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Assembly Minority Leader John DiMaio at Gov. Phil Murphy's fiscal year 2023 budget address delivered on March 8, 2022. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe).

Oroho, DiMaio respond to Murphy: ‘The state of the state is not good’

GOP legislative leaders optimistic about 2023 legislative elections 

By Joey Fox, January 10 2023 4:54 pm

On the surface, Gov. Phil Murphy’s optimistic 2023 State of the State Address provided little for Republicans to protest against. With a couple exceptions, the governor mostly avoided highly partisan issues and focused instead on affordability and economic development – things that Republicans and Democrats can agree on in theory, if not always in the details.

But the two Republican leaders in the legislature, Senate Minority Leader Steve Oroho (R-Franklin) and Assembly Minority Leader John DiMaio (R-Hackettstown), said in a press conference after the address that New Jersey isn’t doing as well as Murphy made it out to be.

“Despite the rosy picture Governor Murphy is trying to paint, the state of the state is not good,” Oroho said. “And after five years of the Murphy administration and two decades of full Democrat control of the legislature, the outlook for New Jersey continues to get worse.”

DiMaio agreed, saying that Murphy’s speech failed to reckon with the state’s economic problems and overburdened taxpayers.

“What did we hear [in the address]? It’s about what we didn’t hear,” he said. “Quite frankly, we heard nothing about any long-term solution to making New Jersey more affordable.”

This year, all 120 seats in the state legislature are up for election, and Republicans are hoping to flip even more seats after unexpectedly gaining seven in 2021, a doable but difficult task in a number of Democratic-leaning districts. DiMaio and Oroho said today that, in contrast to Murphy’s omissions, their plans will energize the state’s voters in the 2023 elections and beyond.

“There’s a lot of things that have been done that have people riled up – in the classroom, in their pocketbooks, and in other things done to them,” DiMaio said. “I believe we have a lot to talk about in the next 11 months.”

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