TRENTON – In what amounted to a test for Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald (D-6), Democrats pulled together the votes to catapult A-3459 off the floor, a source told PolitickerNJ.
The Democrat buttonholed colleages in both parties and helped summon commitments for 43 votes to pass the controversial bill sponsored by Assemblyman Troy Singleton (D-7).
In the best tradition of Burlington-South Jersey peace in the valley politics, Assemblywoman Maria Rodriguez Gregg (R-8) and Assemblyman Chris Brown (R-8), both Republicans from BurlCo, went over to support the bill.
The Camden-centric bill would extend the application period for certain urban hope projects, permits reconstructed facilities as part of projects; and provides additional retirement benefits for certain PERS (Public Employees Retirement System) and TPAF (Teachers Pension and Annuity Fund) members in urban hope districts, and makes projects eligible for tax credits.
A source close to the process admitted that the late entry had north-of-195 Democrats grumbling about GN3 “Because I can” power-flexing and kick-starting a new round of “south fatigue.”
The southern sympathizer pushed back, arguing that the organized band of Democrats have a blue print for regional priorities, including eds and meds and pub safety.
The south gets punished because it has a mission and the bodies to get it done, the source said.