Governer Corzine Orders Legislature to Work

Governor Corzine issued Executive Order #18 today.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, JON S. CORZINE, Governor of the State of New Jersey, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and by the Statutes of this State, do hereby ORDER and DIRECT:

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2. Pursuant to the provisions of Article V, Section I, Paragraph 12 and Article IV, Section I, Paragraph 4 of the New Jersey Constitution, it is my opinion that the public interest requires the Legislature to convene in order to fulfill its constitutional duty to pass a balanced General Appropriations Law for Fiscal Year 2007 and to consider legislation that is related to the State budget. I hereby call the Legislature to Special Sessions and direct that they convene commencing at 9:00 a.m. on July 4, 2006, and continuing for each day thereafter until a General Appropriations Law for Fiscal Year 2007 is enacted.

I concur although I am not certain he has the authority to do so.

The Legislature has failed in its duties and responsibilities of preparing a budget. While we may not agree with Governor Corzine’s proposals, if the Legislature doesn’t present a budget that counters the ill-proposed sales tax, nothing can happen.

For the record, some legislators met for four hours yesterday with the governor and there was a four-minute, twenty-one second session of the Senate today. It hardly appears that the Legislature is hard at work on the issue.

Perhaps it thinks the state is better off without these 45,000 workers.

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