Legislature is 'running the risk of running out the clock' on controversial bail reform package, Christie says

Legislature is 'running the risk of running out the clock' on controversial bail reform package, Christie says

TRENTON - With 36 hours to go before the Legislature reconvenes for a special session to address a controversial bail reform package -- and four days before an official deadline to get it passed -- Gov. Chris Christie today reiterated the need for Republicans and Democrats to get behind the legislation.

“We’ve worked together to achieve bipartisan legislation, and showed it was possible to put aside our differences and conventional politics to fix something that needs fixing,” Christie said at a press conference here today. “Unfortunately though we are out nearly of time to act. Legislators are running the risk of running out the clock of getting this done for an entire other year. That's just not responsible and not acceptable.”

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Christie on bail bill: 'if it is put on the board it will pass;' but lawmakers still sweating details

Christie on bail bill: 'if it is put on the board it will pass;' but lawmakers still sweating details

Gov. Chris Christie today called on Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32) to post a bill tomorrow that would eliminate New Jersey's constitutional guarantee of bail to all defendants and give judges the ability to detain violent offenders.

"If it is put on the board, it will pass," Christie said.

However, some lower house legislators say they won't support the measure without inducements. The details of the entire bail reform package remain in a state of flux, according to skeptical lower house lawmakers.

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Christie collars Jackson for bail reform statement

Christie collars Jackson for bail reform statement

A familiar face showed up alongside Gov. Chris Christie this afternoon when he made a statement in favor of a bail reform bill.

It was Trenton Mayor Eric Jackson, who joined the governor - and others, including Camden Mayor Dana Redd - in support of a constitutional amendment in the laps of the legislature tomorrow.

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Payne goes after the GOP over lawsuit against Obama: 'There's something about him'

Payne goes after the GOP over lawsuit against Obama: 'There's something about him'

U.S. Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D-10) railed against what he cited as a frivolous, politically-motivated Republican lawsuit against President Barack Obama.

In comments on the House floor, Payne hinted that racism tinges the GOP suit.

"There's something about him," the Newark congressman said.

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Amid confusion over details of bail reform package, lower house leaders try to roust votes

Amid confusion over details of bail reform package, lower house leaders try to roust votes

TRENTON - Leaders in both parties are voicing skepticism over a controversial bail reform package ahead of special legislative session Thursday, confirming that as of right now, the Assembly lacks support to get the legislation passed by a Monday deadline.

Sources in the Assembly say Democrats, who have had a hard time rallying the votes necessary for quorum, have 30 to 33 votes in support of the package. But Republicans would also have to come together over the legislation -- and right now, those sources say, that’s not happening.

In an emergency vote the legislation needs the support of a 3/5 majority in the Assembly.

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Sources: Irked Dem assembly sources want to bail on bail reform 'Christie photo op'

Sources: Irked Dem assembly sources want to bail on bail reform 'Christie photo op'

You could almost hear the sound of the surfboard getting waxed through grunted off-the-record obscenities by a lawmaker forced to take a reporter’s call in the lead-up to Thursday’s special session.

Irritated by Gov. Chris Christie’s mid-national stride demand to reconvene the legislature for a special session, sandwiching outrage ahead of a scheduled campaign stop in New Hampshire, the source went on a tangent about how he felt subservient to the governor’s national ambition as Christie does some polishing of his own: his image as a get-tough-on-crime nascent presidential candidate.

“We’re going to go in, he’s going to give a national speech aimed at Iowa – or New Hampshire - and we’re not going to pass bail reform,” groused the lower house lawmaker. “And we’re going to go home, having done nothing more than contribute to his live shot.”

The source further complained about the deal-making between Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) and Christie, which this week left Speaker Vinny Prieto (D-32) once again with his nose pressed against the window – apparently reluctant to get in this time.

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Morning Digest: July 30th

Morning Digest: July 30th

Redd and Moran state support for bail reform

Mayor Dana L. Redd and Camden Council President Francisco Moran today issued the following statements in support of State legislation to overhaul the bail system, which is sponsored by State Senator Donald Norcross:

“I strongly support the efforts of Senator Norcross to address a flawed bail system that treats those accused or charged with non-violent offenses the same as individuals charged with violent offenses,” Mayor Redd said. “Unfortunately, many individuals charged with non-violent offenses do not have the means to post bail and, in many cases, result in unreasonable incarceration for a minor transgression. Not only does this affect the individual’s ability to maintain meaningful employment to support themselves or their families, it also costs taxpayers millions of dollars to keep them behind bars – for something as common as an unpaid parking ticket. If we are serious about keeping our communities safe from the real violent criminals, then it is critically important that we focus all of our efforts on making sure that the true lawbreakers – murderers, drug dealers and other hardened repeat violent offenders – are the ones that remain in jail.”

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The Back Room

Christie defends himself in NH

Zapped by the DNC on his way into New Hampshire this afternoon, Gov. Chris Christie defended his economic record while wooing NH voters for the second time in little more than a month, according to the Associated Press.

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Morning Digest: July 31st

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