Source: PolitickerNJ – If it feels a little like a sandbox in Trenton with communication consisting of sand getting kicked and thrown in fistfuls amid more lower primate howling than talking, Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-21) wants to activate mandatory high chairs, position them in a uniformly forward-facing position, and require collective engagement of that ever elusive mode of interaction called human speech.
Tired of toxic food fighting at the state capitol and the segmented relationship between Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) and Governor Chris Christie on one side and Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32) on the other, with himself presumably left to wander the halls in no man’s land, Bramnick wants to nudge people together with a bill that would require state leaders to meet every three months at a “board of directors” type meeting.
Being drafted right now by the Office of Legislative Services as a reaction to the chill among the top leaders in Trenton over the Atlantic City mess, the bill would force the state’s top dogs into the same close-proximity dog pen.
“The four leaders and governor must meet and discuss the State of the State and report jointly to the public,” Bramnick explained. “The purpose is to require leaders to meet face to face.” The initial part of the meeting would be private and then there would be a portion open to the public.
A longtime champion of more civil interaction in state politics, Bramnick has grown increasingly vexed by what he sees as rule by dueling press conferences, wherein the principals chest thump to make points but no longer interface in a meaningful way.