New Jersey Seniors To Discuss Budget Cuts With Assembly Budget Committee

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.

Do you agree with the cuts? Sound off in our comments section below…

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  • Lee Graczyk

    New Jersey’s seniors, especially those on fixed incomes, cannot afford to pay more than they already do for their prescription medications. They already experience grave difficulties in affording their vital medications for conditions like high blood pressure and high cholesterol. EVERYONE has the right to safe, affordable medications and they have the right to choose where they purchase them. RxRights is a national coalition of individuals and organizations dedicated to promoting and protecting American consumer access to sources of safe, affordable prescription drugs. The Coalition is encouraging consumers to take action now by sending letters to Capitol Hill and the White House to protect their right to safe, affordable medications. For more information or to voice your concern, visit

  • Robert Senn

    as normal the state of nj puts the burdan on the seniors of the state to pay the bills instead of selling the state armories to the muslims for a buck we should of made them senior homes instead of free medical for the illegals give a little to the seniors remember we will remember in november

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