If you ask New Jersey Assemblyman Greg McGuckin, New Jersey should spend its 21 billion dollars in excess cash. If you ask him privately, he’d probably tell the state to hire his law firm too. After all, the firm nets millions of dollars each year in public pay to play contracts.
Now, McGuckin is casting his large shadow upon Governor Phil Murphy.
“The Murphy Administration is holding a massive bundle of cash and, as usual, they aren’t discussing their plans with the Legislature or the public,” McGuckin said. “This is budget season, and they should have been well aware that tax receipts were exceeding expectations by billions of dollars. The state treasurer was scheduled to update the Senate and Assembly Budget Committee on state revenues this week, but she backed out of the hearing when news leaked of the windfall.”
McGuckin wants to see that money spent at the Jersey Shore, because in the end, he will be the beneficiary of that money spent because his firm represents dozens of Jersey Shore government agencies.
“The Administration should be discussing plans with the Legislature to prioritize needs and appropriate money to best benefit New Jersey residents.
“For starters, with an extra $11.5 billion at his disposal, there’s no financial justification for Governor Murphy to cut state funding to the suburban schools in Brick, Toms River, and Ocean County that have been clobbered by the Administration’s budgets over the past few years,” McGuckin said.
McGuckin’s plan does not mention refunding the money back to New Jerseyans, of course.