TRENTON – The Assembly’s incoming Democratic Majority Caucus on Thursday chose Sheila Y. Oliver to continue as Assembly Speaker and selected Assembly budget chief Lou Greenwald as the new Assembly Majority Leader. Greenwald will replace current Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Cryan (D-Union.)
TRENTON – According to a report by PolitickerNJ, state Sen. Barbara Buono (D-Middlesex) will not seek re-election as Senate Majority Leader.
NEW BRUNSWICK – PlanSmart NJ, a non-profit land use planning and advocacy organization based in Trenton, held its annual dinner and awards ceremony Nov. 9. Approximately 300 land use planners, business leaders, academic and non-profit leaders were in attendance.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Senate unanimously approved a bill to collectively award the Congressional Gold Medal to the Montford Point Marines of World War II, including five from New Jersey.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that available air quality information indicates that 39 states are meeting the health-based national air quality standards for lead set in 2008.
NEWTON – Gov. Chris Christie today toured Newton Medical Center and met with the Gordon family, whose two-month-old son, Dylan, is alive because of detection and treatment resulting from New Jersey’s first-in-the-nation law requiring newborns to be screened for life-threatening heart defects before leaving the hospital.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) announced today that he is co-sponsoring legislation to help New Jersey’s veterans get back to work. The “VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011” combines components in the President’s American Jobs Act and additional initiatives to boost employment opportunities for veterans.
STATE – According to officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), New Jersey residents and businesses have received nearly $230 million in federal disaster assistance for Hurricane Irene recovery through Nov. 8.
STATE – Democrats held all 26 of the seats they controlled in the state Senate and gained a 48th seat in the Assembly to keep their majority in the state Legislature.
STATE – Today, Nov. 9, at 2 p.m. eastern standard time, the federal government will conduct the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS). The test will last up to three and a half minutes.