NJ Senate To Vote On Funding For Struggling Municipalities

TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The New Jersey Senate is scheduled to vote on whether to restore $139 million in cuts in aid to distressed communities.

The aid for cities was among dozens of items Gov. Chris Christie vetoed before signing the new state budget into law.

Lawmakers also are expected to vote Tuesday on tuition aid grants funding and other vetoed items.

On Monday, Democrats failed to muster the three Republican votes needed to override any of the governor’s vetoes. Most targeted money Democratic lawmakers added to the governor’s original budget plan for social service programs.

Democrats control both houses but don’t hold veto-proof majorities in either chamber.

Christie shaved $1.3 billion in spending, including $900 million the Democrats added in, before signing a $29.7 billion budget into law.

Was Gov. Christie right in his use of the line-item veto? Sound off in our comments section below…

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  • Ann Marie Kellett

    I have lived in NJ (Hudson County) my whole life and I support the Goveror 100%. Hudson county is a corrupt cess pool and has been for years and yet we keep voting in the same democrats year after year. Someone has to shut off the money spiggot in an attempt to make us act like responsible adults not lazy bums with their hands constantly out for another hand out.

    • Wig Wam Willie

      So what? ALL politicians are corrupt. History teaches us that abuse of power is the purpose of power.

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  • Wig Wam Willie

    Chris Christie is following Christine Todd Whitman’s playbook…

    – The governor cuts aid to cities and towns. Republicans get full credit for cutting spending.

    – The cities and towns have to compensate by raising property taxes. Democratic mayors get full blame for Republican policies.

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