Hate to harsh y’all’s mellow, but there’s lots of chatter on the landfill moratorium and how a mere 23 lobbyists may succeed in circumventing that 48-to-nuthin’ vote in the Senate and the Speaker’s own call for a vote on the bill.
According to the N&O‘s story, Pryor Gibson and Bill Owens are two big fish that are standing in the way of a vote. To me, this is the ethics story. To wit:
1. House leadership strips landfill provision out of budget saying it’s policy and should be voted on separately.
2. Senate passes landfill moratorium bill.
3. Lobbyists suceed in getting powerful pro-biz Democrats to bottle up provision until the clock runs out.
Of course 5, 6 and 20 are that everybody gets a fat contribution like back on April 14.
The very idea that the counties invited these companies in after due process and hearings is one of the smelliest red herrings anyone’s tossed in the room for a while.
It is just nonsense to propose that the state ought to respect a county’s right to invite half of New Jersey to use its new landfill or a town’s right to say bring it on for a few million tons of Europe’s ground up tires and auto parts.
And, while you’re at it, you Greendogs might want to ask Jerry Meek why a bunch of powerful House Dems are standing in the way of this important environmental bill.