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State Sen. Paul Sarlo, the chairman of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Three-month budget extension headed to full vote Monday

Senate, Assembly panels advance measure in party-line votes

By Nikita Biryukov, June 26 2020 3:15 pm

The Senate Budget Committee approved a $7.7 billion three-month supplemental spending bill meant to carry new Jersey through the end of September Thursday.

“There are no winners here,” Budget Committee Chairman Paul Sarlo (D-Woodridge) said. “We have never faced such sudden and severe financial circumstances, but we have a plan to make the best of limited resources and to address the critical needs of New Jersey as we contend with the fiscal consequences of the pandemic.”

The Senate panel advanced the measure in an 8-4 vote along party lines. The four Republicans sitting on the committee voted against the measure.

The Assembly Budget Committee cleared the measure on Thursday in a vote that also fell along party lines. All four members of the lower-chamber’s budget committee also voted against the supplemental.

Both chambers of the legislature intend to give the three-month budget a floor vote on Monday.

It’s expected to pass without issue.

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