Weekly Newswatch – October 28, 2011

Week in Review

Student Loans

On Wednesday, the White House reported that more than 71,000 New Jerseyans with outstanding college loans would be able to reduce their interest rates and simplify their payments by consolidating their loans under President Obama’s effort to lower loan costs.

Pension Reform

Governor Chris Christie’s Administration is preparing an appeal of a New Jersey Judge’s ruling that judges should not be required to pay more for their pensions or health insurance. The state officially notified the court of its intent to appeal on Monday. Governor Christie wanted lawmakers to put a constitutional amendment on next year’s ballot to clarify that judges are subject to the higher pension contributions, but Democrats who control the Legislature said they will not do that.

Other News

New Jersey Poll

A Fairleigh Dickinson University poll released this week found that 46% of voters say the state is moving in the “right direction,” while 43% said it is on the “wrong track.”

Eleventh Biennial Post-Election Analysis Luncheon

On Thursday, November 10th, the Princeton Public Affairs Group will be hosting our Eleventh Biennial Post-Election Analysis Luncheon at the Trenton Country Club from 11:30-2:00pm. Legislative leaders and political strategists for both political parties have been invited to join us to analyze the recent election. For more information, please call PPAG at (609) 396-8838.