Democratic lawmakers are adjusting to the changes voters imposed on the legislative roster and political mood, acknowledging the importance of focusing on taxes as a policy and message in the upcoming legislative session.
Atlantic County Freeholder John Risley said, "The earliest we think we'll get any kind of service is possibly by the first week of May. And they kept promising us second quarter (of the year). Of course second quarter can mean June 30 or July 1."
"Many hospitals see a 'revolving door' of gunshot injures, as patients who have been shot are at a very high risk of being violently reinjured and committing violent acts themselves," Assemblyman Lou Greenwald said.
At a five and a half hour hearing Wednesday during which gun owners and gun-control advocates traded turns at the microphones, a state Assembly committee started a half-dozen bills on a path toward a governor eager to sign them.