N.J. lawmakers may spend summer break at work

    State lawmakers in New Jersey might not be getting their usual summer break. While enactment of a state budget usually brings an end to legislative action until the fall, Senate President Steve Sweeney says he plans to schedule committee meetings and hearings this summer.

    Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver said Wednesday no decision has been made on a summer schedule for Assembly members.

    Sweeney used some rough language in criticizing Gov. Chris Christie for making budget cuts. Despite that, Oliver says she expects legislative leaders will be able to work with the governor. “I am a consummate professional, and I can work with a rattlesnake if I have to,” said Oliver. “It’s not about you and your personal feelings. It’s about people who depend upon you.” Oliver said if the Assembly does meet this summer, one of its priorities may be to consider some supplemental budget appropriations.

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