Today the Senate held its first full voting session of the 2022-23 legislative session, though the word “full” is perhaps an exaggeration for proceedings that took around four minutes in total.
The only items on the agenda were the nominations of three former legislators: former State Sen. Kip Bateman (R-Branchburg) to be a member of the Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield Board of Directors, former State Sen. Dawn Addiego (D-Evesham) to be the Burlington County Supervisor of Elections, and former Assemblywoman Linda Stender (D-Fanwood) to be a member of the New Jersey Historic Trust.
No one from either side of the aisle defected on the nominations, possibly in part because Senate President Nicholas Scutari (D-Linden) wisely combined them into one unified list; had any Republicans wanted to vote against Addiego, for example, they would have been forced to vote against Bateman as well.
All three nominees were forwarded unanimously through the Senate Judiciary Committee last week.
Today’s brief session also marked the first of the entirely new Senate leadership team, with Scutari serving his first day as Senate President alongside Senate Majority Leader Teresa Ruiz (D-Newark) and Senate Minority Leader Steven Oroho (R-Franklin).