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(TRENTON) – Assemblywoman Nellie Pou (D-Passaic/Bergen) released the following statement Thursday on Gov. Chris Christie’s line-item budget vetoes:

“The budget proposed by the Democrats attempted to fix the disparities created by the governor’s assault on the poor and working class families of New Jersey. It was an opportunity for the governor to do right by the people he has continually trampled on in his quest to raise his conservative credentials in the national stage. But once again he has turned his back on them and further made clear that his interests are not with the working class of New Jersey.”

“It’s alarming that the administration considers irresponsible a budget that protects vital programs for the working poor, restores funding for health care for women and families, and funds education more fairly, while he defends the plight of people making over a million dollars.”

“I wish the governor would put as much effort in meeting the needs of middle and lower income families in New Jersey as he does in championing the cause of the state’s most wealthy, and hitting the talk show circuit flaunting his political aspirations.”