N.J. POLITICS ROUNDUP
A collection of political news from the Statehouse and around New Jersey
That may force Christie to cut programs, officials said.
ADOPTION BILL DEAL
Christie and state lawmakers reached an historic agreement that will give adopted New Jerseyans access to their birth certificates, The Star-Ledger learned.
AMERICAN DREAM PROJECT KICKS OFF
The completion of the long-stalled American Dream project is about to get underway — starting with a facelift to what Christie has called “the ugliest damn building in New Jersey, and maybe America.” (See video above.)
MORAN: CHRISTIE GETS SPANKING OVER POT REMARKS
Star-Ledger political columnist Tom Moran writes that Christie should not have attackedt Colorado’s “strong suit” in remarks he recently made about the Rocky Mountain State legalizing marijuana.
LIVE CHAT RECAP
Read a recap of The Star-Ledger Statehouse Bureau’s weekly live politics chat.
POLL: CANCER RESEARCH CUTS
Should Christie restore $10 million his administration cut from cancer research in his latest state budget proposal? Vote in the informal, unscientific poll at right.
IN OTHER NEWS …
• Christie, chair of the Republican Governors Association, will head to Florida on Wednesday for a fundraising trip.
• Money generated by Christie’s proposed tax on electronic cigarettes should be used to expand drug treatment services and combat the “public health crisis” of heroin and prescription drug addiction in New Jersey, the chairman of the state Senate health committee said.
• State Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin said he expected a backlog of applications for a Hurricane Sandy elevation program to be cleared by the end of the summer.
• Inviting the public to weigh in directly on how to reform the Port Authority after the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal, the agency’s board has created a digital suggestion box open to anyone with access to email.
• Parents would face more stringent car-seat rules for transporting children in New Jersey and would face higher penalties for violating them under a bill proposed in the state Senate.