NJ Politics Digest: Lawmakers Seek to Override Murphy Veto

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It’s no secret that there’s no love lost between Gov. Phil Murphy and Senate President Steve Sweeney. The two Democrats have been at loggerheads since Murphy first ran for office. Now, NJ.com reports that the feud is heading to a new level as Sweeney prepares to override the governor’s veto of a bill that supporters say will prevent chronically ill and disabled people from becoming homeless.

Murphy, who regularly touts his progressive agenda and raised taxes last year by $1.4 billion to fund it, vetoed the measure, saying the state couldn’t afford it. Murphy claims the bill could eventually cost the state $100 million or more, according to the report.

But Sweeney, who sponsored the measure, says Murphy recently signed a measure to provide the state horse racing industry a $20 million per year subsidy, according to the report. The bill was passed with overwhelming majorities in the Assembly and Senate, though it’s not clear how many supporters would be willing to cross Murphy on the issue.

Quote of the Day: “No matter how you do the math, whatever the analysis is, the only faithful evaluation of the state of the black community in New Jersey is that things ain’t right,” — the Rev. Charles Boyer, on pressing the Murphy administration to reward support of the African American community by acting on social issues important to members.

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