Governor Phil Murphy

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Statement from Governor Murphy on Budget Negotiations


“For the past eight years, Governor Christie cut irresponsible budget deals that weakened New Jersey’s economy and hurt our middle class, resulting in 11 credit downgrades. These budgets shortchanged permanent priorities like NJ TRANSIT and our public schools by resorting to short-term gimmicks. 

“I refuse to do that. When it came to making the hard choices to fix our problems my predecessor kicked the can down the road  – I won’t.  New Jersey deserves a real budget that offers real solutions.

“I have a simple approach: Fix what’s broken and make sure that everyone is paying their fair share. New Jersey didn’t elect me to paper over problems with the same failed policies of the past.”