Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto says he's ready to settle the impasse over caps on arbitration awards to police and firefighters through negotiation.
Gov. Chris Christie and New Jersey mayors are rallying on Monday to press the Assembly to re-adopt a 2 percent cap on raises that arbitrators can award.
The Democrat-led Legislature sent Christie a bill last month allowing 3 percent raises in towns that had saved money through layoffs or by passing more pension costs onto emergency workers. It also would have exempted bargaining units that negotiated raises of less than 2 percent in the last contract.
The governor struck both provisions in a conditional veto.
The Senate quickly accepted Christie's changes. The Assembly has not voted.
Prieto says he wants a compromise that serves taxpayers and first responders.