Gov. Phil Murphy

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Murphy Sends Message To Lawmakers As Government Shutdown Looms

June 26, 2019 - 1:35 pm

PATERSON, N.J. (WCBS 880) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has yet to sign the nearly $39 billion budget passed by lawmakers last week, threatening yet another government shutdown in the state.

At an event Wednesday to push for more money in the budget for community colleges, Murphy delivered a strong message to lawmakers in the legislature: “Whose side are you on?”

He noted he’s on the side of the taxpayers and the communities and questioned where exactly the motivations lie for some lawmakers in Trenton.

“I expect ultimately that there’ll be more common ground from down the street with those people as well. I know where I am, I’m a peace where I am and that’s right where I’m staying,” the Democrat said.

The $38.7 budget did not include a few key items Murphy was aiming for – including money for community colleges and the governor’s proposed Millionaire’s Tax.

“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 Monday of the tax.

The governor says he hasn’t signed the budget yet because his team is still working to confirm the Legislature’s revenue figures – something he’s compared to “fuzzy math.”

The state budget deadline in July 1.