I'd say time to merge as it is almost 2006 we are close to a year into the latest cycle. As for the jurisdictions that are stuck in the past it would be best if you indicate what code cycle you are trapped in when you ask a question.
NJ "generally" adapts the new code at the same when license renewal happens.
As the renewal procedure - and the mandatory CE hours - are still "open", why insist that the change occur "now". This is the reason you are still being told "real soon" and have been for six months now. You would know that if you had an EC license.