Assembly Republicans oppose Democrats’ massive $50.6 billion state spending plan

Assembly Republicans oppose Democrats’ massive $50.6 billion state spending plan

TRENTON, N.J. – The state’s massive $50.6 billion fiscal year 2023 budget represents missed opportunities for real tax reform and relief, backroom deals, big government spending, and one-time gimmicks say Republicans before casting their no votes from the Assembly floor on Wednesday.

Assembly Republican Leader John DiMaio:

WATCH: GOP Leader says $50.6 billion budget feeds NJ Dems’ spending appetite

Assembly Republican Deputy Leader Nancy Munoz:

WATCH: Feel-good rebates, political theater and symbolism in NJ budget doesn’t make state more affordable

Assembly Republican Budget Officer Hal Wirths:

WATCH: Wirths slams Dems for taking too much of ‘Your’ money

Assemblyman Brian Rumpf:

WATCH: Dems waste opportunity to pay off debt, reduce taxes in NJ budget

Assemblywoman Aura Dunn:

WATCH: NJ’s $50.6 budget process lacked transparency, hurts trust in government, says Dunn

Assemblyman Gerry Scharfenberger:

WATCH: Murphy invited to take financial literacy course following staggering spending hike

Assemblyman Brian Bergen:

WATCH: Democrats accused of buying votes with budget

Assemblyman Brandon Umba:

WATCH: Dem’s budget defined by pork, says Umba

Assemblywoman Beth Sawyer:

WATCH: Dem’s budget puts lives at risk, leaves out needed 911 funding

This year’s budget bill (A4402) includes $638 million for Christmas-tree items and increases year-over-year spending by 9%. During Gov. Phil Murphy’s term, the annual state budget has ballooned by 46%. Despite taxpayers paying more than ever, spending still exceeds revenue by $250 million. The bill advanced to the governor’s desk along party lines.