New Jersey lawmakers are considering encouraging the recycling of snack bags and cigarette butts, but the first voting session since the summer break doesn’t include a plan to pay for road and bridge work.
Lawmakers returned to the statehouse for voting sessions on Thursday, but an agreement between the Democrat-led Legislature and Republican Gov. Chris Christie to pay for the state’s expired transportation trust fund remains out of reach.
Instead lawmakers are voting on dozens of other measures, from a resolution to encourage the “upcycling” of hard-to-recycle items such as plastic snack bags and cigarette butts to legislation headed toward Christie’s desk to allow deployed National Guardsmen to defer mortgage interest payments.
The $1.6 billion transportation fund lost spending authority on July 1, after Christie and lawmakers failed to reach a deal.