The New Jersey Senate approved Republican Governor Chris Christie’s $33 billion budget, with Democrats, who had criticized the plan as an election-year sop, providing the votes for passage.

Democrats, who control both chambers, had initially panned Christie’s spending plan for the fiscal year that begins July 1 as one that overlooks the working poor and unemployed. They passed his budget with few changes. Christie, 50, and all 120 members face re-election in November.

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