- Associated Press - Monday, January 26, 2015

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Two state Senate committees kept working despite Gov. Chris Christie’s order to close state government ahead of a winter storm.

Senate President Steve Sweeney said Monday he deemed the committees’ staff essential personnel so they could stay beyond Christie’s 1 p.m. closure order.

Sweeney expected the judiciary and health committees to finish before the worst of the storm hits New Jersey, and both panels wrapped up their work shortly after 2 p.m.

The judiciary committee considered several nominations including Bergen County judges, Gloucester County board of taxation members and a Pinelands Commission member. The health committee weighed a number of measures including a bill authorizing agreements between surrogate mothers and potential parents.

Health Committee Chairman Joseph Vitale asked witnesses to keep their testimonies to one minute because of the “snow-pocalypse.”


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