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TRENTON — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who had expected to deliver his annual State of the State message to the Legislature on Tuesday, abandoned those plans and instead delivered a eulogy for a Republican General Assembly leader who collapsed at the end of a lengthy session and died.
“As you know, I was to come here today to report on the state of our state,” Mr. Christie told the joint session. “I will fulfill that constitutional obligation by addressing you and our citizens more fully next week. For today, it’s enough to say that the state of our state is getting better. Today our hearts are full of sadness.”
But that “does not lessen the pain,” he said.
On what was to be a day of pomp and circumstance with the swearing-in of new lawmakers, the Legislature largely abandoned its plans in favor of a somber, low-key event.
The Assembly observed a moment of silence for Mr. DeCroce as the lawmakers were sworn in for a new term. Bagpipes played before the ceremony, and a small bouquet of flowers rested on the late legislator’s empty desk.
House panel advances right-to-work bill
INDIANAPOLIS — A panel of Indiana lawmakers used a window of opportunity Tuesday after Democrats ended a three-day boycott to send divisive right-to-work legislation to the full House of Representatives.
The committee voted 8-5 along party lines to advance a ban on contracts that require workers to pay union fees for representation. Republican Chairman Doug Gutwein and Democratic Rep. David L. Niezgodski periodically shouted each other down as Democrats attempted to introduce a handful of changes to the bill. Other Republicans on the House Employment, Labor and Pensions Committee remained largely quiet through the testy voting session.
Indiana could become the first state in more than a decade to approve right-to-work legislation. National advocates have tried without success to push the measure in New Hampshire and other states following a wave of statehouse victories by Republicans in 2010.
The right-to-work measure is the first bill to be voted on by a House panel this session and could advance to the Senate as early as Friday if Democrats stick around long enough. A boycott by House Democrats last week stalled work on the measure. And Democratic House Minority Leader Patrick Bauer said when his caucus returned to the House chamber Monday the lawmakers may boycott again to block the bill.
Union protesters who packed the House chamber for the vote booed at Republicans and cheered for Democrats.
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