The Most New Jersey Thing of the Week happened yesterday when immediately following the 2020 Budget Address by Democratic Governor Phil Murphy, NJTV aired the official Democratic Response delivered by the legislative leaders of his own party, including Senate Prez Steve Sweeney, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin and Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg.
Sigh. This makes me weary, though I must say for the most part, the tone was friendly; a lot of ‘shared values’ talk. But clearly, we’re in for a battle on taxes, on the millionaires tax which Sweeney was for before he was against it. He and Coughlin both stiffened at the mention of it, which came toward the end. And how to pay for doing the right things by our people is the heart of it all, of Budget priorities. Progressive groups – and the kinds of orgs that advocate for our clean water, affordable housing, and safety nets –
for the most part affirmed Murphy’s budget priorities, while Republicans predictably ginned up the outrage machine.
Senator Ronald Rice says Murphy needs to go on the road and sell his budget to all of us, the way Sweeney goes out to the public, the way Christie sold his budget. Rice, who doesn’t always see eye-to-eye with the Gov, even offers to go with him. Rice has a point.
And here comes Murphy, with a call – tonight – for the hearts and minds of Democratic voters to whom he wants to make his case before Sweeney makes his. Here’s how to get on, and shoot the Gov a question if you’ve got one.
TONIGHT (Wednesday, March 6): Telephone Town Hall with Gov. Murphy – at 6:00pm. The Gov will discuss his 2020 budget proposal, which he bills as an effort to strengthen New Jersey’s middle class.
|During the call, you can press 0 to ask your questions about the plan – To join call dial (609) 256-4984 TONIGHT at 6:00 p.m. RSVP NOT necessary! Updates and more info available On Facebook|
The invitation is signed by NJDSC exec director Liz Gilbert and carries the required paid for info, meaning the state Democratic Party is sponsoring Gov. Murphy’s reach-out tonight.