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Governor Murphy during his press conference on the budget blockade
North Jersey

Legislators meet in Trenton on Saturday to provide details of a bid that Governor Phil Murphy should consider by to avert a government shutdown, but with only a few hours to go on the statutory deadline to pass a budget, you sit opposite the governor.

After a one-day meeting with Democrats that ended in frustration, which prohibited a budget freeze until the weekend, Murphy sent a letter to the legislature calling his Compromise proposals submitted "to avert costly government stalemate."

The letter of June 29 was released Saturday morning describing Murphy's position before the Democrats made a counter offer that he rejected "out of control", as the Assembly spokesman, Craig Coughlin, said.

Coughlin and other legislative leaders accused Murphy, i n days of negotiations not to compromise. One source familiar with the negotiations said the publication of the letter was intended to refute this claim, while Murphy was willing to consider the full terms of the terms.

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