NJ Politics Digest: Budget Fight With Murphy Brings Democrats, Republicans Together

Democrats are getting advice from an unlikely source: Former Gov. Chris Christie.

New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney
New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney. Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images

Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday threatened to veto any budget sent to him by legislative leaders in his own party.

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On the same day, speculation increased that Democratic leaders might look to state Republicans to help them in their fight with the governor.

Democratic Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin oppose Murphy’s budget, which calls for more than $1.5 billion in tax increases, including hikes in the state sales tax and a tax on millionaires. And when Assembly Republican leader Jon Bramnick held a press conference to say Murphy would be to blame if state government shuts down July 1 because no budget has been approved, speculation immediately turned to whether Democrats would turn to the other side of the aisle for help in overriding Murphy’s promised veto. Bramnick did not squash speculation.

“They may need votes for an override, and in that case we may need a new budget completely,” Bramnick said, according to a report by NJ.com. The Republican made it clear the price of his help would be a budget that cuts spending and controls property tax increases, the report said. A report in the New Jersey Globe indicated Democrats might also be receiving help from an unlikely Republican source: former Gov. Chris Christie.

The website includes reports quoting a source who claims to have overheard Christie saying he’s advising Sweeney on the budget showdown with Murphy and also trying to line up votes to help with an override.

Murphy’s team, naturally, seized on the report, trying Monday to connect the governor’s Democratic foes to the wildly unpopular Christie, according to an NJ.com report.

Quote of the Day: “Only in Trenton do you see a shutdown in government because the Democrats cannot decide which taxes to raise.” – Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick.

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NJ Politics Digest: Budget Fight With Murphy Brings Democrats, Republicans Together