Gas tax? Pensions? What may happen on another crazy day at N.J. Statehouse

By Brent Johnson | NJ Advance Media for
on June 30, 2016 at 7:00 AM, updated June 30, 2016 at 7:27 AM

TRENTON — Four days after a marathon session that didn’t end until after midnight, the state Legislature on Thursday could be in for another crazy day.

Here is a look at what state lawmakers may […]

By |June 30th, 2016|Trenton|1 Comment

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