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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.

John A. Unglert June 06, 2012 at 10:53 AM
You have GOT to be kidding me ! Don't these people in Trenton have better things to do ? Such as the PEOPLE's business and to stop spending so much !
AML June 06, 2012 at 11:05 AM
Loretta Weinberg needs to retire. Obviously, she has nothing better to do with her time than to think of frivolous laws to clog the books and waste everyone's time. How about working towards real issues that impact the citizens of NJ? Perhaps, she is too senile to realize, that there is a Lt. Governor in place, and when the Governor is out of the state, the government continues to run. When has it ever happened that the government shut down because the governor was not around? If she thinks that it is an important bill to sponsor on the state level, perhaps she can orchestrate and devote her energy to a bill for the federal level as well? Obviously, she has a beef with the governor over his time spent out of state and her immature tactic is to get back at him with an unnecessary bill/law, As I said, time to retire and allow a fresh breat of air as the air certainly has been stale enough!
SK June 06, 2012 at 11:40 AM
Agreed, I say we start a campaign to recall Weinberg and anyone else engaged in waisting taxpayer time and money.
John A. Unglert June 06, 2012 at 12:37 PM
One would think that Ms. Weinberg, as an Obama supporter she would not have bothered with this one. After all President Obama spends our money for campaign trips, virtually every day, and rarley spends time in the oval office. Actually that may be better since I am SO tired of his arrogant and "I know better" attitude. Maybe Ms. Weinberg might start some statutes that would require our two, do nothing except vote a strict party line, "Senators" to think and act on behalf of the citizens of New Jersey rather than a party.

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