After the upheaval and sadness in the NJ Legislature following the death of Assembly Minority Leader Alex DeCroce – at the Statehouse and in the very last hour of Lame Duck – most of the traditional agenda-setting, the reorganization, and speeches of the Legislature were put off until Tuesday, Jan. 17.
Today, we’re posting remarks as prepared for delivery of the top majority leadership in both Houses – on the Senate side of President Steve Sweeney & Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, and on the Assembly side of Speaker Sheila Oliver and Majority Leader Lou Greenwald.
It’s important to see what they promise, how they see the challenges ahead, and what their best intentions for the new session are. We’ll be watching for both the successes and the failures. We’re damn sure you will be. But right now, as they set off to begin New Jersey’s 215th Legislature, I’ve got nothing but my best wishes for their fortitude, internal integrity and stamina as they face down a Republican governor working to make a national brand of himself, at the expense of the people of New Jersey.
Please note that any formatting errors are likely my own, and not the legislators’.