The Senate apparently has just taken a short breather and plans to reconvene in a series of sessions later this summer. The sudden calendar items are fueling speculation that the Senate will be interviewing a state Supreme Court nominee during the dog days of August. Gov. Chris Christie is expected to soon announce a new candidate for the state’s highest court.
The new schedule also raises the possibility – albeit remote – that a tax cut could be discussed. Gov. Chris Christie keeps hammering away it, saying there is enough in the surplus for the first phase of the 10 percent break he wants to accomplish over the next few years. The Legislative leaders say they want to see more robust and increasing state revenues grow before approving a tax cut.
Whatever the reasons for the sessions, they are scheduled as committee hearings dates on July 26, and Aug. 9 and 21, topped by a voting session on Aug. 20. There are no corresponding Assembly sessions but Assemblyman Ruben Ramos is organizing a special meeting of the Assembly Regulatory Oversight and Gaming Committee. Ruben chairs the committee and will be hearing testimony from invited guests on the prospect of gaming in the Meadowlands. The session will take place Thursday, July 19 at noon at the Meadowlands Racetrack in the Hambletonian Room.