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Gov. Phil Murphy, right, and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin at the reorganization of the Middlesex County Democrats in New Brunswick on June 12. (NIKITA BIRYUKOV PHOTO)

Governor, Speaker reach first budget compromise

Source: Bramnick had no role in negotiations

By David Wildstein, June 20 2018 4:27 pm

Gov. Phil Murphy and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin have reached their first compromise on the road to passing a state budget and avoiding a government shutdown: the agreed to postpone tonight’s much-anticipated softball game between the Governor’s staff and the Assembly Majority Office until after the budget.

That means the two sides are talking.  That’s a good sign.

One staffer told the New Jersey Globe that neither side has any interest in cancelling the marquee matchup, and that the postponement was mutually agreed by both sides.

“All along, we’ve said we need real, sustainable solutions to our scheduling problems,” said Dan Bryan, the governor’s press secretary.  “The days of Trenton fixing its softball calendars with gimmicks and one-shots are over.

The epoch game between gubernatorial and Assembly staffers – once a highlight of the softball season – has not been played in eight years.  Gov. Chris Christie’s office did not field a team in the league.  Tonight was supposed to mark the return of that historic rivalry between the two separate but equal branches of state government.

The Assembly Republicans had no role in the decision, according to a Democratic official who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

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