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Chris Christie and NJ Politics: The week ahead

TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie is keeping his usual summer pace going this week with an out-of-state trip here and a shore town hall there.

Republican Governors Association

Christie, chairman of the RGA, is back on the road this week for stops in Kansas and Oklahoma. He’ll fundraise for the group that helps to help Republican governors across the country and appear on the campaign trails for GOP officials.

It’s a quick trip. The governor is hitting both states on Wednesday.

The trip is part of his southern state summer swing after stopping in Alabama and Mississippi last week and planning an Arkansas trip later in the month.

Keeping it local

Like last week, Christie’s also planning some face time with New Jersey residents.

The governor will host a shore town hall on Tuesday to discuss the state’s pension system woes. It’s the lead up to his plan to unveil further changes to public workers’ pension and health care plans.

More stops could be in the works.

The Senate, meanwhile, meets today to vet and confirm eight nominees for state Superior Court as Christie and Democrats deal to fill vacancies they’ve fought over for years.

Something to be on the lookout for

News on Atlantic City.

The governor already announced a September summit to discuss the crisis hitting the shore city in the wake of news that yet another casino – this time AC’s newest – plans on shuttering. The closing of Revel, now set for Sept. 2, would put thousands out of work and occur just days after Showboat closes its doors for good at the end of the month.

Showboat workers pleaded with the governor during his last shore town hall to help them, and although his options are likely pretty limited, the governor at least promised to see what he could do in the interim to help the workers ahead of the Sept. 8 Atlantic City summit.


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