SWEENEY, MURPHY DEAL TO END SHOWDOWN OVER HOMELESS AID

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Accord paves way for needy New Jerseyans to get additional emergency housing assistance, and spares governor a veto override

Needy New Jerseyans may get additional emergency housing aid after all, and Gov. Phil Murphy appears to have sidestepped a potentially embarrassing veto override, as the state Senate on Thursday passed two anti-homelessness measures as part of a compromise with the governor.

The passage of S-3586 by a bipartisan 34-0 vote meets a deadline imposed last month by Sen. President Steve Sweeney (D-Gloucester) after Murphy vetoed his bill to allow most recipients of cash public assistance, formerly called welfare, to be eligible for aid to avert homelessness once every seven years. Currently, they can get only one 12-to-18-month block of emergency payments over a lifetime.

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