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Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg. (Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Weinberg doesn’t feel targeted by Murphy

Governor held pro-millionaire’s tax events in her district

By Nikita Biryukov, June 17 2019 1:48 pm

Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg said she doesn’t think Gov. Phil Murphy is trying to push her to vote for a millionaire’s tax, at least not any more so than other members of the legislature.

“I think the governor is appropriately pushing for what he believes in, and I think the legislature is appropriately pushing for our legislative priorities,” Weinberg said. “I don’t think he’s trying to pressure me personally. It’s very obvious that he is publicly urging people to call their legislators for the millionaire’s tax. I don’t think that’s a secret, but that’s his right to do.”

Murphy was joined by mayors from three of the largest towns in Weinberg’s district in Hackensack recently.

Teaneck Mayor Mohammed Hameeduddin, Hackensack Mayor John Labrosse and Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich joined Murphy at an event there in Early May.

The three endorsed a millionaire’s tax, and Hameeduddin and Sokolich declined to rule out a challenge against Weinberg in 2021.

Hameeduddin and Weinberg have long been political rivals, but the senator remains incredibly popular in Teaneck, where she launched her political career.

Murphy was slated to hold a townhall there to push the millionaire’s tax on Tuesday, but that event has since been cancelled.

Weinberg said she wasn’t planning on attending the townhall for personal reasons. Those reasons will also keep her out of Trenton Tuesday and Wednesday, she said.

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