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Christmas in June. Dems added more than $2B to N.J. budget, including millions for pet projects

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Christmas comes every June in New Jersey, at least for some members of the political party that holds power in Trenton. It’s the time of year when state policymakers try to snag money for their individual districts while the governor and legislative leaders scramble to finalize a state budget. Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy on Thursday signed a $50.6 billion budget, the largest in New Jersey history, hours before the start of the new fiscal year on Friday. The spending bill flew through the state Legislature last week after being released late Monday night just minutes before legislative committe…

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