POLITICS & GOVERNMENT

BREAKING: Senate president challenges governor to debate state’s fiscal health

BY Michael Aron, Chief Political Correspondent |

In the most recent taping of On The Record, Senate President Steve Sweeney was asked by NJTV News Chief Political Correspondent Michael Aron about a deputy chief of staff in the Governor’s Office pushing back against Sweeney’s Path to Progress, saying that Sweeney was pushing a false narrative when he suggested pension reform is the solution to fiscal problems in New Jersey.

Sweeney replied, “It’s disappointing because, if you’re a deputy chief of staff for the governor it doesn’t take your own time. When you’re speaking, you’re part of the administration. And I let the governor know I was disappointed about that. And I’ve got to tell you, if they’re saying this is a false narrative, I would be willing to go anywhere in this state, side by side with Gov. Murphy, and have a debate on this to see whether there really is a problem or not a problem. We have a financial crisis in this state and for his administration to say we’re blowing it out of proportion, Michael, we’re going to have a $4 billion, we’re going to be in the hole $4 billion by 2023. You can’t raise taxes enough to fix this now.”

The governor’s office had no comment.

This story will be updated as details become available. Sweeney’s full interview with Michael Aron airs Saturday at 6:30 and Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m.