Gov. Phil Murphy

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Murphy: Legislature's Budget Shortchanges NJ TRANSIT Again

June 26, 2018 - 12:43 pm

RUTHERFORD, N.J. (WCBS 880) -- With a state government shutdown looming this weekend, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy will be speaking with legislative leaders Tuesday afternoon.

“Even the trains are upset,” Murphy said.

As WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reported, the governor paused as an NJ TRANSIT train pulled into the station and sounded its horn in Rutherford. It seemed he was trying to harness the anger of rail riders to convince the Legislature his budget is better than the one they have sent to his desk.

“We cannot turn this system around in one, or even two, budget years,” Murphy said.

Murphy said the legislative budget plan shortchanges NJ TRANSIT again. He said it could lead to another fare hike.

Talks are continuing ahead of a June 30 deadline.

“I expect that I’m personally going to be very much involved, as I have been up until now,” Murphy said.

The governor and legislators disagree on what taxes to raise, among other things.