Passaic County freeholders and mayors have signed on as supporters of Gov. Phil Murphy’s budget borrowing plan, joining local officials in Essex and Hudson counties.
In a statement issued on Monday, seven Democratic freeholders and eight Democratic mayors said they would back a bond issue to help Murphy battle a $10 billion budget shortfall that comes as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
“If the experience with the COVID-19 pandemic taught us anything, it is the importance of our frontline heroes,” said Freeholder Director Cassandra Lazzara. “The Governor’s borrowing plan will prevent potentially massive layoffs of public sector workers, including police officers, firefighters, health officers, EMTs and other frontline workers.”
Democrats have a 7-0 majority on the freeholder board and seven of Passaic County’s sixteen mayors are Democrats.
One Republican mayor, Michael Serra of Pompton Lakes, support the Murphy plan, along with Andre Sayegh (Paterson), Hector C. Lora (Passaic), Jon Dunleavy (Bloomingdale), Dominick Stampone (Haledon), James Damiani (Little Falls), Mohamed Khairullah (Prospect Park) and Keith Kazmark (Woodland Park).
Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo and seventeen mayors came out in support of the borrowing plan on Friday, followed by Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise and all nine members of the county legislative delegation on Saturday.