New Jersey lawmakers to review Christie’s $34.8B 2017 budget

    Gov. Chris Christie’s budget is going under the legislative microscope.

    Beginning on Tuesday, lawmakers are scheduled to hear from the Christie administration on his proposed $34.8 billion 2017 budget.

    The biggest disagreement has been over how to pay for a fund for road and bridge work. Christie has not said how he wants to pay for the transportation trust fund, which is expected to run out of money on June 30.

    Democrats meanwhile say a hike in the 14.5-cent gas tax is needed, though they have not introduced a bill to do that.

    Unlike in previous years, Christie and the Democrat-led Legislature appear agree over the state’s nearly $1.9 billion payment to the public pension.

    The administration is appearing before a state Senate panel Tuesday and its Assembly counterpart Wednesday.

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