$33 billion New Jersey budget heads to Gov. Christie’s desk

Lawmakers were busy at the State House Monday, trying to get the last batch of bills pushed through before the summer break. The state Senate

Lawmakers were busy at the State House Monday, trying to get the last batch of bills pushed through before the summer break.

Lawmakers were busy at the State House Monday, trying to get the last batch of bills pushed through before the summer break. (6/24/13)

TRENTON - Lawmakers were busy at the State House Monday, trying to get the last batch of bills pushed through before the summer break.

The state Senate passed a $33 billion budget with support from both Democrats and Republicans. It was then passed by the state Assembly and now heads to the governor's desk. Gov. Christie has until June 30 to sign it into law.

This year's budget is a compromise, according to Senate Budget Chairman Paul Sarlo. He says the budget may not be popular with the whole majority, but is effective.

"Nobody should be declaring victories here today," Sarlo says.

The Senate also sent a bill to the governor that would allow homeowners to raise existing homes to comply with new FEMA flood elevation maps without violating local zoning limits on how high a home can be raised.
    

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