Assemblywoman Mila Jasey, one of Gov. Phil Murphy’s closest allies in the legislature, declined to say whether she would back a veto override on the state budget.
“I don’t think that will be necessary,” Jasey said when asked which way she would break if push came to shove Thursday.
Over the past several days, Jasey has appeared at multiple press conferences, at one point even speaking against cuts to the governor’s tuition-free community college program in the legislative budget on Murphy’s desk.
First lady Tammy Murphy has previously fundraised for Jasey, who shares a district with former Gov. Dick Codey, Murphy’s staunchest ally in the State Senate.
If Murphy is to avoid a veto override on the budget — it’s not clear if legislative leaders will seek one, nor is it clear what portions of the budget Murphy will excise — he’ll need to secure Jasey’s vote.