Watch out, Jersey: State shutdown may be closer as top pol ‘cemented’ in budget brawl

TRENTON — As lawmakers prepare to converge at the New Jersey Statehouse Thursday to vote on a budget ahead of the July 1 deadline, Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto told NJ Advance Media he is not budging in his opposition to a proposed compromise that would avoid a government shutdown. “I’m cemented,” Prieto said before walking into…

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