Author Archive: Hopeful

Budget Deal is Close, but is North-South Split a Problem?

I’m reading the online newspaper articles and getting a mixed message.  It seems that most papers (and the sources they rely upon) expect a budget deal this week.  All agree that Corzine’s plan, including raising the sales tax, is gaining support.  The Senate will approve the sales tax hike, but only if the Assembly does too. It appears the Bergen and Hudson County Dems are joining the Essex County Dems in supporting Corzine’s plan.  The NY Times seems to predict a Corzine victory, the Star-Ledger expects a “last-minute scramble,” and the South Jersey papers have different concerns.