GOP web-ad explains why Murphy’s budget doesn’t tell the real story behind his spending

GOP web-ad explains why Murphy’s budget doesn’t tell the real story behind his spending

TRENTON, N.J. – Assembly Republicans posted a two-minute video with Assemblyman John DiMaio explaining the truth behind Gov. Phil Murphy’s actual spending increases.

Murphy has repeatedly said his proposed budget for next year only increases spending by $651 million, when his proposal is actually $1.2 billion more than the budget he signed into law last year.

“That’s because he’s comparing apples to oranges instead of apples to apples,” explains DiMaio (R-Warren), the Republican budget officer.


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Left out of Murphy’s claim is that the state Legislature spent another $629 million outside the budget process, much of which was for one-time projects.

“Murphy points to these adjusted appropriations to set an easier benchmark,” explains DiMaio. “That’s intellectually dishonest.”

Former-Gov. Chris Christie’s final budget totaled $34.7 billion. Compared with Murphy’s $38.6 billion proposal for next year, state spending is slated to increase 11.2 percent.