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Weinberg Bill Requiring Notice When Christie Leaves State Advances

Christie spokesman calls bill “silly.”

A bill sponsored by State Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg requiring the governor to inform legislative leaders when he leaves the state advanced Monday. 

The bill would require that legislative leaders be notified one day ahead of any transfer of power by governor. The requirement would not apply to emergencies.

“When the Governor leaves the State of New Jersey for any reason – be it personal or political – the taxpayers of the Garden State still expect their State government to continue operating,” Weinberg said in a statement. “By notifying the Legislature when he passes on the torch of executive leadership, the Governor would put us in a better position to do the people’s business.” 

Weinberg’s statement noted a Star-Ledger report detailing the fact that Gov. Chris Christie has spent 54 days out of the last eight months out of state. When Christie is away, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno is next in line to become acting governor. 

“While the notification issue is certainly compounded by the fact that this Governor spends a lot of time out of State – dealing with national political issues – certainly the same notification requirement would be beneficial for any governor and any State Legislature,” Weinberg said. 

Weinberg and Kentucky Congressman John Yarmuth have called Christie’s national travel a “Pick me for VP” tour.

Christie’s press secretary Michael Drewniak called Weinberg’s bill "a partisan pot-shot that is completely unnecessary and, frankly, silly," according to NJ.com

The governor’s office has also pointed to travel by former Gov. Jon Corzine, who was out of the state “105 days in 2008, up from 85 days in each of the two previous years,” the NJ.com report said. Weinberg was Corzine’s running mate for the lieutenant governor’s post. 

The bill passed the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee today by a 3-2 vote. It will now head to the full senate.

jp1 June 06, 2012 at 04:34 PM
It is a silly bill why not just dock his pay when he is not working for the state of NJ?
Mike Kilhaney June 06, 2012 at 10:38 PM
So who believes (and why) that when Governor Christie is out of NJ, "he is not working for the state of NJ" ? We have a President, and Senators, and Congress Reps, and down the chain political Reps ( in BOTH major/current political parties) that simply always appear to be "out of town" on vacations, season recesses, emergency government meetings, conferences et al. This Loretta Weinberg bill is truly another example of waste of taxpayer $$. It is also another example of how "out of touch" and "partisan" some elected officials can be. So WHO does Loretta need advise when she goes to the bathroom ?
jp1 June 07, 2012 at 12:35 AM
When you are out of state trying to get Mitt elected or job as vp then you are not doing the states work. The same goes for the rest of the phony politicians.

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