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They will trickle out, the handfuls of assembly caucus members who back a millionaire’s tax, but unaccompanied by that critical caveat: opposition to a budget that lacks the millionaire’s tax.
There’s a reason for that.
They’ll vote for a budget without the millionaire’s tax that Governor Phil Murphy craves, as Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly (D-35) makes clear here.
Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-19) has the votes to advance a budget before June without the votes of those members who back the tax.
He just has to dump the laundry lists of district by district needs into his final product before he and Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) dump their list onto the governor’s desk.
Then Murphy will have to decide if he wants to simply sign off or refuse the document that fails to contain the item he has taken to television to proclaim.
If he refuses, and most statehouse sources say he will, a government shutdown ensues.