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Speaker Coughlin Statement on the Governor’s FY 2021 Budget Address

“Every Option Will be Reviewed”

(TRENTON) – Following Governor Phil Murphy’s State Budget Address Tuesday, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-Middlesex) issued the following statement:

“As I have previously stated, the unprecedented economic crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic will inevitably make this one of the most challenging budgets we’ve ever had to face.

“The unparalleled loss of revenue and the compelling need of New Jerseyans is undeniable and will cause us to make difficult decisions. Assembly Democrats will work with the Senate and the Governor’s office to craft a budget that makes those hard choices. 

“We will keep an open mind as we understand every option and proposal must be thoroughly reviewed and vetted. All options are on the table.

“I have been a longtime, staunch advocate for the Senior Freeze and  Homestead Benefit property tax programs which is why I am encouraged that the Governor’s proposal restores funding for both.

I look forward to the leadership of the Assembly Budget Committee led by Chairwoman Eliana Pintor Marin in standing for our shared values and working in earnest to produce a budget that is fair and responsible and protects hard-working New Jerseyans and our most vulnerable citizens.”