Gov. Phil Murphy Set to Cut $48.5 Million in 2020 NJ Budget

Governor Phil Murphy, Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver, Mayor Frank Gilliam, adviser Jim Johnson and a cross-section of faith, business and civic leaders participated in a conference call primarily concerning the youth of Atlantic City.

Set to take action on a $38.7 billion budget ahead of a constitutional deadline, Gov. Phil Murphy is poised to make the following $48.5 million in cuts:

$38 million from shared services (a blow to Senate President Steve Sweeney)

$5 million from Cooper (a hit on the favorite hospital of George Norcross III)

$4 million from school choice

$1 million from East Orange Hospital (that’s the backyard of Essex County Democratic Chairman Leroy Jones, but a source insisted it’s not a swipe at Jones, noting that the allocation is being done separately as a supplemental)

$500,000 from a Rutgers grant.

$48.5 million total.

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