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(TRENTON) — Assembly members Reed Gusciora and Bonnie Watson Coleman (both D-Mercer) released the following statement Tuesday on the proposed elimination of $34.9 million in Trenton Capitol City Aid in Gov. Chris Christie’s proposed FY 2011 state budget:

Reed Gusciora:
“That Gov. Christie would choose to eliminate state funding to the seat of state government is short-sighted.

“It forces the residents of the city – many of whom live pay check to pay check – to make up the difference in this funding cut.

“The proposal will decimate the growth occurring in the city and effectively destroys the resurgence of business, industry and community.”

Bonnie Watson Coleman:
“Gov. Christie sent a message to Trenton today alright. Unfortunately, that message was ‘You’re on your own.’

“Trenton contains hundreds of buildings that are tax-exempt because they are owned by the state. The Capital City funding the Governor is threatening to eliminate amounts to a $34.9 million tax increase for the residents of Trenton.

“This is a cut that devastates Trenton’s future and is yet another example of Gov. Christie’s efforts to eliminate the middle class in New Jersey.”

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