Marijuana deal may come next week, Scutari says

Legislative leaders and Gov. Phil Murphy may be nearing a deal on marijuana legalization, State Sen. Nicholas Scutari (D-Linden) told the New Jersey Globe Thursday. “There's a possibility that we have an agreement by next week,” Scutari said. Marijuana legalization stalled last year after opposition from within Senate President Steve Sweeney’s caucus stopped the marijuana legalization package from reaching a 21-vote threshold in the legislature’s upper chamber. Part of the

Scutari supports Jones

Union County Democratic Chairman Nicholas Scutari today endorsed LeRoy Jones for New Jersey Democratic State Chairman. "Chairman Currie has worked hard on behalf of Democrats throughout New Jersey, and I thank him for his service. As we begin laying the groundwork for Democratic success in 2020 and beyond, I believe party cohesion and effective leadership are absolutely necessary," Scutari said. "The unparalleled success and unifying leadership Chairman LeRoy Jones has

Scutari: Another run at redistricting likely

Though their push to change the way the state handles redistricting failed, Democrats are likely to make a similar push at some point down the line, State Sen. Nicholas Scutari said Monday. “I think so, but I'm not certain. I think we are. I mean, I've been working on it for three years,” Scutari, who sponsored the redistricting constitutional amendment in the Senate, said when asked if they’d mount another

GOP leaders tell Dems to pull redistricting amendment

Republican legislative leaders are calling on Democrats to pull the constitutional amendment on redistricting after hours of testimony in two hearings on the matter yesterday saw no witnesses other than the measure’s sponsors testifying in favor. “It would be an act of utter hubris for the Democratic majorities to forge ahead with the constitutional amendment in defiance of such clear public opposition,” said Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean. “They should

Dem legislators see no allies at redistricting hearings

Democratic members of the legislature were the only ones to speak in favor of a constitutional amendment that would change the state’s redistricting process at simultaneous public hearings before Senate and Assembly committees Thursday. The rest of the testimony, which took about two-and-a-half hours, was given by individuals and groups opposed to the amendment. The vast majority of those groups were liberal ones traditionally aligned with Democratic policies. “I guess