Republican Budget Officers Oroho, Wirths, intend to battle Murphy over affordability

12 Nov 2019 | 01:11

Senator Steve Oroho and Assemblyman Hal Wirths will serve as Republican budget officers in the Senate and Assembly, respectively. The announcements were made by the leaders of both caucuses Thursday.

As Republican budget officers in the Senate and Assembly, Sen. Oroho and Asm. Wirths will combat runaway spending by Gov. Murphy and the Democrats. (Pixabay)

Oroho, a certified financial planner, has been a member of the Budget Committee since he was sworn into the Senate in 2008. He has served as Senate Republican Budget Officer since early 2019.

“New Jersey is too expensive, and taxpayers and businesses are rightly demanding relief,” said Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris). “Hal and I look forward to leading the battle against irresponsible spending and costly policies that are driving employers, jobs and families out of the state. The governor’s desire to spend more freely while ignoring cost controls is punishing taxpayers, and we will be a voice for fiscal sanity.”

In two budgets since Murphy took office, state spending has exploded by $4 billion, an increase of almost 12 percent.

“What Governor Murphy has done to taxpayers in two short years is indefensible,” said Wirths (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris). “Steve and I are committed to holding him accountable for every dollar. As the voice of the taxpayers we will fight the Democrats’ initiatives of higher taxes and more spending, and propose sound fiscal solutions to make New Jersey more affordable.”

Wirths served as the commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development from 2010 to 2016, and joined the Assembly in 2018.