N.J. Gov will seek the legislature’s approval on emergency cuts

    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie now says he does need the legislature’s approval for emergency budget cuts announced last week. Christie says he needs legislation to move some money into New Jersey’s general fund to balance the current fiscal year budget.

    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie now says he does need the legislature’s approval
    for emergency budget cuts announced last week.
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    Christie says he needs legislation to move some money into New Jersey’s general fund to balance the current fiscal year budget.
    Assembly budget committee chairman Lou Greenwald wants lawmakers to have some input before that transfer is approved.

    Greenwald: I think if they’re reasonable and make sense and they include us in the discussion and the dialogue and the rationale behind those transfers they stand a very good chance.

    Assemblyman Joe Malone, the ranking Republican on the budget committee, says any delay in the budget balancing plan could add to the state’s problems.

    Malone: The cuts have to be made or if they aren’t made we’re in probably a situation where we have to shut the state down prior to the end of the year.”

    Malone says while lawmakers don’t like the cuts, they have to be made..

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