.
Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald: 10:30am, joined by Jack Purvis, president of the American Institute of Architects state chapter, and Robert Thiel, president of the New Jersey Society of Professional Engineers, news conference, regarding ‘Good Samaritan’ legislation designed to better prepare New Jersey to respond to the next major storm or natural disaster, Statehouse, Room 109, Trenton.
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