The deafening lower primate chest thumping emanated from both sides in the halls of Trenton Wednesday, the din from the South Jersey end more clearly discernible as the state headed toward tomorrow’s voting session.
But allies of Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32) also expressed confidence in their ability to muster the necessary 41 votes to pass the speaker’s Atlantic City bill. They professed to have corralled Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-19) and Assemblywoman Eliana Pintor Marin (D-29) to add to Republican Assembly people Chris Brown, Erik Peterson and Holly Schepisi to inch worm Prieto to a majority.
But there was still a lot of sweating going on in the backrooms.
Schepisi is actually undecided, she told PolitickerNJ late in the day, and hoped the sides can come together ahead of tomorrow’s vote.
“As we stand here today, even if the vote goes through tomorrow, it’s all for naught,” the assemblywoman said.
The fact that Prieto earlier today announced his decision to post the bill proved to some of his jittery allies that he believes he has the votes.