NJ Politics Digest: Christie, Murphy Bicker Over State Budget

Phil Murphy (left) and Chris Christie. Governor

The incoming and outgoing governors of New Jersey are squabbling over the state budget, with Governor-elect Phil Murphy warning of a massive budget hole and Gov. Chris Christie accusing Murphy of using faulty math.

It all started when Murphy asked Christie to freeze discretionary spending to ensure the state’s fiscal woes aren’t made worse, according to Politico. Christie didn’t take that well. In a sarcasm-filled response, Christie disputed Murphy’s budget figures and mocked him over his use of non-disclosure agreements.

“I thank you for your letter and for the opportunity to clear the erroneous, second-hand information you received from your very new staff,” Christie wrote.

Murphy, meanwhile, met with Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker on Monday. During a news conference afterward, Booker called for more rail security officers after the attack in Manhattan near the Port Authority Bus Terminal. Booker was back from Alabama, where he campaigned over the weekend for Democratic Senate candidate Doug Jones.

Quote of the Day:  “As you might imagine, I was shocked to be informed that your personal letter to me (along with a wonderful handwritten note at the bottom) has come into the possession of the press before I was even able to craft a reply. I assume you were not involved in this action; it must just be the fault of your elaborate non-disclosure agreement process which I am confident you will attend to immediately.” — Gov. Chris Christie in a letter to Governor-elect Phil Murphy.

RIP: Paul T. Fader, a former Englewood mayor and chief counsel to former Governors Richard Codey and James McGreevey, has died. “Paul was more than just a trusted advisor to me over the years — he was a friend. He spent countless hours in service to our state as both a mayor and as the governor’s chief counsel; he was a true professional in every sense of the word,” Codey said in a statement.

CD11 News: Passaic County Freeholder John Bartlett announced he is suspending his campaign for Congress in the 11th district and will instead seek a third term on the freeholder board. There is still a crowded field of candidates challenging Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen.

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NJ Politics Digest: Christie, Murphy Bicker Over State Budget