TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The New Jersey Senate approved a measure to restore $7.5 million for women’s health clinics, but Democrats failed to get a veto-proof majority.
Gov. Chris Christie cut the money from the current year’s budget.
Sen. Loretta Weinberg of Teaneck led the push to restore the money. The new effort came after officials determined that state tax revenues were higher than expected.
Democrats have accused Christie of cutting the money to appease the anti-abortion wing of the Republican Party. Some of the clinics perform abortions, although no state money is used for that purpose.
Christie cited the state’s dire fiscal conditions as the reason for the cut.
The State Assembly has not yet voted on the measure, which would help keep 52 clinics open that serve poor, young and uninsured women.
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