Governor Christie signs new N.J. budget into law

    New Jersey officially has a new state budget. Governor Christie traveled to Middlesex County to sign the budgets bills approved by the legislature in the wee hours of the morning.

    New Jersey officially has a new state budget. Governor Christie traveled to Middlesex County to sign the budgets bills approved by the legislature in the wee hours of the morning.

    Flanked by his cabinet members and top Republican lawmakers, Christie told spectators at the signing ceremony inside a South River firehouse that the budget has a lot of difficult choices in it and a lot of pain. He says he was able to close an $11 billion dollar deficit without increasing taxes.

    “It is not by any means a moment when we felt self-satisfied,” says Christie. “Do we feel a sense of accomplishment? Of course we do and we should, but we do not feel like our job is anywhere close to being completed.

    Christie says he’ll continue to push for his so-called tool kit to help municipalities reduce costs and also plans pension and education reforms.

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