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New Jersey Seniors To Discuss Budget Cuts With Assembly Budget Committee

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TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The Assembly Budget Committee is back in session Thursday and ready to hear from senior citizens who say they’ll be adversely affected by cuts to nursing homes and other medical programs.

Gov. Christie slashed $1.3 billion from the budget Democrats sent him before signing a $29.7 billion budget June 30.

Nursing homes lost about $30 million in aid.

A program that helped keep the aged, blind and disabled population out of managed care was cut by $11 million.

At the same time, a $13 million appropriation was cut for medications not covered by Medicaid and Medicare and helped keep co-payments from increasing.

The Christie administration says it cut overfunded accounts and that the cuts don’t impact services or programs.

Republicans accuse Democrats of engaging in post-budget, election-year theatrics.

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