Phil Murphy

Thomas P. Costello

Government Shutdown Looms As Murphy Continues To Mull Over Budget

June 24, 2019 - 5:52 pm

TRENTON (WCBS 880) — New Jersey lawmakers have a week to avoid a government shutdown but Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday all options are still on the table.

Lawmakers passed a $38.7 billion budget Thursday but Murphy said he is still reviewing it as of Monday. He notes that he has informed state agencies about the potential of a government shutdown.

“We had a cabinet call, I think on Friday. We'll communicate regularly but that's a normal course of business,” he said.

Murphy admits there has not been much progress with fellow Democrats in the Legislature in their talks. The governor has insisted that he wanted a Millionaire’s Tax on this year’s budget – something he compromised on last year – but the proposal has not generated much support in the state Assembly or Senate.

“We have a whole of options that we're considering and we have a fair amount of clock left so – to be determined,” Murphy said of the tax.

The lawmakers' budget is similar to the blueprint Murphy proposed, but has a few differences – including reduced funding for free community college Murphy sought.

They also got rid of the rainy day fund that Murphy called for funding for the first time in a about a decade.

The budget deadline is July 1.