GREENWALD PLEASED TO HEAR GOVERNOR ACKNOWLEDGE BIPARTISAN COOPERATION & APPROVAL NEEDED TO FIX BUDGET

(TRENTON) — Assembly Budget Committee Chairman Lou Greenwald (D-Camden) released the following statement Wednesday morning:

“I was pleased this morning to hear Gov. Christie acknowledge what we’ve been saying all along — that he does in fact require legislative approval to resolve the budget shortfall.

“We fully realize that spending cuts are in order. After all, cutting spending is what we’ve been doing regularly for the past two years.

“But with the Governor’s acknowledgment that he must work with the Legislature, we hopefully can at least now move forward in a bipartisan way to devise budget cuts that don’t — as the Governor’s plan would do — place a heavy and undue burden onto our property taxpayers, commuters and hard-working middle-class and the poor residents.

“This also must be done in a transparent process that involves the open debate and discussion that the public deserves. Today’s Assembly Budget Committee hearing will give the Governor’s plan the public debate it has lacked, and I look forward to more discussion in the weeks ahead.”

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