Update: After this story was published, the Assembly cancelled its Friday voting session and five committee meetings slated for the same day.
Lawmakers in the Senate reversed course Thursday after abandoning an effort to pass a marijuana cleanup bill they hope will convince Gov. Phil Murphy to sign legalization and decriminalization bills on his desk a day earlier, and Assembly leaders are discussing delaying proceedings set for Friday to provide more time for negotiations, the New Jersey Globe has learned.
Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-West Deptford) has entered the fray directly and is whipping votes for an amended version of the bill State Sen. Nicholas Scutari’s (D-Linden) held in the chamber’s Judiciary Committee Tuesday, legislative sources told the New Jersey Globe.
“I’m working it. I haven’t given it up yet,” said Sweeney, who declined to say if he was lobbying lawmakers on the bill.