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Assemblyman John S. Wisniewski
Assemblyman John S. Wisniewski asks questions during transportation committee hearing about Bridgegate (NJTV)
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NJ Assembly Amps Up Bridgegate Investigation

The State Assembly's Democratic leadership Monday moved to create a new Bridgegate "super investigative committee,"  armed subpoena power and a special counsel and chaired by Deputy Speaker John Wisniewski.

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Andrew P. Sidamon-Eristoff
Treasurer Andrew P. Sidamon-Eristoff (NJ Dept. of the Treasury)
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Assembly Budget Panel Gets Subpoena Power to Force Treasurer To Testify

The powerful Assembly Budget Committee has authorized subpoena power today to force State Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff to testify before the panel. The Treasurer has repeatedly failed to appear at the Assembly Budget Committee’s request.

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Andrew P. Sidamon-Eristoff
Treasurer Andrew P. Sidamon-Eristoff (NJ Dept. of the Treasury)
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Assembly Panel Wants Subpoena Power Over Treasurer

The State Treasurer has refused to testify before the Assembly Budget Committee four times in the recent past. The panel’s chairman is fed up and tomorrow, his committee will consider legislation granting the panel subpoena power to force the Treasurer to testify.

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Andrew P. Sidamon-Eristoff
Treasurer Andrew P. Sidamon-Eristoff (NJ Dept. of the Treasury)
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NJ Treasurer Refuses to Testify Before Budget Committee on Sandy Funds

Assembly Budget Committee chairman, Vinnie Prieto invited State Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff to testify before his committee today to let the members get a clue about the expected impact of the Federal Super-Storm Sandy Relief Package. Sidamon-Eristoff was a no-show and because this isn’t the first time he’s snubbed Prieto and the panel, the chairman thinks it’s time his committee had subpoena power.

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Assemblyman Vinnie Prieto
Assemblyman Vinnie Prieto (NJ Assembly Democrats via Facebook)
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NJ Budget Still On Track For Monday Passage [AUDIO]

Sources tell Townsquare Media news that a faction of Democrats in the Assembly are still waging a bitter internal battle over what the final state budget bill should include or not include.

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Statehouse
New Jersey Statehouse (Kevin McArdle, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Internet Gambling And Other Bills To Be Considered Tomorrow

Barring employers and colleges from requiring people to turn over their social media user names and passwords, authorizing Internet gaming in New Jersey, banning unsolicited text messaging ads and promoting green jobs top tomorrow’s Assembly committee agendas.

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Vincent Prieto
Vincent Prieto (Facebook)
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Chris Christie’s “Comeback” Is A Myth Says Assembly Budget Boss

Early revenue numbers suggest that New Jersey’s business and income tax collections are lagging behind estimates. The final tally from income tax revenue is pending, but the chairman of the Assembly Budget Committee is already on the offensive attacking what Governor Chris Christie calls the ‘New Jersey Comeback.’

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Vincent Prieto
Vincent Prieto (Facebook)
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New Assembly Budget Boss Sets Priorities [AUDIO]

Budget season is ramping up in New Jersey. For the past decade Lou Greenwald has been chairman of the Assembly Budget Committee, but there's a new sheriff in town and his name is Vinnie Prieto.

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NJ Legislature
New Jersey Legislature (Tim Larsen, Governor's Office)
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Christie Administration Officials Refuse To Testify Before Budget Panel

Tomorrow was supposed to be Vinnie Prieto’s first hearing as Assembly Budget Committee chairman. He wanted two of Governor Chris Christie’s cabinet chiefs to update the panel on the Administration’s Medicaid revision plan which is supposed to save $300 million in the current budget. Both cabinet chief wrote a letter in response to Prieto’s invitation. They essentially said, “Thanks, but no thanks.”

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NJ's Vehicle Mileage Tax Bill
Chris Hondros, Getty Images
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Gas Prices Measure Signed into Law

Legislation signed into law by Governor Chris Christie requires gas stations to clearly display whether they charge different cash and credit prices.

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