Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick waded into Democrats’ fight over the budget yesterday, aiming his shots at Gov. Phil Murphy.
Primarily, Bramnick amplified the complaints of Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, who said at a press conference on Monday that Murphy was demanding the two fall in line instead of negotiating with the legislative leaders.
But, Bramnick also charged that Murphy was not even talking to Republicans in the legislature, who don’t really have much of a say in proceedings unless Democratic leaders need them to override a veto – a prospect looking more and more promising as the days before June 30th’s looming budget deadline wear on.
“All of the above is not true,” Murphy said at a press conference Tuesday in response to Bramnick’s charges. “We’re talking with both sides, and we’re willing to negotiate any minute of any hour of any day.”
As for the Republican leader’s jabs over Murphy being an inexperienced dictator, the governor took a more light-hearted approach.
“I had a problem with the word inexperienced, but I had no issue with the dictator piece,” murphy joked.
Though light-hearted, Murphy might want to be warier his responses of those types of accusations, lest they recall memories of a recently-departed Republican governor known for strong-arming his opponents.