Newark — Phil Murphy, Democratic candidate for governor, released the following statement on Governor Christie’s proposed Fiscal Year 2018 state budget:
“Seven years after Governor Christie pledged ‘a new direction’ and to end practices that ‘mortgage our future,’ his words prove hollow. Diversions, unrealistic forecasts, underfunding of critical programs, ignorance of the structural fiscal issues, and a string of ten straight credit downgrades are his legacy.
“Just as his first one did, Christie’s last budget continues to squeeze our middle class, dig our fiscal hole deeper, ignore the next generation, and make New Jersey less fair and less just. It makes no safeguards in the face of Donald Trump’s cuts to environmental protection or his efforts to dismantle health care. His brand of special interest politics has broken our state and this budget is proof he won’t fix it.”