By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog
WPG1450.com‘s Harry Hurley broke an interesting piece of news on Monday night ahead of Tuesday’s ‘state of the state’ address by Chris Christie:
My sources have stated to me that In the near future, New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney, State Senator Jim Whelan and Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo will be proposing what in essence will be a state takeover of Atlantic City.”
Hurley’s unnamed but “well-placed” sources were unable to verify Governor Christie’s position on the matter.
Earlier Tuesday, a constitutional referendum to allow North Jersey casino gaming favored by Senate President Steve Sweeney passed the State Senate sans the backing of state Senators Jeff Van Drew (D-1), Jim Whelan (D-2), Sam Thompson (R-12), Chris Connors (R-9), Mike Doherty (R-23), and Diane Allen (R-7). Christie allegedly acted as the arbiter between warring factions of Democrats….
….yeah, it’s weird and getting weirder over there:
“Nothing will get done today beyond the vote that has already happened in the Senate. As the new session begins tomorrow, the Sarlo/Sweeney version of the constitutional resolution will be introduced in both houses,” Christie explained at the State House Annex. “There will be an addition to the Sarlo/Sweeney resolution. That addition is at the suggestion of the speaker, that, for each licensee there be a mandatory minimum $1 billion investment in each license. So in each of the two licenses those projects must be worth a capital investment, at least, of $1 billion each, in each of those licenses. There will also be the appropriate timelines that were in the Sarlo/Sweeney bill and that will address the ability to make this move quickly. After, if it’s approved by the voters in November, that the process can then move quickly, so that if it’s approved that North Jersey gaming projects can get moving as quickly as possible.”
But it was only a press conference in the most general sense of the phrase:
Ever redefining the relationship between politicians & the press, @ChrisChristie just held a "press conference" without taking questions.
— Matt Katz (@mattkatz00) January 11, 2016
Cya tomorrow, folks.