New York Times says New Jersey state legislature is dead, but there’s hope for ‘konjacs’

NEW YORK — New Jersey’s lawmakers are dead, with no Democratic or Republican leader left to push for a budget for the next fiscal year.

New York’s two-year legislative session began Tuesday, when Republicans failed to reach agreement on the budget.

The state legislature will reconvene Thursday to consider a budget and an appropriations bill that includes the $1.5 billion in revenue that Republicans said they would get from ending the state’s Medicaid expansion.

Governor Chris Christie said Friday that he would ask lawmakers to vote on a budget before the end of the month.

He did not elaborate.

The governor said Friday he expects lawmakers to pass a $2.5-billion tax overhaul, but that he is still working out how that will be financed.

Democrats said they had a deal on a $200 million tax relief package, but they were still waiting for Republicans to agree on it.

Republicans have been trying to work out a long-term budget agreement with the Democratic-controlled Legislature.

They had a budget deal last year, but it was killed by a court challenge from the state Democrats.

Democratic Gov.

Chris Christie on Friday said he will ask lawmakers for a $1 billion tax relief plan for the state, including a $250 million boost in property taxes.

In addition, the governor said he expects that some $250 billion in state aid will be used to create a new job training program, including $40 million for the University of New Jersey, $25 million for a pilot program in New Jersey’s prisons and more than $25.5 million to create an independent task force to study ways to fix state schools.

Christie also said he hopes lawmakers will pass an education funding plan that includes $10 billion in tax relief for students and families, $40 billion for state and local public education, $20 billion for grants to schools and $10.5 trillion in other tax relief, including for teachers, for businesses and other public workers.