Key Democrats weigh in: Surprise, surprise, they like the budget

The budget gave key Democratic leaders plenty to boast about. A few of their thoughts:

  • Gov. Shelia Oliver: “This budget demonstrates that we remain steadfast in our commitment to providing New Jerseyans of all walks of life the opportunity and resources to thrive.”
  • State Senate President Nicholas Scutari (D-Clark): “This budget will help improve the lives and livelihoods of New Jersey’s residents in meaningful ways.”

Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-Woodbridge): “This budget ensures our state will be more affordable for everyone. … We have demonstrated that we can do big, bold things for New Jersey while being fiscally responsible.”

  • Senate Majority Leader M. Teresa Ruiz (D-Newark): “This budget represents our continued effort to make New Jersey more affordable for all of our residents while making lasting investments in our children and the institutions and programs which will nourish their growth and success.”
  • Assembly Majority Leader Louis D. Greenwald (D-Voorhees): “New Jersey residents will benefit from new and expanded property tax relief programs and an expanded child tax credit.  We are funding programs to support education, affordable housing and health care, which will have a meaningful impact.”
  • Senate Budget Committee Chairman Paul Sarlo (D-Wood-Ridge): “This is a responsive and responsible budget that meets the economic challenges of our time. It will provide significant tax relief, install economic safeguards and help fuel economic growth.”
  • Assembly Budget Committee Chairwoman Eliana Pintor Marin (D-Newark): “Together, we are ensuring that hardworking families receive the retirement security they deserve, access to safe and affordable homes, relief from property taxes and quality education that empowers our children to thrive.”