New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy promised in his election campaign to fix the problems at NJ Transit, notably the transit agency's perpetual funding shortage. He said to expect a $242 million increase in funding, 110 new employees, and, for now, no fare increase.  All this, of course, depended on Murphy's ability to secure a source for the required money, and he has emphasized that there needs to be a long-term solution: no more short-term gimmicks or moving money around between accounts. Great plans, but there's just one problem: the state legislature, controlled by Murphy's own Democratic party. And with a budget deadline looming on June 30, the governor is at loggerheads with the legislature, notably with Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester County). Murphy wants a "millionaire's tax" on the wealthy, and an increase in the state sales tax from 6.625% to 7%.  Sweeney is reluctant to increase state taxes, already some of the highest in the nation, and has proposed instead some more short term solutions, which Murphy despises, such as increasing taxes on the largest corporations, coupled with audits designed to root out unnecessary costs. If they don't reach agreement by June 30, the state could shut down many functions, including state beaches over the July 4 holiday.  NJ Transit would keep running, for now, but plans to put transit on a more level footing would continue to be postponed. The Governor insists that his plan would be better for NJ Transit in the long run, saying "This one investment in NJ Transit is the beginning of a journey. When you're digging out of a mess that's been made for eight years, you can't turn this thing around overnight. We're gonna need year-in, year-out sustainable sources of revenue."  Appealing directly to commuters, Murphy held his press conference at the train station in Trenton.  Reporting on this issue can be found by Nick Corasaniti in the New York Times and Brent Johnson in the Star-Ledger.