The Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee is responsible for monitoring all segments of state transportation, including bridge and highway construction, motor vehicle inspections, expansion of light-rail train systems, and management of the toll road authorities.
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Raising Judicial Retirement Age, Improved Wildlife Control for Farmers, Discussion on Port Authority Reform & Enhanced Veterans' Services Top Monday Assembly Committee Meetings

Bills to raise the judicial retirement age from 70 to 75, a package to help farmers manage wildlife and protect their crops, a discussion on several proposed Port Authority of New York and New Jersey reforms and enhanced services for veterans highlight Monday's Assembly committee meetings.

Protections for law enforcement animals, adding a crime-fraud exception to the marital privilege, improving engineering and computer science curriculum and requiring generators for multiple dwelling units are also among the bills on tap...

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WEDNESDAY - Assembly Panel to Hold First Special Hearing on New Jersey's Transportation Funding Crisis

Asm. Transportation Chairman John Wisniewski The Assembly Transportation panel will meet Wednesday in Montclair for the first of several hearings on New Jersey's transportation funding crisis.

The committee will take testimony from transportation experts and the public concerning the Transportation Trust Fund and its impact on the state's economy. The committee will examine how a first-class transportation network for moving goods, services, and people is essential to attract businesses and create jobs in the state...

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Mazzeo & Whelan To Port Authority: ‘AC’s Airport Workers Need A Raise Too’

Measure Asking for Increase in Minimum Wage of Atlantic City Airport Workers Approved by Senate State Government Committee
A measure sponsored by Senator Jim Whelan and Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo that would urge the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to increase the Atlantic City Airport's workers minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2015 was approved Thursday by the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee.

"There was wisdom in the Port Authority Commissioner's recognizing that hard-working residents cannot survive on less than $9 per hour, and they made efforts to ensure a more-livable wage for airport employees in the New York City metro area," said Senator Whelan, D-Atlantic and Chairman of the Senate State Government Committee. "Unfortunately, they left Atlantic City Airport employees out of the plan, forcing them to work for subpar wages. It's time for AC's airport workers to see a raise, too."

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Wisniewski Statement on Christie Nomination of Jamie Fox as New Jersey Transportation Commissioner

Assembly Deputy Speaker John S. Wisniewski (D-Middlesex) issued the following statement on Governor Christie's nomination of Jamie Fox as New Jersey Commissioner of Transportation.

"Jamie Fox is a widely respected leader with whom I have had an excellent working relationship over the years. I offer him my sincere congratulations on his nomination.

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Greenwald: Fox the 'Right Choice' for Transportation Commissioner

New Jersey Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald New Jersey Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington) released the following statement Thursday on Gov. Christie's appointment of Jamie Fox as commissioner for the Department of Transportation:

"I applaud the governor for nominating Jamie to be the next transportation commissioner. He is the right choice for the job.With a struggling Transportation Trust Fund and decaying infrastructure posing significant economic challenges to our state, New Jersey faces tremendous problems in transportation policy..."

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Prieto Statement on Fox & Chivukula Nominations

Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen) released the following statement Thursday on appointments made by Gov. Chris Christie:

"I applaud Gov. Christie's selection of Jamie Fox as the next Department of Transportation commissioner. We know from past experience that Mr. Fox is a problem solver, and New Jersey certainly has many transportation problems that need solving..."

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Prieto: Forward NJ Report Welcome Addition to TTF Discussion

Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto Says Report will be Thoroughly Reviewed amid Upcoming Assembly Hearings

Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen) released the following statement Tuesday on the report released by Forward NJ on New Jersey's deteriorating transportation system:

"Forward NJ's report is an important addition to the discussion about what must be done to ensure New Jersey has a reliable transportation infrastructure able to create jobs and economic development..."

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