New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has used his line item to slash $900 million from the budget passed by the Democratic controlled legislature.Christie said the budget lawmakers enacted relied on phantom revenues and unchecked spending.
“The budget that passed on the Democratic Senate and Assembly is a reckless and irresponsible homage to the past, putting election year politics ahead of reform and ahead of the taxpayers best interests,” said Christie. Senate President Steve Sweeney said the governor’s budget cuts will have a devastating impact on seniors, the middle class, and low-income families.”It is almost impossible to stomach some of the cuts that he has made and I can only characterize it as cruel,” Sweeney said. Christie also rejected the income tax surcharge on millionaires that the legislature passed.
Sweeney said he’ll talk with Democratic lawmakers to determine whether they’ll attempt to override the Governor’s vetoes.