TRENTON - The New Jersey Senate passed a $33 million budget while considering more than 100 bills in Trenton today, as the lawmakers scrambled to pass critical legislation before the summer break.
The Senate passed 47 bills, including a plan to allow parents to give their children medical marijuana with a doctor's approval. That bill was passed on to the Assembly.
Other bills passed include one that stiffens penalties for animal cruelty, named after Patrick the abused pit bull from Newark.
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Gov. Chris Christie will have until June 30 to veto any parts of the budget he doesn't agree with or sign it as is.