State Republican Chairman Doug Steinhardt slammed Democrats over the budget the passed Thursday, but half of the Senate Republican caucus voted for it as well.
“Today, legislative Democrats captured the state budget and held it hostage. They are offering New Jersey a Hobson’s Choice: tax everything that walks, talks, sleeps, shoots, rains and parks, OR use fake math, New Jersey’s recession fund and pounds and pounds of pork barrel spending to appease politicians and political patrons,” Steinhardt said.
“Let’s be clear, the budget that passed today is as shameful a product as anything Governor Murphy has ever offered. It does nothing to address the pension crisis, offer budget savings or provide meaningful tax relief.”
Though the measure passed in a party-line vote in the Assembly, seven Republicans opted to send the bill to Gov. Phil Murphy’s desk in the senate.
There, the bill passed 31-6.
Seven Republicans — State Sens. Joe Pennacchio, Declan O’Scanlon, Kip Bateman, Kristin Corrado, Bob Singer, Sam Thompson and Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean — voted to back the budget.
“Ideological diversity is the state’s last, best hope. Instead of racing to spend $38.8 billion in taxes and fees, our State representatives should be racing to find ways to put money back into taxpayers’ pockets,” Steinhardt said. “Trenton Democrats are in a war over power, not ideas, and New Jersey’s 9 million residents are paying the price. It’s time for honest answers. It’s time for change.”