TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Chris Christie laid out his $32.9 billion budget for the coming year on Tuesday and in it he is proposing expanding a Medicaid program and helping victims of Hurricane Sandy.
New Jersey’s governor gave his budget address on the heels of a poll showing he is more popular than ever. He pointed out he’s doing something federal lawmakers are not – reaching across the aisle to Democrats.
“It seems to me leaders in Washington, D.C., especially this week, could learn something from our example here,” Christie said.
However, the governor blasted state Democrats for not working with him to cut the state income tax by 10 percent. Democrats, though, fought back.
“If you have to move almost $400 million to seniors from this year to next year why would we be plan that benefits the 1 percent of the population?” Assemblyman Lou Greenwald said.
“I believe New Jerseyans are overtaxed, and obviously you do not. Many of you in this chamber repeatedly vote for tax increases,” Christie responded.