TRENTON, NJ -- Fearing an economic calamity, Gov. Phil Murphy says he is "burning up the phones" as he calls on members of congress for support of in securing "much-needed direct federal aid to states."

"It’s the only way to ensure that our first responders, health care workers, and educators stay on the job at a time when they are so desperately needed," the governor tweeted.

"We are NOT asking Washington for a bailout. We ARE ASKING for aid to pay our police, fire, and EMS first responders. To keep our public health workers on the job for our recovery. To ensure our kids have the educators they will need come fall," Murphy insists. "We NEED Washington to step up with significant direct fiscal assistance for states."

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The governor claims that "there are many minds that remain closed and intractable. One of those closed-minds controls the Senate agenda," apparently referring to Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

Murphy says the state faces an enormous challenge in balancing our wants and needs as the September 30th FY2021 state budget deadline looms.

"Revenue losses we can already project are drastic," Murphy says. "We need a series of deliberate and responsible measures in place."

"I’ve been clear since March that we are facing an unprecedented public health crisis that would soon be followed by a similarly unprecedented fiscal crisis," says Murphy. "The hard choices I predicted are now at our doorstep."