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Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on the Amtrak Acela train to Washington, D.C. on the afternoon of Monday, June 18, 2018. (NEW JERSEY GLOBE)

Murphy to Christie: Always ride the quiet car

Governor not worried about predecessor advising Sweeney

By Nikita Biryukov, June 20 2018 2:53 pm

Gov. Phil Murphy doesn’t think much of reports that former Gov. Chris Christie is advising Senate President Steve Sweeney on how to negotiate this year’s budget.

“I have one reaction – always ride in the quiet car,” Murphy said. “No, I have no idea.”

A source who sat near Christie on an Amtrak train earlier this week told the New Jersey Globe the former governor claimed to be coordinating with Sweeney. Sweeney denied he was receiving Christie’s help.

“I don’t need the governor to help me with this,” Sweeney said at a press conference earlier this week.

Christie’s tenure as governor has been a frequent refrain for Murphy, who frequently blames the former governor for economic conditions in the state.

Lately, that focus has sharpened to the sales tax reduction in exchange for a gas tax hike Christie signed off on late in his last term.

“I’ve always talked about the legacy, about the Chris Christie hole and the legacy of how we do business in this state, in this town in particular in terms of how you, quote-unquote, do deals and kick the can down the road to next year,” Murphy said. “That legacy is still alive and well out there, and I got elected to change that.”

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