Gov. Phil Murphy pressed Republican leaders in Washington for additional federal aid to weather the COVID-19 crisis during his revised budget address Tuesday.
“We can’t do this alone. Washington can’t walk away from the American people. Our job fighting this virus is not done, and neither is theirs. We still need the federal government — especially the President and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell — to join us as full partners.”
Murphy has repeatedly called for additional direct aid to states since the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act was passed in March.
Among other things, that stimulus package provided an additional $600 per week to the state’s unemployed, though that program has since lapsed and has not been replaced.
“This need goes beyond our borders, and into every single state, red and blue,” Murphy said. “Our states need direct federal assistance, and that is an unavoidable truth.
Over the past months, the governor has warned that, without federal aid and borrowing, the state would face massive spending cuts.
Though Murphy’s revised budget calls for $1.25 billion in reduced spending, the budget has been kept largely intact through tax hikes and borrowing.