Budget day

Both legislative houses will vote on the $28.6 billion budget today.

The assembly is just starting its session now, and the senate will convene at 2:00pm.

Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Barbara Buono said yesterday that she’s “guardedly optimistic” about having the 21 votes necessary to pass the budget, even if two Democrats – Joe Vitale (D-Woodbridge) and Jeff Van Drew (D-Dennis Township) – have expressed reservations about voting for it.

Democrats have a more comfortable margin in the assembly, where Budget Chairman Lou Greenwald (D-Voorhees) has expressed confidence about passing it.

Republican assembly candidates Michael Donohue and Fran Conrad yesterday put out a press release yesterday charging that incumbents Matt Milam (D-Vineland) and Nelson Albano (D-Vineland) – the two most vulnerable Democratic legislators in this year’s election – got passes from party leaders to vote no on the budget without suffering political consquences.

Republican leaders have said that no member of their party will vote for the budget. Budget day