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

Murphy rules out shutdown

governor says he’ll sign budget before July 1

By Nikita Biryukov, June 27 2019 1:31 pm

Murphy ruled out a government shutdown Thursday, saying he would sign a budget before the July 1 budget deadline.

“I cannot and I will not subject our residents to the inconveniences they would suffer under a government shutdown,” Murphy said less than four days before the budget deadline. “I want families to know that on July 1st, our investments in them will be made without delay, and that state services will be available to them.”

Murphy said the final version of the budget Murphy would sign has not yet been determined.

That likely means he won’t certify some of the legislature’s revenue projections. He’ll also likely strike a few things via line-item veto.

“It is time to stop repeating the mistakes of the past and time to stop doing the things that created the mess that we are now cleaning up,” Murphy said. “The signing of the budget will not be an end but just another step forward in our work to make the case for the sustainable revenues we need to ensure the sustainable investments that our future demands.”

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