Lawmakers Hold Hearing On Christie’s Proposed Budget

MONTCLAIR, N.J. (WCBS 880/AP) — New Jersey lawmakers holding hearings on Gov. Chris Christie’s proposed budget Wednesday heard from a Montclair University student who sits on the board of trustees.

Paterson Mayor Jeffrey Jones said the city is about to cut 30 percent of its police force, WCBS 880’s Levon Putney reports

Louis Castano told the Assembly budget committee that New Jersey is not adequately funding its public colleges and universities.

Castano and the school’s budget and planning director asked that a dormant capital bond issue be revived to fund maintenance and construction costs.

Republican Assemblyman Gary Chiusano of Sparta cut them off. He said pumping more money into higher education would mean taking it from elsewhere in the budget or raising taxes.

The citizens group Better Choices New Jersey picketed before the budget hearing in Montclair. Spokesman Rob Duffey said Christie’s proposed budget protects the wealthy and businesses at the expense of working-class families.

“Gov. Christie’s budget proposal offers tax breaks for corporations and the wealthy that are paid for by New Jersey working families through higher property taxes and cuts to services that working families rely — such as education, health care, libraries and public safety,” Bill Holland said.

It’s the second of three public hearings Assembly lawmakers are holding on the Republican governor’s proposed $29.4 billion budget.

The Assembly and Senate must adopt a new budget for New Jersey by July 1, the start of the new fiscal year.

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  • pitbullstew

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    Amid Governor Christie’s campaign to rein in salaries for public workers, his administration has issued regulations capping how much the state will pay toward executive salaries at social-service non-profits.

    But a review of the rules by The Record show they will have a very limited effect in North Jersey.

    The executive with the highest compensation package affected by the cap is Mary Ann Mirko, CEO of the North Jersey Community Coordinated Child Care Agency in Paterson, which provides technical and professional support for child-care programs and referral services for parents and runs its own early-childhood education center. Mirko’s 2008 salary was $170,720, and she also received $183,970 in deferred compensation and fringe benefits.

  • Jeff in NJ

    Someone has to give New Jersey honest answers and finally there is a Governor to do so. We pay too much in property tax and industry is leaving. There is no money for hand-outs anymore.

    PS Republicans are not pigs. Get over it.

    • TROCNJ

      As a NJ voter, This guy is all smoke and mirrors. Best case for NJ, This guy runs for national office and we get rid of him.

      • Michael H.

        Ugh, please keep him. The rest of the nation does not want him.

      • Tom

        Wish there was a like button for this :P

  • Tom

    I find it comical that people want him to run for president in 2012

  • Josh

    I find it ironic that the entire NJ State budget is half that of NYC. Maybe NJ doesn’t have it so bad after all. Then again, Christie is an arrogant blowhard.

  • Robert Cadalso

    Well, geez, what did you expect? That the rich were going to pay for the downfall?

    You elected a republican pig, that is what you got!

    • TROCNJ

      ABSOLUTELY CORRECT, BUT Ill say this ALL politicians are PIGS so spread it around

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