You Probably Can’t Name NJ’s Governor for the Day Saturday
TRENTON – Senate President Nick Scutari is serving as New Jersey’s acting governor on Saturday.
Gov. Phil Murphy and Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver are each out of state for personal travel this weekend, though Oliver returns Saturday evening and will retake the reins of the executive branch.
Until then, Scutari gets the opportunity to serve as acting governor for the first time since becoming Senate president in January. The position is third in the line of succession in New Jersey.
Scutari, D-Union, is making the most of his day in the spotlight:
Attending a dedication ceremony this morning in his hometown of Linden, where a street is being named for the late Sen. Joe Suliga.
Joining Sen. Vin Gopal and business leaders at Robinson Ale House in Asbury Park in mid-afternoon for an event on a bill passed by the Legislature allowing people to drink alcohol in pedicabs
Signing an executive order at Allaire State Park in Wall declaring today National Trails Day in the state
The state constitution requires a temporary transfer of power when the governor leaves New Jersey. That interpretation has been loosened over the years to exclude short trips in the vicinity, such as to New York or Pennsylvania and as far as Washington, D.C.