Senate busts into chambers to handle budget, as Republicans huddle up

TRENTON – Moving quickly to pass their budget bill, the Democratic Senators charged into the chambers following the end of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Republicans were absent from the room, but Democrats alone had a quorum to conduct business.

Democratic leadership plans to vote the budget through, then go to caucus on other bills on their agenda for today, like the millionaire’s tax. They also have a session scheduled for tomorrow should they need to conduct business.

State Sen. President Steve Sweeney (D-3), said at 12:36 p.m. that he would give Republicans two minutes to reach the floor before starting the budget debate.

Republican leadership said the budget is $700 million off-balance due to false revenue projections, false expectations for reform savings, and ill-defined efficiencies.

At 12:38 p.m., with some of the GOP Senators seated, Budget Officer Paul Sarlo (D-36) kicked off the process.

Senate busts into chambers to handle budget, as Republicans huddle up