Governor Chris Christie says his state budget proposal will put New Jersey on a new course.
Governor Chris Christie says his state budget proposal will put New Jersey on a new course.[audio:100316CHRISTIE.mp3]
Saying that the day of reckoning has arrived, the governor outlined a $29.3-billion budget plan that reduces funds for every department of state government and cuts school aid by more than $1-billion. It also eliminates property tax rebates this year and calls for the layoff of 1,300 state workers beginning in January.
The watchwords of this budget are shared sacrifice and fairness. Individuals contribute, businesses sacrifice, local governments tighten their belts, and we end our addition to spending.
Christie is calling for a constitutional amendment to cap property tax increases at 2.5 percent a year. He’s also proposing allowing local government to opt out of civil service to reduce costs.