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Senator Bucco to Gov. Murphy: Fixing New Jersey’s broken unemployment system not a ‘Waste’ of money

NEW JERSEY – Senator Anthony M. Bucco expressed shock at Governor Phil Murphy’s suggestion at his press briefing Wednesday that investing funds to fix the State’s broken unemployment system would be “throwing good money after bad.”

The governor then suggested that he believed New Jersey should wait for the federal government to rebuild the unemployment system on their end, saying, “I don’t want to waste money in the meantime.,” Bucco said.

“It defies belief that Governor Murphy would say it’s a ‘waste’ of money to fix our unemployment system for those who need quick access to the benefits they earned to survive,” Bucco (R-25) said. “It’s shocking that the governor is willing to sit back and wait while people are suffering when there’s no indication that federal action is on the horizon.”

Governor Murphy proposed appropriating just $7.75 million in his FY 2022 budget for unemployment system fixes. According to published reports, the New Jersey Department of Labor believes it needs $200 million for a full upgrade of the system.

“Governor Murphy has a multi-billion dollar surplus already banked and is likely to get another $6 billion in federal aid in the coming weeks,” Bucco said. “He’s proposing to increase spending by nearly 10%, but investing in unemployment system upgrades is where he suddenly draws the line. It’s an insult to every New Jerseyan.”

Bucco discussed the importance of funding a modernization of the unemployment computer system in an NJ.com editorial published on Saturday.

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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