I love the New Year. It’s a time of renewal, of hope. It feels like the chance for a fresh start. This is the year I’m going to get my act together. I’ll start exercising. I’ll finally get organized. I’ll write that novel I’ve been kicking around for years. A new calendar brings with it infinite possibilities, endless opportunity!
Unless you’re the governor of New Jersey, then you’re pretty much hosed.
Phil Murphy ran a campaign that promised the moon and stars. He had a progressive agenda that included things like massive increases in public school funding, a public transportation overhaul and flashy policy initiatives like free community college for all.
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Then he took office.
While the governor has had a reasonably successful first year in office, year two is where he’ll be expected to start making good on some of those promises. But as you probably know — and he has since learned — the cupboard is bare.
The crushing weight of our debt obligations, the vast majority through the under funded pension system, makes the type of progressive agenda focused spending Gov. Murphy promised seem like a fever dream.
There is barely enough money for basic services much less complementary college courses.
The governor’s predecessors, aided and abetted by the Democratic Legislature, have been cooking the books for so long they now have the consistency of porridge.
The can has been kicked down the road so far it’s now part of the great Pacific garbage patch. Maybe that’s why Murphy wanted to legalize weed. Who cares about the implosion of the pension system when you’re high?
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