Dueling Dems Murphy and Sweeney reach deal on housing aid bill that almost prompted veto override

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Gov. Phil Murphy and state Senate President Stephen Sweeney have reached a deal that rescues a housing assistance bill for low-income and disabled people the governor had rejected and almost triggered a historic override vote last month, NJ Advance Media has learned.

The legislation, sponsored by Sweeney, would expand housing aid for potentially thousands of chronically ill and disabled people in New Jersey who have maxed out under the rules of the the state’s Emergency Assistance program.

Murphy, a Democrat, vetoed the bill (S1965) in January, saying the state could not afford the legislation’s potentially $100 million to $200 million price tag. The measure, championed by affordable housing and family advocates, won near-unanimous support in the Democratically-controlled state Legislature.

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