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Christie: This morning in his comfort zone?

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After Bridgegate indictments, a battering at the Supreme Court, and declining poll numbers, this morning at 10:30 Christie is holding another Town Hall show. He is at the Sussex County Technical School at 105 North Church Road in Sparta in the land of rolling hills and countryside.

Koch Conspirators

There’s an old Middle Eastern saying, “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.” I don’t buy into this philosophy, but it does provide a starting point for evaluating that enemy of my enemy.

Today, the Koch Brothers’ organization, Americans for Prosperity, released a 2014 scorecard of New Jersey legislators. AFP has a simplistic philosophy – government and taxes are bad. However, the real world is more nuanced than that, but it’s interesting to see how AFP rated some of our New Jersey legislators.

Alison McHose to Leave the General Assembly

One of the General Assembly’s most conservative members, Alison McHose, has announced that she will be leaving the legislature to assume the role of Administrator in Franklin Borough, NJ. McHose comes from a political family – her father was a long-term state legislator and her mother was a chairwoman of the Republican State Committee.

Despite her right-wing voting record, on at least one issue she got it right. She joined with Assemblywoman Valerie Vanieri Huttle to work to combat human trafficking in New Jersey. Here is McHose at a human trafficking rally on the State House steps two years ago.

An Unenthusiastic Veto Override

A corrected version of this earlier post follows:

Governor Christie continues his unblemished record of preventing legislative overrides of his vetoes. He succeeded again on Monday by rallying his troops to defeat a bill that would have “required more detailed reporting by the state about the long-term impact of its soaring debt.” So reasonable and needed was this bill that the Assembly initially passed it unanimously. Christie’s victory, however, was not so sweet for him.  

To override Gov. Christie’s veto, 54 Yes votes were required, including enough Republican votes. The results were (Bill A961) Yes (45), No (5), Not Voting (7) and Abstains (23).

Of the Republican Sponsors of the bill, only one legislator stuck to his principles and voted Yes: Jay Webber.

These Republican Sponsors changed their minds and did NOT vote Yes: Alison McHose (abstained), Chris Brown (abstained), Maria Rodriguez-Gregg (not voting), Declan O’Scanlon (abstained), Parker Space (abstained), and Anthony Bucco (abstained).

Only five Republicans were unequivocal in their No vote: Brian Rumpf, Mary Pat Angelini, Jack Ciattarelli, DiAnne Gove, and Gregory McGuckin.

Other Republicans waffled by abstaining or did not vote.

So only five Republicans voted to override, one Republican Sponsor had the guts to vote Yes, and most Republicans quietly abstained – not much enthusiasm from Christie’s troops. If this is a trend we may yet achieve an override before our governor disappears into the mist.


Human Trafficking Awareness Day

Yesterday was Human Trafficking Awareness Day across the country. In Trenton, a rally was held on the State House steps and was followed by presentations by the Attorney General and others working to combat this crime.

Below, are links to the remarks by the speakers at the rally – lawmakers from across the political spectrum as well as representatives from the Polaris Project, an international NGO devoted to combat human trafficking.

Patricia Devine Harms – Junior Leagues

Congressman Chris Smith

Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle

Senator Nellie Pou

Senator Tom Kean Jr

Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose

Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter

Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula

Justin Zimmerman for Senator Nia Gill

Kate Keisel and Ingrid Johnson of The Polaris Project

Bonus Quote of the Day: “We need her vote”

Apparently nobody told Assemblyman DeCroce that Assemblywoman McHose wasn’t on board with the budget agreement that has been struck. We’ve heard about conservative opposition and now some of that talk is turning into lost votes. DeCroce was pretty blunt about McHose’s defection, which seemed to catch him off guard:

“We need her vote”

They need her vote because the margin is razor thin and every vote counts:

Sources close to Democrats say Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver (D-East Orange) has eight of her members primed to vote for Christie’s budget as part of the restoration deal leadership struck this week with the GOP governor.

Assemblyman Carroll also has said he will oppose the budget, meaning they now need 10 Democrats in the Assembly to vote in favor in order to pass the budget. It may not be a done deal yet.