TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Democrats in the New Jersey Assembly will examine the impact of Gov. Chris Christie’s budget cuts to programs serving children.

Cuts to early childhood intervention, after-school and behavioral health programs will be among those reviewed Tuesday by the Assembly’s budget committee.

Democrats say cuts made by the Republican governor before signing a $29.7 billion budget disproportionately hurt the poor and middle-class. Another hearing scheduled for Thursday will focus on cuts to programs benefiting senior citizens.

On Monday, Christie said $537,000 in federal funds would be directed to an Essex County center for sexually and physically abused children. He also agreed to restore $139 million to struggling cities.

Democrats say the state will take in more revenue than the administration estimates, so the additional restorations are fiscally possible and much needed.

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