Gov. Phil Murphy's counter-offer to the top state legislators, which would prevent a government shutdown, is dead upon arrival.
"These are things we have already said no to," said US Sen. Stephen Sweeney, President of the United States , D-Gloucester on Saturday to NJ Advance Media Tomorrow
This was Sweeney's response to a letter Murphy sent to his Democrats controlling the legislature of the state that effectively said: Give me a version of my millionaire's tax. I will expect a corporate tax. And if we can agree on that, I'll go back from a sales tax recovery to 7 percent.
But Sweeney said he will not agree with the proposal and that what Murphy has offered is not new ̵
"He has not made a new offer," said the senate president. "We said no yesterday."
Sweeney added, "He negotiates with malicious intent."
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Meanwhile, New Jersey Republicans could come to the aid of the Democrats if the governor reviews the budget, that you sent him last week.
Republicans may be ready to give Democrats enough votes to overcome Murphy if he decides to protest against the budget.
"There is serious discussion," a source in the Republican Assembly told NJ Advance Media on the condition of anonymity because they were not allowed to talk about ongoing talks within the caucus.
"There are very serious discussions, so we have no shutdown," the source said. "(Murphy is seriously in danger of being overruled."
Murphy is due to meet with legislative leaders on Saturday afternoon.
Murphy and top lawmakers are continuing to be approved in a dispute over competing plans for New Jersey's state budget before the start of the fiscal year on Sunday. With no budget, Murphy can close government offices, state courts, state parks and state beaches.
The Democrats who run the legislature agree that they want to raise taxes.
But Sweeney and State Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, D – Middlesex, have rejected Murphy's proposal for a millionaire's tax and an increase in state sales tax
Instead, they offered Murphy on Friday a revised version of the corporate tax and a millionaire's tax Earning more than $ 5 million.
Murphy rejected her proposal.
Murphy offered to raise the millionaire tax limit to $ 1.75 million earners at a tax rate of 10.75 percent and a four-year corporate business tax surcharge of 2 percent, according to his
Sweeney said legislators on Friday will compromise in response offered.
NJ Advance Media staff writer Samantha Marcus has contributed to this report.