New Jersey Senate
Democratic legislative leaders Thursday pushed through a $35 billion budget, which includes a four-year millionaires tax and a one-year corporate income tax increase.
Bonnie Lautenberg also took a few mild swipes at Pallone’s chief Democratic competitor in next month’s primary, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, as a candidate whose numerous TV appearances and celebrity connections won’t necessarily translate to effective governing.
New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney has called for a panel to investigate a no-bid contract for debris cleanup awarded by the Christie administration after Superstorm Sandy.
Increasing the minimum wage was identified as a Democratic legislative priority for the year, and the different approach being taken by the Senate leader could bubble over into a feud between the legislative leaders.
The measure before the Garden State’s Senate Environment Committee bans shipping, transporting, treating or disposing of wastewater from hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.
Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis says he’ll campaign for state Senate in New Jersey while his lawyers fight to have his name put back on the ballot.
The Senate Law and Public Safety Committee has invited several speakers to address a recent spike in violent crime.
The New Jersey Senate is set to consider a bill to overhaul New Jersey’s affordable housing laws.
Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver said aggressive efforts are needed to bring down New Jersey’s unemployment rate. It’s currently 9.2 percent.
The vote is scheduled even though Christie and the state Assembly’s prime sponsor of medical marijuana struck a deal on regulations last week.
The proposed bill would impose a graduated penalty system for violations of the state’s handsfree cell phone law.