Straddling no man’s land on Thursday’s bill, Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi (R-39) faced the prospect of late talks with Governor Chris Christie and Christie minder Bill Palatucci.
In a volatile, every-vote-counts political environment, Christie and Palatucci wanted to talk Schepisi firmly over onto their side.
The governor vehemently opposes Speaker Vincent Prieto’s (D-32) bill, and wants to strip as many Republicans away from supporting Prieto on Thursday. South Jersey Democratic Leader George Norcross III and Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald (D-6) also just as vigorously worked the Democratic caucus in an effort to crowbar any loose bodies off the bill.
Editor’s Note: A source noted to PolitickerNJ this evening that it wasn’t Schepisi alone with the governor and Palatuccci, but the assemblywoman in attendance at a dinner where the governor and the minder were present.
Schepisi called PolitickerNJ moments ago with a statement.
“This was a prearranged fundraising dinner for the NJGOP in which we discussed many topics affecting New Jersey, from the proposed constitutional amendment on pensions to the competing AC bills,” the Bergen assemblywoman said. “I have not been scolded by anybody. In fact, all of my communications this week have been to understand the ramifications of either A. voting for the Sweeney or Prieto bill; B. voting for neither; and/or C. what happens to the state in the event of what now looks more likely, namely the bankruptcy of Atlantic City. In that capacity if there was an opportunity to have a compromise between the speaker and senate president occur I was willing to potentially cast a vote in favor.
“As we stand tonight, no such compromise looks possible and therefore I am a no.”