Governor Murphy to Sign Budget, No Government Shutdown

Gov. Phil Murphy announced Thursday that he will sign the budget passed by the Legislature to avoid a government shutdown on Sunday, June 30th despite the absence of the millionaire’s tax he insisted be included. Speaking at an event in Secaucus to publicize the extra $50M in NJ Transit funding it includes, Murphy said he “can’t play politics with innocent lives” and he “will meet our constitutional deadline” to sign the budget, though whether he makes line-item vetoes remains to be seen.

Murphy added that “in a sense, I’m conceding nothing,” noting that the Legislature had included many of his priorities to begin with, if not his desired millionaire’s tax. “If anything, our megaphone will get louder,” he continued.