Following this morning’s surprising news that Governor Murphy line-item vetoed the removal of Trenton from MOU with the state, Mayor Gusciora released a statement this afternoon expressing his disappointment with the decision, but said he’s received assurances from the Governor’s office that concerns with the MOU can be addressed.
“I became aware this morning that the Governor struck certain provisions from the state budget which would have released Trenton from the MOU for this fiscal year. I am obviously disappointed that the provision was not signed into law. I have been in contact with the Governor, and members of his administration. My office has been assured that our concerns with the MOU can be addressed. My main focus now is with securing the best deal for the people of Trenton. Governor Murphy has expressed to me that there will be further announcements about the Transitional Aid offered to our city. We will continue to work with state officials to better our city’s fiscal health.”
The Trentonian reported in a follow-up interview with Gusciora that he said ‘I jumped the gun’, while the Governor’s office put out a statement. “No one is more committed to the future of the City of Trenton than Governor Murphy and Lieutenant Governor Oliver,” the statement read. “They firmly believe that Mayor Gusciora is the right leader to bring Trenton into that future and get the City off of transitional aid, and look forward to working with him to that end.”