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Gov. Phil Murphy. Photo by Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe

Murphy rules out shutdown for about 40 minutes

Governor walks back prepared remarks made at budget press conference

By Nikita Biryukov, June 21 2019 1:54 pm

Gov. Phil Murphy ruled out a government shutdown Friday only to rule it back in less than an hour later.

“Within the next nine days I will meet my constitutional responsibility to enact a balanced budget for New Jersey,” Murphy said during remarks at a budget press conference Tuesday.

Up until that point, Murphy had maintained that all options—including a shutdown — remained on the table.

He returned to that stance in under 40 minutes after a reporter asked him to clarify if his comments meant he would sign a budget before the July 1 deadline.

“I don’t think I ever said that I would sign it, necessarily, in the next nine days,” Murphy said, repeating again that all options were on the table.

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