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Huttle: Christie Playbook — Target the Less Fortunate

Assembly Human Services Committee Chairwoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) had the following published recently in The Record:

“With much of the conversation in Trenton over the last month revolving around the impending bankruptcy of the Transportation Trust Fund, relatively overlooked was Governor Christie’s late-night maneuvering in the waning hours of June.

“Just before midnight on June 30, Christie issued an executive order freezing $250 million in funding for critical programs – the likes of which aid abused children, domestic violence and rape victims and cancer research – until an unelected, unaccountable committee can find a way to save that much money on employee health benefit costs.

“These programs run the gamut when it comes to serving the most vulnerable.

“The most disturbing aspect of this situation is the complete and utter disregard the governor has displayed for the human casualties of his decision. This indicates a serious disconnect with the struggles of everyday New Jerseyans…”

To read the rest of Assemblywoman Vainieri Huttle’s op-ed, click here.