Source: The Star-Ledger -
Assembly minority leader Jon Bramnick was in Essex County yesterday for the latest stop on what he says is a tour to “restore fiscal sanity” to the state.
Bramnick (R-Union) held a press conference with local elected officials to tout his idea to set up a bi-partisan strategic long-term planning committee in the Assembly. Bramnick originally proposed the committees in July.
“These (committees) would be think tanks that would work together on the major issues,” Bramnick said in a phone interview after the conference yesterday. “A committee would have, say, four Republicans, four Democrats, and former governors on it.”
The committees, he said, would not address issues or bills as they come up, but would be meant to discuss ongoing issues across the state.
The conference in front of a Livingston shopping center Tuesday comes after several other public stops across the state discussing the idea, including events in Cape May, Atlantic, Middlesex, and Burlington Counties, he said. Bramnick said he is planning his next stop in Newark.
“Four years ago, our (town) council became bipartisan for the first time in 20 years when I was elected,” Republican Livingston Mayor Michael Rieber said yesterday.
“We’ve been able to do a lot of good things here in a bi-partisan way. There is just such pure partisanship in Trenton, that nothing gets done.”