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N.J. Democrats Push $50.6 Billion Budget, Abortion and Gun Bills

June 28, 2022, 5:53 PM

New Jersey lawmakers are poised to send Governor Phil Murphy a record $50.6 billion budget, while abortion-protection and gun-control bills -- newly urgent amid fresh US Supreme Court rulings -- also head to floor votes.

Both legislative houses, controlled by Murphy’s fellow Democrats, have voting sessions on Wednesday. Among the bills they’re expected to pass are criminal and civil protections for health-care workers and out-of-state residents seeking abortions, and 10 proposals to tighten some of the nation’s strictest firearms laws.

Those initiatives come after the highest US court last week expanded gun rights and struck down Roe v. Wade, ...