Measure Allowing State to Borrow Billions Clears Assembly; GOP Threatens Legal Challenge

Lawmakers vote along party lines to permit at least $5 billion in new debt to deal with economic fallout of pandemic


Legislation that would give Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration the authority to borrow billions of dollars to help offset projected revenue losses brought on by the ongoing pandemic cleared the Assembly Thursday in a party-line vote.

Despite the victory for Murphy, the future of the borrowing proposal remains in question. The legislation that passed the Assembly has yet to be introduced in the Senate, whose powerful leader, Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-Gloucester), has raised several concerns, including how the proposed borrowing could impact state taxes that many residents already consider too high.

The issue of taxes was also a hot topic in the Assembly even as the bill — which would permit at least $5 billion in new state debt to be issued — advanced by a 51-28 margin.


Posted: June 5th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, New Jersey, New Jersey State Budget | Tags: , | 1 Comment »

One Comment on “Measure Allowing State to Borrow Billions Clears Assembly; GOP Threatens Legal Challenge”

  1. Murphy Thinks We Are Stupid said at 8:38 am on June 5th, 2020:

    THIS PULL QUOTE FROM THE ARTICLE BELOW ” Murphy said borrowing is actually necessary to avoid property tax hikes.” shows how Murphy thinks he can slide one by us BECAUSE the money will be paid back via a surcharge on our property taxes THUS raising our property taxes. Murphy must think we are really that stupid. https://www.politico.com/states/new-jersey/story/2020/06/04/assembly-approves-bill-allowing-state-to-borrow-billions-gop-vows-legal-fight-1291025?fbclid=IwAR191l2ugoFbYHnSyyG6Oz101UI9vqG3ZmD_MeOGidaCLvsDUpj9xnFU-lQ