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Today is New Jersey Budget Day!

June 28, 2010

Chris Christie Credit Ed Murray/The Star-Ledger

Today the New Jersey Assembly will consider the State Budget.  All indications is that the budget will pass with yes votes from Democrats.  There is some speculation that a couple of Republicans will not support Christie’s Budget.  We will see.  Check in later today to find out how South Jerseys legislators voted on the budget.

Governor Christie has proposed a balanced budget that closes a more than 10 billion dollar shortfall and the best part is he did it without rasing taxes.   The Courier Post aptly noted,

Christie’s signature accomplishments have been with state finances — pension reforms, rebalancing the current budget and advancing a proposal for the fiscal year that commences this week by cutting spending without increasing major state taxes. That’s been done in part through cuts in aid to schools, cities, colleges, transit and pension-fund contributions, as well as through plans to cut the state payroll by 1,000 workers and save $50 million by privatizing services.

When asked about this years budget and the difficulties it imposed, Christie told the Courier Post:

 “We stood firm, we worked with the Legislature, 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 kinds of budget gaps, that you can make hard choices, and that the people of our state, while they don’t like some hard choices, they are willing to accept them because they know they are necessary.”

Assemblyman Bramnick noted,

“This is the first governor who’s been able to say no, repeatedly, and will not change his position. We’ve needed somebody that strong, and I think he’s been even stronger than most taxpayers would have expected of a governor of New Jersey.”


3 Comments leave one →
  1. Eugene E.T. Lawrence permalink
    June 28, 2010 9:50 am

    It takes courage and understanding to stand in the face of personal and political attacks from self serving groups and a wealthy, corrupt machine.
    Thank you for caring about the people of New Jersey.

  2. Theresa Land-Fitzpatrick permalink
    June 28, 2010 2:21 pm

    It is so refreshing to see a politician keep his campaign promises, especially when you have a President making it harder and harder to hold the bottom line. Thank you Governor Christie for standing up and making the hard decisions that you have. We would all like to live in Eutopia where everyone has everything they want, but the reality is that we are all in this together. The people of NJ have been making personal sacrifices for years due to higher taxes by democrats at all levels of government. At least we know that the sacrifices we are making are not going to raise our taxes and will bring back fiscal responsability. Hopefully, this will help stop the exodus of residents from New Jersey. The sad part is the most of the exodus is from former government workers. They get their fat pensions and move to a state where taxes are lower. Thanks again Christie for keeping your promises.

  3. Dianne permalink
    June 28, 2010 2:56 pm

    The saying goes: “The last person to leave New Jersey, Please turn off the lights”. Rest assured it won’t be a retired state employee. Theresa is correct, every retired teacher, or state worker I know has left already or is in the process of hightailing it out of here. I hope Governor Christie can turn this mess around.

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