Volume 7/Issue 22

  • Gubernatorial Tidbits
  • State Senate Welcomes Two New Members
  • NY Assemblyman Tapped by Trump Administration for EPA Regional Post
  • Westfield Unveils "The Bistro" at Garden State Plaza Mall

Gubernatorial Tidbits

  • The first debate of the 2017 Governor’s race was held yesterday.  The two candidates sparred over several issues including property taxes, school aid, pensions, gun violence and the environment.   Ambassador Murphy repeatedly tied the Lt. Governor to Governor Christie and President Trump, especially on the Christie Administration’s inability to fully fund the school funding formula and on her support for the President’s immigration policies.  Lt. Governor Guadagno called for school consolidation to control taxes and criticized Mr. Murphy for not supporting legislation to extend an arbitration award cap that enables municipal officials to maintain budgets within the 2 percent property-tax cap.  You can watch a replay of the debate here (courtesy of NJ Spotlight).

  • In the wake of the recent tragedy in Las Vegas, Ambassador Murphy stated that as Governor, he would sign legislation introduced by Senator Raymond Lesniak, former Governor/ State Senator Richard Codey and Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg to create a statewide prohibition on “bump stocks.”  The devices essentially turn semi-automatic weapons into fully automatic guns.

  • Ambassador Murphy chastised Lt. Governor Guadagno for opposing the “bump stock ban,” and other “common sense gun safety measures” such as prohibiting 50-caliber weapons. The Lt. Governor subsequently announced her support for banning “bump stocks,” on the premise that automatic weapons are already illegal, but that she wouldn’t support any further expansion of New Jersey’s gun control laws, which she believes to be the strictest in the country.

  • The Guadagno Campaign released an internal campaign memo by their political consultant that shows the race to be closer than those taken by independent polling surveys.   The Guadagno poll shows the Lt. Governor trailing Ambassador Murphy by 7 points.

State Senate Welcomes Two New Members

Senate President Steve Sweeney swore-in two new members to his chamber last week.

Colin Bell is new the State Senator for the 2nd Legislative District representing Atlantic City and other Atlantic County municipalities.  Senator Bell assumed the seat after the passing of Senator Jim Whelan.  The new senator previously served as an Assistant Atlantic County Prosecutor and is a former county freeholder. 

Senator Kristin Corrado is the new representative for the 40th Legislative District, which is comprised of municipalities from Bergen, Essex, Morris and Passaic Counties.   Senator Corrado takes over for former Senator Kevin O’Toole, who left the legislature after receiving Governor Christie’s appointment to be the Chairman of Board of Commissioners for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.   Senator Corrado formerly served as the elected clerk of Passaic County.

Both Senators are running for a full term in the November election.

NY Assemblyman Tapped by Trump Administration for EPA Regional Post

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt announced last week the appointment of Pete Lopez of New York to become Regional Administrator for Region 2, which has jurisdiction over New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Assemblyman Lopez has served as a member of the New York State Assembly since 2007 representing a seven-county region. He is currently a member on the New York Assembly Committee on Environmental Conservation.

Westfield Unveils "The Bistro" at Garden State Plaza Mall 

The Westfield Corporation recently unveiled “The Bistro” at the Garden State Plaza Mall in Paramus.

Modeled to look like a Parisian bistro, the new food court incorporates both existing and new dining options and is accompanied a brand-new, Jersey Shore-themed play space for children, complete with a new interactive virtual aquarium.  The redesigned areas are part of Westfield’s renovation of the 2.1 million square foot mall.

A recent NorthJersey.com article captures some glowing customer responses to the new food court and play space.  RCSG proudly represents Westfield and congratulates our client on this successful venture.