July 1, 2016 |
TRENTON - Gov. Christie on Wednesday pressed the Senate to approve a deal to raise the state's gas tax in exchange for a sales-tax cut, ahead of a voting session Thursday. "They complained for months that I wasn't saying or doing anything. Now I have," the governor said at a Statehouse news conference as he promoted the Assembly version of a plan to replenish the state's depleted fund for road and bridge projects as helping "average New Jerseyans. " The Senate has been working on a different plan.
June 24, 2016
Local artist Hawk Krall is obviously working his you know what off, putting the finishing touches on these fiberglass donkeys designed for New Jersey (front) and New Hampshire (the one right behind his a ... er, butt). Krall joined a bunch of other donkey artists at the Tioga Marine Terminal Thursday as the host committee for the Democratic National Convention unveiled the 57 fiberglass "Donkeys Around Town. " All are being painted by local artists, and each donkey represents a Democratic delegation that will be in town for the convention.
April 20, 2016 |
TRENTON - New Jersey's legislative leaders may be a step closer to resolving a dispute over how to rescue Atlantic City from financial disaster. Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D., Hudson) said Monday that he had spoken with Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester) over the weekend about the matter and planned to meet with him this week to try to reach an agreement. "I had a good conversation with the Senate president and I look forward to a dialogue with him," Prieto said.
April 9, 2016 |
TRENTON - The momentum building in the Statehouse to take over Atlantic City's government slowed Thursday, as Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto proposed his own plan to rescue the financially struggling resort town and defied calls from Gov. Christie and South Jersey Democrats to adopt a more aggressive approach. Prieto's plan, which advanced Thursday on a 7-0 vote of the Assembly Judiciary Committee, would forestall key elements of Christie's proposed state intervention from taking effect unless the city fails to meet annual fiscal benchmarks.
February 6, 2016 |
TRENTON - New Jersey Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto is proposing to raise the state minimum wage to $15 an hour, following cities such as San Francisco and Los Angeles that have made similar increases. The move in New Jersey comes after voters in 2013 approved a ballot initiative that raised the minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.25 an hour, tied to increases in the cost of living. The current minimum wage is $8.38 an hour. "We set a floor, not a ceiling," Prieto (D., Hudson) said at a Statehouse news conference Thursday, joined by lawmakers and advocates such as New Jersey Working Families.
January 13, 2016
Assembly, Senate approve pension mandate. B1. Sweeney eyes a state takeover of Atlantic City. B4.
January 13, 2016 |
TRENTON - New Jersey Democrats inched closer Monday to constitutionally requiring the state to make its contributions to the underfunded pension system for public employees, despite warnings from business groups and Republicans that the move could have dangerous financial consequences. In party-line votes, the Senate passed the measure by 23-16, and the Assembly by 43-27. To get the proposed amendment on November's ballot, the Legislature would again have to pass it with a simple majority during the new legislative session that begins Tuesday.
November 5, 2015 |
New Jersey Democrats appeared poised Tuesday to expand their majority in the state Assembly, though election results were still unclear in a few districts. Democrats seemed likely to pick up three seats from Republicans, which would give them their biggest elected majority since 1977, according to a Democratic campaign spokesman. "Working families of our state needed - and now they have - more voices in the people's house to fight to expand opportunities for the middle class," state Democratic Party Chairman John Currie said in a statement Tuesday night.
November 4, 2015 |
New Jersey is holding elections Tuesday for all 80 seats in the Assembly and local offices across the state. Democrats control the lower chamber in the Statehouse by 47-32, with one vacancy. They are expected to retain their majority, though Republicans are competing to pick up seats in South Jersey's First and Second Districts at the Shore. The two districts are each represented by one Democrat and one Republican. Tuesday marks the first time since 1999 that Assembly elections will top the ballot.
October 16, 2015 |
Candidates running in next month's election to represent parts of South Jersey in the state Assembly made their case to the Gloucester County business community Wednesday, with members of both parties pledging to make the state more affordable. Democrats control the Assembly, 47-32, with one vacancy, and are expected to keep their majority. Analysts are predicting low turnout for the Nov. 3 election, which will mark the first time Assembly races have topped the ballot since 1999. Assemblyman John Burzichelli, a Democrat from Paulsboro who has served in the lower house since 2002, and other Democratic incumbents emphasized their support for the Economic Opportunity Act of 2013, which streamlined the state's incentives programs and has rewarded companies with hundreds of millions of dollars in tax credits for moving to Camden.