April 7, 2022 | insidernj.com
What could have been, and should have been, a relatively smooth path to legislative approval of the proposed 2022-23 fiscal year state budget, one free from controversy and the usual haggling over spending priorities, has — thanks to a remarkable strategic blunder by the Administration — produced acrimony, bruised feelings and a sense of betrayal.
NJ SEED: Deliberately cutting the legislature out of the process of determining how federal funds are to be disbursed is a strategic blunder that might be more easily understood if the governor and legislature were of different political parties. When both the executive and legislative branches are controlled by the same party cooperation is the norm. Whoever made this call overlooked “balance of power”.