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Gusciora sticking with Murphy

Longtime legislator leaving on July 1 to become Trenton mayor

By Nikita Biryukov, June 19 2018 5:46 pm

Assemblyman Reed Gusciora, who will soon leave the assembly to be mayor of Trenton, is firmly in Gov. Phil Murphy’s camp when it comes to Democrats’ budget fight.

“I think that voters got a mandate from Governor Murphy’s election and I’ve wholeheartedly supported Governor Murphy in his election,” Gusciora said. “I think the Legislature should give him the first budget that he wants, and that’s what I err on. Can there be changes made? We’ll always look for that, but I’m fully supportive of the governor and his administration”

Gusciora, who appeared at a Murphy budget press conference on Tuesday, will want to be in Murphy’s good graces when he leaves the assembly in about a week and a half, as the governor can help him get more state aid for the state’s capital city.

Still, Gusciora wouldn’t say how he intended to vote on the budget being pushed by legislative leadership on Thursday. If Murphy can marshal the numbers – it doesn’t look like he can – he’d likely need Gusciora’s vote to stop the budget getting to his desk.

But, it’d be preferable to Gusciora to not anger his soon-to-be-former colleagues in the Assembly. So, if Murphy’s legislative support is as deep as it seems, which is to say not very, he may be able to abstain or vote in favor of the budget without angering either side.

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