Washington Daybook: Christie Turns Lobbyist

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New Jersey Commissioner of the Department of Transportation, James Simpson, second left, Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Porotection, Bob Martin, right, and Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, third right, walk with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, center left, past damaged homes along the Atlantic Ocean on Nov. 2, 2012 in Mantoloking, N.J.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is in Washington to lobby Congress for a Superstorm Sandy supplemental. The White House could send emergency aid request for more than $50 billion to the Hill as early as today.

Speaking of Sandy, Amtrak and New York-area transit agencies are sending officials to testify at a Senate Commerce subcommittee hearing on the storm’s  transportation and infrastructure damage.

The Senate is to vote on a bill to normalize trade with Russia, while a Senate Judiciary panel considers a measure that would require Apple Inc. and Google Inc. to get permission from people before collecting data on location. The House is gone for the week, with only a pro forma session tomorrow.

On the fiscal cliff front, Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, and Kevin Hassett, senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, testify at a Joint Economic Committee hearing about the effect on the middle class and the U.S. economy should lawmakers fail to stop automatic tax increases and $607 billion in spending cuts from taking effect next month.

Federal Election Commission filings due today will disclose expenditures by, and contributions to, the campaigns of President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney in the final weeks before Nov. 6 election. Super-political action committees and Congress candidates also must report.

Rep. Frank Lucas, and Oklahoma Republican, and Sen. Debbie Stabenow, a Michigan Democrat, will provide updates on farm-bill negotiations at a Farm Journal conference. The Natural Resources Defense Council Releases report on affects of global warming on ski resorts in the U.S. FedEx Corp. CEO Frederick Smith speaks at an Economic Club of Washington luncheon.

And Obama takes a break from wrangling over the fiscal cliff this evening to light the National Christmas Tree tonight on the Elipse.

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