Weekly Newswatch – June 14, 2013

John Currie

This week the Democratic State Committee voted to ratify John Currie, the longtime Passaic County Democratic chairman, as their compromise choice for party leader. Originally gubernatorial candidate Senator Barbara was fighting to put in Assemblyman Jason O’Donnell of Hudson. Meanwhile, Senate President Stephen Sweeney and much of the party establishment backed Senator Raymond Lesniak of Union.

Special Election

In special election news,a court ruled Governor Chris Christie is allowed to call for a special October election for the late Frank Lautenberg’s U.S. Senate seat.A three-judge appellate panel rejected a challenge to Christie’s controversial decision to call the election three weeks before the regularly scheduled November general election.

NJ Budget

With deadline for passage of NJ fiscal year 2014 budget approaching, State Senator Paul Sarlo, the chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, said the Democrats will hear their version of the annual budget in committee on June 21, with an eye toward a vote by the full legislature on June 25.

Sarlo said Democrats plan to meet with the governor, who has said he will not sign a budget that does not include a tax cut.


Just a reminder, the official hurricane season started June 1st and will continue until November 30th. As sandy taught us last year, it’s never too early to properly prepare your property against natural disasters. For more information on hurricane proofing your home, go to protectingamerica.org.