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Lawmakers weren’t able to muster the votes Monday needed to pass two pieces of controversial legislation – one granting raises to nearly 700 public officials and letting Gov. Chris Christie sign a book deal, the other allowing governments to stop printing public notices in newspapers.

Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, D-Hudson, indicated that the book-deal bill is dead. However, he and a spokesman for Christie both said that the legal-ads legislation would be a top priority when the Legislature reconvenes in January.

The bills couldn’t get the needed support in the Assembly. It’s unclear whether they would have passed the Senate, which didn’t take them up once it became clear they were stuck.

“The caucus engaged in a robust discussion today about the publication of legal ads and, clearly, opinions varied as to how best we can maintain transparency in this ever-evolving information age. We will continue this discussion and consider all options,” Assembly Prieto said in an emailed statement.