Murphy responds to Ruiz’s comment about the education budget being ‘shameful’

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Sept. 11 was asked his thoughts on state Sen. M. Teresa Ruiz characterizing the $150 million in CARES funding set aside for the Department of Education as “shameful.” Ruiz, chair of the Senate Education Committee, made her comments Sept. 10 during a state Senate budget committee session.

“I didn’t see Sen. Ruiz’s comments, although she has been an outstanding partner and a great leader in education,” Murphy said during his coronavirus briefing. “I’m a huge fan of hers, but I [don’t] see it that way.”

He added that the amount of money was not a decision made “out of thin air. This was a give-and-take that we had with districts.”

“We don’t have enough federal money — period,” Murphy said. “And it is incredible that the Republican Senate cannot find a way through this.”