Emergency budget cuts in N.J. sparks backlash

    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has only been in office a month, and he’s already the target of angry residents. The legislature held a hearing on the Governor’s proposed emergency year budget cuts.

    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has only been in office a month, and he’s already the target of angry residents. The legislature held a hearing on the Governor’s proposed emergency year budget cuts.
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    The first person to testify at the hearing was a 13-year-old blind boy. Rocco Fiorentino of Vorhees spoke out against cuts in funding for audio recordings of textbooks for the blind..

    Fiorentino: I should have the opportunity, each child should have the opportunity, to receive a good education, regardless of their disabilities.

    Cherry Hill schools Superintendent David Campbell voiced concerns about the withholding of state aid to school districts with a surplus. He says that could cut his  funding by 25 percent and lead to reductions in services and staff and a possible property tax increase.

    Campbell: I think it’s an option that stays on the table, There is nothing sacred right now given the crisis that we’re facing right now with respect to funding.

    Members of the budget committee say they’ll examine ways to lessen the impact, but admit cuts are needed to balance the budget.

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