Author: State Street Wire Staff

Weekly Advance: Week of Dec. 2, 2013

TRENTON – The Statehouse is set to be fairly quiet coming off the holiday weekend.

The legislative agenda is largely bare with the exception of a Senate quorum and a spattering of Senate committee hearings slated for Thursday.

The Affordable Care Act, described by President Barack Obama's critics as “Obamacare,” will be a topic discussed under the Golden Dome this week as The Senate Commerce Committee will take testimony regarding individuals whose policies are being canceled because they won’t conform to new ACA guidelines.

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Weekly Advance: Week of Nov. 18, 2013

TRENTON – We’re back in the swing of things.

Monday will be a packed day in the New Jersey Statehouse as members of both chambers will gather under the Golden Dome for a day of votes.

Nearly a dozen Assembly committees are slated for the day and Senate lawmakers will gather for a full voting session. Assembly lawmakers will take up proposals on everything from tuition, Megan’s Law reform, mortgage assistance and panic alarms at schools to responsible fatherhood bills.

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Rutgers-Eagleton Poll: N.J. voters back gay marriage

NEW BRUNSWICK – The latest Rutgers-Eagleton Poll shows support for what the courts have decided and what the Christie administration has acquiesced to: gay marriage.

A majority of New Jersey voters agree with today’s decision by Gov. Chris Christie to drop the state's appeal of the ruling that made New Jersey the 14th state to adopt marriage equality, according to the new poll.

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Legislators react to gay marriage ruling

TRENTON – State lawmakers who supported the ruling allowing gay marriage in New Jersey praised the decision today.

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Gay marriage advocates: Couples remain in limbo while case winds way through courts

Gay marriage supporters cheered the news today the state Supreme Court will take up the case, but issued a cautionary note.

“We know now that the court ruling is coming, but not for several months at the earliest.  That means families will continue to remain in limbo during that time,” said Michael Premo, campaign manager of New Jersey United For Marriage. 

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State asks Superior Ct. permission to appeal same-sex marriage stay denial

TRENTON - The state late Thursday went to Superior Court seeking to continue its battle against same-sex marriage in New Jersey.

The lower court earlier today denied the state's request to stay same-sex marriage, scheduled to be permitted starting Oct. 21.

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Judge won't delay gay marriage ruling in N.J.

TRENTON – The judge who said last month that gay couples should be allowed to marry in New Jersey starting Oct. 21 will not stay her ruling pending higher-court review.

Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson ruled against the Christie administration’s request for a stay of her Sept. 27 decision in case the state Supreme Court takes up the case.

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Gusciora to AG: Investigation needed into scrap metal thefts

TRENTON – A Trenton Assemblyman wants recent scrap metal thefts investigated by the Attorney General.

The request by Reed Gusciora, (D-15), which involves several incidents, including one at a historic Baptist church in the state capital, comes about a month and a half after Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a bill that would have required scrap metal dealers to keep better records of their dealings.

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Counties, towns have access to $60M more in Sandy recovery funding

TRENTON – The state announced $60 million in Sandy recovery-related federal money will be allocated.

The administration said $50 million in hazard mitigation funding will be distributed among the state’s 21 counties, and $10 million will be available for municipalities in the form of Main Street Revitalization grants.

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$3M to help local zoning offices aid Sandy victims

TRENTON – Towns trying to cope with the wave of rebuilding applications due to last year’s Superstorm Sandy will receive help in the form of $3 million in federal grants.

The money, announced by the Christie administration, will allow municipalities to hire more staff and rent larger spaces for zoning offices to assist home and business owners.

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The Back Room

POLITICO: GOP on track to expand House majority by 5 or 6 seats

Tepid fundraising, underperforming candidates and a lousy party brand are threatening to deprive House Republicans of the sweeping 2014 gains that some top party officials have been predicting this year, according to Politicker alum Alex Isenstadt, now of Politico.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: September 2nd

Campaign season now under way in Bergen County Politics is practiced year-round in Bergen County, and street-level campaigning has been going on quietly all summer. But both Republicans and Democrats say the Rutherford Street Fair on Labor Day signals a more intense phase of electioneering. (Ensslin/The Bergen Record) http://www.northjersey.com/news/campaign-season-now-under-way-in-bergen-county-1.1079080  ...

Op-Ed

White House’s Tuition Challenge Being Met in NJ

By MICHAEL W. KLEIN In his weekly radio address on August 16, President Obama challenged colleges “to do their part to bring down costs” and lighten the tuition burden on students.  The state colleges and universities in New Jersey have... Read More >

Contributors

My Republican Hillary Clinton Experience    There is a veritable plethora of reportage in print, internet, television and radio media speculating as to whether Hillary Clinton will seek the Democratic... more »
(8-27-14) All Americans Should Support Gov. Perry - Political prosecutions have no place in American life. Those who use the justice system as they are using it in Texas... more »
(Asbury Park, NJ) -- There's a word for someone who says one thing and does another: hypocrite.  There's no shortage of 'em in Trenton -- from ... more »
 The following letter was sent today to Republican state legislators, county chairs, state committee members, and New Hampshire... more »

Quote of the Day

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"Governor Christie ripped President Obama this summer for failing to carve out some time during a Texas fundraising swing to visit the Mexican border, where the unprecedented flood of immigrant children from Central America had reached a crisis point. ...Yet Christie is not squeezing in a tour of the troubled border during his own three-day trade and diplomatic mission to Mexico, which is set to begin on Wednesday. The governor is planning a series of meetings with Mexican officials, including President Enrique Peña Nieto and the finance and energy ministers." - columnist Charles Stile

- The Bergen Record

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