Gov. Christie Delivers Ultimatum In Staunch Budget Speech

TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — After months of hammering away about fiscal responsibility, New Jersey’s tough-talking governor took the wraps off his budget Tuesday.

Chris Christie’s second annual state budget address ruffled feathers, bolstered his reputation among his supporters as a fiscal conservative and delivered an ultimatum to the Democratically-controlled legislature.

“To survive and to grow you need to build a realistic budget from the bottom up,” Christie said.  He later added “Budget decisions should be linked to performance. Every program, every department.”

Gov. Christie talks about the need for sacrifice in his budget speech.  1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg reports.

Christie also said that if the legislature passed bills to reform the public employee health insurance program, which would force workers to pay more toward their benefits, he would double property tax rebates.

Do you believe Gov. Christie? Leave a comment below

“The chance for middle-class taxpayers and seniors to receive double the property tax relief without raising taxes on anyone else is solely up to you,” he said.   

That ultimatum angered Democrats, who fired back after the speech Tuesday afternoon.

Christie talks about “the new normal in Trenton.” WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reports.

“An ultimatum doesn’t work. Threats don’t work,” Sen. Stephen Sweeney (D–Gloucester) told reporters including CBS 2’s Christine Sloan.

“The idea of playing one segment of New Jersey against another — which is in Governor Christie’s playbook — I thought was quite frightening,” Democratic Senator Joseph Cryan said.

The Garden State’s challenge this year is closing a nearly $11-billion budget deficit. In the budget speech, Christie said he wanted to cut overall spending, give tax breaks to small businesses and increase school aid, 1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg reported.

“The time to fix our schools is now,” he said to applause.

Scott Kennedy owns an independent print shop in Montclair, and approves of the plan to give small businesses tax breaks. “The tax breaks are an absolute welcome sign that there is hope, that there is light at the end of the tunnel. That we can survive,” he said.

Its unclear if the tax cuts would solve the state’s staggering budget deficit, but Kennedy said it would be a good start. “It’s a good move for all the busienesses. Regardless of whether there’s a Democrat or Republican in Trenton.”

Christie’s budget, which he’ll work to finalize with a Democrat-controlled state legislature, also included cuts to Medicaid.

“We have to fix Medicaid, because it’s not only bankrupting the federal government, it’s bankrupting every state,” he said on Feb. 17.

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s second annual state budget address will likely bolster his reputation among his supporters – as a fiscal conservative.He faces a number of challenges – and a democratically controlled state legislature that’s up for re-election this year.(GRX DOW AM SHOW) 

– Christie will reportedly propose 200-million dollars in tax cuts
– Primarily for small businesses in an effort to help bolster the local economy..
((Obviously, that amount is just a fraction of what is needed to get new jerseys financial house back in order))
– and close a nearly 11-billion dollar budget deficit.

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For Christie, that means not only lowering taxes, but downsizing government – and reducing spending…including funding to Medicaid.

(SOT DOW AM PKG CHRISTIE)
“WE HAVE TO FIX MEDICAID, BECAUSE IT’S NOT ONLY BANKRUPTING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT – IT’S BANKRUPTING EVERY STATE.”

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Scott Kennedy owns an independent print shop in Montclair, New Jersey.

(SOT CLIP #1, 10:41-10:48, SCOTT KENNEDY, OWNER STUDIO 042)
THE TAX BREAKS ARE AN ABSOLUTE WELCOME SIGN THAT THERE IS HOPE, THAT THERE IS LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL. THAT WE CAN SURVIVE.

(O/C BRIDGE, CLIP #18, 29:22-29:30, JAY DOW, MONTCLAIR)
ITS UNCLEAR IF 200-MILLION DOLLARS IN TAX CUTS WOULD SOLVE THE STATES STAGGERING BUDGET DEFICIT. BUT SCOTT KENNEDY SAYS IT WOULD BE A GOOD START.

(SOT CLIP #2, 10:56-, SCOTT KENNEDY)
ITS A GOOD MOVE FOR ALL THE BUSIENESSES. REGARDLESS OF WHETHER THERES A DEMOCRAT OR REPUBLICAN IN TRENTON.

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Of course, the governor is expected to continue pressing the teachers unions in his quest to reform public education – which includes a push to drastically change the way teachers are tenured.

Stay tuned….

In Montclair, Jay Dow, cbs2news.

Comments

One Comment

  1. maryanne says:

    Yes! Finally a politician that gets it. I wish he’d run for president.

  2. nancy stahl says:

    stick it to the one’s making the big bucks, not the middle class teachers

  3. DR RUTH SAYS... says:

    WARNING..IF YOU GET NEAR AS TEN FEET NEAR THIS BLOATED GOVERNOR..AND IF HE FARTS..CAN YOU GET MEDICAL INSURANCE TOO COVER THE COST OF YOUR LUNGS COLLAPSING FROM THE SMELL? AND OUR USELESS AS A BULL WITH NIPPLES MAYOR, WORRIES ABOUT CIGARETTE SMOKE..2 IDIOTS IN A ROOM..ONE FAT..THE OTHER SKINNY..WHO DIES FIRST?

  4. ANALTIMETWISTER says:

    IF THIS FAT MAN WOULD JUST STOP EATING FOR 1 HOUR..OUT OF CONTROL?? YOUR OUT OF CONTROL CHUBBY..AND IM BEING NICE TOO THE OBESE..BEING SO LARGE..DONT MAKE YOU BEING IN CHARGE..

  5. luscious jasmine says:

    I love that photo of Governor Christie.

    Great shot of his pit stains.

    There is nothing sexier on a man that nice big pit stains🙂

  6. davd ptterson says:

    I love the governor because he is an honest good man.

    I also hate the governor because he is not honest and not a good man.

    I wish I was the governor, but I sure wouldn’t want to be the governor.

  7. NJ Resident says:

    He’s a big, fat ball of nothing!–I’d like to see what he’s doing personally to cut spending.–He’s certainly not cutting out his food spending!!!–Doesn’t it cost money to send your kids to private schools?–Where’s he living. Yeah, right, selfish, self-centered, arrogant fool!–He could care less about NJ. He’s living in Livingston, not Newark. He’s doing fine!

  8. Mike says:

    I support what Christie is doing as long as the cuts are consistent. However, if he is elected president, he will turn into the rest of the republicans…. all talk no action ! With the federal budget problem, it is not the domestic programs, they all have been cut and will be cut more. The real problem is the defense department, which eats over half the federal budget (the other 40+departments make up the rest). You can’t balance the federal budget without telling defense (like the teacher’s amd local unions) that they are going to have to change their ways. But, then if you do this, you will be called a person who ” doesn’t support our troops” and a person who “supports terrorism”. This is federal republican way… anyone remember the “Contract with America” with its Balance Budget Amendment?? I have family in the military and support them more than anybody. Lets see if Christie is a true conservative, unlike George W who spent more money than God.. with his republicsn congress for 6/8 years with not one balanced budget…. and lets not blame 9/11 on this!

  9. Ladyluck says:

    Yes I believe the governor! He is a man of his word and has the smarts to realize thaqt everyone wants some payback. This time it is for the homeowners and they will support him.

  10. Jay says:

    Gov Christie I voted for you in the last election and I’ll be voting for you in the next! Keep keep fighting for JQ Public! Make NJ a great place to work and live once again.

  11. Ed says:

    Having read the previous comments, it seems that many create more heat than light. The problems that face the country and the state of NJ are not simple, they are complex and should be dealth with in a complex manner, with thought and understanding– not by pitting one group or sector against another! Therefore before making some of the forementions comments please verify yourinformation so it is correct and not incorrect and inflammatory. This goes for the govenor, the legislators and, especially the media

  12. jennifer says:

    since when is being overweight or good looking a job qualification? Give the man a chance to stop this country from turning into a dictatorship. Christie for president in 2012!

  13. lazy state worker says:

    i havent got a raise in 4 years here at UMDNJ. The university keeps telling all employess that they have no money. Well i hvae no moneh either. gas, home heating, everything has gone up except my paycheck and peni$. not that fat out of control eating bastid wants to take mo’ moeny away from me. how the f am i going to survive. im going to have to start holding up7-11’s after work to pay the mortgage and fill up my bmw

  14. Neal says:

    Maybe he’s (the Governor) got’s something here, Brilliant!!! Lets layoff the Governor and his staff, along with all the Senator’s, Mayor’s, Legislator’s and dispurse their payroll back to the tax payers.We can all be happy once again. Just think, the Republicans are preeching less Government so we will give them the credit for the idea! Do you think they would grant our wish and resign? Who needs them? Lets keep our taxes and toss them all out. Just imagine the payroll we would save then! Who says they don’t have a bright idea, Thanks Palin, Rush, Beck and all the others. Brilliant, lets get started!!!!!!!!

    1. Old Man says:

      It’s OBVIOUS you re SLURPING AT THE PUBLIC TROUGH!! You must be a UNION Teacher, a UNION Public Servant (Fireman, Policeman, Councilman, etc.) or a UNION Autu Worker getting the $4000+ in Bonuses!!! You are NOT a private sector worker who doesn’t BACK UP to the pay lines. Get OFF WELFARE and Food Stamps and GET A JOB you BUM! It’s obvious you are aemocrat…..it’s EASIER THAN WORKING!

  15. henri miller says:

    Wise up! Taxes will never go down. Never. Any money that’s saved will go into another line item in the budget. If any u clowns had ever done a budget, you would know what I’m talking about.

    And for those who can’t afford to live in NJ: good riddance

  16. JGNY says:

    $7, 000 in property taxes, I wish I paid that…NY is worse. As for Christie, His budget should have cut more and taxed far less. Cut govt spending by 50 %. this budget is a trickle. Cut business taxes by 50 % and personal taxes by 5 %. businesses may come back if they see a state that is friendly to do business in. As long as this keeps up, the Eastern states as well as the Western states will continue to be drop off spots for welfare clients.

  17. Wasilla Gorila says:

    Christie is a breath of fresh air compared to some of the clowns we had in the past, especially the state assembly. NJ has over 600 school districts and each district has a super, administration office, etc. To reduce property tax, you have to combine the school districts and reduce jobs.

    1. Saywa says:

      AGREED! School districts should be combined. Why doesn’t he do that? He never talks about that. Corzine started that ball rolling to combine school and town services, but where is that ball now?

  18. Henry C Mak says:

    I live in NJ for three years and moved out and now live across the Kills. No differences when Democrats rule both States. I longed for Guiliani to come back to NYC and NYS! Now, it is up to Cuomo to put things right with so many Liberals in both States.

  19. Mike says:

    I am an indpendent voter who didn’t vote for Christie. Christie is right with the local government(s) are too big and waste too much. Christie should cut the public schools more. My kids are in private school. Why do I have to pay half my property taxes for public school ? If you add all the property taxes for public schools collected from parents who put their kids in private schools, the average cost for educating a public school kid is double…… this shows the waste. Christie should get rid of tenure and half the “administrators”, and the protected unqualified teachers and you will have big savings….. some of which can be given to the good teachers who should have their salaries increased !! I am becoming a Christie supportor

    1. NJ Resident says:

      Your public schools pay for any special services from Speech to OT and child study teams in your child’s school. In addition, the taxes go to books and transportation for your child. My child went ot private school in NJ as well. I was very surprised that public school taxes paid so much toward her education. That was not the case for my private school education in NYC.

  20. Zeppelin says:

    As the deficit continues to balloon, the governor must institute heavy reforms in order to crush this massive problem.

  21. Karen--NJ taxpayer says:

    Christie is a selfish man who only does what he thinks is beneficial to him and his family. Of course, the smart people are aware that the private school his kids attend does not educate them as well as the public school in his district (especially in math and science with teachers who do not have to be certified), but he isn’t intelligent enough to figure that out. He isn’t interested in reducing taxes by taxing and making cuts for the the overpaid citizens (like him), just by taxing the underpaid citizens. What a mean and selfish person he is!

    1. Tom says:

      Couldn’t have said it better myself!😛.

  22. Harry Trump says:

    First and foremost: I’d like to see him tighten his belt. He should cut down on Twinkies.

  23. nathan says:

    An obese man will never be elected President in this country where appearance matters.

    1. NYC Cabbie says:

      He is a fat. He can’t restrain his eating, but he wants others to show restraint. Whatever, fat bastage.

  24. rico says:

    How many jobs has he created. The property taxes continue to go up I am still paying over $7000 in property tax. There is nothing but a lot of talk from this republican clown.

    1. Westfieldtaxpayer says:

      The reason you’re paying 7k isnt a Republicans Doing…. We’ve had a Democratic Gov for the past 10 years… If you want to know where your taxes are going, check the Schools & County portions of your bill (likely it’s 70%) then ask yourself ‘Who is sucking up the most County $?” chances are they are Democrate Areas… So before you start calling peole a ”Clown” why don’t you start trying to figure out where all the ‘other $’ is going first… Maybe then your taxes will react differently…. As far as Jobs, Christie is trying to return the jobs that the Democrates ran out of the state over the last Decade… You should know your facts, before you publicly call people names…..

      1. sumenyc says:

        Christie is a clown. He behaves in undignified ways and does not demonstrate the qualities of leadership in a democracy. Loud, threatening and bullying- dictatorship most likely suits him. His stint in the US Atty’s offcie raised some serious ethical questions as well. OF some of of his ideas are good or bad are hardly the issue. He doesn’t have an original idea – just more of the same Republican nonsense. And when the wealthiest Americans have all the money, property and opportunity – not to mention food – well will one day seek the same kind of uprising here that we have seen in other parts of the world and Mr. Christie and his ilk will be wondering what happened.

    2. broke says:

      man my taxes here in cliffside park are over 13,000 and i live on a 25 by 50 property. instead of xmas lights lighting all over city hall, i would rather have lower taxes. i’m going to have to move out of nj soon

    3. barry says:

      i gbuess he should solve world hunger as well in the whole 4 1/2 months hes been on the job.

      hes already saved billions in waste left by his predecessor

  25. ted pert says:

    Kudos to someone that can stand up and bring to light what is going on and God bless him

    1. EyesWideShut says:

      He may know whats going on but he won’t tell you. Stop looking at the small picture and see the WORLD. This isn’t happening just in New Jersey. This is global. We live in a one world government and the power of that government is now putting the sticks to the people.

  26. John B taxpayer says:

    Finally a guy that understands that the citizens have had a lesson in living without things and making sacrafices to live within their means. The government needs to to the same- local, county, state and federal!
    The public servents make more than the private sector wih all the benefits are added up!

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