Sarlo, other budget committee members to take up budget discussion at 3 p.m.

TRENTON – Senator Paul Sarlo (D-36), chair of the Senate Budget Committee, will drop the gavel on a special 3 p.m. meeting of the Senate Budget Committee.

“We’re going to reconvene to re-evaluate and hopefully we will have a budget later this afternoon,” Sarlo told PolitickerNJ.

“We’re down to some minor spending items and some budget language,” the senator added.

The Assembly Budget Committee just convened and broke after a brief discussion. The lawmakers do not yet have a budget in hand.

Sarlo said a budget document would be ready for public inspection by later this afternoon.

“At the end of the day there won’t be a lot of drama,’ the budget chairman surmised. “We all know what he’s [Gov. Chris Christie’s] going to do and we know what we’re going to do.”

Christie has repeatedly said he will veto the Democrats’ millionaires’ tax and use pension funds totaling $2.4 billion to help plug the state’s budget gap.

“We’ll be fine,” said Sarlo, who said Democrats have preserved the balance of the state budget.

Sarlo, other budget committee members to take up budget discussion at 3 p.m.