Majority ‘jobs’ package passes Senate again

TRENTON – A package of economic growth initiatives sponsored by Democratic lawmakers was approved in the Senate today, but one of the bills may be headed for another veto by the governor, sources said.

The package includes S3080, the Back to Work N.J. Program, which passed along party lines today, 24-13. The bill may not find Gov. Chris Christie among its supporters, sources said, due to its $3 million price tag.

Other bills found easier passage in the upper chamber, including S3033, the Grow N.J. Assistance Program (37-0); S1301, which provides unemployment benefits for shared work programs (36-1); A3308, which creates a state contract set-aside program for veteran-owned and -operated businesses (36-1); and S3066, which allows small, women-owned, or minority-owned businesses in designated regional centers or planning areas to qualify for loans from the Economic Development Authority, as if located in designated urban centers (38-0).

A sixth bill, S3079, which creates the already-operative N.J. Business Action Center, was held for amendment.

Majority ‘jobs’ package passes Senate again