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Power-drunk Murphy administration ignoring legislative oversight (again), Wirths says

NEW JERSEY – Still hungover from its unprecedented power grab during the pandemic, the Murphy administration made two transfers of over $10 million in April to the same fund in possible violation of state law included in fiscal year 2022 budget language, Assemblyman Hal Wirths said

The administration’s Office of Management and Budget has ignored Office of Legislative Services’ requests for explanation on three occasions, Wirths said.

“This obviously isn’t the first time that Murphy and his team have decided check and balances aren’t important,” said Wirths (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris), the GOP budget officer. “If you give big government advocates an inch, I can guarantee they will take a mile and take their time to justify it. It’s incredible how power drunk Governor Murphy and his administration gets.”

On April 18, the Department of Community Affairs, led by Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver,  transferred $10 million from the Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Fund to the Excluded New Jerseyans Fund in the Department of Human Services. Another equal appropriation was made on April 29, Wirths said

Fiscal year 2022 budget language says expenditures of CSFRF funds may not “exceed $10,000,000 for each such eligible program” without approval of the Joint Budget Oversight Committee, Wirths said.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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