Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick, a possible candidate for the 2021 Republican gubernatorial nomination, whacked Gov. Phil Murphy and the Democratic-controlled legislature for spending $300 million more than the governor initially proposed.
“Governor Murphy and the Democrats have joined together to tax and spend more,” said Bramnick. “It is almost impossible to believe how much that they ignore the affordability crisis.”
The Senate and Assembly budget committees approved a $32.7 billion state budget today. Both houses are expected to vote to approve it on Thursday.
The governor and Democratic legislative leaders agreed to the key components of a budget deal last week: a millionaires tax aggressively pushed by Murphy and a middle class tax rebate that Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin demanded in exchange.
Bramnick said that the budget includes $4 million for a Essex County golf program, $1.5 million for the New Jersey Hall of Fame, and $100,000 to replace the floors for a school district in Gloucester County.
“We are in the middle of an economic disaster,” Bramnick stated. “Now is not the time to score political points with the budget. Hundreds of thousands of New Jersey residents are out of work, businesses are closing up shop or moving out of state. The last thing we should be doing is making New Jersey more expensive.”