Leaders of faith weigh in on New Jersey budget impasse as state leaders work to avoid shutdown

They've sent a letter to state legislators to, in effect, back Governor Phil Murphy's plan to put a new tax on millionaires.

David Madden
June 29, 2018 - 3:43 pm
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TRENTON, NJ (KYW Newsradio) -- As negotiations continue in Trenton to avert a possible government shutdown, the second in as many years over a budget, members of the state's religious community are chiming in.                 

They've sent a letter to state legislators to, in effect, back Governor Phil Murphy's plan to put a new tax on millionaires.

Forty-seven members of the clergy from across the state signed the letter written by Pastor Darryl Armstrong at the Shiloh Baptist Church in Trenton.

"I want to be real clear it's a multi-faith body of individuals who stand in solidarity with the governor and with labor particularly as we try to lift all boats," Armstrong told KYW Newsradio.

Not only do they support Murphy's effort to tax millionaires, they also want tax loopholes for large corporations closed to reinvest in families and the working class in general.

"The budget is a moral document," Armstrong added. "It is a moral issue and to not speak up as it relates to billions of dollars that affect the lives of children and families in New Jersey would be immoral."

How much effect that letter has on legislative leaders is unclear. They continue meeting with the governor and his team, attempting to hammer out an accord by midnight Saturday.