Gov. Phil Murphy’s Message to State Workers on NJ 2020 Budget and Possible Shutdown

Former EPA Regional Administrator Alan J. Steinberg says that Governor Phil Murphy is winning his power struggle against South Jersey Democratic leader George Norcross because Murphy is on television with his message, while Norcross is not.

As he heads toward an end of the month deadline for the NJ 2020 budget, Governor Phil Murphy says he was elected to fix the state in a responsible way.

“The legislature sent us a budget back that includes overwhelming funding of programs we care about, including historic reinvestment in our middle class,” Murphy said.

“There are some tweaks and cuts that I bemoan, including community college funding. It’s in there, just not enough. The bigger concern I have is on the revenue side – the lack of tax fairness. The opioid distribution and manufacturing fee. I don’t want to make light of the cuts.

“All options remain on the table,” he said.

A reporter asked him if he has a message for state workers who find themselves up against a government shutdown in the event that Murphy doesn’t reach a budget agreement with the legislature by the end of the month.

“The message I have is we were sent here to fix this state and fix it responsibly,” Murphy said.



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  • 1Prop

    PA – 12.8 million residents, 46,000 square miles and a budget of $34.15 billion
    NJ – 8.9 million residents, 8,723 square miles and a proposed budget of $38.7 billion

    Anyone in the Legislature, Governor’s Office or Supreme Court see a problem here?

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