Once viewed as that mild-mannered, potentially pliable recourse for Governor Phil Murphy, Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-19) had some tough words for the Governor today as the Legislature prepares to move forward tomorrow with a budget vote in defiance of Murphy’s budget.
“Campaigning is easy. Governing is hard,” Coughlin said in a statement to NJ Advance Media. “That’s why it would be better for the governor to actually get in the room and meet face to face to be productive.”
Two sources – one from the Senate side and one from the Assembly – reported zero movement toward a budget compromise as the business day ended.
“Nothing. No conversation, to repeat the speaker, the governor is campaigning, not governing,” one source said.
Asked if there was any movement among the parties, the second source added, “Pressing forward with passing our budget.”
Murphy all week reiterated his plans to veto the Legislature’s budget when they set it on his desk. Today, while continuing to acknowledge the corporate tax – which in Sweeney’s plan contains a sunset provision – as a less than preferable option, he said he is open to any conversation that prioritizes recurring revenues.