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Democrats Who Sought Merger Bill Delay Back Down

Two Democrats who were among a faction threatening to tie up the state budget unless a fast-moving higher education overhaul bill was delayed have backed down.

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NJ Legislature Set To Vote On $32 Billion State Budget Monday

It’s all over but the shouting now and there will be plenty of shouting Monday when the full State Senate and Full General Assembly vote on the $31.7 billion Fiscal Year 2013 State Budget bill this Monday. Yesterday, the senate Budget Committee approved the budget bill and this afternoon the Assembly budget panel followed suit.

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NJ Assembly Panel Approved Millionaires Tax Hike

The Assembly Budget Committee has cleared a millionaires’ state income tax increase today. Every Democrat supported the measure and every Republican opposed it. The full Assembly and State Senate are expected to pass the bill Monday. Governor Chris Christie has vetoed the tax hike twice already and he promises to do it again if the legislation reaches his desk.

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Monthly Budget Updates Required Under Legislation

The Assembly Budget Committee is meeting today to consider the Democrat-sponsored $31.741 billion budget bill. The panel will also vote on a measure to increase the state income tax on New Jersey’s roughly 16,000 millionaires. Before the committee gets to the main events, members are considering other undercard, but still budget-related bills.

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Christie Tweets Favorite Bruce Songs While Dems Duke It Out

As Trenton Democrats hashed out a budget plan to deliver to Governor Christie's desk, what was the Governor doing to pass the time?  Tweeting his favorite Bruce Springsteen songs, of course.

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Chris Christie’s Veto Looms, But NJ Dems Poised To Pass Millionaires’ Tax Hike Again [AUDIO]

Despite Governor Christ Christie's unwavering promise to veto a millionaires' tax increase bill for the third consecutive year, the Senate Budget Committee approved a Democrat-sponsored bill to do it yesterday.

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NJ Budget Deal Could Collapse With Assembly Democrats At Odds [AUDIO]

The deadline for a signed and balanced budget is one week from tomorrow and yesterday a whole bunch of flies fell into the ointment.

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State Budget Clears Senate Committee

Along party lines, the Senate Budget Committee has approved the Democrat-sponsored $31.741 billion State Budget bill paving the way for a vote in the full Upper House Monday.

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NJ Budget Deal In Jeopardy As Some Dems Threaten Holdout

Sources tell Townsquare Media that a group of nine Assembly Democrats led by Assemblyman Joe Cryan are threatening to withhold their votes on the Democrat-sponsored State Budget unless they are assured that a vote on the controversial Rutgers-Rowan University merger is delayed.

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Christie Wants A Tax Cut Now Says Assembly GOP Leader

A spokesman for the Senate Democrats says the budget bill and the millionaires’ tax hike legislation will definitely be approved in committee today, tonight or early into tomorrow morning. A spokesman for the Assembly Democrats isn’t sure whether the Assembly Budget Committee will stay until both bills are put to bed or come back tomorrow to allow the panel to vote.

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