TRENTON — As Gov. Chris Christie continues to travel across the country as chairman of the Republican Governors Association, a new bill has been introduced that would allow New Jersey’s governor to travel across state lines without having to sign his power over to the lieutenant governor.
Meanwhile, Christie — a potential Republican candidate for president in 2016 — will return this week to Iowa, the site of the nation’s first presidential primary.
CHRISTIE AT DRUG TREATMENT SUMMIT
At a summit in Newark, Christie stressed that making drug and alcohol treatment “more available for everybody” was “part of government’s job.” (See video above.)
LAWMAKERS EYE NFL’S TAX EXEMPT STATUS
A group of 14 female New Jersey lawmakers called for the federal government to take away the NFL’s non-profit status because of its handling of domestic violence accusations against its players.
MULSHINE ON THE PENSION ISSUE
Star-Ledger political columnist Tom Mulshine said the trouble with New Jersey’s ailing public-worker pension system is the borrowing.
IN OTHER NEWS …
• The state Assembly changed its attendance rules, a few months after several lawmakers found out from The Star-Ledger that they were marked as present at the Statehouse when they were nowhere near it.
• The state Legislature passed a bill that will require hospitals to provide designated caregivers with detailed instructions and training on how to carry out their responsibilities.
• The state Supreme Court ruled that patients who sue a hospital for medical malpractice are not entitled to records documenting the hospital’s internal examination into what went wrong.
• Joseph A.Trunfio, the president and CEO of one of the state’s largest hospital systems, Atlantic Health System, announced his retirement.