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Move to strip key Murphy budget powers takes back seat for now

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A Monday deadline passed without action to get a constitutional amendment on the November ballot that would have asked voters to decide whether to strip the New Jersey governor of the sole constitutional authority to certify the state’s revenues.

In the final days of the fiscal 2019 budget talks, Senate President Stephen Sweeney, D-3rd District, unveiled the proposed measure, SCR-132.

But Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, D-19th District, indicated last week on his monthly “Speak to the Speaker” that he wasn’t on board with the measure and had no plans to schedule it for a vote Monday in the Assembly.

Sweeney said he hoped to have the question put before voters in November so the new policy would be in place for the 2020 budget season.

The Senate approved the measure in a 28-3 vote on July 26 but it still needed three-fifths support in the Assembly to be considered in the fall election.

A spokesperson for Sweeney couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

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Daniel J. Munoz

Daniel J. Munoz

Daniel Munoz covers politics and state government for NJBIZ. You can contact him at dmunoz@njbiz.com.

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