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: Suspect Dies After Police-Involved Shooting In Williamsbridge Section Of Bronx
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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.READ MORE: Child Hospitalized After Being Struck By Car In Queens
Christie’s office says he is ready to work with the Senate president and Assembly speaker to “get things done.”
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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