TRENTON – Without actually saying she’s a “yes” vote, state Sen. M. Teresa Ruiz (D-Newark) thanks those who want to move the process forward and lauds the budget.
“This consensus compromise agenda took care of the most vulnerable,” Ruiz says of the budget restorations achieved through the budget process.
It’s Ruiz’s birthday today, incidentally.
State Sen. Brian Stack (D-Union City), state Sen. Sandra Cunningham (D-Jersey City) and state Sen. Jeff Van Drew (D-Dennis) are the three other Democrats who plan to vote aye with 17 Republicans to get lawmakers to 21 majority votes in the 40-person governing body.
“Do I love this budget? I do not,” says Van Drew. “But the nation watches us tonight, and we cannot shut down the State of New Jersey.”
Moments later, state Sen. Nia Gill (D-Montclair), who was rumored for a little while to be a potential Democrat vote in favor of it, pans Christie’s budget.
“I wouldn’t vote for a budget that prtects the millionaires and eviscerates middle class districts,” says the Essex County lawmaker.