Carroll: No need to wait on reforming Port Authority and Bi-State Agencies – Bills are ready for debate

Source: Assembly Republican Press Release – Assembly Republican Michael Patrick Carroll, who serves on the New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigations (SCI), said that if the committee is sincerely interested in finding solutions to problems existing at the Port Authority and other agencies, all it has to do is consider the 14 reform bills …

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O’Scanlon, Bramnick, Rumana talk red lights, jobs on Chamber trip

Source: NJ.com – It was impossible to miss state Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon on Tuesday as he walked the crammed aisles of an Amtrak train during the state Chamber of Commerce’s annual trek to the nation’s capital for New Jersey movers and shakers. The Monmouth County Republican, who has made it a mission to abolish those …

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Bramnick: It’s not Bridgegate, it’s ‘Wizgate,’

Source: PolitickerNJ – A week after announcing GOP legislators serving on the legislative committee investigating the George Washington Bridge lane closings are hitting a breaking point, a top Assembly Republican lawmaker now says the controversy dubbed Bridgegate is due for a name change. “It’s Wizgate,” said Assemblyman John Bramnick (R-21) aboard the chamber train to …

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Handlin discusses first subpoenas for oral testimony issued by committee

Source: CNN – A special New Jersey state legislative committee investigating the George Washington Bridge scandal that has upended Gov. Chris Christie’s administration has issued its first subpoenas for oral testimony. The panel said it had served Pat Foye, the executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, agency board member …

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Schepisi reacts to bridge scandal panel to issue 4 subpoenas for testimony

Source: Star Ledger – The co-chair of the state legislative committee investigating the George Washington Bridge scandal said the panel will issue subpoenas today to four witnesses to testify next month. So far, the committee has subpoenaed and released a number of emails and other documents related to the matter. But Wisniewski said the testimony …

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Christie and Taxes: Bridge traffic isn’t the Garden State governor’s biggest problem

Source: Wall Street Journal – Long after people have forgotten or ceased to care which of Chris Christie’s fired aides caused a traffic jam, the New Jersey governor will still have a big political problem. After his two terms, citizens of the Garden State will likely suffer under essentially the same oppressive tax burden that …

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Bramnick: ‘My members are extremely frustrated’ with investigation

Source: Wall Street Journal – Some of the George Washington Bridge scandal’s costs are coming into focus. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s re-election campaign has $264,000 of debt after being billed at least $314,000 in legal fees related to defending itself from subpoenas issued by a federal grand jury and a special legislative committee, according …

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Bramnick Objects to Bridgegate Panel Partisanship (audio)

Source: NJ 101.5 (with audio) – Partisanship on the Democrat-controlled legislative committee investigating Bridgegate is getting worse, according to the top Republican in the Assembly. He said if things don’t improve, Republican members of the panel have options — one of which is to simply walk away. “There are three Assembly members and one Senate member …

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Dancer Targets Prescribed Burns

Source: NJ 101.5 – With a goal of lessening the likelihood of massive forest fires in New Jersey, reintroduced legislation would set standards for state-run controlled burns, and allow private individuals to conduct such burns on their own property. The measure from Assemblyman Ron Dancer (R-Ocean) would create a prescribed burn program that can certify …

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Bramnick: Let’s Keep Politicians from Destroying Reputations (video)

Source: MSNBC (video) – Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick: “When you have a prosecutor [issuing subpoenas], they understand the seriousness of serving a subpoena. Are you telling me that politicians in New Jersey are now going to control who gets subpoenas? … “As you speculate, you damage people, you damage reputations. That is distressing, disconcerting, …

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