Allen will vote on Monday, but still unsure about supplemental bills

State Sen. Diane Allen (R-Edgewater Park) plans to be in attendance Monday for the floor vote on the $29.4 billion state budget.

The veteran Burlington County senator who underwent her last cancer surgery this month, praises Gov. Chris Christie’s efforts at trimming $4 billion out of the state budget.

But like other Republican members of her caucus, including Sen. Michael Doherty (R-Washington Twp.) and Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-Red Bank), she has questions about the supplemental budget bills that came out of the Senate Budget Committee yesterday.

“I’m hoping to get as much information as possible about those bills,” Allen told “I’ve had good conversations with front office. I’m coming down on where I am, but I’m not there yet on most of those things. Everything has finally passed (out of committee), so it’s my hope I will see all those bills today and over the weekend.

Allen said her illness has impeded her ability to work overtime. She is good for six to eight hours at a stretch right now.

“I’m still not one hundred percent and I’m trying to do the best that I can,” she said. “I’m trying to work around those health issues and the governor and his office have been wonderful and very helpful, as has Tom Kean (the senate minority leader).

“I’ve been in every single day, and I will be in on monday and I assume that I am going to be doing that (voting for the budget),” she added. “We have a governor who finally says ‘let’s live within our means.’ I’m thankful we’re going to turn around the last eight years of profligate spending.”

But she still needs more assurance about the content of the supplemental bills. Allen will vote on Monday, but still unsure about supplemental bills