Gov. Phil Murphy pushed back on claims that he moved vaccination targets to announce that a 4.7 million target set six months ago was two weeks ahead of schedule but acknowledged that the total number of vaccinated New Jerseyans were between the ages of 12 and 15.
He said adult vaccinations for ages 16 and up will meet their target soon.
“We’re going to hit 70% within a matter of days, Murphy said on Monday. “The goal posts are right where they were.”
Murphy also defended his plan to change the Homestead Benefit program from being an election year boost like Gov. Brendan Byrne used when he ran for a second term in 1977.
“We’re at long last going to calculate the basis upon which the homestead rebate in calculated,” he said. “That may sound technical, folks, but trust me, that’s a good thing in terms of property tax relief.”
The governor said that he inherited structural deficits from his predecessors, noting that “pension plans were there hadn’t been a full pension payment for decades.
“One structural deficit after another – property taxes right up there,” Murphy said, noting that he will announce “all-time record investments in public education.”
“The more the state picks up the tab, the less the locality has to pick up,” stated Murphy. “There’s no gimmick here. This is cash on the barrel.”