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The Senate in action today

With five committee meetings, a quorum call at 12:00, and Senate President Steve Sweeney scheduled to make a “major policy announcement” at 12:30, it’s another day of activity for our Senate. Here is a brief sample of bills committees are…
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The Assembly abets Christie to allow important bills to languish

The Assembly has held no session since June 29, and no session is scheduled in September or October while Assembly members are in full campaign mode. Most likely there will be no Assembly session until after the November 3 election.

In the meantime, Governor Christie, working on his impossible dream, is allowed to ignore many bills sent to him. “A bill becomes law upon the Governor’s signature or after 45 days if no action is taken. If the House of origin is in recess on the 45th day, the time is extended until it reconvenes. What this means is that bills originated in the Assembly and sent the to governor as long ago as May may languish some six months until early November.

The Senate has held sessions in July and August which forced the governor to sign or veto bills originated there. Nonetheless, according to the Office of Legislative services, there remain 72 bills awaiting action. Two of them are Senate bills (S1380 and S165).

The remaining 70 Assembly bills have a deadline on whenever the Assembly reconvenes. Waiting until after the election is too long. The AC rescue packages and other key bills beg for immediate attention. The governor feels no rush, and no law compels his immediate decision.

The Assembly should schedule a session in September. By doing so important bills can become law. For those which receive a veto, a plan can be developed to either attempt an over-ride or in some cases create an alternative solution.

The Persistence of Christie’s Legacy

As Chris Christie’s presidential ambitions (at least for 2016) begin to unravel, his legacy as governor is simultaneously being formed. Due to some of his more egregious actions, that legacy will weigh heavily in New Jersey for decades to come.

Numerous aspects of life in the Garden State will be reflected in his legacy – women whose health has been compromised, pipelines through pristine, environmentally fragile areas, and an educational system that has badly deteriorated.

This morning, the Senate Legislative Oversight Committee heard testimony about another Christie blunder that will have a significant deleterious impact on the economy and quality of life for New Jersey residents.

Loretta Weinberg – one of the “Forward 50” in America

The Forward 50 - Loretta Weinberg

Don’t mess with Loretta Weinberg. The Senate Majority Leader of the New Jersey Senate may be 79 years old, but she still knows how to throw a political punch.

– from The Forward 50, profiling the most influential Jews in America

The Jewish Daily Forward has named Loretta Weinberg one of the 50 Americans who has had the most impact on the national story. She joins Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Notorious RBG, with whom she has plenty in common), politicians Henry Waxman, Jared Polis, and Michael Bloomberg and creative artists cartoonist Roz Chast, and filmmakers Darren Aronofsky, Scarlett Johansson and Maggie Gyllenhaal among others in culture, religion, tech, food, and sports.

Her profile outlines for those who don’t know her her role in investigating the Christie administration Bridgegate scandal, and her legislative work towards greater accountability in government, including protections for whistleblowers. She describes herself to the Forward as a “feisty Jewish grandmother”. You’ve heard that one before but that’s not fully how I see her.