TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie announced Thursday signing the following bills into law:
A-1394/S-1856 (Wilson, Conaway/A.R. Bucco) – Establishes pilot program suspending operations of superintendent and deputy superintendent of elections in certain second class counties
A-1688/S-2303 (Russo, Riley, Wagner/O’Toole) – Prohibits public institutions of higher education from permitting direct solicitation of students for credit card accounts
A-2739/S-1949 (Benson, Wagner/Greenstein, Sweeney) – Directs State Board of Education to promulgate regulations requiring school districts to develop a plan to establish stability in special education programming
A-3027/S-2350 (Greenwald, Eustace, Milam, Webber/Pou, Oroho) – Authorizes the use of fraud prevention contractors by the Division of Taxation
A-3166/SS for S-2129 (Wilson, Fuentes/Norcross) – Permits appointment and transfer of certain special law enforcement officers and county park police officers by certain sheriffs and counties
A-3178/S-2075 (Fuentes, Wilson, Coutinho/Norcross) – Authorizes sale of site of former Riverfront State Prison in City of Camden as State surplus property to NJEDA for public auction to prequalified developer
A-3591/S-2394 (Burzichelli, Benson, Conaway, Spencer/Turner, Oroho) – Appropriates $24,290,379 from “2009 Farmland Preservation Fund” and “Garden State Farmland Preservation Trust Fund” to State Agriculture Development Committee for farmland preservation purposes
A-3592/S-2397 (Albano, Eustace, Singleton, Caride DiMaio/Beach, Bateman) – Appropriates $38.5 million from “2009 Farmland Preservation Fund” and “Garden State Farmland Preservation Trust Fund” to State Agriculture Development Committee for county planning incentive grants
A-3593/S-2396 (Milam, Caputo, Gusciora, Barnes, DiMaio/Van Drew, Doherty) – Appropriates $16,250,000 from “2009 Farmland Preservation Fund” for planning incentive grants to municipalities for farmland preservation purposes
A-3594/S-2395 (Riley, Chivukula, Johnson, DiMaio/Sweeney, Singer) – Appropriates $4,083,320 from “2009 Farmland Preservation Trust Fund,” “2007 Farmland Preservation Fund,” and “Garden State Farmland Trust Fund” for grants to certain nonprofit organizations for farmland preservation purposes
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"Enlisting Fox is another reminder of how much Christie has truly relied on insiders, including Democrats, to bolster his agenda or bail him out of trouble. Not long after arriving in Trenton in 2009, Christie began collaborating with George Norcross, the deeply entrenched Democratic Party kingmaker, to help him cut deals with a Democratic-controlled Legislature.
When his close ally David Samson resigned as chairman of the Port Authority over conflict-of-interest questions earlier this year, Christie replaced Samson with John Degnan, a pillar of the Democratic Party establishment. And now, confronted with a crisis, Christie has turned to “Jamie,’’ as Fox has been known throughout political circles since he began as an aide in the Democratic Senate in the 1980s." - columnist Charles Stile
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