No Deal

TRENTON – No deal.

Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) saw the press pinned down in a press conference with Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick and Assemblyman John DiMaio and playfully tried to slip past as he came through the back door at 225 West State Street.

“Don’t interrupt their press conference,” said Sweeney as reporters broke for him.

He gave no indication of a deal amid sources noting his continued resistance to Governor Phil Murphy’s millionaire’s tax.

“We’ll be talking all day,” the Senate President said, before entering his vehicle.

So he planned to come back.

“I’m going to my office,” he called.

A few minutes later, Assemblywoman Elian Pintor Marin (D-29) was on our way back into Murphy World through the front door.

Bramnick, for his part, fumed.

“Murphy keeps talking about this new direction,” he told reporters, his back to the Governor’s makeshift office. “Well, the new direction is behind me: millions of dollars in new taxes. What’s going on in there is a fight for new taxes. They have now talked about every possible tax other than air.”

Without an agreement, Democrats would need a three-quarters supermajority of votes to get a bill onto the floor. 

“It’s not happening,” Bramnick added, vowing not to back any budget the Democrats try to advance as an emergency.

“Any bill has to sit for a day before you post it for a vote,” the Republican said. “That’s a constitutional issue. We are not going to support a new tax bill or a new budget unless there are cuts, and my guess is there aren’t going to be new cuts.”

Bramnick, left, and DiMaio.
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