Biden heads to New Jersey to boost Governor Phil Murphy and sell his spending plan, saying the multi-trillion package will be ready before he leaves for Europe
- Biden heads to New Jersey to promote his multi-trillion-dollar congressional agenda
- He will announce the construction of a new Portal Bridge between NJ and NY
- He will also give Governor Phi Murphy a boost ahead of next week’s election
- New Jersey hasn’t re-elected a Democrat as governor in four decades
- Meanwhile, Biden wants to finalize his infrastructure plan and social spending bill before he leaves for Rome on Thursday for the G20
- Biden said his spending plan talks with Senator Joe Manchin over the weekend ‘went well’
- He hopes to have a deal before he leaves for Europe
President Joe Biden heads to New Jersey on Monday to tout his multi-trillion-dollar congressional agenda with a new bridge announcement and along the way will give Governor Phi Murphy a boost for next week’s election.
Biden said his talks over his spending plan with Senator Joe Manchin “went well” over the weekend and he hopes to have a deal before he leaves for Europe on Thursday.
“It went well, a few things to work out, but it went well,” he said of the negotiations.
And when asked if it would happen on Wednesday, the president replied, “By the grace of God and the good will of neighbor.”
“It would be very positive to have it finished before the trip,” he noted.
He will support his plan in New Jersey as he pushes a fellow Democrat for reelection.
Murphy, in his first term as governor of the state, has pushed several initiatives in line with Biden’s priorities: increased income taxes for the wealthy, expanded voting rights and tightened state gun laws.
Historical precedent favors its Republican opponent Jack Ciatarelli: The state hasn’t re-elected a Democrat as governor in 40 years and hasn’t elected a governor from the same party as the president in three decades. Murphy, if he wins in the Nov. 2 contest, would become the first Democratic governor to win a second term since 1977.
Murphy leads the polls ahead of Biden’s visit, but that lead has fallen to six points from a high of 26 points earlier this year. Former President Barack Obama has already been able to campaign for him.
President Joe Biden heads to New Jersey on Monday to tout his multi-trillion-dollar congressional agenda
Biden won New Jersey by 15 points in the 2020 presidential election and the gubenatorial race, along with one in Virginia, will become a chime for Democrats ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.
Biden will announce construction of a new Portal Bridge, connecting NJ Transit and Amtrak trains to and from New York. NJ.com.
Earlier this year, the state transit system approved $1.6 billion to replace the bridge, which often became jammed with traffic, causing delays along Amtrak’s northeast coast and for local commuters. As many as 200,000 passengers a day cross the bridge.
Federal funds are also going into the project. And Biden will use the stop to push through his $1.9 trillion infrastructure bill and his budget package of social programs that are in the latest negotiations between warring moderates and liberals in the Democratic Party.
The president will also visit North Plainfield Elementary School District to promote a provision in its social spending package that would provide two years of free pre-K education.
In New Jersey, Biden will campaign for Governor Phi Murphy before next week’s election
Biden Announces Construction of New Portal Bridge, Connecting NJ Transit and Amtrak Trains to and From New York
Biden had breakfast in Wilmington, Del.’s home Sunday morning with moderate Senator Joe Manchin, a key player in passing his agenda, and Democratic leader Chuck Schumer.
The three discussed the provisions in the president’s social spending plan, including how to pay for it.
Manchin has pushed for a $1.5 trillion package — about half of its original $3.5 trillion price tag — but it could get closer to $2 trillion if the final details are ironed out.
Manchin agrees with the White House’s approach to raise taxes on 1,000 billionaires and impose a 15 percent minimum corporate tax rate to pay for the plan, the Associated Press reported.
The breaking of the bread didn’t break the deadlock to a deal, however, leaving Biden unable to announce anything to go to New Jersey on Monday and to Virigina on Tuesday to campaign for struggling Democratic governor candidate Terry McAuliffe.
Biden also wants the two laws to be voted on before he leaves for Rome on Thursday, where he will meet Pope Francis on Friday and attend the G20 over the weekend.