Thursday, March 21, 2013
Governor undecided on whether he'll support Senate bill that would outlaw the practice among minors.
Gov. Chris Christie said Wednesday he is not sure if he would sign a bill banning minors from so-called "gay conversion" therapy should it reach his desk, nj.com reports. The New Jersey Senate's Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee voted 7-1 Monday to advance a bill to the full Senate that would outlaw the controversial practice, which seeks to alter a patient's sexual orientation. "I'm of two minds just on this stuff in general," he said in Stone Harbor, nj.com reports. "Number one, I think there should be lots of deference given to parents on raising their children. I don't — this is a general philosophy, not to his bill — generally philosophically, on bills that restrict parents ability to make decisions on how to care …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Bill that would protect minors from controversial counseling techniques clears Senate committee.
More than 110,000 people have signed a petition calling for a ban on so-called "Gay Conversion" therapy that attempts to change minors' sexual orientation, and it appears their voices have been heard in Trenton. The New Jersey Senate's Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee voted 7-1 Monday to advance a bill to the full Senate that would outlaw "gay conversion" therapy. "The American Psychiatric Association has determined that the practice of counseling to change sexual orientation poses a great risk, including the likelihood or severity of depression, anxiety and self-destructive behavior of those undergoing therapy," bill co-sponsor Sen. Raymond Lesniak wrote on his Facebook blog. "This legislation seeks to prevent the harm…
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
The governor presented his $32.9 billion budget for fiscal year 2014.
Progress is evident. Momentum is building. As he laid out his $32.9 billion proposed budget for fiscal year 2014 at the Statehouse Tuesday, Gov. Chris Christie said the state’s future, both economically and in recovery following Hurricane Sandy, is moving in the right direction. With talk of compromise and bipartisanship — as well as a few customary jabs at former governor Jon Corzine’s administration — Christie called on the state’s Legislature to keep it going, to make the conscious decision to help New Jersey return to a position of prosperity it once knew. Of course it will do so with the help of funding from the federal government. Included in the governor’s proposed budget is just $40 million in supplemental aid for Sandy-related …
Governor to lay out priorities in 3 p.m. address to Legislature.
Tuesday, February 26
Gov. Chris Christie will unveil his state budget in an address to the state Legislature at 3 p.m. today. The governor will deliver a budget speech that details the administration's funding priorities. He is expected to address post-Sandy rebuilding and could speak about how automatic federal funding cuts would affect New Jersey budgeting. Last year, Christie called for a 10-percent income tax cut that ultimately wasn't included in the $31.7 billion spending plan. Check back with Patch at 3 p.m. to watch the address live.