Gov. Phil Murphy signed a $38 billion budget for fiscal year 2020 on Sunday, meeting the June 30 deadline when the state is required to pass a balanced budget each year.
The governor did, however, line-item veto $48.5 million from the original budget passed by the Legislature on June 20.
The vetoes included:
$38 million from funding for shared services;
$5 million from Cooper University Health Care;
$1 million from East Orange General Hospital;
$500,000 from a Rutgers University grant.
The cuts from shared services and Cooper have political implications in Murphy’s ongoing battle with Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-West Deptford) as well as the tax incentives battle playing out that has targeted Camden and South Jersey Democratic powerbroker George Norcross.
Murphy said Sunday that the cuts were not political moves.
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