Thursday's the day. Or not.

The state Senate is set to consider a 23-cent gas tax increase already OK'd by the state Assembly and blessed by Gov. Chris Christie — who got into an insult- and frustration-filled debate with our own Bill Spadea Thursday morning over the plan.

Several state senators say they're reluctant to approve the deal – which would trade a eventual 1 percent break on New Jersey's 7-percent sales tax — but would consider another version. Both the Senate and Assembly will meet Thursday, and a version from either chamber could become law if they can agree.

If it does, the gas tax goes into effect Friday. will be reporting on the news as it breaks. For updates:

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