NorthJersey.com: More cuts to NJ pensions and health benefits? Not so fast says Phil Murphy

Senate President Stephen Sweeney's plan to wring savings out of government is also putting the squeeze on Gov. Phil Murphy.

Emboldened after out-dueling Murphy in last month's budget drama, the Gloucester County Democrat says he wants to enlist the governor as his "partner" in this smaller-, smarter-government enterprise. Murphy, the ex-diplomat, wants no part of it. 

And that may be due to a simple reason: Sweeney's cost-cutting ax could fall hard on public employee unions, a die-hard Murphy constituency.

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