TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — All sides seem willing to talk about restoring aid to New Jersey’s struggling cities.
Democrats passed a budget that left the aid intact but cut more than $1 million for oversight.READ MORE: MTA, Union Leaders Call For More NYPD Officers To Patrol Subways After Off-Duty Conductor Nearly Blinded By Attacker
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In response, Gov. Chris Christie cut $139 million, leaving $10 million to help municipalities with extraordinary hardships like Trenton, Camden and Asbury Park.
“Sometimes people do things to make a point,” said Irvington mayor Wayne Smith, who is head of the Urban Mayors Association.
But Democrats on Thursday said they would try to override that veto and others.
Christie’s office says he is ready to work with the Senate president and Assembly speaker to “get things done.”READ MORE: New Jersey Native Jovan Collazo Accused Of Hijacking School Bus At Gunpoint, Holding Elementary School Students Hostage In South Carolina
A spokesman for Senate Republicans says they’re willing to talk about restoring the cuts if oversight of the spending is also restored.
Smith says he hopes the funds will be restored, but is still worried about his city’s future. “I’m critically concerned, absolutely,” Smith said.
If nothing is done, he says there may be more cuts in city service and more layoffs on the horizon.
Democrats say they are willing to consider bringing oversight back as part of a deal.
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