Following compromise, New Jersey budget talks continue

    Budget committees in the New Jersey legislature are meeting this week to finish work on the new state budget.

    Budget committees in the New Jersey legislature are meeting this week to finish work on the new state budget.

    A compromise between Governor Christie and the Democratic controlled legislature restores $74 million in programs and services for the state’s most vulnerable residents.

    The Governor says he’s thrilled the money was found without having to expand the size of the $29 billion budget.

    “We worked with the legislature,” says Christie, “and we got the result that is going to be a beacon for the rest of the nation: that you don’t have to raise taxes to close these kind of budget gaps, that you can make hard choices, and that the people of our state while they don’t like some of the hard choices are ready to accept them, because they know they’re necessary.”

    Final votes on the budget bills in the legislature are scheduled for Monday, June 28. The state constitution requires a budget be in place by the July 1st start of the new fiscal year.

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