By Art Gallagher
Senate President Steve Sweeney said his Republican colleagues in the Senate voted to put people in urban areas to death when they failed to vote for the Democrats attempt to override Governor Christie’s line item veto of $139 million in transition aid to the cites, according to a report in The Star Ledger.
“They just voted to basically put people to death in urban areas by not funding these programs,” Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester) said after Republicans blocked an attempt to restore $139 million in aid to 21 cities and $50 million in funds for public safety in 150 municipalities.
Will Sweeney let those people die when Governor Christie offers to restore all or part of the aid to cities in exchange for Sweeney’s support of his education reforms and the rest of the property tax “tool kit?”
Will Christie get all that he wants from Sweeney or will he settle for a compromise?
July and August are usually a quiet time in Trenton, especially in a year with legislative elections. That is not likely to be the case this year.