Top Democrat Sweeney compares Murphy to Donald Trump, threatens to run N.J. government without him | 6/26/2019 | Staff
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Dear Gov. Murphy: You’re wrong, you’re throwing tantrums, you’re acting like Donald Trump, you have no plans to fix New Jersey, and we’ll run the state government without you if we have to.

Love, New Jersey’s top state lawmaker.

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That’s essentially the message state Senate President Stephen Sweeney fired at Gov. Phil Murphy on Wednesday, shortly after the Democratic governor lambasted the Democratic-controlled state Legislature over the state budget they recently sent him.

That’s right: New Jersey is prepping for a budget cliffhanger for the third straight year, even though Democrats run all branches of government. Murphy is set to decide Sunday what happens to the spending plan — including whether he’ll shut down the state government.

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And with only days left for a resolution, the friction between Murphy and lawmakers grew Wednesday. The day started with Murphy accusing the Legislature of passing a budget that protects millionaires, opioid manufacturers, and the gun lobby while ignoring what the people of the Garden State want.

“I’ve kind of had it with folks who can’t answer that very clear question: Who’s side are you on?” Murphy said during a news conference in Paterson.

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That apparently set Sweeney off. The lawmaker, who is stuck in what seems like an ever-escalating feud with Murphy, issued a blistering retort just hours later.

“The Governor is repeating himself with a series of misguided and misinformed tantrums in an attempt to distract attention from his legislative and policy failures," Sweeney, D-Gloucester, said in a statement. “His statements have been inconsistent on the facts, but they have become consistently wrong.”

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Then Sweeney compared Murphy to Republican President Donald Trump, a foil whom the governor frequently criticizes.

“He is starting to resemble Donald Trump in bombast, inconsistency and unreliability," Sweeney said. “I cannot, in good conscience, allow him to go unchallenged.”

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