NJ Politics Digest: Democrats Hold Emergency Budget Meeting

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It’s that time of year when all the budget negotiations begin to happen in warp speed before the July 1 deadline. As first reported by Observer, Gov. Chris Christie met on Tuesday afternoon with Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and Senate President Steve Sweeney.

But no deal was reached. And Prieto called an emergency caucus meeting of Assembly Democrats for 10 a.m. today to follow up on Christie’s sticking points with the budget. Prieto and Sweeney want to provide $125 million in school funding above what Christie has proposed, and redistribute $46 million among some districts, but Christie has said he has concerns with their agreement.

We won’t have to wait long to see what the final spending plan for fiscal 2018 will look like, and the Assembly caucus meeting should provide a good read on where the budget is likely to end up.

Christie was also less than politic when asked to give his assessment of the state GOP’s new chairman, resorting to a Jersey version of damning with faint praise.

Quote of the Day: “I don’t know Michael Lavery, so I couldn’t tell you.” – Gov. Chris Christie on the new chairman of the state Republican Party.

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NJ Politics Digest: Democrats Hold Emergency Budget Meeting