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New Jersey governor’s top punching bag is Mitch McConnell

By David Wildstein, August 07 2020 1:35 pm

Gov. Phil Murphy continues to slam Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for holding up an extension of unemployment benefits, calling last week’s decision to send the Senate home for a long weekend “unconscionable.”

“Critical days of work were lost for no good reason,” Murphy said at a briefing today.  “Mitch McConnell may have forgotten that while he gets paid no matter what, millions of taxpayers who fund his salary and their families are hurting and need help yesterday.”

The benefits package expired on July 31.

Murphy begged Congress to come up with a deal on new benefits and send it to President Donald Trump.

“And while they’re at it, Congress needs to provide direct assistance to the states, so that we’re not left holding the bag just when our residents need it the most,” he said. “The clock is ticking, not just in New Jersey but in statehouses across the country.”

Murphy said he spoke with U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin last night and said he has had several “good conversations” about Congress and the administration finding common ground.

“COVID-19 doesn’t care if it ravages a blue state or a red state and neither should Congress,” Murphy said.  “Let’s all get in a room together… let’s get this over the goal line.”

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