POLITICS & GOVERNMENT

GOP chair sharply criticizes recently signed state budget

BY Michael Aron, Chief Political Correspondent |

State GOP chairman, Doug Steinhardt spoke with Chief Political Correspondent Michael Aron to give his assessment of the state budget Gov. Phil Murphy signed on Sunday.

“Legislative Democrats kind of captured the state budget and took it hostage on June 20, and on June 30 Gov. Murphy signed the ransom note. A $38.7 billion budget that did nothing to stop the state’s pension crisis, to save on spending, to cut back state spending or to provide any meaningful tax relief,” said Steinhardt.

Steinhardt points out that Republicans have been working on a plan to shore up the state’s pension system for years, and is happy to see Senate President Steve Sweeney advocating for similar reforms.