(Click here to listen live) Over 130 people have registered to speak at the special Assembly hearing where legislators want to hear the public’s ideas to help the state government cut spending and save taxpayer dollars. The heavy turnout has led Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver (D-essex) and Assembly Republican Leader Alex DeCroce (R-Morris) to announce that the hearing will be split into three groups to better accommodate the people who want to testify. The 130 people doesn’t include people who have yet to request to speak. Oliver and DeCroce said they don’t want to see people being forced to wait for many hours to speak at a single hearing, when wait time can be curtailed by splitting the hearing into three committee rooms.
Four Assembly members — two Democrats and two Republicans — would be assigned to each room to hear testimony.
Among those registered to speak are the Rev. Bruce Davidson of the Lutheran Office of Governmental Ministry; Stanhope Mayor George Graham; Marie Tasy, director of New Jersey Right to Life; Lowell Ayre of the Alliance for the Betterment for Citizens with Disabilities; Deborah Dowdell of the New Jersey Restaurant Association; Kim Todd of the Association of Community Providers; Robin Sims, president of the Coalition of Families in New Jersey; Nelson Page of the Fort Lee Film Commission, and Joseph Fornarotto of the Disable Veterans of North Jersey. NJN